Day of Service (taking part in University Of Minnesota event)

Dear members,


The Japan-Minnesota Association announces that we have postponed the University om Minnesota Day of Service, due to Typhoon No. 24.


New DATE: October 21th, Sunday, from 6:50am to 8:15 am, Japan time. (September 29th, in Minnesota)


MEETING LOCATION: Shinjuku Station East Door Police Box


WHAT TO BRING: Plastic bags for garbage and rubber or plastic gloves (a backpack recommend as a belonging.)


Let’s have a breakfast together after clean-ups if you are available.


R.S.V.P. by October 15th, Monday.

Email to


Phone; 090-2636-1309


Have fun.

Harumi Iwanami

Japan Minnesota Association


(c.f.) Look the below University of Minnesota Alumni Homepage!


learn "how to polish a Japanese sword"

『 How to Polish a Japanese Swords』

demonstrated by Mr. Fujishiro, a nihontou-polisher


This event was a great and unique opportunity to know Japanese Sword (nihonto or katana).





Japan Minnesota Association hosted the special cultural event ‘How to Polish Japanese Swords’, on September 22, Saturday. Mr. Okisato Fujishiro and his son, Mr. Tatsuya Fujishiro demonstrated polishing Japanese swords in front of us and taught us the history and tradition of Japanese swords.


We enjoyed holding swords and appreciating HAMON (blade pattern). After the presentation, we had dinner together near to the workplace, and were charmed by Mr. Fujishiro’s personality.


Big ten golf tournament & JMA golf tounament

We will have two social gathering golf events in October.


1. 12th Big ten Golf tournament  

Oc.4(Thu) Suikaido Golf club

Pre-application by Aug.2  (Final deadline Aug.24)  


2. Japan Minnesota golf tournament

Oct.20(Sat) Nikko country club

application by Aug.31    


For the information or application, please mail to;<>


~~~~ in Japanese~~~~~~~~~~~

日本ミネソタ会 ゴルフ愛好者各位




1.第12回 BIG TEN 懇親ゴルフ大会
→ 8月2日(木)までに根岸までご連絡ください。


2.第1回 日本ミネソタ会ゴルフ親睦会
費用:プレイ代19,400円 他
→ 8月31日(金)までに根岸までご連絡ください。

※ミネソタ会のゴルフコミュニティ拡大(&BIG TEN大会雪辱に向けた戦力アップ)を主旨に


2018 Summer party

The Japan-Minnesota Association had a summer party on Sunday, June 24, 2018

at Mitsui Club, Shinjuku. In this party we had a special event. That is the seminar of Dr. Takatoshi Ito, Professor of Colombia University in New York. He talked about the best introduction of Japanese economy. More than 60 people gathered and had a  
wonderful time with nice drink and food.  


* This special event's poster is available by clicking the download icon below.   

Prof. Ito's special lecture of the best introduction to the Japanese Economy
JPG Image 2.8 MB

2018 Ohanami Party

We are excited to join annual cherry blossom party, “OHANAMI 2018”. This event, April 1 at
Inogasira park, was a time for all of those with a connection to Minnesota to come together and enjoy both good company and the fleeting beauty of the cherry blossoms.  
Young and a little old people gathered and enjoyed potluck lunch, watching cherry blossoms.
in full bloom. There is a lake in the center part of the park where many young couples took 
boats to chat and enjoy viewing flowers from the lake.    
By the way, we have a special announcement of Japan Minnesota Summer party in June 24.
This year we invite Prof. Takatosi Ito of Columbia University in Economics for special lecture.
*Title 「Japanese economy of post Heisei period ~How to handle it」    

Everyone who are interested in, please join this party!


Profile of Takatosi Ito :  Ph.D from Harvard University 1979. He served as associate professor of economics at University of Minnesota. Several years ago, although he was not finally nominated, he was short-listed for the position of Governor of the Bank of Japan. His view was published in many books and influential media such as The economist.