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Japan Alaska Association (formerly Japanese Society of Alaska)

Introducing our new Name & Website: Japan Alaska Association, JAA (formerly Japanese Society of Alaska, JSA)

アラスカ日本人会の理事とアドバイザーはメンバーの 皆様と共に日本の文化を通じ、アラスカの人々と友好 親善を深めてゆけるよう頑張って参りたいと思います! The JAA Board and Advisors look forward to continuing to work with its members to connect fellow Alaskans through the celebration of Japanese culture. Gannbatteimasu!

I would like to take this moment to introduce myself as the new President of the Japan Alaska Association. Born and raised in Anchorage, the Japanese Society of Alaska has allowed me to experience, share and hold pride in my heritage. Following in the footsteps of my father, Mr. Shunji Ninoyu, and all ex-officio Presidents of JSA: Mr. Steven Hasegawa, Mr. Lauren Nishimura, Mr. Toru Kubota, Mr. Motoo Suzuki, Mrs. Hiroko Nito, Mr. Katsura Matsui, Mr. Koiichi Satake, and most recently Mr. Yoshi Ogawa, I hope to work with our amazing Board, Advisors and YOU, our members, to uphold our traditions and build upon our legacy. Approaching our Summer Festival on August 6th, 2016, JAA hopes to officially assume 501c3 status* thanks to Mr. Chris Brecht and Mr. Ogawa’s work! これからもよろしくお願いいたします!

二之湯 江李果 ErikaNinoyu *Presently JSA is 501c4 and will become JAA 501c3.


March 26 – AKTJ Japanese Alaska Speech Contest, 8am- 4pm UAA

April 15 – AACC Asian Cultural Night, 7pm Atwood (PAC) featuring Mayuri Indian Dance Group www

April 22 – Tomonokai Cherry Blossom Festival, 5:30-8pm Dimond High $2pp

August 6th – 夏祭り! Japanese Summer Festival! UAA Lucy Cuddy/Quad

Please stay tuned for more events and updates! Facebook: Japanese Society of Alaska

Latest Japan/AK Happenings:

***アンカレッジ日本人補習学校より*** アンカレッジ日本人補習学校は、現在小学1年生から中学3年 まで、現在27名の生徒が在籍し、日本の子供たちと同じ教科 書を使って、毎週土曜日に国語と算数(数学)を勉強していま す。学校では勉強の時間、遊びの時間、お弁当の時間、全て日 本語だけで過ごしています。

勉強だけでなく、日本の 文化体験も取り入れてい ます。今年の1月には、 「書き初め大会」を開催 しました。日頃はまず見 ることもない筆と墨で、 それぞれの子供たちが好 きな字を書きました。

2月20日は、補習校のサイレントオークションを開催しま した。多数の方にご来場いただきまして、誠にありがとうご ざいました。地元の皆様のサポートのおかげで、大成功をお さめることができました。この場をお借りしまして、心より お礼申し上げます。収益は全て、図書室の本、教材、学校の 備品の購入などに大切に使わせていただきます。 今年9月には、2017年度入学を検討されている方を対象とし た学校説明会を行う予定です。ご興味がおありの方は、 anchoragejapaneseschool@gmail.comまでお問い合わせください 。また、補習校のウェブサイトができましたので、こちらも ぜひごらんください。

今後とも、よろしくお願いいたします! アンカレッジ日本人補習学校 – 直本晶子

Japanese American Citizens League

JACL 2/21/16:

Alaska JACL Chapter’s Day of Remembrance program played to a standing room only crowd. The program showed the documentary film, “The Empty Chair” a story of Japanese, Japanese Americans and Tlingit Japanese living in Southeast Alaska prior to WWII, their removal during the war and their return to Alaska. The film features archival photographs and interviews of internees who were sent to Lordsburg, New Mexico, and Minidoka, Idaho as well as interviews with friends who welcomed them back. The “Empty Chair” title refers to John Tanaka, Juneau High School’s designated valedictorian whose absence at graduation was marked by an empty chair.

A rich discussion followed the film with Alice Tanka Hikido and Mary Tanaka Abo, John’s sisters along with Greg Chaney the filmmaker. The audience asked lots of questions as well as comments of appreciation to Alice and Mary for sharing their story and Greg for his excellent documentary.
– Susan Churchill, JACL President

MAKE IT YOURSELF – Hawaii Style Andagi

This recipe for andagi comes from “Okinawan Mixed Plate,”

published by Hui O Laulima, the women’s auxiliary of the

United Okinawan Association of Hawaii.

