Trivia of the Month


This month, test your knowledge of Japan! 


This lovable character is the mascot for which prefecture in Japan?

A) Fukuoka B) Kumamoto C) Hokkaido D) Ehime

Answer Here

Sakura Season Encore


The beautiful blossoms have fallen from the cherry trees in Nashville, but you can enjoy them all over again. Sakura Season videos are available now on the JAST YouTube channel.

Check out videos of the 1,000 cherry blossom trees planted during the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Tree Planting Project and other videos all about cherry blossom trees made by and featuring JAST partners and special guests.

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Applications Now Open For 

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation

Scholarships in Tennessee Program 


Last year's  recipients of the Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation Scholarships in Tennessee Program


Now in its 18th year, The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation Scholarships in Tennessee Program was established by The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation to provide educational opportunities to college-bound high school seniors and to promote cross-cultural understanding between Japan and Tennessee. The scholarship program is administered by Japan-America Society of Tennessee. 2021 scholarship applications are being accepted now through May 31st.

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Scholarship Review Committee on the basis of academic merit, aptitude for foreign language study, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and leadership. The Review Committee also looks for a multi-cultural and international personal and/or career interest. Four $5000 freshman-year scholarships are awarded to the selected applicants enrolling in a four-year Tennessee public college or university.

Application Here

Vaccine Appointment Registration Process For Japanese Community


On April 5, the state of Tennessee opened vaccine availability to all residents aged 16 and older. In an effort to disseminate important information to the Japanese community, Outreach Manager Mari Yamamoto has created a video in Japanese to explain the process. Please feel free to share with your Japanese colleagues and friends. 



JAST Pick - A Silent Voice


A Silent Voice is about reconnecting, facing past misdeeds, and moving forward. Based on a manga series, A Silent Voice is a 2016 Japanese animated film produced by Kyoto Animation that explores serious issues. The film follows Shoya Ishida, a former class bully who decides to reach out to the girl he mistreated in elementary school. He feels unworthy of redemption, but he tries to make things right.

You can watch A Silent Voice on Netflix or purchase it online.


Upcoming NAJAS Events


Did you know that Japan celebrates a special holiday on May 5th every year called Children’s Day? In Japan, May 5th is a national holiday devoted to children - Kodomo No Hi, or Children’s Day. Join the Japan-America Society of Houston and the Harris County Public Library as they explore the holiday’s traditions, complete with the creation of koinobori carp streamers. 


Join the Japan-America Society of Cincinnati for this event featuring Cincinnati native Denny Kato. Denny was born to Japanese-American parents who arrived in Cincinnati after their release from a WWII incarceration camp. He will discuss the lives of early Japanese settlers in Cincinnati and share his personal story of growing up in Cincinnati during a period when there were very few residents from any Asian country.

Denny will be joined by Japanese-American panelists Gordon Yoshikawa and Betty (Tamura) Breyer.


Join the Japan-America Society of Dallas-Fort Worth for this event exploring why diversity and inclusion are important, and how it can play a major role in achieving business results. This event will be presented in Japanese.


From Mother to Management

May 20, 2021 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT


Join the Japan-America Society of Chicago for this event featuring Ms. Cynthia Usui. Ms. Usui will draw from her personal journey of “mother to management” to inspire others to rebuild their careers. Born and raised in the Philippines to Chinese parents, Ms. Usui moved to Japan to study at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Married to a Japanese diplomat, she spent the next 25 years overseas, focusing on being a mother. Then, at the age of 52, Ms. Usui landed her first job at a Members Club for expats in Tokyo, and she is now a hospitality executive.


Guide to Daily Living in Tennessee 


JAST's Guide to Daily Living in Tennessee is now available! It's for newcomers and long-time residents originally from Japan to familiarize them with essential information on aspects of daily life that may differ from life in Japan and other parts of the world where they may have lived before relocating to Tennessee. Please let your Japanese friends know about this guide. We hope this will be helpful to our Japanese community! 

Partner Resources COVID-19 

JAST is generously supported by these outstanding partners


Austin Peay State University

Baker Donelson

BB&T now Truist

Jack and Barbara Bovender

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.

Humanities Tennessee

Clay and Cathy Jackson

Komatsu America Corp.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation 


Office: +1 615-663-6060