Japan America Society of Vermont

Japanese Foreign Minister Commendation Reception (9/22/2018)

We at the JASV had the great honor to receive a Commendation Award from the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. The delivery ceremony took place on Saturday, 9/22/2018 at a clubhouse in South Burlington. The Consul General of Japan in Boston Rokuichiro Michi delivered it to JASV President Toshiharu Saitoh.

Following is the translation by the government.

More pictures of the ceremony are in the following directory released by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. The photos were all taken by the Consul for Cultural Affairs Yasuhiro Yamauchi.


JASV Commendation

We at the JASV had the great honor to receive a Foreign Minister Commendation from the Japanese government. The award was to honor the JASV's long time efforts fostering mutual understanding between Vermont and Japan. The JASV owes all of Matsuri supporters thanks for their contributions.

For the cerebration of this commendation reception, we showed our appreciation at Matsuri 2019. On stage, we presented JASV commendations to a total 12 groups or individuals who have been supporting Matsuri for a long time outstandingly.

Following are the group names or individual names (Alphabetical sequence).

  • Aikido of Champlain Valley
    ( Presenting professional technique and spirits )
  • Burlington Taiko
    ( Presenting professional sounds of Taiko )
  • Green Mountain Bonsai Society
    ( Presenting beautiful Japanese bonsai arts )
  • Joyces Noodle House
    ( Presenting Japanese/Chinese food )
  • Mr. John Hill
    ( Arranging a wonderful Matsuri venue )
  • Ms. Yukari Dougherty
    ( Interacting with high school students through dance performance )
  • Professor Hideko Furukawa
    ( Presenting the most prosperous Kimono Try-On booth )
  • Professor Kazuko Suzuki
    ( Recruiting many student volunteers and arranging bus service )
  • Sakura Sushi & Kitchen
    ( Presenting authentic Japanese food )
  • The Consulate of Japan in Boston
    ( Presenting One Day Consulate )
  • Tuttle Publishing Co.
    ( Presenting discounted Japanese culture and art books to Matsuri supporters and donation to the JASV booklibrary )
  • Vermont Kyudo
    ( Presenting Zen art in Kyudo )