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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!



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

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.