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High School Speech Contest

This day-long competition is designed for high school students from Western Pennsylvania and the tristate 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! Please visit the contest page for more information.

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Japan Currents Healthcare Conference

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Technology Council Members: $45

Non-members: $60

March 20, 2020 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

The Duquesne Club, 325 6th Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

KCC Business Speaker Series - Hitachi/Golf Outing

Network with JASP members and supporters at this day-long event. This is a great opportunity to spend the day with a client, treat employees, or network with industry colleagues while supporting a noble cause.

May 11, 2020, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Butler Country Club, 310 Country Club Road, Butler, PA 16002

2020 Japan Lecture Series

Japanese Culture Through Video Games

Join the JASP as Dr. Rachael Hutchinson delves into the internationally known industry of Japanese video games, and how Japan's influence on the gaming market affects international views of the country and culture. She will also discuss how Japanese video game creators have co-opted certain techniques used by more traditional mediums such as literature and film and made it into something more palatable to the newest generation of consumers in society.

*Registration for this event is Open until March 24th. Click here to register.

When: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00PM

Where: Cathedral of Learning Room 232, University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The JASP Welcomes New Members

Family Membership:

  • Mr. Dennis Joyce, and children Alex and Andrew Joyce

Individual Membership:

  • Ms. Kate Emory of Chatham UniversityImage result for konnichiwa clipart
  • Ms. Yuanyou "Sunny" Yang

Bronze Corporate Membership:

  • Mr. Honda Sadaharu
  • Mr. Chuck Harrington

Not a member yet? Join today

Upcoming Community Events

Asian American

Leadership Forum Happy Hour Mixer

The Asian American Leadership Forum presents Networking Opportunity Happy Hour. Come join us for an evening of fun, friends, and drinks!

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Where: Yuzu Kitchen, 409 Wood St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Time: 5:30– 7:30 P.M.

Cost: $15 (Members) or $18 (Non-Members)

Visit their event page for more details

Pittsburgh Sakura Project Winter-Spring Pruning Work Sessions:

Join the Pittsburgh Sakura Project in the upkeep of their dormant cherry blossom trees to ensure healthy, vibrant blooming in the spring. Work sessions will be held for 6 Sundays (weather permitting) starting on February 9th. Please see their Facebook event page for more details.

The Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society presents Tekko 2020, Pennsylvania's largest Japanese Culture and Gaming Convention April 2-5, 2020

Attention all fans of Japanese culture: Tekko 2020 is almost here! Join the PJCS in another year of anime, manga, cosplay, gaming, and more at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the area's premier Japanese culture convention located right in the heart of Downtown, Pittsburgh. For more information about event registration, hotel accommodations, and event programming head over to tekko.us or check out their Facebook page!

Japanese Classes at the Carnegie Library

Did you know that the Carnegie Library has free Japanese classes?  They are seeking learners and volunteer teachers.

CLP - Main (Oakland)
Japanese for Beginners : 2nd & 4th Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Japanese Ⅱ: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Japanese Conversation Club : 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM CLP - East Liberty Japanese class: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Please go to the Bridge to Japan at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Facebook page or the CLP Events page to learn more.
Japanese-English Reading Circle

The Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month at the Kenmawr Apartments in Shadyside. Members meet to discuss Japanese- and English- language readings with each other as well as play vocabulary games in their second language.

Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, February 1, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 15, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 7, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 21, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 4, 5:00-6:30 PM
Where: Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor 401 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232
 Visit the facebook group for more information.
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