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Volunteers Needed for Festival of Nations – May 3-6

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on Volunteers Needed for Festival of Nations – May 3-6

Volunteers Needed for Festival of Nations – May 3-6

Mark you calendars for the 86th annual Festival of Nations at Rivercentre in downtown Saint Paul May 3 to 6.  The Festival is open to student groups during the day on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, and those evenings plus all day Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, for the general public.  Sansei Yonsei Kai will perform Japanese dances several times (see program) and also runs a food booth and kimono booth during the festival.  Contact Linda van Dooijeweert to help out at the Festival.  linda AT urbantravelertransit DOT com

Guests from Nagasaki

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on Guests from Nagasaki

Guests from Nagasaki
Summer 2018 will be a busy time for hosting guests from Nagasaki.  Takayuki Miyanishi, president of the Nagasaki-St. Paul Sister City Committee, will lead a student delegation to Metropolitan State University in early June.  The students will participate in a three week course at MetroState and live in the dorm at Concordia University.  They do need weekend hosts, however, and an occasional evening out.  Contact spnscc@gmail.com if you can host.
June 20 to 23 will bring Kaho Yamashita and her friend back to Minnesota.  Kaho first came to Minnesota as a Junshin singer; she returned in the summer of 2014 to do research for her senior thesis at Junshin University.
In August we will welcome Anna Mori as the Rotary Exchange student for the 2018-19 school year.  Anna visited Minnesota with the official mayoral delegation in August 2015 and is looking forward to renewing friendships and making new ones.

Cherry Tree Celebration – June 2

Posted by on Apr 17, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on Cherry Tree Celebration – June 2

Cherry Tree Celebration – June 2
 Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 11:30am
Como Park
The mid-April snowfall may delay the blooming of the cherry trees at Como Park, but our celebration of the trees will be Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Harisen Daiko will begin our program shortly before 9:30.  Sansei Yonsei Kai will perform spring dances.  Minnehaha Kendo will demonstrate Japanese martial arts.  We will welcome guests from Nagasaki University and announce the winner of the When Will the Cherries Bloom? contest.  Be present to be eligible for a drawing of a gift certificate to Bachman’s.  Many Japanese and cherry blossom-related crafts will be offered and cherry themed treats served.  The event is free and family friendly.
Park in the Butterfly Parking Lot off of Nason or on the street as you enter Como Park from Lexington.  Listen for the taiko drums!

Dinner Feb 23 to Honor NSPSCC President Takayuki Miyanish

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on Dinner Feb 23 to Honor NSPSCC President Takayuki Miyanish

Dinner Feb 23 to Honor NSPSCC President Takayuki Miyanish

Dinner honoring Takayuki Miyanishi, president of the Nagasaki St. Paul Sister City Committee, at 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth United Church at 1658 Lincoln Avenue (entrance in rear of building near parking lot).  A catered Asian buffet with vegetarian options will be offered for $12 member, $15 non-member, $30 family with children, and free for Hamline and Metropolitan State University students participating in exchanges with Nagasaki. Register by Tuesday, February 20.

Where: Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Date: February 23, 2018 at 6pm

RSVP by Feb 20!


Registration
Please list attendee names



Hamline and Metro State Students are FREE.  Students please RSVP to JoAnne at spnscc@gmail.com

Urban Expedition: Japan Feb 11

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on Urban Expedition: Japan Feb 11

Urban Expedition: Japan Feb 11

Sunday, February 11, 2018

1-3pm

Landmark Center, Saint Paul

Satisfy your travel bug this winter and “travel” around the world with Landmark Center. The 2018 season of international adventures kicks off on Jan. 21, 1-3 p.m. Urban Expedition is always free and features crafts, exhibits, music, and dance.  Japanese food will be available for purchase.

