On Sunday March 11th, 2012, "Tears of the Earth" will take place at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. This event is a Memorial Concert and Photo Exhibit for the Great East Japan Earthquake. For more details, please see the Flyer and Poster for the event below.
December 20, 2011 - Director Aizawa receives Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays
Mr. Hatsuro Aizawa's Contributions
1. Contribution to relationship between Japan and the United States
Since the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association's founding in 1964, Mr. Aizawa has served on the board of directors, facilitating past visits by the Mayor of San Francisco to Osaka and joining the Association's Executive Committee in welcoming the Mayor of Osaka to San Francisco. He has supported grassroots exchange between San Francisco and Osaka and has visited Osaka many times, including with a past mayoral delegation, as part of efforts to strengthen relations between the sister cities.
2. Contribution to Japanese companies' expansion in the United States
Mr. Aizawa served on the board of directors at the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California from 1961-2001 was involved in many aspects of the organization, including its newsletters and annual gala. He has also helped Japanese companies enter American and Northern Californian markets, aiding their development with his abilities in Japanese.
3. Contribution to understanding of Japanese culture in the United States
Mr. Aizawa was appointed as a commissioner at the Asian Art Museum in 1993 by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein and served for 16 years. He has worked to introduce Japanese art in the Bay Area, contributing to the organization of Japan-themed exhibitions and acquisitions of Japanese art for the Museum, which has the largest Asian art collection on the West Coast. Mr. Aizawa has also contributed to interest in Japanese culture through his service on the boards of various Japan-affiliated organizations in San Francisco's Japantown.
The full program can be seen here: Program
This year's Student Ambassadors, Aisha Washington and Tracy Pa, enthusiastically departed on July 27th for their three-week stay in Osaka.
We hope you will all be joining us in the Fall when we plan a gathering to hear all about their experience!
Although we were unable to welcome the winner of the Osaka - San Francisco Sister City Association President's Award last year, we are delight to hear from Osaka that the winner of said Award at The 44th Annual English Speech Contest will be visiting us. Please click here for more information.
Please join us in welcoming Osaka City Vice Mayor Kitayama back to San Francisco.
He will be hosting two seminars:
Please see the flyers below for details and sign up at the Osaka Chicago webpage.
Hope to see many of you at the seminars.