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.

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.

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival 2020

Celebrate JASDFW’s 21st Otsukimi from the comfort of your home! For the first time ever, the Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival will be presented in a virtual format.

Air Travel Today and Tomorrow

Join us for a discussion on the short-term impact and the long-term implications for air travel with leaders from major air carriers and one of the busiest airports in the world.

This program is co-presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Japan-America Society of Georgia.

Japanese Health and Wellness During COVID-19

Japan’s long-honored tradition of tea, meditation and mindfulness has played an integral role in the Japanese life expectancy, one of the longest in the world. Join us for a discussion in the time of COVID-19 and the practice of integrative health for a vibrant and long life of well-being.

Japanese Government Leadership and U.S. Japan Relations During COVID-19

Join us for this engaging discussion on how leaders in Japan addressed the pandemic, the importance for the future of Japanese politics, and the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Co-presented with the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at SMU’s Tower Center for Policy Policy and International Studies.


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.