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Poster : webadmin on 2010-12-12 13:05:42 (200 reads)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs each year selects those individuals and organizations who have made distinct contributions to promoting friendship and mutual understanding between Japan and foreign countries in a wide range of areas including culture, academics, education, grassroots- exchange.

As the year 2010 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese official ship that made across the Pacific to the City of San Francisco, that led to the first people-to-people exchange between Japan and the United States, the Ministry has selected the following individuals and organizations based in northern California to express its appreciation for their longstanding dedication and contribution in the aforementioned areas to increasing mutual understanding:

- Ms. Christy Bartlett, Founding Director, Urasenke Foundation San Francisco Branch
- Dr. Barbara Bundy, former Executive Director, University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim

- San Francisco Osaka Sister City Association
- San Jose Taiko
- National Japanese American Historical Society
- Institute of International Education West Coast Office
- The Hakone Foundation

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Poster : webadmin on 2010-10-16 07:03:38 (1012 reads)

At the occasion of 150th Anniversary of the Arrival of Kanrin Maru to San Francisco, the Kanrin Maru Monument gifted by the City of Osaka to the City of San Francisco commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Arrival of Kanrin Maru to San Francisco in 1960 was rededicated on October 16, 2010.

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Poster : webadmin on 2010-06-15 19:33:19 (844 reads)

The 2010 Student Ambassadors from San Francisco are Joel Schow and Anna Sheu. Their respective essays can be seen here

Joel Schow, a St. Ignatius High School senior, aspires to a business career involving the U.S. and Japan. He was captain of the varsity volleyball team, and has received numerous awards and scholarships for his academic and athletic achievements. A student of Latin and Japanese who has been on the honor roll since the 7th grade, he also enjoys playing the drums.

Anna Sheu, also a St. Ignatius High School senior, is an award-winning student writer who serves on the editorial board of her school's literary magazine and maintains an on-line blog. She runs an e-commerce business on the side, and is fluent in Chinese and Japanese. She received recognition for a poster she designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Kanrin Maru ship's arrival from Japan to San Francisco.

This year, the Selection Committee interviewed numerous outstanding candidates, making the decision extremely difficult. There were many promising students who had applied for this unique opportunity to promote the sister city relationship between San Francisco and Osaka this summer.

This year's committee was composed of Miho Armacost, Maki Janken, Steve Matsuura, Takemichi Nagaoka, and myself.

Emily Murase
Chair, Student Ambassador Program

Poster : webadmin on 2010-04-19 00:00:00 (933 reads)

2010 Annual General Meeting of Members will be held on June 4th (Friday) at noon at San Francisco Port's conference room in Ferry Building.

Poster : webadmin on 2010-04-12 16:11:25 (943 reads)

The Association once again participated in Japan Pavilion during the first weekend (April 10 and 11) of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Our 2009 SF student ambassadors to Osaka, Miya Yung and Sarah Park, along with other members, represented the Association at our booth. On Sunday, we were visited by the 2010 Cherry Blossom Queen and her court. Here are some photos.

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