April Networking, JASM Professional Group Meeting, Japanese Films at MSPIFF, "Yukionna" Opera World Premiere
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Around the Twin Cities
Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply is offering classes in April at their Minneapolis store (6021 Lyndale Ave S), including a weekly Introduction to Brewing course. Class sizes are limited, so please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot today. Class types and schedules available at the Norther Brewer website.

The Festival of Nations 2015 is April 30th through May 3rd at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Attend the longest running cultural festival in the Midwest to see performances, view exhibits, and eat cuisine from dozens of cultures. For information on events, transportation, and ways you can support the festival, see The Festival of Nations website.

The Minnesota History Center has opened the We Are Hmong Minnesota exhibit, featuring photographs, artifacts, and stories from Hmong immigrants. The exhibition is open through November 29th, 2015. For more information, see The Minnesota History Center website.
April Networking Happy Hour with JETAAMN

Are you ready for some bowling? This month's JETAAMN Happy Hour Event is at Town Hall Lanes on Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Come at 5:30 for a bite to eat, come at 7:30 to bowl, or come for both! RSVP at the JETAAMN Facebook Page.

JASM Professional Group Meeting

The Japan America Society of Minnesota's JASM Young Professionals Group Committee is holding a Professional Group Meeting April 15th at Zen Box Izakaya in Minneapolis from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Come share your Japan stories, interests, and experiences from personal and professional prospectives with other professionals in the area. Meetings are currently scheduled for every other month at a local Japanese restaurant. Members pay nothing, but non-members pay a small fee. Become a JASM member before or at the event and the fee will be waived. For more information on this event, to RSVP, or pay the event fee, visit the JASM website.

Japanese Films at MSPIFF

The MSP Film Society's 34th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival starts Thursday, April 9th and concludes on Saturday, April 25th. The festival has gathered over 250 feature-length documentary and narrative films from over 60 countries to be shown at various locations around the Twin Cities. Two of the films to be shown include Japanese locations, casts, and filmmakers: Tokyo Fiancee and Hello! Jun'ichi. Tokyo Fiancee will be shown April 10th at 5pm and April 16th at 2:30pm. Hello! Jun'ichi will be shown April 17th at 12:20pm and April 23rd at 10pm. Both films will be at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Tickets available through the links provided. See the MSPIFF site for more films and events.

ASU Spring Conference 2015

The Asian-American Student Union at the University of Minnesota is holding their annual Spring Conference April 6th through the 10th and ending with a banquet to be held on the 11th. The theme for this year is "Past, Present, Future: Breaking Stereotypes." One workshop is held daily on campus from 4:30 to 6:30pm Monday through Friday. For workshop topics and locations, check out the ASU Facebook page.

Yukionna World Premiere

JASM will host the world premiere of a concert opera, "Yukionna", featuring soprano Momoko Tanno, written by composer Asako Hirabayashi with script adapted by Steven Epp. The opera is based on an ancient Japanese legend of the Snow Witch (Yukionna). Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 31st at 3pm at Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall. For more information and to RSVP and purchase tickets, visit the JASM website.

Save the Date: Exhibition Game at CHS Field

The Shikoku Island Independent League All Star Team will have an exhibition game at CHS Field, the new home of The St. Paul Saints, on Wednesday, June 10th. The game will be free to enter with events starting at noon. Game time to be announced.

JETAA USA Year in Review

The JET Alumni Association of the United States of America has published their 2014-2015 Year in Review to inform members of the activities happening at the national level and the accomplishments of the past year. The Year in Review is available on the JETAA USA website.

AJET Job Listings Facebook Group

National AJET, in partnership with JETwit, has established an AJET Job Listings Facebook Group to publicize employment opportunities for departing JETs and JET alumni. To advertise jobs or get involved with the project, contact exec@ajet.net.

"We Are Tomodachi" Newsletter

The Prime Minister of Japan's office has released the newest edition of the "We Are Tomodachi" newsletter. This issue features a variety of content, from winter scenery in Japan, to Japan's contributions to fighting the Ebola virus. It also includes an interview with Professor Hiroshi Amano, the recipient of the Noble Prize in Physics for 2014. You can view this and past editions of the newsletter at http://www.japan.go.jp/tomodachi/index.html.


Next year, SPNSCC will celebrate its 60th anniversary.  This is a big deal!  SPNSCC is the oldest sister city committee between the US and Japan.  So for its 60th anniversary, there are many events and special programming going on.

SPNSCC needs volunteers to help planning in these events.  They are looking for people to carry out very small tasks for one event or to head a whole event and to work with the president, JoAnn Blatchley.  So there is a big range in time commitment, from minimal to a bit more bulk - good for your resume!  They are also looking for host families for Japanese students and visitors.  This is ongoing throughout the entire year of 2015, but they are trying to secure the volunteers now.  If you are interested, please email spnscc@gmail.com.

JETAAMN T-shirts!

JETAAMN has t-shirts for sale.  Various sizes available.  $15/shirt.  Please email president@jetaamn.org if you would like to purchase one.

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