Upcoming events

    • Sunday, April 30, 2017
    • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Pike Place Market Atrium Suites 1433 1st Ave, Seattle,WA

    Celebrate Washoku 2017

    Cha-kaiseki (茶懐石) at Cha-ji (茶事)

    Join us on April 30th to learn about Japanese Tea Ceremony and the importance of cha-kaiseki, tea, and kimono in regards to tea ceremony.

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    Experience how food, clothing, ritual, and tea come together to create the Japanese tea ceremony.

    Chef Hiro Tawara will artfully prepare an exquisite cha-kaiseki bentou box lunch for all attendees. Keiko Tanaka, an esteemed teacher of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony, will explain the role of cha-kaiseki in the tea ceremony as well as provide samples of usucha and ohigashi. Kimono Master Yu Ugawa, an expert educator on the revered art of Japanese kimono, will give a presentation about the beauty of kimono, including the manners and etiquette of wearing kimono. Every aspect will combine to make this tea gathering a once-in-a-lifetime gathering.

    Featuring sake tasting by

    Gold sponsor


    Keiko Tanaka, Ph.D

    Keiko Tanaka was born in Nagano Prefecture. She gradutated from Tsuda college in Tokyo with a BA in English, after which she went on to obtain her BS in Telecommunications at State University of New York at Utica/Rome, as well as her MA and PhD in Communication from the University of Washington. Currently, she is working as a consultant in IT (Information Technology) and management. She has studied the Urasenke Tradition of Tea for almost 40 years—in Japan, Boston, New York City, and Seattle. Tea Name: Sokei. A board member of Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association since 2005 and the Chief of Administration of the Association since 2015.

    Yu Ugawa

    Yu Ugawa’s career started when she married a kimono retailer in Kobe City. Since then she has expanded her retail business and is now head instructor of a kimono school. She also established the bridal group “You and Yu” and was appointed chairperson for “I Love Kimono Yukinokai Organization” in Japan. Yu Ugawa has presented kimono shows in various locations. In 2013 she gave her Japanese kimono wedding presentation at the Seattle Japanese Garden, in June 2014, her Retro Modern Kimono Show at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, in 2016 Yukata show at the Japan Fair in Bellevue Meydenbauer Center.

    Hiro Tawara

    Hiro Tawara began studying kaiseki, Japanese traditional multi-course cuisine, as an apprentice at one of Kyoto's famous kaiseki restaurants. After becoming an executive chef in Japan, he moved to Seattle in 2005 and has worked at local institutions such as I Love Sushi, Shiro’s, and Sushi Kappo Tamura. In his quest to introduce kaiseki to Seattle, he began WA’S Kitchen two years ago and hosts monthly “The Beauty of Kaiseki” events at the Pike Place Market. He also does catering and collaborating on events to showcase kaiseki. 

    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue Seattle, WA 98101

    Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series:

    Preserving the Floating World

    Tuesday, May 23

    6:00-8:00 PM

    Seattle Art Museum
    South Lobby and Auditorium

    Join JASSW at SAM for a lecture on the James A. Michener collection of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) by Robert F. Lange Curator of Japanese Art, Stephen Salel. Prior to the lecture, we will hold a reception complete with appetizers and wine. During the reception, there will be newly created talk-back boards available for audience members to view works from the SAM collection and write their own comments and questions on the board. The museum will also invite those interested to attend a 15-minute tour of the newly opened installation of Japanese art, Contemporary Ceramics and Basketry: Back to the Future.  


    6:00-7:00 PM:
    Reception (South Lobby)
    Includes wine, appetizers, and optional tour of newly opened installation of Japanese art.

    Lecture by Stephen Salel (SAM Auditorium)

    Beyond his fame as Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Tales of the South Pacific and Hawaii, James A. Michener is well remembered as an enthusiastic collector of fine art. He managed to assemble the third largest collection of ukiyo-e in the United States, which he then gifted to the Honolulu Museum of Art. His donation  now comprises approximately half of the museum's collection of more than 10,000 Japanese ukiyo-e.

    Stephen Salel has been with the Robert F. Lange Foundation for over five years. Before he joined the museum, he managed Kagedo Japanese Art, an art gallery in Seattle, WA. Salel received his MA in Art History from the University of Washington, where he specialized in early modern Japanese painting. His exhibitions have included a series that he co-curated with Curator of Asian Art Shawn Eichman on Japanese erotic art (shunga), which earned him a nomination for an Excellence in Outstanding Small Exhibitions award and an Honorable Mention by the Association of Art Museum Curators.

