Upcoming events

    • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • Sunday, February 03, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 2 N Balph Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202, Second Floor
    Registration is closed

    Now's your chance to learn taiko drumming with Pittsburgh Taiko!

    On Sundays this January, Pittsburgh Taiko will hold a four-week introductory class for people who are interested in joining our performing group or anyone who wants to just give taiko a try. No experience necessary! 

    Taiko combines energetic hits with calm focus, balances group unity with individual expression, and requires both power and subtlety.  

    For more information, see www.pittsburghtaiko.org/beginners-workshops.

    Please note that the studio is only accessible by stairs.

    • Saturday, January 19, 2019
    • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Kenmawr Apartments Community Room, 401 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

    Join us for the Japanese-English Reading Circle!

    Mission: to promote language learning through reading and language exchange.  We aim to keep positivity and motivation high while developing reading fluency, vocabulary, content discussion, and reading strategies in a fun, collaborative environment.

    Meetings: will consist of icebreaker language games, discussions about book topics, questions about language, formation of reading goals, and reading strategy sharing/reflection

    Who can join:  Japanese learners of English or English-speaking learners of Japanese.  Any proficiency level is okay, although it would help to have at least beginner level knowledge of the second language you are studying.  You can also sign up for the Facebook group or Google group for reminders.

    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Penn Avenue Fish Company, 2208 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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    What is the secret ingredient in Japanese whisky? From international awards to soaring Hibiki prices, Suntory is the preeminent name in Japanese whisky. Stephen Jamieson of BeamSuntory will educate attendees on where it came from, how it's made, and how it compares to other spirits internationally. Attendees will learn how to taste whisky, what to look for on a label, and, finally, how to make the perfect highball.

    Stephen Jamieson has spent five years selling Suntory beverages in Pennsylvania and is currently promoting the new House of Suntory line of spirits.

    Join the JASP for this free evening at Penn Avenue Fish Company on February 21, 2019. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided. 

    Lecture Series Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
    • Friday, March 01, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland, PA

    This day-long competition is designed for high school students from Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area studying Japanese language. Japanese language students of all levels and students who are involved in Japan-related cultural activities, are able to compete against other area students in speech or poster activities. Non-language students are eligible to compete in the poster contest. Each year over 80 students participate.

    Students who compete in speech levels are required to write and memorize a speech on the chosen topic for the contest. Winners receive prizes and trophies!

    There will be lots of fun Japan-related activities for participating students and parents.

    2019 Themes:

    Poster Session: Food in Japan

    Beginner Level: Self-Introduction

    Intermediate - Advanced Plus: Food in Japan

    Japanese language teachers or students studying Japanese in high school should contact the JASP office at 412-856-8608 or email Katsuko Shellhammer to learn more about the competition. The contest is held in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available - please contact Amy Boots for more information.

    • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Rivers Club Allegheny Room, 301 Grant Street Suite 411, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

    The US-Japan alliance has provided one of the foundations for decades of security and freedom in Asia. But, the neighborhood is changing: Japan is experiencing significant strategic and diplomatic challenges from China, faces increasingly aggressive North Korean weapons development and testing, and has an uncertain relationship with South Korea.

    While the U.S. continues to be Japan’s main partner and ally, it has withdrawn from the major Pacific free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after completing negotiations with Japan.

    As uncertainty in the region abounds, Japan considers how to work effectively with the U.S. but also how to chart its course as a leader and a balancer in Asia.

    Prime Minister Abe’s vision includes pledges for deregulation and economic renewal, the development of Japan’s military capability, and policies to stimulate domestic social innovation. His landslide victory in the recent election indicates that the Japanese people support these new directions.


    Yuki Tatsumi is Co-Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. She worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. She is also a senior fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan.

    Lt. Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson (USMC, Ret.) is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the U.S. Naval Institute; and the Marine Corps Association. He is a Trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation. Most recently, Gregson served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force and all Marine Corps forces in Japan, 2001 – 2003, and was director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 – 2000.

    Join the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a breakfast briefing and moderated panel discussion on the evolving Japan-US alliance and its impact on security and geostrategy in Asia.

