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2015 JASM Otsukimi by Dave Clough

2017 JASM Annual Meeting & Otsukimi Moon Viewing

Otsukimi, literally moon-viewing, refers to the Japanese tradition of holding parties to honor the autumn moon. With this in mind the Japan America Society of Maine invites you to join JASM for moon viewing as part of the JASM Annual Meeting on Saturday evening October 7.

The moon viewing will be held at an oceanfront Bailey Island family cottage. There is a deck facing out over the crashing surf for wonderful moon viewing. JASM members and friends (if you are on our mailing list) will receive an email with the private address and event time. If you’re not on our mailing list and would like to join, please sign up.

JASM will provide hot and cool beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food/potluck item to share with other guests.

The event is free to JASM members.

More details will be announced soon.

Photo by Dave Clough

Photo Source http://www.artdec.cl/621/w3-article-51899.html

JASM Spring Feast

Welcome in Spring with a delightful Japanese Feast at Benkay Restaurant on India Street in Portland Maine. It’s JASM’s Spring Feast celebration, a wonderful dining event on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3:00-5:00pm.

JASM members and friends are invited to join together for fun, laughter, and a very delicious meal prepared by Benkay’s Chef Ando for the Japan America Society of Maine.

Cost per person is $40 for JASM Members and $50 for non-members. JASM will cover the gratuity. Alcoholic beverages are extra. (Please bring cash or a check made payable to “JASM” to the restaurant).

To reserve your place, please RSVP for Spring Feast by Wednesday, May 10th so Chef Ando knows how many meals to plan for.

If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, please sign up here for membership here.

 

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JASM Cherry Fest 2017

City Hall Plaza, which welcomes visitors to the main entrance of Portland’s City Hall, is known for its many spectacular cherry trees. They bloom once a year and are simply beautiful.

To celebrate their splendor, JASM members and friends are encouraged to join us on, Friday, April 28, from 11:45am to 1:00pm to celebrate “CHERRY FEST” at Portland City Hall.

Portland has strong ties to Japan through its Japanese sister city of Shinagawa.  In Japan, viewing the blossoming Cherry trees is cause for a holiday celebration.

Here in Portland, the blossoming cherry trees will feature an EARTH DAY appreciation to be given by Mayor Ethan Strimling.

City of Portland Arborist, Jeff Tarling, will also be on hand to pay tribute to and explain Portland’s wonderful cherry trees.

Adding to the celebration will be Japanese musicians, featuring an exciting Taiko Drumming performance by Portland based Taiko Maine Dojo.

As the event takes place during lunch hours, Mami Japanese Food Truck will have Japanese food available for purchase.

Please make every effort to join us in support of this event!

Thanks!

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JASM Ramen Fest (*SOLD OUT as of 3/10*)

Join JASM on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at Ramen Suzukiya, 229 Congress St, Portland, for an appreciation of ramen that we’re calling Ramen Fest.

Ramen Suzukiya is normally closed on Sundays, but will be open on this special Sunday for our Ramen Fest event.

We’ll start the evening by watching the ramen centric movie, Ramen Girl, and then with a renewed sense of appreciation for ramen, we will eat some of Portland’s finest, prepared by Chef Suzuki.

Cost is $20 for JASM Members – JASM will cover the gratuity; alcoholic beverages are extra.

***Due to limited space, this event is for JASM members only. If you’re not a member, but would like to become one, please let us know.***

RSVP required. Please bring cash or check to the event.

***Update as of 3/10/2017 – This event has reached max capacity***

Photo from Ramen Suzukiya website

Japanese kadomatsu

2017 Oshogatsu Celebration

Our annual New Year Celebration, Oshogatsu, is planned for January 28th, 2017 (with a SNOW DATE of February 4th), at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave, Portland, from 4:00-9:00pm. Please join us for mochi making, live taiko drumming, a potluck dinner (please bring something to share), Japanese bingo, and friendship.

Cost is $5 for JASM Members, $15 for guests, $5 for students, and children under 12 are free.

 

Photo from http://www.walltor.com/wallpaper/japanese-new-years-pine-decorations-photo-93955

JASM Bonenkai, End-of-the-Year Feast

Cost Per Person: $35 for JASM members, $45 for non-members

JASM will cover gratuity. Drinks are not included.

Treat yourself to a Japanese feast specially prepared by Chef Matsuyama, for the Japan America Society of Maine membership. It’s JASM’s Bonenkai  (Forget the Year) celebration, and JASM members and friends are invited to join together for fun, laughter, and a very delicious meal.

To reserve your place, please RSVP by Tuesday, 12/6 so Chef Matsuyama knows how many dinners to plan for.

Kokedama (Japanese Moss Balls) Class

Skillins Greenhouses in Falmouth is having a Kokedama (Japanese hanging moss garden) class on Saturday, November 12th, at 2pm in Falmouth. Create two to bring home!

Originating in Japan, kokedama are the combination of a living plant and moss. In this hands-on workshop you will create, not one but two of your own beautiful kokedama to take home!

Class fee is $30, and space is limited so contact Skillins to sign up in advance!

Can’t make it to the class? Design Sponge has instructions for how to DIY at home. And Lobotany has a really great infographic to help you try to DIY.

Need some inspiration? Check out this Kokedama collection on Pinterest or browse through this Kokedama Google Image Search.

The Telegraph also has an interesting article about the rise in interest of kokedama.

Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/SkillinsGreenhouses/photos/gm.1119938804764341/1175880012448531/?type=3&theater
Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/SkillinsGreenhouses/photos/gm.1119938804764341/1175880012448531/?type=3&theater

2016 JASM Annual Meeting & Otsukimi Moon Viewing

2015 JASM Otsukimi by Dave Clough

Otsukimi 2015, Photo by Dave Clough

Otsukimi, literally moon-viewing, refers to the Japanese tradition of holding parties to honor the autumn moon. With this in mind the Japan America Society of Maine invites you to join JASM for moon viewing as part of the JASM Annual Meeting on Saturday evening September 17.

The moon viewing will be held at an oceanfront Bailey Island family cottage. There is a deck facing out over the crashing surf for wonderful moon viewing. JASM members and friends (if you are on our mailing list) will receive an email with the private address and event time. If you’re not on our mailing list and would like to join, please sign up.

JASM will provide hot and cool beverages. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food/potluck item to share with other guests.

The event is free to JASM members.

Due to the location, space is limited. So please RSVP to JASM@maine-japan.org.

2016 Oshogatsu Celebration

Our annual New Year Celebration, Oshogatsu, is planned for January 23rd, 2016 (with a snow date of January 30th), at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave, Portland, from 4:00-9:00pm. Please join us for mochi making, live taiko drumming, a potluck dinner (please bring something to share), great Japanese treasures for little money, a live auction, and friendship.

Cost is $5 for JASM Members, $15 for guests, $5 for students, and children under 12 are free.

Kadomatsu
Artwork by Chichi Romero (www.littlemisspaintbrush.tumblr.com / fb.com/littlemisspaintbrush)

JASM Bonenkai, End-of-the-Year Feast

Cost Per Person: $35 for members, $40 for non-members

JASM will cover gratuity. Drinks are not included.

In Japan, a year-end party, known as Bonenkai, invites one to forget the woes and troubles of the past year, and to look hopefully to the coming year. With this in mind, JASM invites you to join us in celebration for delicious Japanese food and good company. The festive gathering will begin right at 3pm and will be a joyful 2 hours of delicious food and convivial company ending at 5pm.

RSVP to Lucy (takara@gwi.net) before Tuesday, 12/8 so we can give a count to the restaurant.

 

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