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  • 21 Sep 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Have you or a family member been stationed in Japan while in the U.S. Military?  If so, check out JUMP: the Japan U.S. Military Program.

    This year's JUMP event is hosted by our neighbors at the Japan America Society of Northwest Florida . The event will be at the Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum  on Saturday, September 21st, 1p.m. till 4 p.m. 

    JUMP's mission is to connect past and present service members, their families, and government civilians who have served in Japan.  JUMP builds relationships and provides opportunities for service members to engage with each other and form bonds that transcend cultural barriers.  JUMP provides a powerful foundation for sustaining the solid alliance and relationship that exists between the U.S. and Japan.

    If you are in the Southern Alabama area, this would be a great opportunity!

    For more information,  please visit

    Questions? email at or call at 850-602-7049

  • 14 Aug 2019 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    We are a student club at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studying the Japanese martial art of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. Our faculty sponsor is Dr. Jeffrey Walker, PhD. Dr. Walker is a Shihan (Master Teacher) in the Bujinkan, and is ranked at 15th Dan. He is the chief instructor for the group.

    Shane Layton is a Criminal Justice major at UAB. He has been training in the Bujinkan since 1985, and is a Shidoshi (Teacher), holding the rank of 7th Dan. Shane is the assistant instructor for the group.

    Classes are currently held at the mini park on Saturday mornings from 9-11 am. Classes are open to all UAB students. There is no fee for UAB students.

    The Bujinkan system consists on 9 martial arts lineages:

     Togakure-ryū Ninpō 戸隠流忍法

     Gyokko ryū Kosshi jutsu 玉虎流骨指術

     Kuki Shinden Happō Bikenjutsu 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術

     Koto Ryū Koppō jutsu 虎倒流骨法術

     Shinden Fudo Ryū Dakentai jutsu 神伝不動流打拳体術

     Takagi Yoshin Ryū Jūtai jutsu 高木揚心流柔体術

     Gikan Ryū Koppō jutsu 義鑑流骨法術

     Gyokushin-ryū Ryū Ninpō 玉心流忍法

     Kumogakure Ryū Ninpō 雲隠流忍法

    For more information contact Shane at

  • 30 Jul 2019 11:21 AM | Anonymous

    South Alabama residents: don't miss this once-a-year opportunity in Pensacola! 

    Press Release:

    13th ANNUAL 2019 BONFEST

    Saturday, September 7, 2019

    Noon – 4 p.m. at


    6000 College Pkwy Pensacola, FL 32504

    Taiko Drummers from EPCOT will be performing at the event! Enjoy Authentic Japanese Food, Dancing, Fun & Activities for ALL AGES !


    Thanks for your community support!

  • 18 Jun 2019 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    HOST FAMILIES NEEDED.  Have you ever wanted to host an international student for a semester?  Youth for Understanding, one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit foreign exchange organizations in the nation, needs your help!  YFU is looking for families to host a high school aged exchange student for the academic school year (August to June) or for just a semester.

    Host families are responsible for provide basic meals and a place to sleep. The students will have their own insurance and spending money. Please consider making a student’s dream a reality while also learning about another culture. If interested, please contact Kylie at and “apply” online at!



  • 6 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Sakura Radio is an Internet Radio community that offers a wide range of programs such as health recipes for families, childcare consultations, health hours, legal advice for business and business discourses, live entertainment, culture, celebrity interviews, and  immediate broadcasts in the case of an emergency.

    Check out their website to find out more!

    Take a peak at the schedule to listen to the talk show, LIVE news or local program.

  • 6 Jun 2019 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Japan-America Society of North West Florida is hosting the Gulf Coast Appraise-A-Thon.

    Get 3 items apprised for just $10.
    Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
    Garth's Antiques, 3930 W. Navy Blvd.

    Appraisal proceeds will help fund local middle school student exchanges with Pensacola's Japanese sister city, Gero.

    For more info, please email

  • 30 May 2019 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Are you bilingual? Do you have a desire to help those in your community who are in crisis? Consider becoming an interpreter!

    Who should attend:  Fully fluent bilingual individuals in Alabama who have a desire to help crisis victims in 

    their community. This training is designed to teach professional interpreting -- and prepare participants for working 

    with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violence. 

    Participants also learn interpreting procedures for common settings (Immigration, Counseling, etc.) and cultural

    competencies (LGBTQ, Disabilities, etc.).  

