JSGH Newsletter – May 2021

May 2021 Issue: May 8, 2021

Message from the President

Hello JSGH Members and Friends,

I hope that this newsletter all finds you well.  As Spring takes a firm hold, Connecticut is taking some  momentous steps towards a post-COVID State.  Vaccines are now readily available, and in-person gatherings are becoming more and more common.  We had our first in-person gathering of 2021 last month, and it was excellent to see everyone!  We will likely have another such event soon, so please look forward to it.  In the meantime, we hope that we’ll see you at the virtual Cooking Show planned this month in partnership with the Whittemore Library of Naugatuck, and be sure to recommend our upcoming Japanese courses to your friends and neighbors.

Best Regards,

Peter Watson, President, JSGH


Hanami Picnic was a Success!

It was wonderful to see so many people at our Sakura-Hanami Picnic in April. It was a great day with beautiful weather, pretty cherry blossoms, and great company.  We hope that next year’s will be even better!

We have posted some of the photos from that day on our website: https://www.jsofgh.org/hanami-picnic-2021-photos/

JSGH Japanese Classes

JSGH completed the first Online Class of Beginners Japanese Level (1) in April, 2021. With Watanabe-sensei, we had 6 students, including a 14 year old boy and a high school student, 2nd Generation Japanese American. They enjoyed the class and learned a lot, including Hiragana, daily greeting and self-introduction, counting things and time in Japanese, etc. They also enjoyed video clips, Cherry Trees in Kyoto, Maiko-san in kimono and traditional hair styling, Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo, and Youkai, from Web Japan and Cool Japan.  We are looking forward to meeting new students at the Summer Classes for Level (1) and Level (2), which will start this month!

Asia & Rachel Arigatou! Big thanks to Asia Henry and Rachel Monaccio, JSGH’s recent interns!  They’ve been helping us research grants to help fund our activities, and find out about some exciting Japanese cultural events that organizations like JSGH have been doing around the world.  Thank you so much for all of your help!

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

Cooking Show with Whittemore Library – May 19th @ 5:00 PM EDT

JSGH is putting on a cooking show in collaboration with Whittemore Library of Naugatuck.  Join us as we teach everyone how to make Onigiri, Miso soup and Tamago yaki.  Details and registration link here: https://bit.ly/3xWN7Mb

MANJIRO in FAIRHAVEN & TOSASHIMIZU Virtual Tour – May 12 @ 7:00 PM EDT

The Whitfield – Manjiro Friendship Society of Fairhaven MA and CIE-US are holding a discussion and virtual tour of Manjiro’s childhood homes both in Massachusetts and Tosashimizu, Japan.  Manjiro was a Japanese boy who was shipwrecked and stranded on an deserted island in 1841.  He was rescued by an American whaler and brought to the US, where received an education before returning to Japan in the final years of the Tokugawa era.  Register for this webinar to learn more about Manjiro and his amazing journey!

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mDi3Rq2ZSYexPI8syyk-2A

Riverfront Asian Festival, Hartford CT – August 21st, 2021

This year, Japan Society of Greater Hartford is participating in the Riverfront Asian Festival in Hartford on August 21, 2021 (Fri). We are looking for several volunteers to help us with the booth activities including Origami, Kendama, and Calligraphy. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us!

Survey Participants Wanted!

Seattle Pacific University in the Clinical Research in Self-Injury and Suicide (C.R.I.S.I.S.) lab is looking for participants between the ages of 18-75 to take their psychology survey as a part of their research study on the physical and mental health of Asians in North America. Participants who complete the survey will have the option to enter a raffle to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards.

Survey link: https://spupsych.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1yOMMaVcG1NPO0l

For more information, please contact crisislab.spu@gmail.com or Cammy Widman at widmancm@plu.edu

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