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Portland & Sapporo: A 60-Year Relationship

2019 marks the 60th year of Portland's sister city relationship with Sapporo, the largest city on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.  Since its start in 1959, this relationship has lead to numerous educational and cultural exchanges between the two cities. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of this special sister city relationship, a number of events [...]

By |2019-01-27T21:10:36-07:00December 17th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Holiday Events in Portland

The Holiday Season is a great time to be in Portland, filled with various events that can be enjoyed by young and old, locals and visitors alike.  It's important to take time out from day-to-day work and home activities to really enjoy the Holidays -- to do some recommended activities and events that are most [...]

By |2018-12-10T12:58:31-07:00December 10th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Holiday Season Starts in Portland with Christmas Tree Lighting

The day after Thanksgiving, November 23, marked the 34th annual Christmas Tree lighting in Portland's Pioneer Square.  The 75 foot tall tree was grown in Oregon, and was decorated with 14,000 lights.  To heighten the mood of the festivity, Portland's famed Pink Martini musical group lead tree lighting event attendees in a holiday sing-along. The [...]

By |2018-11-30T10:04:35-07:00November 30th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Esquif canoes make their Japanese debut

An outdoor retail chain in Hokkaido wanted Canadian-made Esquif canoes. The Quebec-based company had canoes ready to for export. Yet somehow, the canoes never made their way to Japan despite considerable consumer interest. Enter Hokusei North America to manage purchasing, logistics and export and within a few months, Esquif canoes made their Japanese debut. Attached [...]

By |2018-11-17T12:09:30-07:00November 17th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden Staff Visits to Sapporo

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Portland - Sapporo sister city relationship. In honor of the lengthy ties between these two cities, the Portland Japanese Garden gift shop plans to offer a number of products made by Sapporo craftspeople. In preparation for this, staff from the Portland Japanese garden recently attended the "Sapporo Style" [...]

By |2018-10-22T12:23:15-07:00October 22nd, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden Open Gion Festival Exhibit

From September 15 to November 4, the Portland Japanese Garden is exhibiting photos of the Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival), which is held every summer in Kyoto, and is considered to be the world's longest-running urban festival. In addition to the photos, one of the key elements of the exhibit will be a " Ayagasa Hoko" [...]

By |2018-10-14T21:37:42-07:00October 9th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Hokusei Featured on Portland Japanese Garden Web Site

Hokusei North America is very honored to be mentioned on the Portland Japanese Garden's web site.  It has been our honor to work with the Japanese Garden, to allow it to offer unique and authentic gifts to visitors from around the world.  And, we look forward to continued work with this very special place in [...]

By |2018-10-05T08:38:24-07:00October 5th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Cool Down with an Ice Cream Break in Portland!

As is the case in Japan, August is typically the hottest month of the year in Portland.  To cool off, Portlanders often go the Oregon Coast to cool down with the cold ocean breezes. Other Portland residents head off to the Columbia River Gorge area to swim in the Sandy or Washougal Rivers. For those [...]

By |2018-08-20T15:18:32-07:00August 20th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Allport Editions at ISOT 2018

Portland-based Allport Editions, a Hokusei partner company publishing high-quality greeting cards, recently attended the International Stationery & Office Products Fair Tokyo (ISOT).    ISOT is Japan's largest stationery & office products trade fair, offering the opportunity for Japanese retailers and wholesalers to source new products. Allport Editions owner Mackenzie Jeans attended this year's ISOT, and presented [...]

By |2018-07-25T16:25:00-07:00July 9th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Hokusei Japan team visits Oregon

Hokusei Products President Shotaro Tomita and his staff from Japan visited Oregon in late-May and early-June, to cement existing trading relationships and explore new import/export opportunities. During the May 29 - June 1 timeframe, President Tomita visited Portland firms & organizations that Hokusei has worked with in the past, including the Portland Japanese Garden, Allport [...]

By |2018-06-07T11:48:07-07:00June 7th, 2018|Others|0 Comments