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

    • Saturday, October 17, 2015
    • Orange County Buddhist Church (Anaheim, CA)


    Japan America Society Southern California
    and OCBC Project Kokoro co-present

    Japanese Kites:
    Orizome Kite Workshop and Lecture

    Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Orange County Buddhist Church, Social Hall
    909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim, CA 92804

    This workshop will be conducted by Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki. During the lecture, he will introduce the history of kites in Japan, the materials and techniques used to build traditional Japanese kites, and differences in design and shape based on regions.

    A hands-on workshop will be conducted to introduce Japan and its culture through building of a small, traditional Japanese kite made of bamboo and washi (Japanese paper). Participants will learn how to decorate their kite using a traditional Japanese method using dye, and how to assemble it. Step-by-step instructions will be provided.

    Participation fee (Includes materials and refreshments)
    $30 JASSC or OCBC Members
    $40 Non-members or guests of members

    Children under the age of 12 are welcome to participate in this workshop and lecture, but must be accompanied by an adult. Due to limited space, up to 1 child per paid adult may participate.

    RSVP by October 14th. Space is limited.

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    • Saturday, October 17, 2015
    • The Riviera Country Club (Pacific Palisades, CA)

    Saturday, October 17, 2015
    5:30pm Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
    6:30pm Concert
    7:30pm Five Course Gourmet Dinner

    The Riviera Country Club
    1250 Capri Drive
    Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

    Ikuyo Nakamichi won the first prize and the Masuzawa Prize at the 51st Annual Japan Music Competition in her freshman year at Toho Gakuen School of Music. After taking numerous prizes in Japan and abroad, she began performing actively in Europe and Japan in 1987.

    She has performed as a soloist with many of the finest symphonies world-wide, including the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste; the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, both under Lorin Maazel; and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos— earning high critical acclaim. Nakamichi has given many recitals in Japan. Her series “Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas,” in particular, together with the companion recording, have earned Nakamichi high praise for her earnest attitude towards the works performed and for her superior musicality, firmly establishing her reputation as a fine interpreter of “Beethoven”. Her Mozart interpretations are noted as definitive by both critics and fans alike.

    Ikuyo Nakamichi Website

    To reserve, call The Riviera Country Club at (310) 454-6591, Ext 277

    $75.00 ++ per person

    72 Hour Cancellation Policy Will Apply 

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    Dinner Menu

    • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    • Aratani Theatre, JACCC (Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA)

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 8:00pm

    Aratani Theatre, JACCC
    244 S. San Pedro Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Blind since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii was joint Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. An inspirational musician with a formidable technique and a natural gift for pianistic colour, he has earned international recognition for the passion and excitement he brings to his live performances.

    Ticket Sales
    Reserved Seating Only
    Orchestra Level 2 @ $75 / JAS or JACCC Members $60
    Orchestra Level 3 @ $55 / JAS or JACCC Members $44
    Balcony @ $40

    JAS Members: Enter "JAS" to receive member discount.

    All Tickets Sales are Final No Refunds or Exchanges

    Box Office Tel: 213-680-3700, Window open; Wed.@ noon - 6pm

    For online ticket purchase, click here

    This concert is held in partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

    • Tuesday, November 03, 2015
    • InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills (Los Angeles, CA)

    Leadership Dialogue: How to Navigate Toward Your Greatest Potential

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015
    3:30pm Registration
    4:00-6:00pm Panel Discussion
    6:00-7:00pm Networking Reception

    InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
    at Beverly Hills

    2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Map & Directions

    In 2014, the Japan America Society of Southern California's Women's Leadership Counts Initiative was created as a first-of-its-kind initiative to provide a platform for women in business on both sides of the Pacific to engage in professional and leadership development. 

    Together with our partner organizations, business executives and community leaders, the Women's Leadership Counts Initiative will create a network that inspires action and moves the needle on women's leadership. It will also provide unparalleled opportunities to connect with current and future leaders.

    2015 seminar will bring together influential leaders from Japan and the U.S. to address the key factors and share the challenges that have contributed to their personal and business success. You will gain the insights into your strengths and learn how to take your leadership potential to the next level. The networking reception will provide opportunities to connect with speakers and attendees from a broad range of industries.

    Who Should Attend

    Current and future corporate, business, academic, non-profit and entrepreneurial women and men leaders who value the U.S-Japan collaboration and wish to expand their networks.

