Japan-America Society of Indiana

2011 Annual Gala
Stories from Space and Japan’s Invincible Spirit

Friday, June 17, 2011

Featured Speaker: Dr. Koichi Wakata, Astronaut
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Please click here for the Online Registration!

Download the Invitation and the Response Card (PDF files) here!


Indiana Roof Ballroom
140 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Dr. Koichi WakataAbout the Featured Speaker

JAXA Astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata will become the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station (ISS) when he travels there in 2013.  This will be the fourth space mission and second long-term assignment for Japan’s most accomplished astronaut.  JASI looks forward to a very special evening as Astronaut Wakata shares his experiences in space and demonstrates the indomitable spirit of the Japanese people, which is especially important as they continue to recover from the disasters triggered by the earthquake in March. 

Dr. Wakata's visit was made possible through the special support of The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago.

Koichi Wakata (Ph.D.) Biograhical Data
Astronaut, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
(Link to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration )

ENTERTAINMENT: The Genki Band and Ensemble Musicians directed by Hidetaka Niiyama
We’re delighted to showcase the Genki Band of Columbus, Indiana, which first performed at
the “Pray For Japan” Columbus fundraising event for earthquake relief. The band will be
joined by professional orchestral players directed by Hidetaka Niiyama.



Please click here for the Online Registration!

Download the Invitation and the Response Card (PDF files) here!

Please register with the JASI office by Friday, June 10, 2011.

Patron Corporate Table of 8: $1800
Corporate Table of 8: $800
Patron Individual: $200
Individual: $80

Patrons' Reception limited to Sponsor and Patron Guests.

Registration will take place at the door. Advance tickets will not be mailed.

Annual Gala Information

Patrons’ Reception* : 5:30-6:30 p.m.
General Reception : 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Dinner, Program, and Entertainment : 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

*Patrons’ Reception limited to Sponsor and Patron

Business Attire or Traditional Japanese Attire

Spouses, friends, and associates are most welcome!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Japan-America Society of Indiana and support its
efforts to promote friendship, exchange, and cooperation between Indiana and Japan.


With Appreciation to the Sponsors:

Title Sponsors

Duke Energy Indiana

Eli Lilly and Company

Premiere Sponsors
Barnes & Thornburg

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana

Grand Sponsors
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Hoosier Energy
Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Subaru of Indiana Automotive
Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

Major Sponsors
BKD CPAs and Advisors
Butler Toyota / Scion
Carroll County Economic Development / REMC
Cornerstone Environmental, Health & Safety
Crowe Horwath
Elwood Staffing
Enkei America
Fifth Third Bank
GECOM Corporation
Indiana Packers Corporation
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Keihin North America
Knox County Development Corporation
KYB Manufacturing North America
Nachi America
NTN Driveshaft
Ogletree Deakins Law Firm
PNC Bank
Toyota Tsusho America
Vectren Corporation
Vera Bradley

With Special Support From:
The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago