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  • 03 Jun 2011 9:27 AM | Deleted user

    Tuna Spectacular" June 14(TUES)6:30-

    School Restaurant will present "Tuna Spectacular".   School chefs Miki and Takano will masterfully breakdown and carve a giant tuna right in front of you.  This exciting opportunity is reserved for School guests ONLY!  As a guest you will observe firsthand sushi techniques rarely seen outside of Japan and enjoy some of the freshest sushi and sashimi the country has to offer.   School will also offer only limited menu of your normal cuisine as well as Tuna Buffet for $30 a person. We will also offer discounts on Tuna items throughout the week. Please call us @ 859-269-0677 or visit our website to reserve the best seats for this show.

  • 01 Jun 2011 3:47 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to Cathy Taylor and company at the Residence Inn for finishing up their renovation project.  We have copied the following from their press release. 

    The Residence Inn by Marriott Lexington North on Newtown Pike is excited to announce the renovation of all their suites.  The Marriott “red fusion” package brings a great contemporary look to our full suites.  With our hotel being the only true full suite hotel in Lexington, it will now boast kitchens with full size stainless steel appliances including full size refrigerator, full size oven, microwave and dishwasher.  Along with the new appliances we now feature new granite countertops with red accent walls and slate flooring.  The remainder of the suite has been upgraded with new carpet, paint, artwork, lamps, couches, chairs, mirrors, drapery, 37 inch LCD TV’s and so much more!  Along with the suite renovation we have added a state of the art fitness center to our property and have upgraded our pool and outdoor barbeque area.  We continue to provide our complimentary full “hot breakfast buffet” every morning; as well as the evening social 3 nights a week. 

    The newly renovated Residence Inn by Marriott Lexington North is sure to provide all travelers with a “home away from home” experience for “any length of stay”!

  • 26 Apr 2011 2:04 PM | Anonymous member
    Toyota expects to ramp North American production back up beginning in August, with normal production resuming in November or December.

    See the official press release, here.
  • 04 Apr 2011 9:37 AM | Anonymous member
    We hope that our members can find some time to attend EKU's first Cherry Blossom Festival on the 7th!

    When: Thursday, April 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

    Where: Powell Lobby, EKU Campus, Richmond, KY


    Good Morning!

     I am writing to let you know about the Eastern Kentucky University 1st annual Cherry Blossom Festival that the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Humanities is holding on Thursday, April 7th from 3-5 pm in the Powell Lobby.

     We are celebrating the Japanese tradition honoring the beauty of nature and contemplating the mysteries surrounding the annual Cherry Blossom budding each Spring.

     Some of the activities we are hoping to present to the EKU community will include traditional Japanese foods, music, bonsai demonstrations, tea ceremonies, demonstrations of traditional costuming and dance, and more!  I have spoken to Mr. David Williams in Facilities Services about the planting of cherry trees in the Case Courtyard, which we hope to coordinate with this event.  The intention is to make a tradition of planting one a year on EKU grounds with this festival.

     We are also hoping for EKU to form stronger bonds with the Japanese companies and communities here in Central KY that make up a significant amount of trade and business for the State!

     If you are interested in joining us in sponsoring this event, I am inviting you to attend a planning meeting scheduled on Friday, February 11th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Case Annex office building, room 350.

     We are looking for assistance in volunteers, contacting Japanese community members (such as Japanese American Society and the Lexington Japanese Sunday School), coordinating activities (such as the tree planting), as well as financial support (such as helping cover catering costs to provide an exciting array of foods for students to enjoy in addition to printing costs for advertizing and event posters). 

     Please let me know if you can attend or if you are interested in participating in this event.  I hope to hear from you soon!

     Stacia Cook-McCoy

    Administrative Assistant

    Foreign Languages and Humanities

    Case Annex 368

    Eastern Kentucky University



    facebook  Visit the Facebook page for the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Humanities @ EKU!

  • 17 Feb 2011 10:19 AM | Anonymous member

    In late October, the

    Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa unveiled its newly renovated Paddock Pavilion. To continue the tradition of being the Lexington hotel with the most meeting and event space in the area, the Paddock Pavilion has now become a permanent structure on the lush and sprawling grounds of the famed Kentucky property and boasts sweeping vistas.

