Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909

JAS Events Calendar

The Japan America Society maintains an active calendar offering a diversity of programs that help promote better understanding between Japan and America.

Upcoming events

    • Monday, September 08, 2014
    • Sunday, September 14, 2014
    • Tohoku, Japan

    2014 JASSC Trip Through Tohoku

     - A 7-day tour of Northern and Northeastern Japan -

    Promoting Friendship and Goodwill among the People of Tohoku and California

    Trip Through Tohoku: September 8 – September 14, 2014

    Optional: The 9th International Symposium of America-Japan Societies in Sapporo, Hokkaido, will be presented by America-Japan Society of Hokkaido from September 5-7, 2014. Details

    After the Symposium, JASSC is offering a 7 day tour through Tohoku to visit the people and places where the 2011 Japan Relief Fund have supported relief and recovery efforts.


    Tour includes –

    1. 7-night accommodations, including one night in a traditional Japanese inn and three nights at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo (6 nights for those attending the conference in Sapporo*)
    2. Breakfast daily (7) (6 for those attending the conference in Sapporo*)
    3. Lunches in Ofunato and Ishinomaki
    4. Traditional Japanese dinner in Ofunato
    5. Visit to Hiraizumi, Tohoku’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site
    6. Ofunato elementary and junior high school music performances
    7. Visit to Rikuzentakata’s “Tree of Hope”
    8. Meetings and discussions with tsunami survivors
    9. Expert, bilingual guides from JAS partnering disaster recovery organizations at main visits (Ofunato, Sendai/Ishinomaki and Fukushima)
    10. English speaking guide and motor coach for 4 days (Sept. 8-11)
    11. East Japan Railway Company (JR East) arrangements from Sendai to Hanamaki, Ichinoseki to Sendai, Sendai to Fukushima and Fukushima to Tokyo (not JR pass)
    12. “JAS Friendship Reception” at Imperial Hotel Tokyo
    13. Takkyubin/luggage service from Sendai to Tokyo
    14. Airport limousine transfer from Imperial Hotel to Narita
    * In lieu of an overnight stay and breakfast in Sendai on September 7th, tour participants attending the conference in Sapporo will take Japan Airlines flight#2833 from Sapporo to Hanamaki Airport on September 8th.

    Download Trip Details, Itinerary and Application Form

    Download Flyer

    Please send completed application and non-refundable deposit of $200 per person to JASSC.

    Final payment is due on July 7, 2014.

    Please contact JAS office for more information at 310-965-9050, ext. 104 or email amano@jas-socal.org

    Support for the JAS Trip Through Tohoku

    generously provided by

    Yamato Travel Bureau®

    • Saturday, September 13, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Imperial Hotel Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)
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    The Japan America Society of Southern CaliforniaCordially invites you to join JAS Chairman Terry S. Hara for a

    JAS Friendship Reception
    at The Imperial Hotel Tokyo

    Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    Imperial Hotel Tokyo
    Kiku Room, 2nd Floor, Main Building
    Tokyo, Japan

    The JAS Friendship Reception will be the concluding event of our JAS Goodwill Tour Through Tohoku. From September 8–12, a seventeen-member delegation will visit the people and projects aided by the JAS 2011 Japan Relief Fund, which has raised $1.5 million to provide relief and support for victims of 3.11. Delegation members include JAS Chairman Terry Hara, Chairman Emeritus Edward Perron, Chairman Elect Joseph Portillo, President Douglas Erber and other prominent Directors, Governors and Members.

    Invited guests to the JAS Friendship Reception include -

    • Current Members, as well as Past Directors and Members of the Japan America Society
    • Past Ambassadors of Japan to the USA
    • Past Consul Generals of Japan in Los Angeles
    • Officials of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    • Friends from The America–Japan Society, Inc. (Tokyo)


    • Due to the special nature of this event, pre-paid reservations must be received by Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
    • Space is limited. Early reservations are recommended. The event may sell out before Sept. 5.
    • Sorry, changes and refunds cannot be granted after September 5, 2014.

    Admission $100 per Person

    Attire Business Attire

    Please register online or send pre-paid reservations by September 5, 2014 to Kay Amano 天野香織, JAS Programs Director at amano@jas-socal.org or by calling (310) 965-9050, ext. 104

    Download Flyer


    JAS フレンドシップ レセプション

    日時 2014年9月13日(土) 午後6時~午後8時

    会場 帝国ホテル 東京 (本館2階、菊の間)
    〒100-8558 東京都千代田区 内幸町1−1−1

    南カリフォルニア日米協会では、9月8日から12日まで、3.11東日本大震災の被災地を訪問します。2011 Japan Relief Fundは今日現在までで150万ドルの寄付があつまっており、その寄付金で復興支援をした団体や施設を訪問、見学します。 その東北訪問ツアーの締めくくりとして、9月13日(土)に帝国ホテル東京にて、JAS フレンドシップ レセプションを開催いたします。

