Upcoming events

    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • DEC Training Center, 1st Floor, Two Metro Place, 565 Metro Place S, Dublin, OH 43017
    • 5
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    JASCO Japanese Language Class Spring 2018

    -Japanese 2 part 3 -

    Come join us every Wednesday evening and learn some Japanese language skills with JASCO!

    This is an introductory course for those who are interested in learning Japanese at the basic level including all skills, including introduction of hiragana/katakana.  The course focuses on basic oral communication and everyday Japanese culture. Enrolling students should have some limited exposure to learning Japanese. No prior hiragana/katakana knowledge is necessary.

    The Spring 2018 Japanese 2 part 3 course is part 3 of a 4-part curriculum that began in Fall 2017, using The Japan Foundation’s Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 Coursebook.

    This class is designed to help you reach CEFR Level A1 proficiency-Basic User. By the end of the four class sessions (part 1 through part 4), you will be able to:

    • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type
    • introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have
    • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help

    **Spring Term: Course Details**

    When: Wednesdays, April 18 – June 20, 6:00 - 6:50 PM (10 weekly class sessions) 

    Where: DEC Training Center, 1st Floor, Two Metro Place, 565 Metro Place S, Dublin, OH 43017

    Instructor: Yui Ramdeen, Mirai InterCultural Language and Consulting


    JASCO Members* → $130*

    Non-JASCO Members → $160*

    *If you are an employee of one of JASCO's Corporate Members, you are eligible for a membership discount. Please contact your company’s JASCO contact or e-mail us at jasco@jas-co.org for your corporate affiliate member discount code.

    Material: This class uses The Japan Foundation’s Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture Starter A1 Coursebook (ISBN 978-4384057522). Textbooks are available for purchase through JASCO ($20) – please contact for more information.

    Sign up by Monday, April 2nd


    Want to find out more? Contact JASCO at jasco@jas-co.org or call us at (614) 300-3054!

    This program is based on a minimum enrollment of 4 students or more. JASCO reserves the right to cancel the course when the required minimum enrollment is not met.  Earliest notification will be given and participants will receive a full refund.

    • 06 May 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Redeemer Moravian Church - 3883 Summitview Rd. Dublin, OH 43016

    • 10 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Hagerty Hall Courtyard, Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road (South Oval Mall), Columbus, OH 43210



    Join JASCO at a free networking event on Thursday, May 10, from 5:00-7:30 PM. Meet JASCO members and members of the Central Ohio business community in an informal setting.

    The May Networking event is sponsored by The Ohio State University, and will be held in the Hagerty Hall Courtyard, Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road (South Oval Mall), Columbus, OH 43210.

    Small plates and drinks will be provided. The event is free, but we do ask that participants register in advance, so that we can determine the proper attendance numbers for catering and for the parking vouchers. 

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    Hagerty Hall Courtyard, Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road (South Oval Mall), Columbus, OH 43210です。


    Thanks to The Ohio State University for sponsoring this event! Interested in sponsoring a JASCO Networking Event at your location? Contact us at jasco@jas-co.org!

    • 17 May 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, 52 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215

    Business Communication Styles for Women Engaged with the Japanese Community

    Presented by the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio, Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease

    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    5:30-7:30 PM
    Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, 52 East Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215

    Today’s workforce is more global and diverse and the environment has become more complex, volatile, and uncertain.  Business and community leaders must develop efficacy in managing across ethnicities, removing gender and other biases and engaging intergenerational teams.  At the heart of success is the art of effective communication and at the core is knowing how to build trusting relationships.   The ability to recognize the different communication styles and how different styles are perceived and impact the quality of the conversation is key to building strong relationships at work and in the community.  


    Join JASCO and WELD for their joint program on Business Communication Styles presented by Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. This program will be presented in English and Japanese with live consecutive translation. The target audience for this event is women engaged in Japanese-related business and community affairs in Central Ohio. Those attending this program will have a great opportunity to expand their business and community connections in a setting conducive to relationship building.  

    Participants at this program will learn how to:

    • Define characteristics of effective communication and what that makes possible
    • Understand the neuroscience of what’s happening in a conversation and how to build trust or create distrust
    • Distinguish the characteristics and needs of different communication styles and how to engage effectively with each style
    • Appreciate how cultural biases influence our reactions and practical tips to make the “invisible” visible.

