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Urban Expedition: Japan Feb 11

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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.

Main stage entertainment includes taiko drumming, Japanese martial arts, koto, shakuhachi flute. dance, and a kimono show.  Exhibits include ikebana, a student photography exchange, Como Park; activities include playing the Japanese strategy game of “GO” led by members of the Twin Cities GO Society, and many crafts.

 

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

Shinnenkai 2018 New Years Celebration

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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

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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

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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

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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 5:00 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

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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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