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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.

 

Bonenkai 2

JASM Bakemono Costume Party and Contest

Hyakki Yako (panel 2), the Night Parade of 100 Yokai, by Matthew Meyer
Hyakki Yako (panel 2), the Night Parade of 100 Yokai, by Matthew Meyer

The Japanese America Society of Maine is sponsoring a Halloween youkai costume party at Weekend Anime on Sunday 10/25 at 1:00pm.

Youkai (ayakashi, bakemono) are the mythical creatures the prowl the streets of Japan and are featured on numerous manga and anime stories. These strange, wondrous creatures range from fuzzy woodland animals, to common household objects, and even the everyday human and more. Their presence transcends many different aspects of the Japanese culture. Here’s your chance to learn more about your favorite supernatural characters.

Join old friends and make new ones on Sunday 10/25 at 1:00pm. Come in your best cosplay, and enjoy a presentation on understanding youkai and their place in Japanese culture. Refreshments will be provided and a prize donated by Weekend Anime for the best costume.

Please RSVP to Ryan at Weekend Anime 207-591-7070 or Dori Schulberger 207-854-5032.

JASM Annual Meeting & Otsukimi Moon Viewing

Otsukimi 2013 by Dave Clough
Otsukimi 2013, 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 26.

 

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.

 

We will have some wonderful Maine made sake from Blue Current Brewery as well as some yummy apple cider. Attendees are encouraged to contribute 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 Lucy Sloan at takara@gwi.net

Japan Related Events and Opportunities in Maine – JASM’s Presentation at PortCon Maine 2015

 

Erin, Dori, & Shannon at PortCon Maine 2015
Erin, Dori, & Shannon at PortCon Maine 2015

To all the attendees who came to our presentation at PortCon Maine on Saturday,  June 27th — thank you!!

It was an exciting opportunity for us and we were happy to share information and answer questions. For those interested in learning more about any the events, opportunities, and organizations we mentioned, please check out the slides from our presentation, Japan Related Events and Opportunities in Maine.

If anyone has any questions, please let us know!