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.

Online Yosakoi Dance Event

The Japan-America Society of Indiana (JASI) has created a collaborative online Yosakoi dance festival with Indiana’s “Sister State” in Japan, Tochigi Prefecture!  Yosakoi is a unique, highly-energetic style of dance that originated in Japan, combining traditional Japanese dance movements with modern upbeat music.  The professional dancers of the Seiya Yosakoi group in Kanuma City will perform live from Tochigi for this event!  You’re welcome to tune in and watch the Indiana-Tochigi dance event, and if the spirit moves you, we invite you to join the dance! 

For more information and to register, click here!

JASI Introduces "Oishii Indiana"!

JASI is excited to present the fifth installment of "Oishii Indiana" featuring Sakura Japanese Restaurant in Indianapolis!   One of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Indiana, Sakura has proven time and again that it’s not just a place to enjoy great food, but also great relationships.  This special episode shares the story of the “Gabe Roll” which shows the heart of this enduring restaurant. 

Leave a comment letting us know your favorite dish or memory at Sakura, and feel free to like and share the program with your friends! For each episode, your comments will enter you in a drawing for a gift card from that restaurant! Be sure to tag your post on Facebook using #OishiiIndiana to be eligible.

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JASI’s new online series is made possible with support from the GEN-J program and the Japan Foundation New York and the Center for Global Partnership.

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"JASI PPE Path Forward Campaign" in COVID-19

The Japan-America Society of Indiana always strives to be in-step with our members during challenging times, bringing together our statewide community in a meaningful way, and facilitating the sharing of resources and information.   JASI announces the “PPE Path Forward” Campaign to help provide assistance to first responders, medical facilities, and communities.  Businesses are asked to consider donations of “personal protective equipment” to help meet the critical need for these items, including  masks, protective goggles, isolation gowns, full length face shields, children’s health face masks, nitrile gloves, sanitizers, etc.   JASI’s campaign is structured in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Indiana National Guard. 

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COVID-19 Information for the Japanese Community in Indiana

Dear JASI Members and Friends:

To help provide service and support for our members and the Japanese community, JASI has complied information regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

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Indiana's Back on Track Information in Japanese

As a community organization, we believe it is important to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  In the interest of the health and safety of our staff, the Japan-America Society of Indiana will be working from home.  During this period we will continue to monitor and respond to emails remotely but our response time may be delayed.  Thank you for your understanding.

The JASI Staff

JETRO Quick Business Surveys During COVID-19

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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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