With the spread of COVID-19 in spring 2020, we have moved many programs and content to an online platform. Please enjoy the programming below and this page will continue to be updated regularly. Please contact info@jasdfw.org if you have questions. The content below is listed chronologically with the most recent at the top.


As events take place, we will post recordings of our webinars on this page. Please see links to upcoming events below and you can always visit our YouTube channel for recordings of past events and webinars.

The Power of Washoku: Facts about Umami

This program builds on a similar event from summer 2020 titled “The Power of Washoku: You Are What You Eat” as we continue our conversation about Japanese food education. In this interactive and informative session, you will learn about umami from both a historic and scientific background.



Living Longer and Healthier: Blue Zones and Aging in the U.S. and Japan

This event touches upon scientific aspects of aging including dementia, offers a bold philosophical reimagining of what life at an advanced age can be, and provides insights into lessons from the blue zones, including Okinawa, Japan, which is home to some of the oldest people on the planet.

Japanese Pop Culture’s Response to COVID-19

Join us for a conversation on the importance of pop culture for Japan’s current society, how cultural ambassadors are helping the country in this challenging time, and how trends during the pandemic might transform Japanese pop culture forever.

JASDFW 3/11 Resilience Series: A Resurgent Region – Tohoku’s Recovery Since 2011

We discussed reconstructing physical infrastructure, attracting economic activity to the region, debunking myths about disaster-afflicted areas, providing social services for those still in need, and ensuring a prosperous future for Tohoku through community building and grassroots organizations.

JASDFW 3/11 Resilience Series: A Mission of Kataribe

Please join us for a special conversation with Seietsu Sato, a survivor of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. He talks about his mission as a kataribe, storyteller in Japanese, and “Saving Lives” with his message about the value of human life.
[Japanese] https://youtu.be/dFZsFxyijh4

2021 Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Ox (牛, ushi) with our first-ever virtual Mochitsuki. Learn about Japan’s rich New Year’s traditions through music performances, a mochi-pounding demonstration, kakizome – the first calligraphy of the year, origami demonstration and a unique video from Japan!

Godzilla’s Enduring Popularity

Join us for a discussion on why international audiences continue to flock to Godzilla film screenings, why Godzilla is important in today’s world, and what we can learn from this iconic monster.

A Conversation with Ambassador Shinsuke Sugiyama

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth proudly presents a conversation with H.E. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America. He will comment on his country’s ongoing fight against COVID-19, the new Suga administration in Japan, and his goals for U.S.-Japan relations.

A Conversation on Leadership with Mitsuru Claire Chino

Join us for an engaging discussion with Mitsuru Claire Chino, Managing Executive Officer of ITOCHU Corporation, on the corporate environment in 2020, the concept of workplace diversity, and how to be an effective leader. Co-presented by Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and Japan Society.

Security and Economy: The Current State of Japan-Korea-U.S. Trilateral Relations

Join us for an engaging discussion on the realities of present bilateral and trilateral relations, the effects of COVID-19, and what the immediate future may hold for these three countries. Co-presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at SMU’s Tower Center for Public Policy and International Studies.

Anime Sway: How Japan Came to Dominate the Global Pop Culture Landscape

Join JASDFW for a program addressing the introduction of anime into the Western market, the importance of anime for Japanese cultural diplomacy and soft power, the integration of Japanese history and folklore into contemporary pop culture, ​the use of Japanese style and sensibilities in pop culture outside of Japan, and the state of the industry given recent disruptions caused by COVID-19.


In summer 2020, Natsuyo Taniyasu, our Cultural Exchange Facilitator from the GEN-J Program made a series of 12 videos that explore different aspect of Japanese culture. Part of the GEN-J Grassroots Exchange Network-Japan program is to strengthen networks between local communities and companies. We hope you enjoy the weekly videos made by Natsuyo, and learn more about Japan!

To watch the entire series, visit Natsuyo’s page or the entire playlist on our YouTube channel.