For Children in Fukushima / 福島の子供達へ

We are very pleased to inform you that we have sent these amount of the donation listed below for the Children in Fukushima, Japan.

Fukushima Aiikuen (An orphanage in Fukushima / ) : $1683.48
Aozora Hoiku Takenoko (A Nursery School in Fukushima / ) : $965
Very soon, we will be sending $250 worth of books to the Board of Education of Fukushima as well.

We would like to THANK ALL OF YOU who made this donation possible.

JAPAN NIGHT 2014 の収益金を、以下の2施設に送金致しました事をご報告させて頂きます。






JA-SO invites you to an evening where you will be transported to Japan to enjoy sharing
some Japanese culture and a traditional Japanese-Style bento dinner!
This is JA-SO's 3rd year to host a fundraising event to support the Great East Japan Earthquake
and Tsunami victims. This year, we will be supporting the children of Fukushima.
Please join us and be a part of this great night!!!

JAPAN NIGHT 2014 (Limited to 100 Seats)

Date : March 16th, 2014 (Sunday)
Place : Ashland Community Center
Time : 4pm : Door opens, Exhibit & Appetizer / 5pm : Show & Dinner begins

A Traditional Japanese-Style Bento Box dinner from
"MUSASHI Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine" in Grants Pass.

Exhibit of "Tohoku and Fukushima : Now"
Handmade craft sale by JA-SO
JA-SO Singers
Ashland Taiko
Aikan Dojo of Aikido Yoshinkai
JA-SO's KIMONO Fashion Show
Koto Performance by Mitsuki Dazai

Tickets : $28 (Available at or
/ E-mail us at

We are accepting your kind donation to make JAPAN NIGHT 2014 a great success!
(At the event or mail to : JA-SO / PO Box 412 Ashland, OR)
501c3, tax ID# 45-0953841

Thank you in advance for your wonderful support!

Hope to see you there!!!

JA-SO Board Members for 2014

Here are the JA-SO Board Members for 2014.

President : Noriko Hansen
Secretary : Chikako Smith
Treasurer : Akiko Ellis
Publicity : Sayaka Lean
Member Service : Sayuri Wells
Community Service : Yuko Yamanouchi
Fundraising : Chinami Bortoff

We THANK YOU so much for your on-going support!

JA-SO Chorus Group on NHK!

As a part of "JAPAN WEEK" in March, JA-SO members got together and sang a very special song called "Hana wa Saku (Flowers will bloom) " which was created in order to support the victims of The Great East Japan Earthquake. We've submitted the video to NHK Japan for their project and are now featured on their website! Please go to and watch the video!!! (We are on #14 at 00:36)

JAPAN WEEK の一貫として、NHK『100万人の花は咲く』プロジェクトに参加させて頂きました。


Well, people in Rogue did it again. You made a successful JAPAN WEEK possible!
We would like to thank EACH ONE OF YOU who took the time to participate at any of our events.
Your support means so much to us!!!
Thank you again and we can't wait to see you at our next event!

皆様の暖かいご支援のお陰で、JAPAN WEEK も大成功に終わる事が出来ました!

JAPAN WEEK March 10 - 15, 2013

JA-SO will be sponsoring “JAPAN WEEK” this year by honoring the victims of the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Our purpose is to not only support the victims by raising much-needed funds (although they are
making great progress, there are still major problems), but to also share Japanese culture with the
community as appreciation to our Rogue Valley supporters.

Though this is not a fundraising event like the JAPAN NIGHT of last year, we would like to encourage everyone to contribute to this cause. Donations of 100 dollars and more are greatly appreciated. All the proceeds from JAPAN WEEK are going to support the victims of the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Your generous contributions can be made at any of the JAPAN WEEK events below or by mail to: JA-SO PO Box 997 Ashland, OR 97520. (You will receive our NPO receipt.)

As the first event of JAPAN WEEK ,we are showing The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and Light Up Nippon due to the generous support of the Consulate of Japan, Portland OR. and Supply and Demand of Los Angeles. Please check out the trailers below for a preview of these wonderful and very heart touching films!

Japanese Homestyle Cooking Class and Exploring Haiku and Art Workshop are presented by instructors from our own talented membership. You will learn great tips on how to make
yummy authentic Japanese home cooking and beautiful Japanese Haiku poetry.

We hope many people will come and enjoy JAPAN WEEK!!