    The newly reinvented event venue in

    Lexington now includes:

    • ·         Climate control for year round events
    • ·         60-foot glass front with stunning views of the property’s onsite golf course
    • ·         Solid walls on the other three sides
    • ·         Beautiful, new landscaping surrounding the Paddock Pavilion
    • ·         Wireless Internet access and access to cable television
    • ·         New floor and carpet
    • ·         Newly added restroom facilities
    • ·         State-of-the-art life safety equipment

    The Paddock Pavilion is 5,400 square feet (90x60 square feet), holds up to 540 guests and is now taking reservations for weddings, social events,

    Lexington conventions, and corporate meetings.  This exclusive pavilion will also have a brick patio added in the spring to host outdoor wedding ceremonies or cocktail receptions that will impress guests with panoramic views.

    In addition, the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa offers a refreshing personal approach to each and every wedding and holds an impressive tradition of excellence.   The Grand Ballroom, The Mansion, and Terrace Ballroom all offer unique indoor space for weddings and receptions. Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is also the home to another outdoor venue - the Bluegrass Pavilion & Patio. 


    Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

    The Griffin Gate Marriott Lexington hotel is a true urban oasis, located close to area highways, yet secluded enough for guests to experience a scenic

    Lexington lodging and resort feel. Featuring the most meeting space of any Lexington , Kentucky hotel, Griffin Gate provides abundant choices for meetings and events. Choose from indoor or outdoor, sophisticated or traditional spaces at this hotel near Keeneland. Don't forget to play the Rees Jones-designed golf course, indulge in a treatment at The Spa at Griffin Gate, or relax poolside.

    For more information or to make a reservation, call 800-391-6690 or visit
  • 16 Feb 2011 10:48 AM | Anonymous member
    DENSO Air Systems, an affiliate of JASK member Kyosan Denso Manufacturing Kentucky, LLC, is set to open up a new facility in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.  The new facility will process long tubes for automotive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and is expected to create 105 new jobs, over time.

    For more on the new facility, check out these articles in the GovMonitor and the Battle Creek Enquirer.

  • 01 Nov 2010 12:10 PM | Anonymous member

    Creo Consulting will hold its twelfth Human Resources Seminar in Lexington on December 9th and in Cincinnati on December 12th.  The seminar will be held in English with Japanese translation available.  Content is designed for HR Managers supporting Japanese executives.  

    For more information, please contact Tak Nagaoka at   


    総合人事商社クレオコンサルティング(本社: オハイオ州シンシナティ市)では、来

    第1部: スティーブ・ウィルソン氏 Senior Vice President/Benefit Insurance
    第2部: ウェイン・オーエンス氏 Consultant, Lead Trainer/HRC, Inc
    通訳・日本語解説: 中山亜朱香 Director, HR Consultant/Creo Consulting, LLC

    Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel
    2601 Richmond Road
    Lexington, KY 40509
    Tri-County Parkway Building 会議室
    155 Tri County Pkwy,
    Cincinnati, OH 45246

    Creo Consulting, LLC
  • 19 Oct 2010 12:27 PM | Deleted user
    The next thirty days will be busy with great Japan programming from the Asia Center at the University of Kentucky.  We encourage JASK members to enjoy some of these events.  

    Japanese Films of the 1960’s Film Series

    The Japan Foundation and the University of Kentucky Asia Center present the film series - "Japanese Films of the 1960's". 