    Program Partners:


    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 799 Pinkerton Run Rd, Oakdale, PA, 15071
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    Join Dr. Brenda G. Jordan from the Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, for an exploration of the history and design of Japanese Gardens. Dr. Jordan will present an overview of the varieties of Japanese gardens through history, the concept of “Japanese garden” that spread outside of Japan, and give some suggestions for the types of plants and features that can be used for a Japanese garden in Southwest Pennsylvania.

    Dr. Jordan specializes in the history of Japanese art, particularly the paintings and woodblock prints of the 19th century.

    Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided, and the lecture will start at 6:30 PM.  Registration will be available on the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden website in January.

    Lecture Series Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
    • Monday, May 13, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Butler Country Club, 310 Country Club Road, Butler, PA 16002
    This is a great opportunity to spend the day with a client, treat employees, or network with industry colleagues while supporting a noble cause.

    Golfers compete for winning team trophies, individual skill prizes, and hole-in-one prizes. Highlights of the event include the Grand Prize Raffle and exciting opportunities for gift certificates, dinners, golf items and more. 

    This year's event will be held at Butler Country Club. The 18-hole championship golf course is both walkable and beautiful, and the practice range is conveniently located. The course can be explored with an in-depth course tour on the Club’s website.

    The golf outing offers many opportunities to support the JASP from $200 - $3,000. Options for sponsorship are listed after choosing your type of registration. If you just want to be a sponsor, click on "I just want to be a sponsor" as your registration type and all of your options for sponsorship will be listed with their donation value. All supporters are publicly acknowledged.  

    We hope you will join us for this fun and popular event.

    The schedule for the day is:
    Registration   - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    Cookout  Lunch - 10:30 AM - Noon
    Putting Green and Driving Range Available During Lunch
    Shot Gun Start - Noon
    Dinner and Cocktails  -  5:30 PM
    Raffle Drawing  - After Dessert