Noriko Hansen / JA-SO President

Schedule & Details of Events

Sunday, March 10 2013
The Meese Auditorium (SOU Art Building)
Doors Open: 2:30pm Film Begins: 3:00pm
FREE ADMISSION (160 seats available on a first come first serve basis)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (Starts at 3:00pm)
Academy Award Nominated & Sundance Film Festival Prize Winner
Light Up Nippon ~ Fireworks that lifted Japan (Starts at 3:50pm)
Documentary Film

Thursday, March 14 2013
Japanese Home-style Cooking Class
Ashland Food Co-op
6:30pm – 8:30pm
$35 ($30 for Co-op Members)
Call (541) 482-2237 to register
Instructor: Etsuko Jensen
• Mix rice with carrot, pea, dandelion green and pine nuts
• Miso soup with tofu, wakame, shiitake mushroom and green onion
• Grilled fish with miso (optional: tofu)
• Burdock, carrot and daikon nitsuke
• Kale with sesame sauce
• Gyoza dumplings with shrimp/tofu, Chinese cabbage and green onions
• Steamed bread with maccha-green tea and sweet beans

Friday, March 15 2013
Exploring Haiku and Art Workshop
Hannon Library – Room 206 (Southern Oregon University)
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Instructors: Diana Versluis,Michiko Wisdom and Liz Shepherd
Class Description:
This workshop starts with a brief introduction of Japanese haiku poetry of 5-7-5 lines. After writing their poems in English (or other language), participants will learn how to write the poem using "seal script" and modified sosho syle (the cursive style) calligraphy for artistic renderings of the poem. Different ways to display the poem (framed, on notecards, part of a collage) will be demonstrated. Pens, brushes, and a variety of paper will be supplied, including suminagashi paper.

Thank you from Children in Fukushima / 福島からのありがとう!

We have received some thank you letters with great pictures from the Children at Aiikuen in Fukushima!
JA-SO donated the profits from "JAPAN NIGHT" to them and with that money they were able to make a trip to Matsushima where they don't have to worry about radiation.
THANK YOU again to our community for their generosity!!! You made this happen!!!
(Please contact us at if you would like to see all the letters&pictures.)

今年3月に行われたJA-SO主催『JAPAN NIGHT』での収益金を寄付させて頂いた、福島県児童養護施設『愛育園』様から、子供達が書いてくれたお礼の作文と写真が届きました。宮城県松島市に旅行をした子供達は、放射能を気にする事なく、思いっきり旅を楽しんでくれた様です。

Books for Children in Fukushima / 福島の子供達の未来へ向けて

Thank you very much for your support on our project to send English books for Children in Fukushima!!!
We were able to donate 36 books total and they were delivered to 2 junior high-schools in Fukushima city.
(SPECIAL THANKS TO : Ms. Janie Burstein, Ms.Etsuko Jensen, Jeff Gogue and Musashi Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine)

(Ms. Janie Burstein様、 Ms.Etsuko Jensen様、Jeff Gogue様、そして Musashi Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine様、

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil (広島/長崎追悼集会)

The 27th Annual Ashland Hiroshima - Nagasaki Vigil will be held in Ashland(Downtown Ashland Plaza) from August 6th through 9th.

Ceremonies of Rememberance and Reflection:
August 6th, 2012 8:15am - Hiroshima / Lithia Park
August 9th, 2012 7pm - Nagasaki / Lithia Park Japanese Garden

August 6th 6:30pm - / Ashland Downtown Plaza- Performance of Rogue Valley Peace Choir members who journeyed to Japan and the Peace Park in Hiroshima in 2006, along with Peace Choir Ensemble members.
August 7th 2pm - / Ashland Downtown Plaza - Performance of Masako Cross accompanied by Richard Williams on the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute and Mark Tumbull on the guitar.
August 9th 7pm - / Lithia Park Japanese Garden- Performance of JA-SO chorus group

JA-SO will be volunteering at "Senbazuru Origami Station" making origami cranes on the 7th.
There will be an exhibition of "Strong Children" by Geoff Read ( also.



8月6日(月曜日)午後6時30分〜 Ashland Downtown Plaza

8月7日(火曜日)午後2時〜 Ashland Downtown Plaza
Richard William/ 尺八、Mark Tumbull/ギター伴奏

8月9日(木曜日)午後7時〜 Lithia Park Japanese Garden



Japanese Books at Library

We are very excited to inform you that over 100 Japanese books that JA-SO has donated to Jackson County are available at Medford Library and Ashland Library for you all to enjoy!
We are hoping to donate another 100 Japanese books in the near future so please support us making that happen by circulating those books!!!

JA-SOがJackson Countyに寄付させて頂きました日本語の本(合計108冊)の貸し出しが、Medford Library と Ashland Library で始まりました!

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