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    • 3 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom Webinar

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    Join us for a virtual presentation of Hinamatsuri, or "Girl's Day" on Wednesday, March 3rd. We'll learn about the history of the holiday, hina dolls and each doll's significance, and special Japanese food associated with Hinamatsuri.

    Register in advance for our Zoom webinar. This event is limited to 100 participants. Registration is free of charge. This is a  family-friendly event for all ages! 

    Hinamatsuri is a special Japanese holiday held on the third day of the third month each year dedicated to young girls. Until they are about ten years old, young girls will enjoy a display of ornamental dolls known as hinaningyou, set up on a red tiered display known as a hinadan. Young girls celebrate by having parties with their friends, eating special snacks like ichigodaifuku (strawberries and red bean paste inside mochi rice cake) and hina-arare (special sweet rice crackers).

    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Zoom Meeting

    Kayoubikai is virtual in Spring 2021!

    Kayoubikai (火曜日会) is JASA's monthly networking event where our members and friends have a chance to come together and talk about Japanese culture and their connection to Japan. 

    Traditionally we have met at a local Japanese restaurant each month, but in order to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be hosting a virtual event instead! 

    We've missed seeing our Kayoubikai regulars and meeting new friends each month, so we hope that you will be able to join us in this online format. Order takeout from your favorite Japanese restaurant, sit back in front of your computer in the comfort of your home, and make some new friends who love Japan! 

    This event will be hosted on Zoom. We will have a brief welcome from JASA leadership and then rotate through Zoom's "Breakout Sessions" in small groups so everyone has a chance to get to know each other. 

    Please be sure to RSVP with your email as we will be sending a Zoom link prior to the event. 

    Please email us with any questions at 

    We hope to see you there! 

    • 27 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM (UTC-06:00)

    Cherry Blossom Festival 2021

    Our annual Cherry Blossom Festival (sakura matsuri) is held in March each year at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We have a variety of performances, food, and Japanese cultural activities to add to your hanami (flower viewing) experience! Cherry Blossoms, or sakura, only bloom for a few weeks each year. In Japanese culture, sakura represent mortality and remind viewers of the beauty and transience of life. Thousands of people flock to parks in Japan to see the blossoms. This year, we're hosting some of our favorite guests virtually!

    Join us for YouTube Live performances, special interviews, and messages from your favorite Cherry Blossom Festival Guests and performers! Visit our website Cherry Blossom Festival page on March 27th for a full day of Japanese culture through video.

    We are lucky to have cherry trees all over Alabama that bloom each Spring. We encourage everyone to venture outside this month to appreciate the cherry blossoms! Note: Please respect social distancing guidelines and your area's COVID-19 precautions when attending any public gardens and parks. Visit Alabama Department of Public Health for more information on how to stay safe.

    See below for a list of participants and stay tuned for a full schedule for the day! We'll be updating our event with content throughout the month of March so you can appreciate Japanese culture throughout Cherry Blossom Season.


    A.C.T. Defense Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

    Birmingham Botanical Gardens

    Birmingham Public Library's Miss Iwate

    Birmingham Shinkendo Federation

    Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arranging

    Mark Jackson, Honorary Consul General of Japan

    Origami - Japanese Paper Crafts

    Paperworkers Local Moku Hanga

    ...and more!

Past events

16 Feb 2021 February Kayoubikai (Virtual Event)
2 Dec 2020 (Virtual) Year-End Awards Celebration
10 Nov 2020 November Kayoubikai (Virtual Event)
6 Nov 2020 JET Information Session
22 Sep 2020 Japan Society Webinar: Artificial Elegance
9 Sep 2020 USMCA for the Automotive Industry Webinar
2 Sep 2020 North American Trade and Site Strategy Webinar - Global Location Strategies
30 Jul 2020 JASNWF - "Japan's Response to COVID-19"
17 Jun 2020 JAS Networking Night
11 Jun 2020 Japan Society Live Webinar and Sake Tasting
10 Jun 2020 JASDFW: Gaming, Digital Entertainment, and Cool Japan in the Era of COVID-19
9 Jun 2020 JASWDC Webinar – The US Oil and Gas Market Challenge facing Japanese Business: COVID-19 X Factor
6 Jun 2020 JASG Event: Let’s Connect and do Radio Taiso Together!
4 Jun 2020 JASDFW [ONLINE EVENT] How Technology Companies in the U.S. and Japan are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis
29 May 2020 JASWDC Japan Bowl
16 Apr 2020 International Business Development Websites Webinar
14 Apr 2020 April Kayoubikai
2 Apr 2020 AITC Webinar: Financing your Exports with SBA and EXIM
9 Mar 2020 Konnichiwa Club - Nintendo Day
6 Mar 2020 Soran Bushi Traditional Dance Workshop
22 Feb 2020 Volunteer Orientation - Cherry Blossom Festival
21 Feb 2020 Incoterms 2020 Webinar AITC
13 Feb 2020 AITC Webinar - Taxes on your Exports and IC-DISC - February 13, 2020
11 Feb 2020 February Kayoubikai
27 Jan 2020 Drum TAO 2020
27 Jan 2020 2020 EDAA Winter Conference
23 Jan 2020 TAO: Art of the Drum Lunch & Learn
18 Jan 2020 ArtPlay Family Day: The Joys of Japan
16 Jan 2020 Seminar on Incoterms 2020 – Mobile
11 Jan 2020 Japanese New Year Celebration South Alabama / NW Florida
9 Jan 2020 Festival of the Cranes Wheeler National Wildlife Reduge
7 Jan 2020 January Kayoubikai
10 Dec 2019 December Kayoubikai
15 Nov 2019 Why Alabama?: Discussing Japanese Investment and Future Growth
12 Nov 2019 November Kayoubikai
10 Nov 2019 Onigiri Action: Make Rice Balls!
28 Oct 2019 UAB Jemison Lecture Series - Dr. Yukiko Watanabe
20 Oct 2019 Birmingham Botanical Gardens Toshinan Open House
8 Oct 2019 October Kayoubikai
15 Sep 2019 Panel Discussion: Careers at Japanese Companies and How to Get There
10 Sep 2019 September Kayoubikai
31 Aug 2019 SEUSKCC JASG Golf Tournament
22 Aug 2019 30th Anniversary JASA Annual Dinner
13 Aug 2019 August Kayoubikai
7 Aug 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
27 Jul 2019 Japanese Cultural "Garage" Sale
24 Jul 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
10 Jul 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
9 Jul 2019 July Kayoubikai
7 Jul 2019 Tanabata Festival
26 Jun 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
12 Jun 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
4 Jun 2019 June Kayoubikai
29 May 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
22 May 2019 Wheelchair Rugby 4 Nations Tournament
15 May 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
17 Apr 2019 Japanese Language Club Meeting
9 Apr 2019 April Kayoubikai
20 Mar 2019 Japanese Language Club Information Session
16 Mar 2019 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival
12 Mar 2019 Japan Update Free Panel and Reception
6 Mar 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival Volunteer Orientation
3 Mar 2019 Hinamatsuri at the Gardens
26 Feb 2019 February Kayoubikai
12 Feb 2019 Japanese Movie Showing, Your Name
9 Feb 2019 Okonomiyaki Cooking Class
27 Jan 2019 Japanese Calligraphy Class
8 Jan 2019 January Kayoubikai

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