Past events

Thursday, January 17, 2019 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – Beyond Haiku: Japanese Poetry in Time and Art
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Bonenkai: Forget the Year Party
Saturday, November 17, 2018 Thousand Paper Crane Project
Thursday, November 08, 2018 Annual Dinner
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Decorative Sushi Workshop
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival 2018
Friday, September 07, 2018 New Voices from Japan: Engagement and Dialogue with Emerging Policy Experts from Japan
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Saitama Sister City Picnic
Saturday, July 07, 2018 Tanabata at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Monday, May 14, 2018 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Pittsburgh Taiko Level 2 Class
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Children's Day at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Saturday, March 31, 2018 Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Class
Thursday, March 29, 2018 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series - A City of Consumption: The Woodblock Print Industry in Edo, Japan
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Energizing Western PA's Economy
Friday, March 02, 2018 High School Japanese Speech Contest
Thursday, February 22, 2018 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series 2018 - US-Japan Collaboration
Thursday, January 18, 2018 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series - Tokyo, One of the Safest Cities in the World
Friday, December 08, 2017 JASP Bonenkai Celebration
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Annual Dinner
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Japanese Dance Presentation
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Camp Konnichiwa at the Carnegie Library in Oakland
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Volunteer Training & Potluck Luncheon
Saturday, July 01, 2017 Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Class
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Ukiyo-e and the Windy City: Clarence Buckingham's Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago
Monday, May 08, 2017 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Thursday, March 23, 2017 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – The Basics of Bonsai
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Duquesne University Big Read Kick Off
Friday, March 03, 2017 High School Japanese Speech Contest
Thursday, February 16, 2017 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – Healthcare in Japan
Thursday, January 19, 2017 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – The Japanese Spirit in Global Sports and Business
Saturday, December 17, 2016 Japanese-English Reading Circle
Friday, December 16, 2016 JASP Bonenkai Celebration
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Japanese Book Sale
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Annual Dinner
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Session
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Takao Kawaguchi’s About Kazuo Ohno
Friday, October 07, 2016 Sashiko Program at the Society for Contemporary Craft
Friday, September 16, 2016 TPP and Abenomics: The Road Ahead for US Companies in Japan
Saturday, September 10, 2016 [Through Harmony] We Move
Saturday, August 06, 2016 2016 TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko Trip
Thursday, July 21, 2016 2016 TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko Pre-trip Concert
Monday, May 09, 2016 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Saturday, April 16, 2016 5th Annual Tomodachi Festival at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Tekko 2016 (Partner event)
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble Concert
Thursday, March 17, 2016 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – Sake Cocktail Demonstration
Friday, March 04, 2016 High School Japanese Speech Contest
Thursday, February 18, 2016 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – The Neuroscience of Buddhism
Saturday, February 06, 2016 2016 Lunar New Year in Squirrel Hill Kick-Off Celebration
Thursday, January 21, 2016 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – U.S.-Japan Relations from a U.S. Government Perspective
Thursday, January 14, 2016 On Ensemble: Contemporary Taiko Quartet
Thursday, December 10, 2015 JASP Bonenkai Celebration
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Japanese-English Reading Circle Meeting 4
Saturday, November 21, 2015 Japanese-English Reading Circle Meeting 3
Monday, November 16, 2015 Annual Dinner
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Japanese-English Reading Circle
Friday, October 09, 2015 Understanding the Global Appeal of Japanese Popular Culture
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Bunjinga Painting Demonstration
Friday, September 25, 2015 Japanese Language Mixer
Friday, September 25, 2015 Bunjinga Program at the Children's Museum
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Session
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Volunteer Training & Potluck Luncheon
Saturday, August 15, 2015 TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko Concert
Saturday, August 08, 2015 Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 70 Years Later
Saturday, August 08, 2015 Welcome Picnic for TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko Exchange
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Pittsburgh Taiko Drumming + Kurosawa's Rashomon
Monday, May 11, 2015 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Saturday, April 18, 2015 4th Annual Tomodachi Festival
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 CMU Fine Arts Lecture Series Featuring Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays Happy Hour
Thursday, March 26, 2015 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – Obento: Japanese Culture in a Box
Friday, March 06, 2015 High School Japanese Speech Contest
Saturday, February 28, 2015 Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Session
Thursday, February 19, 2015 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – The Tokyo-Berlin Axis, 70 Years Later
