Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago 在シカゴ日本国総領事館

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Naoshima (Kagawa Prefecture) is an island in the Seto Inland Sea known for its unique blend of contemporary art and natu...
01/22/2024

Naoshima (Kagawa Prefecture) is an island in the Seto Inland Sea known for its unique blend of contemporary art and nature. Often referred to as the "Art Island," Naoshima features numerous art museums and installations integrated into the island’s natural landscapes. The island is easily accessible via ferry in Kagawa or Okayama and makes for a wonderful long-weekend destination.

The Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館 will be having a special two-week Ukiyo-e “Japanese Woodblock Printing” course on S...
01/22/2024

The Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館 will be having a special two-week Ukiyo-e “Japanese Woodblock Printing” course on Saturday, February 10 and Saturday, February 17. For more info, please visit the event page below.

Join us for an in-person Woodblock Printing Course! 2 Classes included. No experience necessary. All levels welcome. Join us at the Japanese Culture Center for a special 2-week course ( […]

Have you ever had Japanese pancakes? 🥞Known as ホットケーキ (hotcakes), these pancakes are thicker but fluffier. ホットケーキ have m...
01/19/2024

Have you ever had Japanese pancakes? 🥞

Known as ホットケーキ (hotcakes), these pancakes are thicker but fluffier. ホットケーキ have more of a soufflé consistency as opposed to the typical American pancake. They are also considered more of a treat instead of a breakfast food and are often sold at coffee shops and cafes.

Shubukai will be presenting a special performance titled Shubukai Presents: Revitalizing Tradition XVI Fujima Style Japa...
01/19/2024

Shubukai will be presenting a special performance titled Shubukai Presents: Revitalizing Tradition XVI Fujima Style Japanese Classical Dance with special guest Fujima Kikuri on Saturday, January 27. The “Revitalizing Tradition” Series is a performance series created to introduce Japanese Classical Dance concepts and themes such as gender presentation and Kabuki character archetypes.

For more info and to register, please visit the site below.

Shubukai presents the 16th iteration of Revitalizing Tradition with a special guest from Japan. RSVP requested. Register via button below ↓

If you plan on visiting Nara this year, be sure to check out Mount Wakakusa. The scenic mountain is located east of Nara...
01/18/2024

If you plan on visiting Nara this year, be sure to check out Mount Wakakusa. The scenic mountain is located east of Nara Park and offers views over Nara City as well as seasonal foliage. Every fourth Saturday of January, the dying grass on the mountain slopes is burned as a part of the Wakakusa Yamayaki festival, which can be seen throughout the city. The mountain is closed to visitors in winter but opens at the beginning of spring. We hope that you run into some local furry friends during your climb!

Are you a Japanese language student? Apply for the 38th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest to showcase your skills ...
01/18/2024

Are you a Japanese language student? Apply for the 38th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest to showcase your skills and for a chance to win prizes!

The contest is open to elementary, middle, high school, and college students in our ten-state jurisdiction (IL, IN, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI). Visit our website or refer to the QR code below for more info! For questions, email us at [email protected].

Please submit your application by 5pm on Friday, February 16 via e-mail or mail-in.

https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/spchcont.html

In need for a comforting dish? お茶漬け (ochazuke) consists of green tea (or dashi broth) poured over rice, accompanied by v...
01/17/2024

In need for a comforting dish? お茶漬け (ochazuke) consists of green tea (or dashi broth) poured over rice, accompanied by various toppings. This simple yet soothing dish is versatile, allowing for the addition of ingredients such as pickles, salted salmon, umeboshi (pickled plums), seaweed, etc.

How do you like to eat your ochazuke?

Join the Japan America Society of Iowa this Saturday for a fun Fruit Sandwich Making Workshop! For more info, please ref...
01/17/2024

Join the Japan America Society of Iowa this Saturday for a fun Fruit Sandwich Making Workshop! For more info, please refer to the post below.

Did you know "Fruit Sandwich" was invented in Japan?
Fruit Sandwich is made by putting fresh fruit and fresh cream in between two slices of bread. It's very popular in Japan.
Why don't we make it together?