    All showings are free and open to the public.  All five films will be shown at the Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington at 9:30pm

    • Thursday, October 21st - The Face of Another
    • Thursday, October 28th– Kwaidan
    • Thursday, November 4th - Yearning
    • Thursday, November 11th - Age of Assassins
    • Thursday, November 18th - The Fort of Death

    More information and Film Descriptions 



    ArtsAsia Festival  November 6- 13

    The UK Asia Center presents several Japan-related events in connection with the 2010 ArtsAsia Festival.   (Details at:


    ·         Sunday November 7th:     IIIZ+    Classical East Asian Zithers, Modern Sounds    7:30pm UK Singletary Center Recital Hall  Ticketed event

    ·         Monday November 8th :    Japanese Traditional Theatre: Noh and Bugaku    7:30pm  UK Memorial Hall  Free

    ·         Wednesday November 10th:   Anime Film Festival:  Selections from the WT Young Library Collection  7:00pm UK WT Young Library Auditorium  Free

    ·         Thursday November 11th:  Symposium- The Continuing Influence of Japan on American Studio Ceramics   9:00am- 5:00pm  UK Student Center Room 230  Free



    Kōdō:  The Way of Incense

    November 18 11:00am  Incense Ceremony      Niles Gallery, UK Fine Arts Library 
    4:00pm    Incense Ceremony        Niles Gallery, UK Fine Arts Library  
                                                    Space is limited, reservations required by calling UK Asia Center 859-257-7858

    7:00pm     Lecture and Demonstration   UK Whitehall Classroom Building Room 110     
                                                    Free and open to the public


    Mr. Masataka Hata is president of Shoyeido Incense Company in Kyoto, and a world-renowned expert on incense in its many forms. Opened in 1705, Shoyeido has made incense for twelve generations of Japanese connoisseurs, and now distributes its products around the world.  The Way of Incense (Kōdō) is a discipline designed to increase the enjoyment of incense, often through a type of game or competition known as kumikō.

    Contact the University of Kentucky Asia Center for more information.

  • 19 Oct 2010 12:15 PM | Deleted user


    Whether you work for a Japanese company, or have Japanese customers, joint venture partners, or suppliers, understanding Japanese culture and business practices is essential to your success. Building strong relationships and getting things done smoothly and efficiently depends on your knowing how best to communicate with Japanese and influence the decision-making practices in Japanese organizations.

    We are pleased to announce the next session of our popular Working Effectively with Japanese seminar, to be held in Lexington KY on October 26th.  More details and registration info here.  By attending you'll learn key techniques for achieving good communication with Japanese, in a lively interactive session.  The deadline to register is this Friday, October 22nd.

    This session will be taught by Japan Intercultural Consulting's Senior Consultant Patricia Pringle.

    We will also be offering this seminar on November 9th in Detroit MI -- info and registration here, and on November 2nd in Silicon Valley -- info and registration here.

    Please contact our Seminar Coordinator Ryan Pfeiffer with any questions,

    アメリカ人向け一日セミナー: 日本人と一緒に円滑に働く方法  




  • 19 Oct 2010 10:25 AM | Deleted user
    Reprinted with permission from Kentucky Association for Economic Development: 

    Frankfort, Ky. (October 14, 2010) - - - The Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) has elected Jiro Hashimoto, Chief Representative, Far East Representative Office,  Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development into the Kentucky Economic Development Hall of Fame.  Mr. Hashimoto will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during the KAED Annual Conference Awards Dinner on November 4 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati-River Center Hotel in Covington. 

    During Mr. Hashimoto’s tenure with the Cabinet, he has assisted over 100 companies in relocations and expansion in Kentucky resulting in over 28,000 jobs created for the citizens of the Commonwealth.   Key projects that Mr. Hashimoto has worked on include Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Kito USA, and AKEBONO Brake.  These numbers are a true testament to Mr. Hashimoto’s dedication to the economic development profession.  Mr. Hashimoto has worked for seven Governors during his time with Cabinet for Economic Development.  He is a great individual to work with and will be recognized for his extraordinary work in the Commonwealth. 

    “We are very proud to welcome Jiro Hashimoto to the KAED Economic Development Hall of Fame” said Mike Mangeot, CEO of KAED.  “His efforts continue to have an incredible impact on our Commonwealth and he is very deserving of this honor.”

    The KAED Hall of Fame Dinner will be held at 7:00 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati - RiverCenter in Covington, Kentucky.  Registration is now open online at  Individual tickets are $60 and tables of ten are $500. 

    For additional information about KAED, please contact Mike Mangeot, President/CEO, at 502.227.9653, or visit

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