    Course requirements:  Total of 42 hours training through a combination of online sessions, full-day in-person 

    workshop, practicum and final interview.

    Benefits:  Complete this training to become eligible to contract with AshaKiran for paid assignments — in cities 

    throughout Alabama. And, use your valuable language skills to make a difference in your cultural community!

    Trainers:  Our lead trainer, Carola E. Green, has 20+ years experience in professional interpreting as well as teaching 

    and training interpreters. She is co-author of several national publications about interpreting in the legal 

    and medical fields including the innovative curriculum “Breaking Silence: Interpreting for Victim Services.”

    Other trainers include AshaKiran staff and subject matter experts who have experience working with

    victims and/or victim service providers. 

    Seating is limited, so apply early! Deadline to apply is July 2.  

    Application fee is $25. There is no additional cost for this training, however we 

    request 10 volunteer hours for AshaKiran and/or our partners. 

    Application and Course Schedule:   2019 Interpreter Training

    Information:     (256) 509-1882 or (800) 793-3010   

  • 23 Mar 2019 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Japanese cuisine, or washoku, offers invaluable opportunities to think about how we understand ourselves and our world. These include, among others, the intersection of the modern and traditional, local and global, rural and urban, nature and society, taste and waste, our futures and the future of our planet. This program is based in the city of Osaka “the food capital of Japan”. Students explore the food cultures and systems of contemporary Japan through interdisciplinary, multi-sensual learning experiences. Students learn the philosophical and historical foundation of washoku as well as basic culinary techniques through intensive cooking sessions, and they broaden and deepen their culinary experience by critically engaging in the culture and politics of sustainability in seminar sessions. We also visit wholesale markets where hundreds of food ingredients and products are brought in and re-distributed, engage in field studies at a soy sauce distillery, sake brewery, and a small-scale farming village as well as historical temples in Nara and Kyoto. The program is designed by Gustolab International and hosted in cooperation with Osaka Shoin Women’s University, one of the first liberal arts women’s colleges established in Osaka and now running the nation’s first food studies program.

    Deadline: March 25, 2019

    Program Dates: May 26 - June 23, 2019

    Eligibility: Students interested in Japanese culture, language, or business. Prior language study is encouraged, but not required. Professionals and graduate students in food or environment related fields are encouraged to inquire.

    Cost: $ 4,750.00 USD

  • 15 Mar 2019 11:14 AM | Anonymous

    "There is no doubt that the Asia Pacific region is one of the most critical to the world’s economy, just as there is no doubt that the U.S. needs to have a strong ally there.

    That was the basis of the “Geostrategy in the Grassroots” presentation that the Japan-America Society of Alabama (JASA) hosted Tuesday at University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business.

    Driving the point closer to home, Japan is the second largest source of foreign direct investment in Alabama – thanks in large part, but not limited to, the automotive industry.

    Read more about March 12th's event at Alabama 
    News Center here!

  • 15 Mar 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Incremental Website Globalization and Cross-border eCommerce Strategies




    AITC Webinar -  Incremental Website Globalization and Cross-border eCommerce Strategies

    March 20th, 2019 – 12:00 Noon Central Time

    Cost: Free

    Quick, affordable and non-techy ways to optimize your website for incremental global expansion and Cross-border eCommerce Strategies

    While cross-border online sales will reach $1 trillion by 2020 74% of merchants are not prepared to service their top markets. Hear straight-talking insights on how to tap into global markets via ecommerce and learn actionable take-aways you can apply to your growth strategy immediately.

    • Learn how to start your incremental journey to global sales through ecommerce channels with plug-ins and tools at the lowest cost possible with minimal in-house tech support.
    • Learn how to use government grant money to convert your transactional site into a global-ready sales channel and marketing your products overseas.

    This webinar is for online merchants of products and services looking to increase engagement and sales conversion with overseas clients. Whether you sell manufactured goods, packaged foods, apparel, cosmetics or software solutions, we will provide input as to why doing any of the following will make or break your conversation and how you can get started:

    • Display a pop-up welcome message in 10 languages
    • Display the prices in your visitor’s local currency
    • Facilitate payments in 200 currencies
    • Calculate the total landed cost for your customers
    • Translate your checkout and emails automatically
    • Find support resources and product category experts
    • Reduce your shipping costs with preferred rates
    • Protect against global fraudulent transactions

    In partnership with: 


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