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    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 03 Jul 2017
    • Colorado Springs -> Nara

    2017 Nara Summit information from former JASSC president Paul Maruyama.

    Dear JASSC Members and Friends:

    I am sure that most of you are familiar with the Japan-America Grassroots Summits (Manjiro Summit) which are held annually, hosted alternately in the U.S. and in Japan.  The 2017 Summit (the next Summit to be in Japan) will be held from June 26 - July 3, 2017, in Nara, the most ancient capital of Japan. Nara is located next door to Kyoto. The Manjiro Summit is a grassroots exchange meeting which aim to strengthen friendship between the people of Japan and of the United States. The most important part of the Summit is the homestay program: You will have the opportunity to stay in the home of a Japanese family for three days and develop a friendship with your host family that will last a lifetime.  

    As a participant of the Summit, you are not simply a tourist in Japan- you are a special guest of the host family, of the people of Nara, and of the people of Japan. You will have the opportunity to enjoy and get to know Japan, her culture, and her people in ways that no tourist can experience. The Manjiro Summit is probably the most economical way to visit Japan because of the homestay opportunity and because the people of Nara will roll out the red carpet for YOU, their special guest. (As a concrete example of what I'm talking about, the Opening Ceremony for the Nara Summit will be held in the most famous Todaiji Temple in Nara, an opportunity hardly any native Japanese will ever experience!).

    Participation in the Manjiro Summit is open to anyone (regardless of age, occupation, gender, religion, etc.) who has a genuine interest in Japan and in fostering friendship with the people of Japan.  The Nara Summit will be the 27th annual event.  JASSC is proud to "brag" that we have hosted the Summit twice in the past, in 1996 and in 2006.  I know many of you were involved and I thank all of you who helped make the Summits a resounding success.  I am especially grateful to those of you who volunteered as host families.  

    The purpose of this e-mail is to plant a seed in each of you to consider traveling to Japan next summer to be a part of the Manjiro Summit.  More detail, such as price for participation (including airfare which is usually discounted), what to expect, etc,, will be forthcoming as they are finalized in Japan.

    Please look over the attached flyer or go to http://www.manjiro.or.jp/e/activities/index.html for more detail on what the Summit is all about. 

    More information is now available including prices.



     Please feel free to contact me at pmaruyama@earthlink.net if I can answer any questions for you.  And, please pass this invitation on to your non-JASSC member friends, fellow students, and neighbors who have dreamed of visiting Japan.  

    Paul K. Maruyama

    Board Member of Center for International Exchange-US (CIE-US)

Past events

06 May 2017 Children's Day 2017
19 Apr 2017 SEED: The Life of the Rice King and His Kin
11 Mar 2017 Japan Style
03 Mar 2017 Shen Yun – Enter the Land of the Divine
19 Feb 2017 Day of Remembrance 2017
19 Feb 2017 ALLEGIANCE Returns for Special Encore Screening!
16 Feb 2017 The Birth of Saké
25 Jan 2017 GLF Annual Chinese New Year Dinner – Year of the Rooster
21 Jan 2017 CSCCI Chinese New Year Festival
14 Jan 2017 2017 Mochistuki - Rice Pounding
08 Jan 2017 The Taiko Society at Library 21C
13 Dec 2016 George Takei's Allegiance
03 Dec 2016 JASSC's Holiday Party
22 Oct 2016 Golden Lotus Mid Autumn Festival Luncheon
15 Oct 2016 Cultural Festival and Bazaar
07 Aug 2016 Membership Potluck with Rudi's BBQ
09 Jul 2016 Cooking Class
11 Jun 2016 Cooking Class
07 Jun 2016 Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Toranosuke Taiko Drummers 2016 Tour Concert
21 May 2016 2016 Amache Pilgrimage
20 May 2016 Colorado Springs Ikebana, Chapter 95
07 May 2016 Lantern Glow Cultural Festival of Lights
07 May 2016 Children's Day 2016
09 Apr 2016 Expanding the flute: Eastern European, Japanese Shakuhachi and Contemporary flute traditions Workshop
08 Apr 2016 Expanding the flute: Eastern European, Japanese Shakuhachi and Contemporary flute traditions Concert
26 Mar 2016 Sakura Festival
21 Feb 2016 Day of Remembrance
23 Jan 2016 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
20 Jan 2016 Public Lecture, “The Mad Baron’s March: International Rivalries and the Russian Civil War in Mongolia, 1920-1921” by Dr. John Jennings
05 Dec 2015 Annual Holiday Party
10 Nov 2015 Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan
06 Nov 2015 CSCCI Annual Traditional Chinese Hot Pot Dinner
24 Oct 2015 Cultural Festival and Bazaar
09 Aug 2015 JASSC Membership Potluck
06 Jul 2015 2015 Manjiro Summit
20 Jun 2015 CANCELLED -- Asian Potluck Luncheon
23 May 2015 Japanese Cooking Class
22 May 2015 Amache Exhibit at University of Denver (DU)
02 May 2015 Children's Day
25 Apr 2015 Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu)
02 Apr 2015 Gunpowder Diplomacy: The 1637-1638 Shimabara Rebellion and the Dutch East India Company
14 Mar 2015 Japanese Cooking Class
15 Feb 2015 Modern Taiko Fusion Concert: On Ensemble Live in Concert at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
15 Feb 2015 Day of Remembrance 2015: Sharing Our Stories
17 Jan 2015 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
06 Dec 2014 Annual Holiday Party
03 Nov 2014 Anime Film Series
04 Oct 2014 Cultural Festival and Bazaar
14 Aug 2014 Asian Pacific Community Luncheon
10 Aug 2014 Diversity Festival
03 Aug 2014 Membership Dinner
17 May 2014 Camp Amache Trip
15 May 2014 Lily Havey Presentation on Her Experiences at Camp Amache
08 May 2014 Paul Maruyama Lecture and Retirement Reception
03 May 2014 Children's Day
26 Apr 2014 Japanese Play: Nothing is Impossible at PPCC
27 Jan 2014 Kabuki at Colorado College
18 Jan 2014 Mochitsuki (New Year's Rice Pounding)
12 Jan 2014 Colorado Springs and Fujiyoshida -- Sister Cities
12 Dec 2013 Screening of the new film "Things Left Behind" and a talk by the director, Linda Hoaglund
07 Dec 2013 Annual Holiday Party
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