Mission: To promote friendly relations and cultural understanding between the people of the state of tennessee and japan, the japan-america society of tennessee, inc. (jast) was formed as a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation, funded by individual and corporate membership fees. Goals -providing to the citizens of tennessee accurate information about the people of japan and their culture;-promoting social, cultural, scientific and educational interchange between tennessee and japan; and -encouraging appreciation and respect for the differences and similarities of the cultures of the peoples of japan and tennessee activitiesannual networking receptions and support of tennessee's business delegations to the southeast-u. S. Japan association conferences each year are highlights of the organization's activities. Jast-supported programs also include the mitsui usa scholarships in tennessee program, an annual tennessee-area japanese speech contest, and a variety of regional cultural festivals - including th
Programs: Nashville cherry blossom festival (april 12)the nashville cherry blossom project has as its mission to plant 1,000 cherry trees in the city over 10 years. Thanks to generous individual donors and corporate sponsors, 600 cherry trees have taken root from 2009 through 2014. A public festival was held, free of charge, on april 12th, attracting approximately 15,000 visitors. Two stages featuring musical, martial arts and dance performances and more than 37 vendors, demonstration and exhibit booths displayed various aspects of japanese modern and traditional culture.
37th annual joint meeting of the southeast-u. S. /japan and japan-u. S. Southeast association (september 18-20, tokyo, japan)coordinated registration and all details for 40 tennessee delegation at this annual 2. 5-day meeting which attracted 350 and was led by tennessee commissioner of economic and community development bill hagerty.
awarded $20,000 for mitsui usa scholarships in tennessee program (2014-2015)mitsui usa scholarships in tennessee program applications were made available for downloading through our website. A news release and a mailing to principals and guidance counselors at tennessee's high schools followed the posting. The scholarship review committee made its selection of four mitsui usa finalists for 2014-2015 in june.
seventh annual tennessee area japanese speech contest (april 5, mtsu)40 japanese language students from 10 tennessee-area universities competed in 2014 at the 7th annual tennessee area japanese speech contest on april 5th, and 38 students from 9 tennessee-area universities competed at the 8th annual tajsc on april 4th. During the competition, a panel of judges ranked the competitors within their respective levels of language proficiency. Prizes were awarded to the top-ranked contestants in each level. Sponsor and grant funding was used to purchase prizes and bento box dinners for the judges and participants following the contest. Jast community service awards (june 6)applications were distributed to chambers of commerce and jast members by email and through mailings in advance of the eleventh annual jast community service awards. Nominees were selected from nominations by a volunteer panel of judges representing statewide and regional educational, civic, and community development organizations. Awards were presented by consul general motohiko kato and others to former governor of tennessee don sundquist, mike fedele of mitsui usa and judy henry of the hendersonville tsuru friendship association. Annual membership meeting & reception (june 6)jast's annual membership meeting and reception were attended by 145 members and guests at nissan north america headquarters in franklin, tn. Featured were the tennessee economic and community development commissioner bill hagerty and consul general of japan in nashville motohiko kato along with sponsors the nashville chamber of commerce and nissan north america.