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May 皐月(Satsuki in ancient pronunciation)

May is the month new leaves sprouts and turn fields and mountains with rush green color.This is the month the new crops of tea were picked. There is a special day for start picking new tea leaves. It is called Hachiju Hachiya (88th night from the first day of the spring). It is usually on May 2nd or 3rd. The new tea crop is called Shincha. It has very delicate flavor and is cherished by people.

Chatsumi (Tea Picking)

There is a very important day for children in May. It is called Tango no Sekku. Traditionally, it is a boy’s day. Families with sons fly Koi nobori (Carp Flags), and decorate the house with Kabuto (Warrior’s helmet), and boy dolls to celebrate boys' health and happiness. People used to put sweet flag and mugwort leaves on the roof to deter the evil spirits. Now it is a national Holiday called Kodomo no Hi, Children’s Day. But we still celebrate Girls day in March 3rd and Boy’s day on May 5th.

You can make a wearable Kabuto (Warrior’s helmet) from News Paper. Here are the instructions.

You use a full sheet of newspaper, it is not quite square, but works.

You can make your own Koi nobori too. See the link here.

Here are more links about Kodomo no hi.

Tango no sekku

Children’s Day

Koi nobori song


Global Automotive Supply Chain and the COVID-19 Pandemic
新型コロナウィルスの影響を受けたグローバルサプライチェ ーンについて

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 年4月28日(火)
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. EST
東部標準時 21:00~22:00 日本標準時

Join Frost Brown Todd as automotive industry attorneys from the US, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Mexico provide an overview of the ways COVID-19 is affecting the global auto supply chain and workforce.


Canada カナダJohn F. Clifford; McMillan LLP

United StatesアメリカMekesha Montgomery; Frost Brown Todd LLC
Lynda Hill; Frost Brown Todd LLC

GermanyドイツDr Andreas Woelfle; Gowling WLG

Japan 日本Koki Yamada; Tokyo International Law Office

Mexico メキシコRaul Romero Trejo; Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado S.C.

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Same Disease, Different Approaches | How Japan and the US are Fighting COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Pacific)

The US and Japan have adopted very different approaches to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including on testing, tracking, social distancing, procurement of medical materials and devices and treatment of the illness.  We will know in the next weeks how successful these varying approaches have been.  Please join us for a webinar on April 28 to listen to two medical doctors from Stanford discuss the different approaches that the US and Japan have taken, with reference to the strategies taken in China, Taiwan and South Korea; the results so far in countering the virus; what we can learn from each other; and prospects for containing the virus and restarting economic activity.  Our speakers are individuals with deep expertise in health care and medical devices, but who can speak plain lay language to demystify the complicated issues that COVID-19 raises.

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The Future of Higher Education in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons from Japan and the United States

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (Central)

The spread of COVID-19 has drastically altered everyday life for hundreds of millions around the globe. In Japan, coronavirus numbers were maintained at a relatively low total after being exposed in early 2020, however cases have now seen a significant rise since early April. The U.S. has experienced a rapid increase, now holding one of the highest tallies for both confirmed cases and deaths. The higher education industry, in particular, has been significantly affected to the point where it has shuttered campuses and moved almost entirely to providing instruction online. Although this is a short-term solution, there are many mid-tern and long-term uncertainties, as well as opportunities to implement innovation for positive change. Topics discussed in this program’s conversation and moderator questions may include:

  • The role of higher education in crises and pandemics
  • How the higher education industry can help
  • How might education shift due to COVID-19 and what new models of education might emerge
  • Delivery and quality of education in spring 2020
  • Minimizing economic impact, keeping academic departments operational, and maintaining facilities
  • Adjusting to modern technology in order to continue instruction
  • Effect to scholarships, tuition assistance, and university endowments
  • Impact for study-abroad programs and international student enrollment
  • Job placement offices working with soon-to-be graduates and young alumni

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Four Topics All Not-for-Profits Need to Consider in Light of COVID-19

April 30, 2020 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Join Adam Goode and Patrick Kerns of Schneider Downs to hear about four key topics that all not-for-profits need to focus during this time of uncertainty as you prepare for a year-end like none other. The update will focus on evolving regulations, the role of your organization, liquidity, and year-end readiness. 

They will discuss the evolving regulatory environment and its impact on your year-end, including changes in deadlines, the release of the 2020 compliance supplement by the OMB and others. They will discuss why you should evaluate the role of your organization in these challenging times to ensure you can continue to fulfill your mission. Liquidity has become such a focus for so many and they will discuss what some sources of liquidity you need to evaluate as your organization weathers this storm. And lastly, they will talk about how to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 and other accounting standards as you close your books for 2020. 

If you have questions in advance, you will be able to submit them during the registration process.

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Crisis Interviews: Looking Beyond the Pandemic

Three Worldly Perspectives

The COVID-19 outbreak has grown into a global pandemic. With cities closing down and the death toll rising, civilization is struggling to find ways to overcome the crisis. The pandemic has changed the world. The long-range effects, however, are not yet clear. We talked with three world-renowned experts -- a historian, a political scientist and an economist -- about what they foresee.

Yuval Noah Harari (Historian)
Ian Bremmer (Political Scientist)
Jacques Attali (Economist)
Interviewer: Doden Aiko (NHK World Special Affairs Commentator)

Live stream link:



Pacific Daylight Times : 

April 28th   4:00 PM

April 28th   10:00 PM

April 29th   5:10 AM

April 29th   10:00 AM

May 8th   1:00 PM

Tea at Home

Pacific Time (US and Canada): Friday, May 1, 2020 @ 4:00PM
Japan Time: Saturday, May 2, 2020 @ 8:00AM
Online via Zoom

Everyone loves unwinding with a nice cup of tea, but preparing the perfect brew can be tricky. Now you can learn how to make your own delicious Japanese tea and tea blended drinks at our Tea at Home event taught by Roots and Craft!

They will host tutorials on how to prepare different types of Japanese tea, such as matcha and hojicha, followed by a live demo complete with Q&A. Join us in preparing homemade, cafe-quality tea drinks!

オーガニックの日本茶をサンフランシスコに広めるプロジェクトを手がける Roots & Craft Tea Roasters のお二人によ4う、気持ちが盛り上がる本格的なお茶の淹れ方のデモンストレーション。おうち時間を満たすカフェレベルのお茶を楽しみましょう。アルコールとだって好相性。お茶を使った簡単カクテルレシピもご紹介!


This event is free!
You will receive the Zoom information and link upon registering!

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VIRTUAL Japanese-English Reading Circle

The Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Members meet to discuss Japanese- and English- language readings with each other as well as play vocabulary games in their second language. You can also sign up for the Facebook group or Google group for reminders.

Upcoming Dates
  • Saturday, May 2, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 17, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 6, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 20, 5:00-6:30 PM
Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor 401 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Visit the Facebook group for more information.

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The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP), established in 1986, is an association of individuals and corporations actively engaged in bringing the peoples of Japan and America together in understanding, appreciation and cooperation in order to promote a better relationship between the countries.

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

2375 Mosside Blvd, Suite 402, Monroeville, PA 15146

Tel: 412-856-8608 | Email: jasp@us-japan.org | www.japansocietypa.org

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