Date: Saturday, Jan 20 from 12:20pm-1pm
Place: Franklin Junior High School, Room 1240 (4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines)
Admission fee: Free for current JASI members, also eligible for those if 2024 JASI membership is paid at the door or prior to the event.
Register here: https://forms.gle/zfaJxk8DEa6wZwjU9

Do you know 完食 (kanshoku)? Kanshoku is the concept of finishing or completing a meal, emphasizing the act of eating all ...
01/16/2024

Do you know 完食 (kanshoku)? Kanshoku is the concept of finishing or completing a meal, emphasizing the act of eating all the food served. In Japanese dining etiquette, completing one's meal is seen as a sign of appreciation and gratitude towards the cook and the effort put into preparing the dish. Thanks to our JIC staff member for showing us a good ramen kanshoku!

Which Japanese food is easy for you to kanshoku?

The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having a free webinar titled The Female Emperoro Suiko on Thursday, ...
01/16/2024

The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having a free webinar titled The Female Emperoro Suiko on Thursday, January 25. Participants will learn about Empress Suiko’s achievements and role in history. For more information, please visit the event page.

About the Event Suiko (554 ~ 628) ruled Japan for 35 years, the first of eight recognized female sovereigns who were not empress-consorts. Because of renewed interest she is the subject of manga, documentaries, biographies, and other media. This presentation will review a few of her notable achievem...

  that in some of the snowier areas of Japan they have heated roads to help keep the roads clear of snow! One popular he...
01/12/2024

that in some of the snowier areas of Japan they have heated roads to help keep the roads clear of snow! One popular heating method makes use of warm groundwater distributed through a sprinkler system installed on the road. Another innovative way being developed recycles the heat from the sewage system to help keep the roads clear. Just another thing you can look forward to checking out on winter travels through Japan.

Have you done Hatsumode yet? Hatsumode (初詣) is the first temple or shrine visit of the New Year. Temples and shrines at ...
01/11/2024

Have you done Hatsumode yet? Hatsumode (初詣) is the first temple or shrine visit of the New Year. Temples and shrines at the beginning of January will be crowded with people making prayers and wishes for a fruitful and positive year. While there, people will often get new omamori (お守り- luck charms) to symbolize their hopes and draw omikuji (おみくじ - fortune strip) to forecast their luck of the year.

The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having a free informational webinar about the upcoming 2025 Osaka-Ka...
01/11/2024

The Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC) will be having a free informational webinar about the upcoming 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo on Thursday, January 18. For more information, please visit the event page below.

About the Event Did you know that Expo Osaka-Kansai will be held in Japan in 2025? Find out about the Osaka-Kansai Expo and what you are about to experience. The theme of the Expo is “Designing Future Society for our lives” and the concept is the People's Living Lab. The world’s knowledge and ...

We are excited to welcome Shōta Imanaga to the city! Go Cubs!!!
01/11/2024

We are excited to welcome Shōta Imanaga to the city! Go Cubs!!!

The today agreed to terms with LHP Shōta Imanaga on a four-year major league contract.

Welcome to the Chicago Cubs, Shōta Imanaga!
今永昇太選手、ようこそシカゴ・カブスへ!

Upon the kind invitation by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, on January 9, I attended his last State of State Address, whi...
01/11/2024

Upon the kind invitation by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, on January 9, I attended his last State of State Address, which recognizes Japan-Indiana relations. He also expressed that "our hearts are with your people and our friends affected by the recent tragedies in Japan." - Consul-General Yanagi

Keeping with the theme of wintery getaways. Let’s take a look at a snowy destination one might consider when traveling t...
01/10/2024

Keeping with the theme of wintery getaways. Let’s take a look at a snowy destination one might consider when traveling to Japan: Nagano!

Nagano, a prefecture in central Japan, transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months, offering a variety of snow-covered landscapes and exciting winter activities. For sports enthusiasts, the region is home to ski resorts popular for their powdery snow and maintained slopes. If you’re looking to experience culture, check out the snow hut (kamakura) village in Iiyama city to enjoy local delicacies in the seasonal snow huts built by the village. After the chilly adventures, take a trip to the Jigokudani Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi and see the snow monkeys bathe in the cozy hot spring waters.

Applications for the 2024 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship are open! This scholarship offers undergraduate students maj...
01/10/2024

Applications for the 2024 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship are open! This scholarship offers undergraduate students majoring in Japanese language, Japanese studies, or Japanese culture a chance to deepen their understanding through academic study at a university in Japan.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 12

To learn more, please visit https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/mext.html

On January 5, Consul-General Yanagi received a visit from the All-Japan National Champion and USA Judo coach Megumi Ishi...
01/09/2024

On January 5, Consul-General Yanagi received a visit from the All-Japan National Champion and USA Judo coach Megumi Ishikawa and Tohkon Judo Academy President Douglas Tono. We wish them all the best in their efforts to further promote Judo from Chicago to the Midwest and throughout the US!