    5:30pm-6:00pm: Networking
    6:00pm-7:30pm: Program

    Registration Fees

    JASCO/WELD Members:  $20
    Non-Members: $30

    There are a limited number of seats available.  Register early! Registration closes on May 11th.

    No refunds or credits issued after April 27th.

    About the Presenters

    Susan Alexander, PCC
    Rosebud Coaching and Consulting

    Susan Alexander, PCC, is an executive and life coach with an extensive business background. Grounded in the principles of transformational leadership and financial management, Susan specializes in helping individuals to create new possibilities for their personal and professional life to fulfill on their most important goals and aspirations. Susan created Rosebud Coaching & Consulting, LLC out of her commitment to help individuals be leaders in their organizations who make a difference. She coaches executives, managers and individuals with a special emphasis on the power of self-perception and communications and their influence on job performance. 
    Prior to her coaching practice, Susan was a commercial lender, community development officer and investment product manager for a prominent financial service provider. This extensive business background combined with her exposure and proficiency in transformational learning creates a unique understanding and sensitivity to the issues and concerns of managers and leaders. 
    Susan is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of Otterbein University. She is the sole leader of a four-course leadership series made available to adult continuing studies students. This series focuses on developing transformational leadership skills and expanding student’s capabilities. Programs focus on creating awareness of one’s capabilities and barriers, emotional intelligence, communication skills, team building, effective conflict resolution and designing and implementing a “Breakthrough Project”. 
    Susan is known for her creative and “out-of-the-box” thinking, positive and enthusiastic outlook, and inherent ability to effectively work with all levels of managers to improve collaboration, as well as create and implement comprehensive and effective solutions. 

    David W. Cook
    Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

    Dave is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate group. His practice focuses on the representation of businesses and individuals in all areas of immigration and naturalization law. Dave is fluent in Japanese. Dave serves as Honorary Consul of Japan for the State of Ohio.

    Dave is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He served as a member of AILA’s 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee (Business) and as a member of AILA's Distance Learning and Business Committees. Dave has also served as Chair of AILA's USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee (2013-2014) and as a member of AILA's USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) Liaison Committee. Dave served previously as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association USCIS Texas Service Center Liaison Committee (2009 – 2012) and as a member of the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee (2008-09). Dave is also a member of the Columbus Bar Association.

    Dave frequently presents seminars dealing with employment-related visa and immigration matters and employment-related immigration compliance
    Dave received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law and his B.A. from Brigham Young University.

    Dave served as senior assistant counsel at Honda of America Mfg. Inc. from 1990 to 1995.

    Dave is past president of the Rotary Club of Hilliard.

    Noriko Mills
    Manager, Organizational Development
    Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
    SHRM Senior Certified Professional

    Noriko Mills currently manages and oversees the organizational development functions at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. In this capacity, Ms. Mills is responsible for HRA’s organizational effectiveness and associate and leader development. She also leads the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Additionally, Ms. Mills serves Honda’s global and North American regional effort in associate development and leadership, working on several regional and global initiatives. Born and raised in Osaka Japan, Ms. Mills earned her associate degree in English language at Osaka Jogakuin Junior College. She was awarded a full scholarship opportunity through the Exchange Japan program (aka, ALLEX(Alliance for language Learning and Educational Exchange) where she was then assigned to Trine University in Angola, Indiana to manage its Japanese language program for two years while she earned her BS in Business Management. Since 2008, Ms. Mills has also been serving as a board member of Japan America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO.) She has continually worked on multiple educational programs on JASCO’s behalf to bring Japanese and American communities together. 

    Nori Shoji-Schaffner, PhD, LPC
    Directions Counseling Group

    Nori received her Masters degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Her past experience in mental health involved working at Alpha Psychiatric Services, where she provided counseling services to psychiatric patients who were diagnosed with personality disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other major mental health issues.

    Nori offers expertise in bicultural issues specifically related to the Asian community.  Her fluency in the Japanese language has allowed her to counsel many clients who have faced significant challenges due to cultural transitions.  She strives to be a safe place for people who are the minority.

    In addition to counseling, Nori seeks to provide support to companies who face multicultural issues, ethical dilemmas in a diverse work environment, or leadership transitions.  She has lectured nationally and internationally as well as developed and taught several courses on multi-cultural perspectives in counseling, cross-cultural theories, and concepts of leadership.  Nori is available for consultations and speaking engagements to help companies who are seeking grow and further succeed.