 

Entertainment includes taiko drumming by Taikollaborative and Harisen Daiko, dance and kimono show featuring Sansei Yonsei Kai dancers, martial arts demonstrations by Art of Budo, traditional koto music by Fern Davidson and shakuhachi flute by Leo Hanson.  Exhibits include Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) and tree shaping (bonsai), Japanese language camp, Sister Cities, and much more.  Lots of hands-on activities including origami and the game “GO” taught by the Twin Cites Go Society.  Guess when the cherry trees will bloom? contest and crafts. Food available for purchase from Silhouette Bakery and others.  Free street parking in St. Paul on Sundays; ramps available.

 

If you are interested in volunteering contact JoAnn at spnscc@gmail.com

Shinnenkai 2018 New Years Celebration

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on Shinnenkai 2018 New Years Celebration

Ever want to visit Japan? Here is your chance to do it without having to buy a plane ticket! JASM is bringing the sights, tastes, and sounds of a Japanese New Year to Minnesota through our Shinnenkai celebration. Shinnenkai is JASM’s annual New Year Celebration in which we hope that, by bringing the traditions of a Japanese New Year celebration to Minnesota, we can promote cultural exchange and new experiences in a fun environment.  There will be cultural performances, delicious Japanese food, a raffle, and children’s activities as we hope to create a fun family atmosphere that allows people of all ages to come together and experience a Japanese New Year!

 

We need volunteers to staff a SPNSCC booth.  Please e-mail spnscc@gmail.com if interested.  Free admission, if a volunteer.

SPCS Winter Carnival Hot & ‘Cool’ Classics Concert

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Event, News | Comments Off on SPCS Winter Carnival Hot & ‘Cool’ Classics Concert

SPCS Winter Carnival Hot & ‘Cool’ Classics Concert

Sunday, January 28th, 2018
2:00pm

Landmark Center, St. Paul

  • A program of popular classics with a relaxed Saint Paul Winter Carnival vibe.

JASM Shinnenkai 2018

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on JASM Shinnenkai 2018

SPNSCC will be exhibiting at this event.  We will have our When will the cherries bloom? contest and a craft.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let JoAnn know, at spnscc@gmail.com

Shinnenkai is an annual event which endeavors to bring the traditions of New Year celebrations as they are conducted in Japan to Minnesota. We will be promoting  cultural exchange and new experiences in a fun environment with performances, delicious Japanese food, a silent auction, mini-workshops, and children’s activities. We hope to create a fun family atmosphere that allows people of all ages to come together and experience a Japanese New Year!

When: 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Where:

Washington Technology Magnet School

Great Hall

1495 Rice Street

St. Paul, MN 55117 (Google Map)

Make a reservation today!

To make a reservation via Paypal, visit the JASM website here.

Annual Dinner to Honor Metro State – Nagasaki University Exchange Dec 2

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Event, News | Comments Off on Annual Dinner to Honor Metro State – Nagasaki University Exchange Dec 2

Annual Dinner to Honor Metro State – Nagasaki University Exchange Dec 2

Saturday, December 2, at Metro State

Saint Paul – Nagasaki’s Annual Celebration Dinner willl be held on Saturday, December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.at Metro State in St. Paul. The cost is $40 a person; meat and vegetarian options will be available.

We will be honoring the relationship between Metro State and Nagasaki University who have completed their first year of student exchanges.

Entertainment by Sansei Yonsei Kai dance group and Taikollaborative, a taiko drumming group.

Who: Members and friends
What: Dinner with entertainment and honorees
When: Saturday, December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Please NOTE time adjusted from previously posted.)
Where: Metro State
700 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Cost: $40 per person for served meal (roast beef, walleye or butternut squash ravioli)

Registrations

Dinner options
Please list attendee name



To register a second person select “continue shopping” in the upper right-hand corner once you get to the paypal screen.

RSVPs MUST be in by November 20th!!!

Look for your formal invitation in the mail!

 

Lanesboro marks Anniversary of Return of the Sword

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Event, News | Comments Off on Lanesboro marks Anniversary of Return of the Sword

Lanesboro marks Anniversary of Return of the Sword

Lanesboro marks Anniversary of Return of the Sword on September 21, 2017. 

   

 

Ron Amdahl. Caren Stelson and JoAnn Blatchley with moderator Alan Witgren