Kizuna event 'Tohoku update and Sake & Food tasting'

  • 14 Mar 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Red Brick Occasions


First-Hand Insights & Dialogue

from Our Tohoku Friends and Sake Samurai

TASTE OF TOHOKU: Sample Exquisite Sake Paired with Delectable Food

(FINAL FINAL) Flyer 3.14.18.pdf

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:30-8:00 PM


Red Brick Occasions

118 E Main St.

Columbus, OH 46215 


5:30 PM  Registration

6:00 PM  Presentations

7:15 PM  Reception  Featuring Tohoku Sake 

JASCO is partnering with the Japan External Trade Organization to hold a Kizuna seminar-Tohoku Update on Wednesday, March 14. This free event will be held at Red Brick Occasions in Columbus  (118 E. Main Street, Columbus),  6-8 PM. 

This event is open to the public.

A message from JETRO:

About the Program:  Welcoming Our  Miyagi Prefecture Delegation

Since March 15, 2012, we at the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organziation (JETRO Chicago) have faithfully co-organized an annual program on the pace of recovery and the challenges that the Tohoku region faced since The Great East Japan Earthquake.  In 2018, we are honored to be working with the Japan America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) to organize together, TOHOKU UPDATE which will feature authentic voices from Tohoku, the northeast region of Japan. 

These voices are from people who are contributing to the recovery; who can explain to us what their experiences have been and what their future expectations are for their region.   For us in the Midwest,  it’s one way to keep in touch,  to keep pace and importantly to keep strong our bond of friendship with Japan.   This will be our first TOHOKU UPDATE wirh JASCO and it will faithfully benchmark programs by presenting first-hand insights to the work that is being done to build a positive future in the region.   Please welcome and interact with our distinguished speakers.  


Yoshiyuki Takasago

Yoshiyuki Takasago is the Director-General for International Affairs, Business and Tourism Commerce, Industry and Tourism Department for the Miyagi Prefecture government.  He will share with us his insights on the recovery and speak on the many business opportunities available in Miyagi Prefecture.

Yasushi Kotouno

Yasushi Kotouno is the Executive Officer of Suenaga Kaisan Company Ltd., a family owned seafood company in Miyagi, Japan.  Since The Great East Japan Earthquake, he has devoted his time and effort to rebuilding Suenaga Kaisan and the seafood industry in Miyagi.  Mr. Kotouno founded a group alliance of six seafood companies to jointly export their seafood products globally.

John Gauntner

John Gauntner is recognized as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert, known as the “Sake Samurai”.  A resident of Japan since 1988, he both speaks and reads Japanese fluently, and is well known in the sake industry as the window to making sake understandable and popular outside of Japan.  He will share with us his experience with Fukushima sake breweries and the people of Fukushima.                     

Reservations:https://tohokuupdatecolumbus2018.eventbrite.com or call JASCO at (614) 300-3054  


会場:Red Brick Occasions (118 E. Main Street, Columbus) 

日時:3月14日(水) 18時〜20時半(17時半開場)




(1)宮城県経済商工観光部理事兼次長 高砂義行様 スピーチ

(2)末永海産株式会社 古藤野靖(ことうの やすし)様 スピーチ


(3)日本酒伝道師 ジョン・ゴントナーさんセミナー (福島の酒がアメリカに(仮))

(4) 第二部:日本酒試飲会・レセプション(東北の日本酒他、試飲会)


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