JA-SO will be sponsoring “JAPAN WEEK” this year by honoring the victims of the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Our purpose is to not only support the victims by raising much-needed funds (although they are
making great progress, there are still major problems), but to also share Japanese culture with the
community as appreciation to our Rogue Valley supporters.

Though this is not a fundraising event like the JAPAN NIGHT of last year, we would like to encourage everyone to contribute to this cause. Donations of 100 dollars and more are greatly appreciated. All the proceeds from JAPAN WEEK are going to support the victims of the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northeast Japan.
Your generous contributions can be made at any of the JAPAN WEEK events below or by mail to: JA-SO PO Box 997 Ashland, OR 97520. (You will receive our NPO receipt.)

As the first event of JAPAN WEEK ,we are showing The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom and Light Up Nippon due to the generous support of the Consulate of Japan, Portland OR. and Supply and Demand of Los Angeles. Please check out the trailers below for a preview of these wonderful and very heart touching films!

(Link deprecated and no longer in service)

Japanese Homestyle Cooking Class and Exploring Haiku and Art Workshop are presented by instructors from our own talented membership. You will learn great tips on how to make
yummy authentic Japanese home cooking and beautiful Japanese Haiku poetry.

We hope many people will come and enjoy JAPAN WEEK!!

Noriko Hansen / JA-SO President

Schedule & Details of Events

Sunday, March 10 2013
The Meese Auditorium (SOU Art Building)
Doors Open: 2:30pm Film Begins: 3:00pm
FREE ADMISSION (160 seats available on a first come first serve basis)

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (Starts at 3:00pm)
Academy Award Nominated & Sundance Film Festival Prize Winner

Light Up Nippon ~ Fireworks that lifted Japan (Starts at 3:50pm)
Documentary Film


Thursday, March 14 2013
Japanese Home-style Cooking Class
Ashland Food Co-op
6:30pm – 8:30pm
$35 ($30 for Co-op Members)
Call (541) 482-2237 to register
Instructor: Etsuko Jensen
• Mix rice with carrot, pea, dandelion green and pine nuts
• Miso soup with tofu, wakame, shiitake mushroom and green onion
• Grilled fish with miso (optional: tofu)
• Burdock, carrot and daikon nitsuke
• Kale with sesame sauce
• Gyoza dumplings with shrimp/tofu, Chinese cabbage and green onions
• Steamed bread with maccha-green tea and sweet beans

Friday, March 15 2013
Exploring Haiku and Art Workshop
Hannon Library – Room 206 (Southern Oregon University)
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Instructors: Diana Versluis,Michiko Wisdom and Liz Shepherd
Class Description:
This workshop starts with a brief introduction of Japanese haiku poetry of 5-7-5 lines. After writing their poems in English (or other language), participants will learn how to write the poem using “seal script” and modified sosho syle (the cursive style) calligraphy for artistic renderings of the poem. Different ways to display the poem (framed, on notecards, part of a collage) will be demonstrated. Pens, brushes, and a variety of paper will be supplied, including suminagashi paper.