    • Friday, July 21, 2017
    • 11:00 AM
    • Redmond Ridge, Redmond, WA

    RSVP Deadline:  July 15th!!

    57th Annual Golf Tournament

    July 21, 2017

    Redmond Ridge Golf Club

    Join the Japan-America Society for the 57th Annual Golf Tournament at Redmond Ridge Golf Club! It's a great venue with some spectacular views! Come join your fellow colleagues for some fun on the green!  Scramble format with prizes for top teams.  Great raffle prizes as well.  Proceeds support the Japan in the Schools (JIS) and JASSW business and cultural education programs.

    See our flyer below. Don't forget to pass along to your friends and colleagues!

    Become a Player!
    Individuals $175 / Foursome $700
    Not a Golfer? 
    Join for Dinner! $38

    Please sign up for sponsorship and golf in 2017!    

Past events

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Annual Meeting 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017 Volunteer for Sakura-Con!
Saturday, March 25, 2017 JASSW presents: Pacific Bonsai Tour
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 JYPG Presents:"Networking and Its Importance" with Mr. Tay Yoshitani, former CEO of Port of Seattle
Thursday, February 02, 2017 Board Meeting - February 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017 Japan Update Series: The Influence of Zen on Japanese Culture and Business
Friday, January 13, 2017 Japan Business Association of Seattle Shinnenkai
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2016 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 VOLUNTEER for the 2016 Holiday Celebration Dinner and Auction
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Japan in the Schools Volunteer Training & Workshop!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Board Meeting - October 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Empowerment of Women in the U.S and Japan
Saturday, September 17, 2016 Beyond Reconciliation: Honor Nisei Veterans and Celebrate Japan-US Alliance
Saturday, September 03, 2016 VOLUNTEER for the Japan Fair
Friday, July 22, 2016 56th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 22, 2016 Volunteer for the 56th Annual Golf Tournament
Sunday, July 17, 2016 JBA/JASSW Summer Social BBQ
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Send-off for WNBA Seattle Storm's Ramu Tokashiki
Monday, June 27, 2016 A Night with Ambassador Sasae and Mariners' Nori Aoki
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Board Meeting
Monday, May 23, 2016 CELEBRATE WASHOKU: Sake and food pairing event
Friday, April 22, 2016 VOLUNTEER for the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival!
Thursday, March 31, 2016 Update on Japan and Role in Asia ~ Japan's importance in the future of Asia
Saturday, March 12, 2016 Remember, Repair, Prepare
Saturday, January 30, 2016 JIS Volunteer Training Workshop
Thursday, January 28, 2016 Board Meeting -- January 2016
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Clean Energy Pathways for Japan and the U.S.
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, September 28, 2015 Nomikai
Sunday, September 27, 2015 The Japanese-American History Tour of the Bainbridge Island
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Japan-America Society Night in Tacoma
Friday, August 28, 2015 Japan Students Group - Costco Visit
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Seattle Storm Japan Night
Sunday, July 19, 2015 JAS/JBA Summer Social
Friday, July 17, 2015 55th Annual Golf Tournament
Sunday, June 28, 2015 Nisei Trilogy Screening - MIS
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Nisei Trilogy Screening - 442
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Breakfast with Dr. Sheila Smith
Thursday, June 18, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, May 15, 2015 Salute to Japanese Baseball Night
Friday, May 01, 2015 Tech Startup Fireside Chat (Powered by Microsoft Ventures)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Annual Meeting and Dinner 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Business Round Table: Empowering Women in the US and Japan
Saturday, March 07, 2015 Act With Japan - Moving Forward Together
Sunday, March 01, 2015 Kimono Jack at Benaroya/Soundbridge
Saturday, February 28, 2015 VIP Event: New Voices from Japan (NVJ) Conference
Monday, February 23, 2015 Kobe Beef
Monday, February 09, 2015 Japan Young Professionals Group - Nomikai
Friday, January 30, 2015 JASSW Q3 Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Estate Planning and Family Law in Japan and America
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 2014 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Saturday, November 15, 2014 "Japanese American History, Unknown" ~Nisei Trilogy Screening Kick-off~ (Invitation only)
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Perspectives on a Career in the United States Foreign Service
