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Act With Japan - Moving Forward Together

  • Saturday, March 07, 2015
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum (Stimson Auditorium): 1400 East Prospect St. Seattle WA 98112


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Act With Japan

Moving Forward Together 

The Next Generation of Japanese and American Leaders Coming Together to Strengthen Communities

A new generation of collaboration and exchange has emerged. 

Please join us as we learn from the lessons of Tohoku to move forward by building a stronger community together.

Saturday, March 7th @ 1:30pm

Open to Public & Free Admission:
Seattle Asian Art Museum

1:30 pm: Northwest Boychoir Apprentices Performance

1:45 pm: Panel Discussion + Q&A

2:35 pm:  20 years after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

2:45 pm: Ending performance by Songs of Hope

The panel will be moderated by King 5's Lori Matsukawa, and consists of speakers who have been involved in post-disaster reconstruction and US-Japan exchange efforts.

Songs of Hope is a community of Seattle-area musicians, artists, and other people who are dedicated to offering ongoing support to the Japan recovery effort.  Immediately after the 3. 11 disaster, they have started the benefit concert series and extended other activities such as organizing a community choir "Chorus of Hope" and a bake sale group "Nadeshiko Bakery."  At the end of the program, Chorus of Hope will be performing a song Hana wa Saku/Flowers Are Blooming, and Nadeshiko Bakery will provide Japanese-style baked goods outside of the museum.

- Collaboration after the Great East Japan Earthquake - Special Thanks to our Participants:

iLEAP is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and renew social leaders and global citizens through integrated leadership programs that ignite hope and transformation in the world.

Working with the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle, the PNW JET Alumni Association promotes and fosters Japanese/American cultural exchange, assists with and facilitates personnel recruitment for the JET Program, and provides support and assistance to new JET returnees.

Peace Winds America (PWA), a disaster preparedness and response organization (501(c)(3), focuses on reducing the devastating impact of natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific. PWA brings together governments, militaries, NGOs, multilaterals, and the private sector to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, with the Japan – U.S. relationship as the cornerstone of humanitarian assistance in the Asia Pacific region.

The Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (SKSCA) is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 non-profit association that helps promote and facilitate friendly relations between Seattle and our sister city of Kobe, Japan. Founded in 1957, the Seattle-Kobe relationship was the first such partnership for both cities.

  Promoting friendship, culture, and business exchange between Kobe and Seattle. The Kobe Trade Information Office was founded in 1961 when Kobe and Seattle became sister cities. Located in downtown Seattle, it's the US branch office for the city of Kobe, Japan

The purpose of the Kizuna program is to promote understanding about the current situation in Japan and recovery efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. Additionally, Kizuna will encourage greater understanding between the youth of Japan and the United States and foster long-term and ongoing interest in one another by providing firsthand experiences with the culture of the other.

Northwest Boychoir, Apprentices Ben Kromholtz and Maria Johnson, Directors.
The Northwest Boychoir Apprentices are young singers who are members of the training program that prepares choristers for advancement into the acclaimed Northwest Boychoir. This choir of boys ages 7-11 maintains an active performance schedule, as well as twice weekly rehearsals as part of their musical training

Sakura-Con is the Northwest's oldest and largest anime convention and the 2nd largest event of it's kind on the west coast. Presented by the 501c3 non profit and all volunteer, Asia-Northwest Cultural Education Association (ANCEA), Sakura-Con participated strongly in 2012 Tsunami relief efforts, helping to raise over $90,000 through it's online portals for international and Japanese charities providing Tsunami relief. In 2014, Sakura-Con had over 22 thousand attendees and is estimated to have the second largest economic impact of any event hosted at the Washington State Convention Center, bringing over $19 million to the local economy.


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