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2017

Pokémon's Pikachu at Cleveland Parade

Even though the annual Kurentovanje Festival and Parade is a Slovenina event, one of the most popular parts of the Parade was the appearance of two Pikachus from The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

In this short video, the Pikachus pretend to fight.



See more of the Pikachus at Kurentovanje


2016

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers at ICC-WIN Multicultural Holiday Party

One of the highlights of the 7th annual Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration put on by the International Community Council Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in Cleveland at the Global Center for Health Innovation was the performance of the Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Ensemble. THe group is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year (founded in 1956).

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers


Photos and Videos of the Sho-Jo-Ji performance


Health Disparities in Asian Populations
November 10, 2016

Margaret Wong and Associates and Case Western Reserve University joined together to create an evening reception to promote health, education, and awareness to the Asian community in Cleveland. The event featured an educational seminar by Li Li, MD PhD, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Professor and Director. Dr. Li spoke about Acculturation and Health Disparities in Asian Population.

Dr. Li Li explaining health disparities

Li Li, MD, PhD speaking on Asian Health

Photos and videos of Dr. Li's presentation on Asian Health


Healthy Asian Cooking by Rose Wong
November 10, 2016

Rose Wong founded Pearl of the Orient restaurant in 1978. It was the first to offer Northern and Szechuan cuisine in Cleveland Ohio and continues to be a favorite among Chinese food cognoscenti.

Rose created two healthy dishes and answered questions about woks, soy sauce, MSG and more.

Rose Wong with Ginger Root

Rose Wong with Ginger Root

Photos and videos of Rose Wong's cooking demonstration


2014

Japanese at Cleveland Asian Catholic Gathering

About 1000 people celebrated the Annual Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Clarence Church. This is the 17th year the event was hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian). The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.

Offertory at Asian Catholic Mass in Cleveland

Offertory at Asian Catholic Mass


2 pages of photos and videos of the Asian Catholic Gathering


Asian Heritage Day Celebration

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014
The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.

Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization.

This included the Japanese American Citizen League of Cleveland

Japanese American Citizen League of Cleveland



Japanese American Citizen League of Cleveland

Learn more about each organization including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.


2013

2013 Cleveland Asian Festival


May 18-19, 2013

The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.

People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

10 pages of photos and videos of the Cleveland Asian Festival

Girls in costume



Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers
Chinese New Year at Cleveland's Asia Plaza
February 9, 2012

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancer at Cleveland Chinese New Year event

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers


Cleveland Aikikai Dojo featuring Aikido Martial Arts
Chinese New Year at Cleveland's Asian Town Center
February 9, 2012

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit."

Sensei Jim Klar

Sensei Jim Klar of Cleveland Aikikai



2012

Mame Daiko Taiko Drummers
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 1, 2012

Mame Daiko Taiko Drummers

Mame Daiko Taiko Drummers



Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 1, 2012

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers



Cherry Tree Blossoms in Cleveland
130 trees were a gift from JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio)

Cherry tree blossoms in Cleveland


Icho Daiko Japanese taiko drumming
2012 Cleveland Asian Festival

Icho Daiko - Arya Kumar, Maryll Phillips and Branden Archer

Arya Kumar, Maryll Phillips and Branden Archer



2011

Mame Daiko Taiko Drumming Ensemble
at the International Folk Festival

Mame Daiko Taiko Drum Ensemble



Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers
at the International Folk Festival

Sho-jo-ji Japanese Dancers

Mame Daiko Taiko Drumming Ensemble
at the 2011 Continental Cup
with Cleveland Indians mascot Slider



***Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and all who are suffering from the earthquakes and tsunamis. The Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio has set up the 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Details on the fund. ***



Overview of Disaster Relief Efforts in Japan
Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan
May 5, 2011

Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan



Cleveland students host event to benefit Japanese victims
Asia Plaza April 2, 2011

Cameron Beason and Jane Tang

Cameron Beason and Jane Tang


2010

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho Jo Ji Japanese Dancers at the 2010 International Folk Festival

See photos and videos from the Sho Jo Ji Dancers at the Festival

Mame Daiko Taiko Drumming Ensemble
Photos and Videos from the 2010 Folk Festival


JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio) Annual Sakura picnic
June 6, 2010

Consul Noriaki Toda

Consul Noriaki Toda

Cherry trees donated by JANO



Daiko Icho Taiko drummers

Daiko Icho Taiko performed at Asia Plaza 2-13-2010



2009

Cleveland International Children's Games Welcome

Cleveland International Children's Games Welcome




Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers in kimonos perform a classical Japanese Dance at the Asian Pacific American Federation celebration in Cleveland Ohio May 9, 2009



Organizations and Resources for Japanese in Cleveland



Skyscrapers of Shinjuku, Tokyo

Skyscrapers of Shinjuku, Tokyo


Submit your Cleveland Japanese organizations and resources.

Business, Education and Employment Information



Bank of Japan in Tokyo

Bank of Japan in Tokyo




Submit your Cleveland Japanese jobs, classes and other opportunities.


Cleveland Japanese Feedback and Memories

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1832), an ukiyo-e from Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa ukiyo-e




Japanese History and Culture


1634 painting of a Red seal ship which were used for trade throughout Asia.

1634 painting of a Red seal ship which was used for trade throughout Asia.


Japanese food - Cold soba noodles with dipping sauce.

Cold soba noodles with dipping sauce



Japan

In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture.

Following the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854, Japan opened its ports and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia.

It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia.

After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and a staunch ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians - with heavy input from bureaucrats and business executives - wield actual decisionmaking power.

The economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s following three decades of unprecedented growth, but Japan still remains a major economic power, both in Asia and globally.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Japan


An 1856 ukiyo-e depicting Echigoya, the current Mitsukoshi

An 1856 ukiyo-e depicting Echigoya, the current Mitsukoshi


Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle



Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Japanese so special.

Submit your Cleveland Japanese cultural items.




Profiles of Japanese in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan



Buddhist monk in Kyoto

Buddhist monk in Kyoto



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Rob and Arisa Hawkins
Rob and Arisa Hawkins

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Mount Fuji with cherry blossom trees and a shinkansen in the foreground

Mount Fuji with cherry blossom trees and a shinkansen (bullet train) in the foreground


Tokugawa Ieyasu the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan

Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan




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