Letter from the CEO

On October 20, I was honored to welcome JAST members, supporters, friends, and partners to the Frist Art Museum for one of our Signature events: the Women’s Leadership Forum & Networking Luncheon. The event brought together guests from diverse backgrounds to hear keynote speaker, Kate Burke (COO and CFO of AllianceBernstein), speak about women’s financial empowerment and equity.

Three inspiring women, Maki Futami (PwC, Managing Director), Eko Ishii (Cofounder, CWell Institute, and Health Coach), and Yurina Yoshikawa (Teacher, Writer, and Book Reviewer) joined Kate on the stage for an honest conversation about their experiences, the roles and expectations women hold across different industries, and some of their personal challenges and many successes. All four of the speakers left us with messages of empowerment through their personal stories, especially the words: perseverance, motivation, and true authenticity. 

In mid-November, I’m looking forward to the first, in-person Southeast U.S.-Japan Conference since 2019! The Florida delegation has put together an incredible program for attendees, and I’m looking forward to joining TNECD Commissioner McWhorter and Tennessee Delegates at this important conference.

Countdown to the Memphis Japan Festival


The 2022 Memphis Japan Festival is just around the corner! Please join JAST in welcoming St. Louis Osuwa Taiko, Kazha, The Candyman, the Kent Family Magic Circus, local martial arts groups, exhibitors, and vendors on November 6th at Memphis Botanic Garden. The Japanese Traders and Manufacturers Association of Memphis will be hosting festival guests at the Tea House “Edo.”

Are you a JAST member? Please email gbyrn@jastn.org to receive discounted adult admission. 

More Information Here

Southeast U.S.-Japan Conference

Just a few more days to register! Late registration opens November 1.

TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter invites you to join him in representing Tennessee at the 2022 Southeast U.S.-Japan Conference in Orlando, November 16-18. 

The Tennessee-Japan relationship is important for the economic development of the state. Japanese companies are the foreign direct investment (FDI) leaders of Tennessee, both by job creation and investment. With over 200 Japanese-owned establishments based in Tennessee, over 53,300 jobs for Tennesseans have been created and over $20 billion has been invested in our state. The Southeast U.S.-Japan Conference helps solidify this relationship. Please join Commissioner McWhorter, TNECD, and fellow delegates in representing Tennessee. Contact madams@jastn.org with any questions on registration. 

Read Commissioner McWhorter's Letter Here
Register Here

Women's Leadership Forum & Networking Luncheon

From Left: Seth Feman, Eko Ishii, Consul-General Yoichi Matsumoto, Kate Burke, Maki Futami, Yurina Yoshikawa, Madeline Adams, Masami Tyson

Upcoming Japan-America Society Events Nationwide


Beauty of Gold and Silver Leaves in Japanese Painting (Nihonga)
November 10, 6:00–7:00 pm CT
Presented by the Japan-America Society of Chicago


Gold and silver leaf applications are used as a background in many Japanese traditional paintings. However, Japanese modern and contemporary artists have been using gold and silver leaves as the main materials for their abstract paintings. Mami Takahashi will show how to apply a flat leaf onto a paper surface, as well as how to sprinkle gold leaf. Takahashi-san will also show the magic of silver leaf by the process of oxidation.

Online Japanese Cooking Class
November 20, 2022, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Pacific
Hosted by the Japan-America Society of Oregon


Back by popular demand, JASO NEXT is excited to bring you another opportunity to learn Japanese cookery with Andrea Obana! With her instruction, we’ll prepare a comforting fall menu featuring braised chicken and taro root with ginkgo nuts, and side dishes of greens with fried enoki mushrooms in broth and kabocha squash dressed with miso. We'll send you the simple ingredients list and recipes shortly after registration payment is confirmed. (Vegetarian and vegan alternative ingredients are also listed)

JAST Guide to Daily Living in Tennessee


Moving to a new area is daunting, especially if it's in a different country! JAST created the Guide to Daily Living in Tennessee (in Japanese) for newcomers and long-time residents alike. The guide is intended for Tennessee residents originally from Japan, whether new or long-time residents, and provides essential information on aspects of daily life that may differ from Japan or other parts of the world.

Information featured includes how to open a bank account or obtain a driver's license, interpretation guides for the grocery store or the weather forecast, where to find medical services, and much more! Please let your Japanese friends, colleagues, and neighbors know about this helpful resource guide. We also welcome suggestions or additions to the guide that may have been overlooked, or that may be specific to your community. 

We hope this will help our Japanese communities across Tennessee! 


JAST is generously supported by these outstanding partners


Austin Peay State University

Baker Donelson

Jack and Barbara Bovender

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.

Clay and Cathy Jackson

Komatsu America Corp.

The Mitsui U.S.A. Foundation 

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