Welcome to the Japan-America Society of Indiana

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge of friendship between the people of Indiana and Japan. The Society is supported by a diverse membership of individuals, families, businesses and academic institutions.

Workforce and Innovation Development Program

Sponsored by
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
Purdue University

The program, featuring guest speakers The Honorable Naoki Ito, Consul-Generla of Japan in Chicago and Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University, will focus on successful efforts and promote future engagement linking Japanese direct investment, state and local government priorities for supporting economic and community vitality, and university capabilities in workforce and innovation development.

For more information, click here.

Fort Wayne Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

The 12th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Sunday, May 20th from Noon to 5:00PM in Fort Wayne.  Located at the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne, the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a great day filled with wonderful Japanese food, entertainment, shopping, contests and more. 

For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival webpage at https://www.cherryblossomfw.com/.

We hope to see you there!

Where Goes the Neighborhood Program Report

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) partnered with the Indiana Council on World Affairs (ICWA) to offer the Japan Update to a broad-based audience of Americans concerned with global issues.  In collaborating with the ICWA, we hoped to offer the program to a wider network and to attract new guests.  In previous years, the “Update” program has focused on several key categories, including local economic development, manufacturing, and trade.  This year, the usual template was adjusted to devote more attention to the global landscape.

To read a full program report, click here!

Hear JASI Japan Update speaker Kunihiko Miyake, President, Canon Institute for Global Studies, Tokyo, Japan, discuss his recent trip to Indiana during an interview with a Japanese morning news program. His remarks on his visit to Indiana begin right at the one minute mark.

Click here for the interview (in Japanese)



JASI Culture Center - Capital Campaign

We are delighted to announce the construction of a JASI Japan Culture Center in the Union Station building, an historic landmark in downtown Indianapolis!  With a prominent, front-of-building location, and a Japanese architectural design, the new Japan Culture Center will bring the “Japan brand” front and center to the State and City.  It will allow JASI to greatly expand its offerings, providing a venue for tea ceremonies, classes, cultural workshops, training, meetings, and receptions.  

Improving JASI’s physical space has been a goal for nearly ten years.  With these objectives, the JASI Board of Directors has set forth a first-ever Capital Campaign to fund the completion of construction and to provide a reserve fund for future enhancements.

For more information and for donor opportunities, click here.

JASI Mentioned in Nikkei Article by Mitoji Yabunaka

Nikkei Newspaper Evening Edition published an article by Mitoji Yabunaka about the Indiana-Japan relationship and that mentions JASI.  Mr. Yabunaka was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government and served as the Consul-General of Japan in Chicago from 1998 to 2002. 

To read the full article, click here!

Conferral of The Order of the Rising Sun,
Gold and Silver Rays Upon Ms. Theresa A. Kulczak

On November 3, 2016 (Japan Time), the Government of Japan announced the recipients of the 2016 Autumn Imperial Decorations.  Among the 96 foreign recipients is Ms. Theresa A. Kulczak, Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Indiana.  She will receive The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in recognition of her significant contribution to promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.  The prestigious decoration is conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

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