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November 2017 Newsletter

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Annual Bōnenkai
What is a bōnenkai? Literally meaning "forget the year gathering", it is a traditional Japanese get-together for friends, co-workers, and colleagues held at the end of the year.

All are invited to catch up with friends and relax after a year of hard work at Ollie's Gastropub, on the 25th floor of the Oliver Building at 535 Smithfield St downtown. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Member Spotlight: Maridon Museum

The JASP would like to recognize our Civic member, the Maridon Museum.
The Maridon Museum grew from the collection of Mary Hulton Phillips, which encompasses Asian art including jade and ivory sculptures, textiles, and paintings coupled with German Meissen porcelain.  The only museum in the Western Pennsylvania region with this focus, the Museum opened in 2004.  Since its opening, the Maridon has featured special exhibits of Asian art, programs on Asian culture, and has continued to acquire pieces to enhance its collection.  And now the Maridon is getting ready to launch a new website with a virtual tour, so stay tuned!

We would like to heartily thank the Maridon Museum for its support of our organization!arrow2
2018 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series      
We're pleased to announce the first of our 2018 MEPPI Lecture series: "Tokyo, One of the Safest Cities in the World" with Naruomi Ebitani.
Why is Tokyo so safe? After devoting 15 years to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Police Inspector Naruomi Ebitani now works at Carnegie Mellon University researching information security. From his experience in both countries and his police officer’s perspective, he will address the differences between policing and crime in Japan and the United States.
Join the JASP for this free evening at the Carnegie Mellon University on January 18, 2018. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
The JASP thanks the Japanese Student Association at the Carnegie Mellon University for their support for the January lecture.


The lecture on February 22 will feature Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consul General of Japan in New York.  On March 29, Dr. Brenda Jordan of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh will detail the woodblock printing industry at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the opening of their Hiroshige exhibition.

Check out our event page for more details.

Thank you to MEPPI for their generous sponsorship of this series.arrow2
Japanese-English Reading Circle

JERCThe Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. In addition to discussing your reading in Japanese or English with other members, there are opportunities to play games and build your confidence and vocabulary in your second language. 

Saturday, December 2, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, December 16, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, January 6, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, January 20, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor
401 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232          arrow2
The JASP Thanks our Loyal Members
The JASP recognizes Member Anniversaries at the Annual Dinner. Thank you for your years of support!
25 Year Member:  10 Year Member:  5 Year Member: 
UACJ Metal Components North America, Inc. (Penn TecQ Inc.) Butler Country Tourism & Convention Bureau DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation

Not a member yet? Join the JASP today!arrow2
Annual Dinner Photos

 2017 AD 
Kiyoaki Aburaki was our honored keynote speaker on November 9, 2017 at the Duquesne Club. 125 people attended for the cocktail hour, silent auction and informative speech.  Thank you to those of you who attended, and we hope to see the rest of you next year!  Please click here or on the photo for more pictures of the event. arrow2
Upcoming Community Events

natroomNationality Rooms Holiday Open House
The Holiday Open House is a Pittsburgh tradition at the Cathedral of Learning. This year visitors can enjoy the special decorations, traditional music, dance performances, and tours on Sunday, December 3 from noon to 4 PM in the Commons Room on the first floor.

The Japanese Nationality Room Committee will be selling onigiri, inari-zushi, origami and small items at a booth in the Commons Room. Proceeds support the Japanese Nationality Room Scholarship fund. Quo Vadis volunteers will be waiting in the Japan Room to show you the holiday decorations in their kimono. Please see the Nationality Rooms website for a full schedule of performances.

Pittsburgh Asian Dance Meetup

A new Meetup group has formed to host Asian dance lessons, parties, and performances. Its purpose is to help people in the Pittsburgh region appreciate and enjoy performance arts of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian cultures.  The group is free to join on
Volunteer of the Year

Picture1At the Annual Dinner we recognize the volunteer or volunteers who have gone the extra mile over the last year. This year we were pleased to honor Tamiko Iida.

Ms. Tamiko Iida is originally from the Obihiro area of Hokkaido (northern island of Japan). She and her family have been living in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years. She is a longtime volunteer for the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.

She plays the koto, a traditional Japanese harp-like musical instrument. She has played the koto at various cultural events around Pittsburgh. She also teaches koto lessons in her home. Another of her areas of expertise is the Japanese tea ceremony. She is our go-to person when we perform tea ceremonies as part of the Japan in the Schools program.arrow2
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We hope you're getting a head start on your shopping this year! If you use Amazon for any of your holiday gifts this season, don't forget that when you designate the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase value to the JASP.
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