    アメリカからは日米協会の役員(テリー・ハラ会長、エドワード・ペロン元会長、ジョセフ・ポーティヨ次期会長、ダグラス・アーバー プレジデント)や理事、会員を含め17名が参加予定。

    JAS フレンドシップ レセプション 主な参加者 ~
    • 南加日米協会の現会員、元役員、理事、会員
    • 元・在アメリカ合衆国日本国大使
    • 元・ロサンゼルス日本国総領事
    • アメリカ大使館(東京)職員
    • 社団法人 日米協会(The America-Japan Society, Inc.) 会員


    • 会場の都合上、イベントの御予約・お支払いは9月5日(金)までにお願いいたします。
    • 参加者が100名に達し次第、締め切らせていただきます。お早めにお申込みください。
    • 9月5日(金)以降は、キャンセル・返金はできかねます。ご了承ください。

    参加費 お一人様 $100

    ドレスコード ビジネス・アタイア

    電話 +1-310-965-9050 内線104
    Eメール amano@jas-socal.org


    • Friday, September 19, 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Tokyo American Club (Tokyo, JAPAN)

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Program 9 am - 5 pm
    Networking Reception 6 pm - 7 pm

    Tokyo American Club
    2-1-1 Azabudai, Minato-ku
    Tokyo, JAPAN

    Studies show that diversity does not automatically equate to better performing, more innovative organizations. However, organizations that successfully integrate diversity and INCLUSION, fully engaging employees, are the highest performing, most productive and innovative.

    Diversity & Inclusion is an ongoing journey, constantly evolving. Just when you think you've got it, factors like globalization, unpredictable geopolitics and ever-changing technology make the process even more challenging.

    To reach higher levels of understanding and effectiveness, we need to re-frame diversity and begin viewing the quest through a different lens. It's time to diversify diversity to gain insight into how to prepare and lead an inclusive and sustainable organization.

    Join GOLD to:
    • LEARN the importance of diverse perspectives and the skills required to be successful 21st century global leaders
    • HEAR innovative and creative business executives, social entrepreneurs and artists share best practices and describe new possibilities for building a culture of inclusion
    • MAKE meaningful connections with business and professional leaders across the Pacific
    • BE inspired by and learn from speakers and colleagues from a broad range of industries and geographies
    Information on registration and the schedule will be available soon.

    2014GOLDsymposium@goldleaders.org or visit www.goldleaders.org for more information.

    Japan America Society of Southern California is pleased to serve as a cooperating organization for GOLD’s symposiums
    • Monday, September 22, 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Yorba Linda Club (Yorba Linda, CA)

    Monday, September 22, 2014
    12pm Shotgun Start
    1pm Tennis Open Begins
    5:30pm Silent Auction & Reception
    6:30pm Awards Dinner

    12時 ショットガンスタート
    1時 テニスオープン開始
    5時半 レセプション&サイレントオークション
    6時半 表彰式 & ディナー

    Yorba Linda Country Club
    19400 E. Mountain View Avenue
    Yorba Linda, CA 92886


    The 46th Annual Golf Classic will be held concurrently with our 10th Annual Tennis Open! Since 1968, the Golf Classic has been a sold out event, drawing a full tournament of Japanese and American business people. The Tennis Open is an event with the goal of having fun and players of all levels are invited to join!



    Master of Ceremonies
    Rob Fukuzaki, ABC7 Eyewitness News

    ロブ・フクザキ、 ABC7 Eyewitness News

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Sponsors will be recognized in all print/electronic media, at the Awards Dinner, in the Tournament Program and on the Japan America Society website. For additional attractive sponsorship opportunities, please call 310-965-9050 ext. 104 or the download brochure.



    46th Japan America Golf Classic
    Sponsorship and player fee includes BBQ lunch, cocktail reception and buffet dinner.

    Format of play
    Shamble - Best ball of the four tee shots is selected, individual play to finish the hole. 

    Hole Sponsor  $2,000
      - Priority entry for one (1) foursome
      - Signage at Tee and Green
      - Preferred seating at Awards Dinner

     Sponsor  $1,500
       - Priority entry for two (2) golfers
      - Signage at Tee

    Individual Participant $300

    Awards Dinner Only $55

    JAS Package $50 (maximum one per player)

    Purchase before September 12th and receive 5 extra raffle tickets! ($25 value)

    JAS Package includes:
    • 2 Mulligans
    • 1 Rescue Card
    • 1 Raffle Ticket
    • Opportunities to win $50 in each of four contests!
      • Target Golf
      • Closest to the Pin
      • Longest Drive
      • Straightest Drive
    Pre-purchased JAS Packages will be presented to you on the day of the tournament.