Today is Coming of Age Day, known as Seijin no Hi (成人の日). This holiday that is held on the second Monday of January hono...
01/08/2024

Today is Coming of Age Day, known as Seijin no Hi (成人の日). This holiday that is held on the second Monday of January honors those who turn(ed) 18 from April 2nd last year to April 1st this year (some cities continue do ceremonies for those who turned 20). The new adults wear formal clothing such as furisode kimono, hakama, and western suits, participating in celebratory activities in their cities and having get-togethers with friends afterwards.

[REMINDER] One week left to submit applications for the 8th Annual Heritage Japanese Language Contest! Please submit you...
01/08/2024

[REMINDER] One week left to submit applications for the 8th Annual Heritage Japanese Language Contest! Please submit your application by 5pm on Monday, January 15 via e-mail or mail-in.

It’s time to show off your language skills!

Applications for the 8th annual Heritage Japanese Language Speech Contest are open! Please submit your application by 5pm on Monday, January 15 via e-mail or mail-in.

For application and contest guidelines, please follow the QR code or visit: https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/spchcont.html

On December 20th, Consul-General Yanagi visited Minnesota. He met with staff of the office of Congressman Tom Emmer to o...
01/05/2024

On December 20th, Consul-General Yanagi visited Minnesota. He met with staff of the office of Congressman Tom Emmer to offer his condolences for Major Jeffrey Thomas Hoernemann. He also visited the Takeda and Olympus facilities in Brooklyn Park with Mayor Winston. This was the first trip as a part of the Japanese Consulate’s resumed "Grassroots Caravan," project, which aims to deepen understanding of local economic authorities about the contributions of Japanese companies to the local community as well as expand two-way trade and investment opportunities.

On December 21st, Consul-General Yanagi met with Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota to discuss the Japan-Minnesota economic relationship. During the discussion, Governor Walz shared his experience about his first overseas trip to Japan as Governor, mentioning his high regard for the contributions of Japanese companies to the state economy and to local communities.

01/05/2024
01/04/2024

In the wake of the earthquake on January 1 in Japan, kind and warm messages of sympathy and readiness of assistance have been extended by many people in the U.S. These include, among others, one from President Biden to the people in Japan, and many others from U.S. Governors and mayors to their sister-city counterparts in Japan whose cities have been affected. These messages are encouraging for the people of Japan who have been impacted, and we are thankful for the consideration of our American friends.

あけましておめでとうございます!Happy New Year to everyone! We are looking “four”ward to what 2024 (the Year of the Dragon 🐉) will bring...
01/01/2024

あけましておめでとうございます!Happy New Year to everyone! We are looking “four”ward to what 2024 (the Year of the Dragon 🐉) will bring! 🎍🎊🎇

The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will be closed from Friday, December 29 to Wednesday, January 3, 2024 for the ...
12/28/2023

The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will be closed from Friday, December 29 to Wednesday, January 3, 2024 for the New Year holiday. Our offices will return to regular business hours on Thursday, January 4, 2023.

よいお年を (yoi otoshi o) everyone!

In continuing to provide you with some destination inspiration for your future Japan travels, we’re following up with an...
12/27/2023

In continuing to provide you with some destination inspiration for your future Japan travels, we’re following up with another location! From tropical Okinawa we are heading to the northernmost prefecture renowned for its scenic nature and cool temps: Hokkaido!

Hokkaido’s snowy winters draw in many visitors who look to take advantage of winter activities like skiing or going to check out the Sapporo Snow Festival. There you can find massive snow sculptures, food stalls, and sometimes even train rides. Hokkaido also is home to the unique Ainu culture. You can take a deep dive in learning about Ainu history and culture at Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park in Shiraoi. Among the facilities, you can find a Kotan (Traditional Ainu Village) where you can experience a traditional Ainu living space. (images from JIC staff)

On Saturday, December 23, Consul General Yanagi and Mrs. Yanagi attended the long-standing tradition of Mochi-Tsuki host...
12/27/2023

On Saturday, December 23, Consul General Yanagi and Mrs. Yanagi attended the long-standing tradition of Mochi-Tsuki hosted by the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. This annual event is a great opportunity to experience the traditional way of making mochi for the New Year. Consul General Yanagi enjoyed joining everyone of all ages, from children to elders over 90 years old, in pounding and shaping mochi. Thank you very much for inviting the Consul General and his staff to participate!

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