    Women’s Leadership Counts Initiative is made possible in part by a generous JAS Initiative grant from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


    - BIO
    President, Sumitomo Realty and Development U.S.A. Owner,
    InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills
    President, Sumitomo Fudosan Hotel Villa Fontaine Co., Ltd. Japan

    President, United Performer Studio
    Producer, Director, Casting Director, and Lyricist

    - BIO
    CEO, RAR Management Services LLC
    Retired National Senior Partner, KPMG LLC

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations
    ITO EN (North America) INC.


    Founder & CEO, Fraser Communications

    $45 Members
    $55 Non-Members
    $100 Admission plus new 1 year JASSC Membership ($75 value)

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    For attractive sponsorship opportunities, click here to download information or contact Kay Amano at amano@jas-socal.org or call 310-965-9050 ext 104.




    Women’s Leadership Counts Initiative
    is made possible in part by a generous
    JAS Initiative grant from
    The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

    Women's Leadership Counts Initiative is an official side event for Shine Weeks under World Assembly for Women in Tokyo: WAW! 2015 hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Asian Professional Exchange
    Foreign Trade Association
    The Japan HR Society (JHRS)
    Koyamada Foundation
    National Association of Women Business Owners LA
    Women in International Trade Los Angeles
    Women in International Trade Orange County

    • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    • Battleship USS Iowa (San Pedro, CA)

    The Japan America Society of Southern California invites past and present service members, families and government civilians who have served in Japan to our inaugural JUMP event.

    Thursday, November 19, 2015
    5:30pm Registration
    6:00pm Reception & Program

    Battleship USS Iowa
    250 S. Harbor Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90731

    $20 per person

    Through social networks and events, the Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) builds relationships and provides opportunities for service members to engage with each other. JUMP offers a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the U.S. and Japan.  Launched in April of this year, JUMP is a collaborative effort between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the Embassy of Japan in the USA and the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

    JASSC’s inaugural JUMP event, co-presented with the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, will take place on the fantail of the Battleship USS Iowa.  During the reception’s program, greetings will be provided by Admiral Dennis Blair, past Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command and current Chairman of the Board & CEO of Sasakawa USA, and additional U.S. military commanders.

    Japanese food and beverages will be served.

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Past events

Monday, September 28, 2015 47th Annual Japan America Golf Classic
Friday, September 18, 2015 危機管理セミナー ~日系企業が知っておくべきこと~
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Young Professionals Program & Networking Reception
Friday, July 17, 2015 Outdoor Screening & Producer's Talk: Hachi - A Dog's Tale
Monday, July 06, 2015 Masanori "Mashi" Murakami - Meet & Greet and Book Signing!
Saturday, July 04, 2015 IMAGINE ONE WORLD - Kimono Project Shows
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 JASSC 106th Anniversary Dinner & Gala Celebration
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 2015 Honda Accord Opportunity Drawing
Monday, May 11, 2015 Discussion and Book Signing with Janice P. Nimura Author of "Daughters of the Samurai"
Friday, May 01, 2015 Southern California Welcome Luncheon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Friendship Through Food at The Riviera Country Club
Saturday, March 21, 2015 Forum and Art Exhibit: Shadows for Peace, for the Sake of the Children, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Experience
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 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 08, 2015 LOVE TO NIPPON 2015 - 3.11 Memorial Event: Reflecting on Japan’s Worst Earthquake & Tsunami and Lessons Learned
Sunday, March 08, 2015 Documentary Screening: LIVE YOUR DREAM ~ The Taylor Anderson Story
Saturday, March 07, 2015 3rd Annual Japan Bowl of California
Thursday, February 19, 2015 JAPAN in 2015 Symposium
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 26th Meishi Kokan Kai - Business Card Exchange
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Business Networking Mixer and JAS Membership Drive
Monday, January 19, 2015 Networking Event with Young Community Leaders from Japan
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 JAPAN: Heading Where? Luncheon with Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
Thursday, November 20, 2014 2020 Women on Boards: 3rd Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity
Sunday, October 19, 2014 18th Annual Japan America Kite Festival® 第18回 日米凧あげ大会
Monday, September 22, 2014 46th Annual Japan America Golf Classic & Tennis Open
Friday, September 19, 2014 6th GOLD Symposium - The Power of Inclusion
Saturday, September 13, 2014 JAS Friendship Reception at The Imperial Hotel Tokyo
Monday, September 08, 2014 2014 JASSC Trip Through Tohoku
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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