Six Great Japan Programs to Kick Off 2023!

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Happy 2023!

新年あけましておめでとうございます!Happy New Year to you! The Japan Society of Northern California is looking forward to an exciting year – and January is already off to a very busy start with six different programs and the launch of our new term of language classes!

We started our year by co-hosting a healthcare reception on January 9 that had ~250 attendees, including many who traveled from Japan. We were pleased to work with some of our strong supporting companies, including Digital Garage, CMIC, and LINK-J Japan to help build bridges between the US and Japanese healthcare sectors.

We followed that with an AMAZING program on Japanese knives and cooking at Bernal Cutlery in the San Francisco Mission, where Josh Donald and his team demonstrated knife sharpening, chicken butchering (don’t worry – no live birds were harmed!), donabe cooking and even soy sauce tasting! If you missed our program, please feel free to stop in at Bernal Cutlery and check out their full inventory of knives, donabe and cooking supplies.

Going forward we have a lot more excellent programs planned. We will be mixing in-person and online events over the coming months in the following core areas:  

  • Innovation/Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Politics, Policy & Economics
  • Food, Pop Culture & Sports
  • Healthcare
  • Traditional Arts in Modern Japan
  • Language
  • Travel
  • And much more!

We particularly hope that you will be able to join our next two hybrid events – Disrupting Education, Business and Innovation, on Wed. 1/25 with Mr. Yoshito Hori, the founder and leader of Globis, Japan’s largest business school. That will be following on Thurs. 1/26 by our annual Japan Outlook program, featuring a discussion with Mr. Mark Lambert, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs about what to expect in politics and economics over the coming year in Japan.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions about future programs.

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