Welcome to JASO (Japanese Association of Southern Oregon) information page!

JASOの活動に興味のある方は、jasoinfo@gmail.com まで、ご連絡ください。

JASO is an organization that was created after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan this past March 11th, 2011.
Our missions are:
1. Promote Japanese-American interchange activities and Japanese understanding activities in the community.
2. Promote interchange of Japanese in the community.
3. Promote Japanese cultural succession activity.
If you are interested in JASO activities, please email at jasoinfo@gmail.com.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

JASO monthly meeting (June 9th)

It is time for our monthly meeting.
Please come and share your opinions for future JASO activities.
Date: June 9th (Thurs)
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Place: Phoenix library community room

Both JASO members and non-JASO members are welcome!

Japan Display at Medford Library

This photo is the result of the Medford Japan display so far.  We are going to add something about the Japan Disaster on a top shelf on the left side of JAPAN sign sometime soon. We put more children items on the lower shelves so that small children can see things better.  We didn't use all the items because it would look too crowded.  Please don't be disappointed if you don't see all your items in the case.  I might exchange a few things during the period.  I think it's pretty good.  If you have a chance to visit the Medford Library, please stop by.

This display will be there for two months (June-July).  I am going to take items out of the case on Saturday, July 30th and then return them to whomever they belong.  But if you need your items back before that, please let me know.
Our display this time is all about traditional classic Japanese.  We are thinking about an Anime or something about modern Japan sometime in a future.
Thanks again for your cooperation.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Charity concert, huge success

A Memorial Day benefit concert to raise money for Japan in the aftermath of this spring's massive earthquake and tsunami collected $9,224, organizers said.
The concert in the Mountain Avenue Theatre at Ashland High School included performances by pianist Alexander Tutunov, Rogue Valley Symphony violinist Scott Cole and the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers with Paul French. About 400 people attended.
Event organizer Ai DeVore of D. Productions had a goal of raising $10,000 and said in a news release that she was happy to come so close.
The Japanese Association of Southern Oregon will distribute the money for restoration efforts in disaster-stricken areas of Japan. If you would like to help with the relief fund, call DeVore at 541-227-1710 or Yumiko Nelson at 541-324-8069.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Child's Day

Childs Day festival was held by JASO on May 7th.

First, the Child’s Day origin was explaind. 

Kids (and adults) played Japanese games.
We had fun playing “Hanaichi momme”, “Darumasan ga koronda” and “Kagome Kagome” . 

Kids (and adults!) were excited playing “darumasan ga koronda”.

Flying Koinobori and two ladies helping the craft corner.

At craft corner, kids made a pop-up card, a carp streamer and wearable Samurai helmet.

Yey, we made a kabuto (samurai helmet)!

We had such a fun festival.  Thank you for those who showed up and had fun with us!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Benefit Yard Sale

They are pictures of the yard sale held on March 19th, just after the earthquake hit in Japan.
It was held by some Japanese females who wanted to do anything for the earthquake and tsunami victimes and this is the beginning of the JASO journey.