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Volatility, Uncertainty, and Opportunity in the Global Energy Market in 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – The Myth of McDonaldization: Globalization and Culture in a Japanese Community, 1961-2014
Friday, December 19, 2014 JASP Bonenkai Celebration
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 Annual Dinner
Saturday, October 11, 2014 Tea Culture in Japan: Regent Square @ Biddle's Escape / Mookshi Wellness Center
Saturday, October 11, 2014 Tea Culture in Japan: Fox Chapel @ Way Wellness Center Location
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Session
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Volunteer Training & Potluck Luncheon
Sunday, September 28, 2014 Pittsburgh Taiko at the World Kaleidescope!
Thursday, September 25, 2014 JETRO Delegation Welcome Reception
Saturday, September 20, 2014 Camp Konnichiwa at the Carnegie Library in Oakland
Friday, August 29, 2014 KuroKiiro Festival
Saturday, August 23, 2014 NAAAP Pittsburgh Annual Summer Picnic
Thursday, August 07, 2014 JASP Picnic with Iwate Prefecture Teenagers
Saturday, July 12, 2014 JASP Booth at Cranberry Twp Community Days
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Japanese Language Lunch
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Managing Tension and Preventing Conflict in Northeast Asia (A Program of the Japan Society in New York)
Monday, May 12, 2014 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Voices From Japan Poetry Exhibit
Saturday, April 05, 2014 3rd Annual Tomodachi Festival
Saturday, April 05, 2014 Pittsburgh Sakura Project Spring Planting
Friday, April 04, 2014 Tekko 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – What Abenomics Means for the United States
Sunday, March 23, 2014 Pittsburgh Taiko's Spring Concert
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 What ever happened to Japan? A New Look at U.S.-Japan Relations
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 "The Myth of Homogeneity: Immigration and Ethnicity in Twentieth-Century Japan” ~Japan in the Broader Context of Asia~
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story
Friday, March 07, 2014 Japanese Speech and Language Contest
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 “The (Non) Economic Thinking of Japan’s Decision-makers for World War II” ~Japan in the Broader Context of Asia~
Thursday, February 27, 2014 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – Japanese Architects at Play
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 “Japan and Its Asian Neighbors: History, Islands and National Identity” ~Japan in the Broader Context of Asia~
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 "Buddhism for the Unenlightened" ~Japan in the Broader Context of Asia~
Thursday, January 23, 2014 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series – Ten Things I Like About Osaka
Friday, December 13, 2013 JASP Bonenkai Celebration
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 Annual Dinner
Sunday, November 03, 2013 KuroKiiro Educational Anime Festival
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Japanese Wagashi Sweetmaking & Tasting Workshop
Friday, October 18, 2013 Japanese Wagashi Sweetmaking & Tasting Workshop
Sunday, October 06, 2013 Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self
Saturday, October 05, 2013 Operation Sandy Hook: Peace Exhibit
Friday, October 04, 2013 "After Hiroshima" Lecture & Book Signing
Thursday, October 03, 2013 Support JASP during the Pittsburgh Day of Giving
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 One Young World Local-Global Festival
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Volunteer Training & Potluck Luncheon
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Making “Smart Power” Work for America — In Japan and Around the World
Friday, May 24, 2013 “Japan is the key…” Asian Art / Modern Pittsburgh, 1900-1920
Thursday, May 23, 2013 U.S. - Japan Now: Economic and Global Corporate Strategies
Monday, May 13, 2013 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Saturday, April 06, 2013 The 5th Spring Planting/Sakura Festival
Thursday, March 21, 2013 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series: The Political Economy of Japan in the Wake of a Growing China
Friday, March 08, 2013 Robot / Android - Human Theater
Friday, March 08, 2013 Japanese Speech and Language Contest
Thursday, February 21, 2013 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series: Counter-Culture in Japan
Sunday, January 27, 2013 On Ensemble Taiko Workshop
Thursday, January 24, 2013 MEPPI Japan Lecture Series: Sake-Tasting
Saturday, January 12, 2013 Sewickley Film Series:The Power of Two
Friday, December 14, 2012 JASP Bonenkai Celebration at the Warhol Museum
Thursday, December 06, 2012 Pittsburgh Sushi Experience
Thursday, November 29, 2012 America Pivots East - Again: Implications, Images, and Reality in U.S.-Japan Relations Breakfast Briefing with Dr. William Farrell
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 VIP Dinner with Bill Farrell
Thursday, November 08, 2012 Japanese Students Coming to Allderdice
Thursday, November 01, 2012 Annual Dinner
Saturday, September 29, 2012 “Love, Luck, & Marriage in Japan” Cultural Workshop
Friday, September 28, 2012 “Love, Luck, & Marriage in Japan” Cultural Workshop
Thursday, September 27, 2012 “Love, Luck, & Marriage in Japan” Cultural Workshop
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Volunteer Luncheon
Friday, September 21, 2012 Soldier Exhibit by Fumino Hora
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Pittsburgh Sushi Experience
Saturday, June 09, 2012 JERO in June
Monday, May 14, 2012 Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing
Sunday, April 29, 2012 First Annual Sakura Festival
Friday, April 27, 2012 TrIptych: Three Ways, Three Worlds
Thursday, April 26, 2012 Pittsburgh Sushi Experience
Saturday, April 14, 2012 Off the Wall: 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012 University of Pittsburgh Teams Up with The Andy Warhol Museum for Film Screening of ANPO: Art X War
Friday, April 06, 2012 Pittsburgh Taiko's Spring Concert
Friday, March 09, 2012 Japan on the Cross-Roads: Economics and Politics after the Tohoku Earthquake
Friday, March 02, 2012 Japanese Speech and Language Contest
Monday, February 13, 2012 Political Salon: North Korea, Smart Diplomacy, and Security Challenges in the Pacific Rim

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