    10th Annual Japan America Tennis Open

    Enjoy a fun day on the court!

    The Tennis Open will kick-off with a tennis clinic led by Greg Jablonski, tennis pro at Yorba Linda Country Club!
    Win prizes for fastest serve, target shots, beat the pro and other tennis skill challenges.

    The Tennis Open format includes participants playing as a team with your own doubles partner. Format of play will be determined by the make-up of the individuals and teams that register for the event.

    Sponsorship and player fees includes the tennis clinic, tournament play, BBQ lunch, cocktail reception, dinner and full use of locker rooms, and a gift bag.

    Platinum Sponsor $1,500
     - Priority entry for eight (8) tennis players
     - 2 banners and signage on courts
     - Preferred seating at Awards Dinner
     - Provide product in players' goody bags

    Gold Sponsor $1,000
     - Priority entry for four (4) tennis players
     - Banner and signage on courts
     - Provide product in palyers' goody bags

    Silver Sponsor $500
     - Priority entry for two (2) tennis players
     - Signage on courts 
     - Provide product in players' goody bags

    Doubles Signing up Together $200 per doubles

    Individual Tennis Player $125

    Awards Dinner Only $55

    Download Tennis Open Brochure

    • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • North Side of Seal Beach Pier (Seal Beach, CA)


    Southern California's Largest Kiting Event!


    Sunday, October 19, 2014 10:00am to 5:00pm

    North Side of Seal Beach Pier
    Seal Beach, CA MAP

    Free Admission!



    Come with family and friends to enjoy Japanese and international kites of all sizes and colors! Kite Workshop and games for Children, Japanese food & cultural booths, GIANT Show kites, Taiko drum performance, Martial arts demonstrations, Shamisen, Traditional Japanese folk dancing, Kite Candy Drops for kids, Kite Battles and Stunt Kite demonstrations and much more!

    Ramen Burger™ is returning to the festival!

    • Free children's kite workshop - 10am to 2pm (while supplies last).
    • Kids game corner (origami, face/hand painting, carp making, Japanese calligraphy head bands and other games) - 10am to 2pm
    • Introductory lessons on precision sport kite by world champion, Chieko Tagami
    • Meet and take pictures with Hello Kitty!
    Japanese Cultural Entertainment
    • Taiko performances
    • Traditional Japanese folk dances
    • and much more!
    Checkout our official Facebook page for updates!
    Show schedule will be announced approximately 1 week before the event.

    Presented by Japan America Society of Southern California, Up Up and Away Kite Shop and Up Up and Away Kite Club.

Past events

Monday, August 11, 2014 Prime Minister Abe's Economic "Third Arrow": Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Japan America Student Conference 80th Anniversary Reception in Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Women's Leadership Counts
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 A Farewell Tribute in honor of Consul General Jun Niimi
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 JASSC 105th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Friday, June 13, 2014 12th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Operation Tomodachi and Afterwards: A U.S. Marine Corps Perspective
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Japan America Society's Annual Members' Meeting 南カリフォルニア日米協会 会員総会
Saturday, March 08, 2014 LOVE TO NIPPON 2014 - 3.11 Memorial Event: Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Thursday, February 13, 2014 JAPAN in 2014 Symposium
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 The U.S. Rebalance Toward Asia: A Look at the Year Ahead, Dinner with James P. Zumwalt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Japan and Korean Affairs
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 25th Meishi Kokan Kai - Business Card Exchange & Reception
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 The Future of the Asia-Pacific: New Opportunities and Challenges for Japan-U.S. Relations
Friday, November 15, 2013 Luncheon Program with Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations - US Navy
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Meet & Greet with the Japanese Edo Style Kite Master Mikio Toki!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Japanese Kites: Crafts Workshops and Lecture
Sunday, October 20, 2013 17th Annual Japan America Kite Festival® 第17回 日米凧あげ大会
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Outdoor Movie Screening: HACHI - A Dog's Tale
Monday, September 23, 2013 45th Annual Japan America Golf Classic & Tennis Open
Monday, September 09, 2013 Meet and Greet Reception with Japanese Diet Members Taro Kono and Seiji Kihara
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Friendship Through Food at Tin Roof Bistro
Sunday, July 21, 2013 WELCOME RECEPTION For Eight Children from Fukushima Aiikuen Children’s Home & screening of SUGIHARA Conspiracy of Kindness
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 JASSC 104th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Friendship Through Food at Vincenti Ristorante
Sunday, June 09, 2013 2013 Asia America Symphony Association Bravo Awards
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7th Annual US-Japan Green Conference: ALTERNATIVES TO NUCLEAR “Japan's Renewable Energy Options”
Friday, April 19, 2013 Discussion and Book Signing with Leslie Helm Author of YOKOHAMA YANKEE
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Japan America Society's Annual Members' Meeting 南カリフォルニア日米協会 会員総会
Sunday, March 10, 2013 LOVE TO NIPPON 2013 - 3.11 Memorial Event: Lessons Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2013 Northern Trust Open Tickets Fore Charity
Thursday, January 24, 2013 Restoration of Fukushima from 3.11
Thursday, January 17, 2013 24th Meishi Kokan Kai - Business Card Exchange & Reception
Saturday, December 08, 2012 Iron Chef Sakai LIVE!
Friday, November 30, 2012 Challenges in Asia and the World: Democracy, Nationalism and Secularism
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2012 NIKKEI Seminar in ロサンゼルス 「米大統領選挙後の世界を読む」
Thursday, November 08, 2012 Using Predictive Coding to Reduce Litigation Costs for Cases Involving Japanese and Asian Documents
Thursday, October 25, 2012 Doing Business in Latin America: Opportunities for Japanese and American Companies
Sunday, October 14, 2012 16th Annual Japan America Kite Festival® 第16回 日米凧あげ大会
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Japan and the TPP
Monday, September 24, 2012 44th Annual Japan America Golf Classic & Tennis Open
Saturday, September 15, 2012 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Race at Auto Club Speedway - Meet & Greet with Takuma Sato!
Friday, August 24, 2012 Japan's Top Hip-hop, R&B Singer AI "INDEPENDENT" TOUR IN LA
Thursday, July 26, 2012 Capturing the International Market - Andy Bird, Chairman of Walt Disney International
Thursday, July 12, 2012 Trends and Major Concerns for Employers
Friday, June 15, 2012 103rd Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration!
Friday, June 15, 2012 2012 LEXUS Opportunity Drawing!
Thursday, May 17, 2012 6th Annual US-Japan Green Conference: SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Evening with Consul General of Japan, The Honorable Jun Niimi
Friday, April 20, 2012 SAKURA Manga Poster Traveling Exhibit
Sunday, March 11, 2012 LOVE TO NIPPON - 3.11 Memorial Event for the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Japan America Society's Annual Members' Meeting
Sunday, February 12, 2012 20th Annual Whale Watch Cruise
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Orange County Welcome Reception of The Honorable Jun Niimi, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles
Sunday, January 29, 2012 Japanese Food & Sake Collection 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Best Practices for Multi-Language eDiscovery in IP litigation and other Multi-National Investigations
Thursday, December 01, 2011 SAKURA Manga Poster Contest
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Welcome Reception of The Honorable Jun Niimi, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 ASIA FINANCIAL FORUM - Economic Recovery and Monetary Policy: Lessons From Japan
Thursday, November 10, 2011 Japan Rising: The Future of the World’s Third Largest Economic Power
Sunday, October 09, 2011 15th Annual Japan America Kite Festival® 第15回 日米凧あげ大会
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:01 Club at Five Crowns
Monday, September 12, 2011 7th Annual Japan America Tennis Open
Monday, September 12, 2011 43rd Annual Japan America Golf Classic
Thursday, September 01, 2011 A Farewell Tribute in Honor of The Honorable Junichi Ihara
Thursday, September 01, 2011 U.S. BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT: Opportunity for Japanese Companies (Seminar in Japanese)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 GLOBAL ECONOMIC INSIGHTS Seminar by Masaaki Kanno, Chief Economist of JP Morgan Securities Japan
Saturday, July 09, 2011 Luncheon: His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki "Japan’s Road to Recovery"
Friday, June 17, 2011 Bowers Museum Dinner Honoring ETSUKO & JOE PRICE
Sunday, June 12, 2011 UNITE4JAPAN Fundraising Concert
Thursday, June 09, 2011 For JAPAN We're United
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 Japan Matters: Japan’s Positive Impact on the Southern California Economy
Friday, June 03, 2011 Cheryl Burke Dance Laguna Niguel - Japan Relief Fundraiser
Thursday, May 26, 2011 The 85th Annual World Trade Week & International Trade Delegates Luncheon and Trade Fair
Thursday, May 19, 2011 Fifth Annual U.S. - Japan Green Conference
Saturday, April 30, 2011 Chivas USA vs New England Revolution
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 On The Mend 4 Japan hosted by Tiato Restaurant
Thursday, April 14, 2011 Meet & Greet with IndyCar Driver Takuma Sato
Monday, April 11, 2011 Operation Tomodachi
Saturday, April 02, 2011 102nd Anniversary Dinner
Saturday, April 02, 2011 First Annual JAS High Tech Fair
Sunday, March 06, 2011 19th Annual Whale Watch Cruise
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Friendship Through Food! at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza
Sunday, February 27, 2011 19th Annual Whale Watch Cruise
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Northern Trust Open Tickets Fore Charity
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Japan America Society's Annual Members' Meeting
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 Friendship Through Food! at The Capital Grille
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