Word of the Month – May 2015

May: 茶摘み (Chatsumi)  This month’s word is Chatsumi/Tea-picking Green Tea is the main drink of Japanese people. Picking the young sprouts and leaves of the tea bush occurs over some three weeks from mid-April...

55th Annual Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

(Tamagawa University Dance Troupe) photo by Yuya Omori The 55th Sakrua Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival –  Continuing US-Japan Friendship Presented Throughout the Day  by Arisa Ishita       This year’s Japanese Street Festival – Sakura...

Word of the Month – April 2015

        April: 花吹雪 (Hana Fubuki) Google Updates Japan’s Cherry Blossom Street View Page  This month’s word is Hana Fubuki Hana Fubuki, also known as Sakura Fubuki, is a Japanese word often used in the spring....

2015 Cherry Blossom Blooming Prediction

The NCBF Press Conference Tuesday, March 3, 2015 At the Newseum Reported by Arisa Ishita Today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Press Conference was a great start to this year’s event, emphasizing friendship and partnership...

Word of the Month – March 2015

March: 桜前線(Sakura Zensen) This month’s word is Sakura Zensen. Sakura Zensen (桜前線), or “Cherry Blossom Front,” are contour lines that show when certain areas of Japan will start to have their sakura bloom. Sakura Zensen is...

Word of the Month – February 2015

February: 春一番 (Haruichiban) This month’s word is Haruichiban. Haruichiban is the first strong wind that blows southward, when Japan is transitioning to Spring. In Japan people say, “It seems it will be haruichiban today. /今日は、春一番らしいよ。(Kyo...

Word of the Month – January 2015

January: 初夢 (Hatsuyume), This month’s word is Hatsuyume – a dream that happens on the night of New Year’s Day to the morning of the 2nd. If your Hatsuyume is lucky, 2015 will be a...

Japan in 2015: A Look at the Year Ahead

On Thursday, January 23, 2015, Japan-America Society of Washington DC with the cooperation of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace brought together leaders of the US-Japan relations community from Washington, DC and New York City...

Happy New Year’s from JASW

On behalf of the Nichibei Kyokai of Washington DC (JASW) and its Board of Trustees, I would like to thank you for your generous support this past year and offer a heartfelt New Year’s...