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.

JASI GALA 2021 - June 22, 2021

Join JASI in Reaching for the Stars . . .  as we look forward and also reflect on the challenges of the past year and a half, we are inspired by the dedication and resilience of our members and the community.   We hope that the upcoming Gala will shine a bright light on our network and the JASI organization.  As we continue to follow the guidance of our corporate leaders, the Gala will be held as a virtual event.  We’re excited that the online format will allow us to reach even more broadly and welcome many special guests, indeed, reaching for the stars.   

Highlights of the special virtual Gala will include:

“Get to Know the CEO’s” Pre-Event Sessions featuring the executive leaders of Honda, Subaru, and Toyota.  Greetings from His Excellency Koji Tomita, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, The Embassy of Japan; and The Honorable Eric Holcomb, Governor of the State of Indiana.   Kampai Toast with the Honorable Kenichi Okada, Consul-General of Japan in Chicago.  Remarks and Overview of the Japan-U.S. Relationship by Ambassador David Shear, who most recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam under President Barack Obama.  Performance highlight will feature a live zoom with Japanese pop dancer Kenichi Ebina, Japan’s legendary performance artist.  Known as “Ebiken”, he is best known for winning the eighth season of America’s Got Talent, his unique style of dance combines hip hop, robotics, and matrix style movements.

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JASI's "Oishii Indiana"!

This episode of JASI’s “Oishii Indiana” features Hinata, the newly-opened restaurant in downtown Indianapolis.  A new endeavor by Nobu Nakajima, Hinata offers diners an elegant experience of kaiseki cuisine, a multi-course Japanese meal focused on an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes. Utilizing the freshest ingredients, Chef Akinori Tanigawa brings his culinary experience straight from Japan to this high-end Japanese restaurant in the heart of Indianapolis. 

Leave a comment letting us know your favorite dish at Hinata, and feel free to subscribe, like, and share the program with your friends! With this eighth and final episode, JASI concludes its “Oishii Indiana” series. We have enjoyed introducing a sample of the many wonderful Japanese restaurants in Indiana. We encourage you to try them and other Japanese restaurants in your area to experience a taste of Japan in the Midwest!

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JASI’s online series is made possible with support from the GEN-J program, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, and Japan-America Society of Indiana, with professional support from Monumental Productions. "Oishii Indiana" will help you discover the best of Japanese cuisine in Indiana! 

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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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