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

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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 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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

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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

Saint Paul Civic Symphony First Concert of Season Oct 22

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Saint Paul Civic Symphony First Concert of Season Oct 22

“An Autumn Journey”

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 3
  • Takemitsu – Night Signal
  • Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela
  • Adams – Tromba Lontana
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol

Featuring a parade of soloists from the orchestra!

October 22nd,  2017 – 1:00pm

The Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Visit our website for more information.

Nov 15 Sushi Social and Business Meeting

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Nov 15 Sushi Social and Business Meeting

Enjoy Sushi and sake at SPNSCC annual business meeting on Wednesday, November 15, from 6:30 to 8:30at Kellogg Square Apartments party room. This members only event will include election of officers for 2018, budget update, review of the year, and update on the strategic plan.  There is no charge for this event, but donations to cover the cost of food will be accepted at the door.

Who: All members
What: Annual business meeting of Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee
When: Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Kellogg Square Apartments, party room
111 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul
**parking available in attached garage for $4
Why:  To share our strategic plan, take care of business and to enjoy Japanese treats together

Please RSVP to JoAnn by Monday, November 10 at spnscc@gmail.com so we have enough sushi!

 

Nov 10 Concert for Peace at the Ordway

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Nov 10 Concert for Peace at the Ordway

“Then spake Sir Launcelot . . . and I shall send a messenger unto my lord Arthur,
a treaty for to take; for better is peace than always war.”
                                 Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory (1485)

 

Venue:  Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
Concert Date:  Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets:  Online at www.ordway.org and Ordway Ticket Office at 651.224.4222  
Ticket Discount Code:  St. Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee: SPNSCC
More Information:  Visit the Oratorio Society of Minnesota website at www.oratorio.org

In observance of Veterans Day 2017, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota presents a program dedicated to the universal longing for world peace. Joining with the Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra will be the Prior Lake High School Concert Choir as part of the Oratorio Society’s Viva Coro! youth engagement program.

THE ARMED MAN: A Mass for Peace recently celebrated a remarkable 2000 performances worldwide, confirming its status as the most frequently programmed new classical work for choir and orchestra of recent decades. It is a powerful and compelling account of the descent into, and terrible consequences of, war. Dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, this work is a contemporary example of a mass based on the 15th century French song L’homme armé (The Armed Man). Although set within the framework of the Christian mass, only four of its thirteen movements are traditional Mass elements. The composer uses additional texts from the Qur’an, the Psalms, the Mahàbhàrata, Rudyard Kipling, and Lord Tennyson. This is a major choral work which recognizes what the preamble to the United Nations Charter calls “the scourge of war” as a universal tragedy.

THE PEACEMAKERS (selections), premiered in 2012, the work sets words of peace from iconic, world-changing figures such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, along with other inspirational quotations of Mother Teresa, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank and the Dalai Lama. One line from the Persian mystic poet Rumi sums up the ethos of the work: ‘All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you’.

KARL JENKINS A recent survey shows that Welsh born composer Karl Jenkins is now the most performed living composer in the world. His recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum discs, while his The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace has received over 2000 performances worldwide since its premiere in 2000. Jenkins’ music, drawn from rock, jazz and classical forms, transcends traditional boundaries, from the global crossover phenomenon Adiemus to his hugely popular settings of Requiem and Stabat Mater.

 

Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration Events

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Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration Events

Each event unique – participate in one or all!

Each year we remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the hope that people will remember the horrors of war and pledge never again.

  • Saturday, August 5 at 6 p.m. Commemorative Tea Ceremony at Lyndale Park Peace Garden near Lake Harriet, performed by Yukimakai Tea Study Group
  • Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 a.m. Ceremony of the Cranes at Lyndale Park Peace Garden; telling of the Sadako story; David Swanson from the Peace and Democracy Convention will speak
  • Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. Nagasaki Commemoration at the Global Harmony Labyrinth at Como Park; Caren Stelson, speaker
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Lantern Lighting Festival renamed Como Japanese Obon Festival

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Lantern Lighting Festival renamed Como Japanese Obon Festival

New name reflects Japanese holiday the event celebrates.

The 2017 Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival is being renamed to reflect Obon holiday it is based off of. The new Como Japanese Obon Festival will feature the same type entertainment, food and vendors! St. Paul – Nagasaki will be selling floating lanterns this year for festival goers to take home or float on the lily pond.

This year’s festival, produced by Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM), and St. Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee, will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, St. Paul, from 3:00-9:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to assist with general festival set up on Saturday, August 19, and at the SPNSCC booth assisting with crafts and sales on Sunday, August 20. We espcially need people able to write calligraphy on the Japanese floating lanterns. Sunday shifts for set up begins at 2:00 pm and two shifts for booth workers are available from 3:00-5:30 pm and 5:30-8:00 pm. Contact JoAnn at spnscc@gmail.com to volunteer.

11th Day Prayer for Peace

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11th Day Prayer for Peace

Theme is “Every Word is Precious”

The 11th Day Prayer for Peace is an annual event planned by SPNSCC with the Justice Committee of the Sisters and Consociates of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The theme for the prayer is “Every Word is Precious.” Leo B. Hansen will play his shakuhachi flute, Noriko Ishida and JoAnn Blatchley will read poetry, and Connie Bowen and Margaret McRaith will read from Caren Stelson’s book Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bombing Survivor’s Story.

11th Day Prayer for Peace
Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel
Tuesday, July 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dinner in honor of Takayuki Miyanishi and students

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Event, News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dinner in honor of Takayuki Miyanishi and students

Dinner in honor of Takayuki Miyanishi and students
Dinner in honor of Takayuki Miyanishi and students
Sunday, June 4, 6:00 p.m.
Joseph’s Grill
140 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
Roast beef, walleye, and fettuccine alfredo choices
Please RSVP you preference.
 
$20 per person
 
Register by Thursday, June 1, and please pay via Paypal. Thank you!

Meal Choices



Harukaze Concert (JASM) on the 7th

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Event, News | Comments Off on Harukaze Concert (JASM) on the 7th

Harukaze Concert (JASM) on the 7th
Nagasaki University/MetroState student exchange
 
We welcome Ayano Tsuchihashi and Yoshiki Ohgi to Minnesota as the first Nagasaki University students to participate in the exchange with Metropolitan State University.  Ayano and Yoshiki will attend COMM 499 led by Professor Michal Moskow and homestay with families living near Como Park. 
 
In August, students from MetroState will attend class in Nagasaki. 
 
The exchange, which was formalized in February 2017, began in 2015 when then interim president Devinder Malhotra  met the president of Nagasaki University while on the 60th Sister City anniversary trip to Nagasaki led by Mayor Coleman.  The exchange will be facilitated (IS THIS THE WORD I WANT?) by the SACHIKO Peace Scholarship through MetroState.