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Discover Christian Church 2900 Martin Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    • 07 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

    From Jeptha Wade to Kelvin Smith: Collecting Japanese Art in Cleveland

    A lecture by Sinead Vilbar, Curator of Japanese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art
    Thursday, June 7, 2018
    6:30 PM
    Cardinal Health Auditorium, Columbus Museum of Art

    Part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series, Funded by a grant to NAJAS from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission 

    On Thursday, June 7,  JASCO will be partnering with the Columbus Museum of Art  to present a lecture by Sinead Vilbar, curator of Japanese art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The lecture is part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series funded by a grant to the National Association of Japan-America Societies from the US-Japan Friendship Commission. 

    Dr. Vilbar’s talk is entitled “From Jeptha Wade to Kelvin Smith: Collecting Japanese Art in Cleveland.” The Cleveland Museum of Art has been collecting important works of Japanese art since its opening in 1916. While there have been a number of notable donations of works, the collection strategy of the Museum has largely been one of curators and directors guiding the museum to make important acquisitions. Dr. Vilbar will explore this collection strategy, highlighting the impact of former director Sherman Lee (1918-2008) and patrons like Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin Smith.

    Sinéad Vilbar is the Curator of Japanese Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and has been with the museum since 2014. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2012. Her current research focuses on the art of Buddhism and kami veneration, or Shinto.
    Registration will begin at 6 PM, with the lecture starting at 6:30 in the Cardinal Health Auditorium. Following the lecture, there will be a reception in the LoAnn W. Crane Forum.

    The event is free and open to the public. We ask that attendees register so we have a sense of expected numbers, and and will be aware of and able to offer options during the reception for food allergies or restrictions. 

    Event Schedule

    6:00-6:30 - Registration & Networking (LoAnn W. Crane Forum)
    6:30-7:30 - Lecture (Cardinal Health Auditorium)
    7:30-8:00 - Reception (LoAnn W. Crane Forum)

    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 30 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • DEC Networking Room, 1st Floor, Two Metro Place, 565 Metro Place S, Dublin, OH 43017


    Join JASCO and Columbus Kimono for a special four-week class series introducing you to the ins and outs of dressing in a yukata!

    When: Saturdays in June (June 9, 16, 23, 30), 4-6 PM

    Where: Dublin Entrepreneurial Center Networking Room, 1st Floor, Two Metro Place, 565 Metro Place S, Dublin, Oh 43017

    Cost: $120 for JASCO members, $150 for non-members

    Registration fees include:

    - participation in 4 classes

    - Use of yukata and dressing items provided by Columbus Kimono

    - A kit for your personal use that you can take  home with you at the end of the class

    -- Kit includes: a pair of himo (ties), a summer mesh obi stiffener, and a datejime (a cord used to help tie the obi)

    Class will meet once a week on Saturdays, 4-6 PM, in the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center Networking Room, on the 1st floor of Two Metro Place, 565 Metro Place S, Dublin, OH 43017.

    This class is designed for wearing female yukata, but men may attend the third week of class to learn the kai no kochi musubi (as it is the same as the female version). A one-time $20 would apply. 

    This program is based on a minimum enrollment of 5 participants. JASCO reserves the right to cancel the course when the required minimum enrollment is not met. Earliest notification will be given and participants will receive a full refund.

    Disclaimer: Information obtained in class is for personal use only.  Completion of course does not entitle student to any form of certification.

    Tentative Schedule:

    1st week

    • Parts of yukata & dressing set
      • Yukata, slip, hanhaba obi, himo, geta
      • Designs, seasonality
    • Sizing-wingspan, around hip, height
    • Assigning yukata and dressing practice (ohashori)
    • How to fold, wash and store
      • Folding practice

    2nd week

    • Begin with base; ohashori check. 
    • Dressing demo with bunko musubi
    • Dressing practice/follow along
    • Folding practice

    3rd week

    • Dressing demo with kai no kuchi musubi
    • Dressing practice/follow along
    • Mystery musubi
    • Additional accessories for yukata
      • Obi kazari, decorative obijime, obidome, fans.
    • Folding practice

    4th week

    • Partner practice with choice of musubi
    • Musubi tying ‘test’
    • Kimono movement- walking, sitting in western chairs and seiza, moving/tying back sleeves
    • Resources for buying yukata
    • Info for 2nd level classes; example of more formal ensemble
    • Folding practice


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