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Board Meeting (Board members only)
Friday, September 26, 2014 JSG ”就活シートで新しい自分を見つける 気づきのワークショップ”
Friday, September 12, 2014 A Journey Back in Time "Evening at Panama Hotel"
Monday, September 08, 2014 Tomodachi - Welcome Party
Friday, August 22, 2014 会計士に聞こう! ~ビジネスに生かせる会計知識~
Saturday, August 09, 2014 Seattle Reign FC: Japan Night
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Fujisaki and Makihara -- Special Reception
Friday, July 18, 2014 54th Annual Golf Tournament
Friday, July 18, 2014 Volunteer! for the 54th Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Pre-game Meet & Greet Reception at the Mariners
Friday, June 20, 2014 U.S.-Japan Relations – The Implications for the Pacific Northwest Economy and Trade
Friday, June 20, 2014 Marc Knapper: Life in Foreign Service (Japanese)
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Board Meeting (Board members only)
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Kimono Jack at Deco Japan
Monday, May 05, 2014 Celebrate Washoku: UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 JSG Zadankai Nihongo - 『商社』
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 The night of the Annual Dinner- Hotel room rate at Marriott Waterfront
Saturday, April 12, 2014 JIS Training Workshop
Friday, March 21, 2014 Kimono Jack at Benaroya Hall
Sunday, March 09, 2014 ACT For Japan
Sunday, March 09, 2014 Act For Japan-Volunteer Registration-
Friday, February 21, 2014 Series on Visiting JASSW Corporate Members (Students only): Costco
Thursday, February 13, 2014 第1回JSG Workshop ~女性のためのキャリアフォーラム~
Friday, January 31, 2014 JSG Zadankai Nihongo - 根本鮎子弁護士に聞く
Thursday, January 09, 2014 Shinnenkai
Thursday, January 09, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, December 30, 2013 Meet and Greet with Ryozanpaku Graduate School members
Sunday, December 08, 2013 JIS Training Workshop
Friday, December 06, 2013 Series on Visiting JASSW Corporate Members (Students only): Microsoft
Friday, December 06, 2013 Series on Visiting JASSW Corporate Members (Students only): Microsoft
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 Raffle and Drink tickets for Holiday Celebration Dinner and Auction
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2013 Holiday Celebration Dinner & Auction
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2013 Holiday Dinner & Auction - Volunteers
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 The Night of the JASSW Holiday Dinner - Special room rate at Westin Hotel
Sunday, November 10, 2013 Honor & Sacrifice: The Story of Roy Matsumoto
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 JYPG and JASSW November Networking
Thursday, October 24, 2013 JISG Katariba 第一弾 松原規人氏 "外資系広告代理店より博報堂へ"
Friday, October 18, 2013 Business Roundtable: Japan Update - Event Sponsorship
Friday, October 18, 2013 Japan Update: Business Opportunities for 2014 and Beyond
Monday, September 23, 2013 Training Workshop for JIS
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Training Workshop for JIS
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Aki Matsuri - Volunteers
Thursday, September 05, 2013 Board of Directors Retreat
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Kansai for Business and Tourism" Hyogo-Washington Sister State 50-Year Anniversary event
Saturday, July 20, 2013 JBA & JAS Summer Social 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 53rd Annual Golf Tournament -- Player Registration
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 53rd Annual Golf Tournament -- Sponsorships
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 53rd Annual Golf Tournament -- Volunteer
Friday, June 21, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Doing Business in the USA: Starting a Business
Friday, May 24, 2013 Series on "Visiting JASSW Corporate Members"
Friday, April 26, 2013 Sakura Matsuri - Volunteers
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013 ☆ SAKURA-CON VOLUNEERS ☆
Sunday, March 24, 2013 U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World
Sunday, March 10, 2013 "Shout Out" to Japan -- Cheers from Seattle
Sunday, March 03, 2013 "Shout Out to Japan!" Community practice to learn to sing "Hana wa saku"
Monday, February 25, 2013 Speaker Series: Justice Gonzalez
Sunday, February 24, 2013 "Shout Out to Japan!" Community practice to learn to sing "Hana wa saku"
Sunday, February 17, 2013 "Shout Out to Japan!" Community practice to learn to sing "Hana wa saku"
Thursday, February 14, 2013 送別会 - Farewell Gathering
Sunday, January 27, 2013 New Year's Party/Kimono Jack at Celebrate Asia
Friday, January 25, 2013 Learn to Wear Kimono
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 JYPG Shinnenkai 新年会
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Tax Update Seminar
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 Bonenkai
Monday, October 08, 2012 Glen Fukushima
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