4 cups flour 2 tbsp vegetable oil

4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla

2 cups sugar 4 large eggs, slightly beaten

1⁄2 tsp salt Vegetable oil, for deep frying

1/3 cup evaporated milk

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center. Combine milk, oil, and vanilla in a measuring

cup, then add enough water to make 1 cup liquid. Add eggs. Pour into well in dry ingredients. Mix by hand until barely moist. Preheat oil to 350 degrees. (See note to the left.) Drop dough by hand, or use a large spoon or ice cream scoop. Fry until golden, about 8 minutes. Andagi is done when a skewer poked into the center comes out clean. Drain on paper towels.


Make sure your hand is 1 to 2 inches above the oil when squeezing out the dough. Note that it calls for an oil temp. of 350F, but our andagi expert, Betsy Miyahara, however, suggests a lower temp of 330F.

Japan-Alaska Association


We Are Tohoku Tomo.

This March marks the Fifth year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. We remember all lost, their families and friends.
We remember one of our own, Montgomery Dickson.
We remember and continue to pray for the recovery of Tohoku.


Tohoku Tomo Film Screening in Anchorage

JETAA, the Consular Office of Japan, The Monty Dickson Foundation and the Japanese Society of Alaska pulled together to invite Wesley Julian (Producer/Director) and Daniel Martin (Associate Producer/Translator) to share their film, Tohoku Tomo, with Alaskans on Monday, Februrary 29th, 6pm at the BP Energy Center. We filled the hall capacity with ex-JET members, Dimond High students, honorable representatives of the military who served in Japan during the relief efforts, Monty Dickson’s family members and so many others.
If you were not able to attend, please visit their website for updates, information about the 113 Project (encouraging tourism back to Tohoku) and information one how you can support residents of Tohoku in their efforts to rebuild. Alaskans know firsthand that with resilience, Japan will rebuild.
Visit for more information about this film.

JAA will donate $1000 for the Jujiro Wada Statue in Seward, AK


The world-famous Iditarod trailblazer, Alaska Pioneer, prospector, Co-founder of Fairbanks and marathon champion, Jujiiro Wada, will be memorialized as a bronze statue along the Seward waterfront. Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers, Inc., led by the Iditarod champion, Dan Seavey, requested and received $50,000 in-kind contributions from National Heritage Area to supply materials for a life-size bronze monument to Japanese musher Jujiro Wada. It will be located in the “Obihiro Park,” along the Seward bike path. The statue and accompanying plaque will commemorate the historic trip Wada made for Seward Commercial Club in 1909 to demonstrate the feasibility of a Seward route to the Iditarod District. Another $50,000 is needed to fully fund the project and JAA will donate $1000.

Former JSA vice-President, Mrs. Misa Nishimura made the point that only three Japanese have been recognized with a nationally recognized statue. Furthermore, Jujiro Wada’s statue will be the first one built by a non-Japanese organization. This acknowledgement of Jujiro Wada’s contributions is historical and will be commemorated and revealed in May and August 2016.

*If you would like to make a personal contribution, please contact us at

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JAA is for ALL ALASKANS and ALL PEOPLE interested in Japanese Culture and Traditions. JOIN NOW!

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Join the Japan Alaska Association! This is your opportunity to meet others who are interested in Japanese culture and to help put on events to strengthen the relationship between Japan and Alaska.

For a $20 annual membership fee, you will get the following discounts at our partner businesses:

  • 10 % Discount at Naruto Ramen
  • 10 % Discount at Kansha Restaurant
  • 10 % Discount at Can Alaka Gift Store
  • One hour FREE legal consultation atBankston Gronning O’Hara
  • FREE financial analysis by Yoshi Ogawa,LUTCF, CLTC of New York Life/NYLIFE

    Securities LLC (632-0854)

  • $10 off AK Glacier Tour at AIE ToursWe also have three major events throughout the year, where you can enjoy special member benefits:
  • New Year’s Party in January (Free for members)
  • Summer Festival in August
  • Rice Pounding Festival in December ($5worth of tickets to purchase mochi)

    Be sure to bring your membership card to these events and businesses to receive your benefits and discounts.

    You will be emailed or mailed newsletters to remind you of these events and for renewing your membership, so you’ll always be the first to know!

    What are you waiting for? Join our group for fun, cultural exchange and to belong to an awesome community!

アラスカ日本人会2016 – Japan Alaska Association 2016

Mochitsuki: Rice Pounding Fest 2015

Soukai: New Year’s Party 2016

Tohoku Tomo Film 2016

JACL Film 2016

Japanese School Graduation 2016

Meet the World 2016 Facebook: Japanese Society of Alaska

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JAA March 2016 Newsletter