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9 Jan, 2019

New Year’s celebrations continue this month

By |2019-01-09T16:49:44+00:00January 9th, 2019|Others|0 Comments

There's no reason why New Year's should only be celebrated on January 1st. In Portland, there are two more upcoming events to mark the Oshōgatsu season: JASO's New Year's event on January 17th and Mochitsuki on January 27th. Both are great ways to celebrate and reconnect with friends in the community as well as enjoy [...]

17 Nov, 2018

Esquif canoes make their Japanese debut

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

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 [...]

30 Apr, 2018

Golden Week 2018

By |2018-05-24T20:14:16+00:00April 30th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

If you're visiting Japan right now, you've likely noticed the bigger than usual crowds at popular tourist destinations, the fully booked hotels and the packed trains. All are because of Golden Week which lasts from April 28th to May 6th in 2018. This is a popular time for Japanese to take time off from work [...]

22 Apr, 2018

Fuji to Hood collaborations on a sunny spring day

By |2018-05-24T20:19:55+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Yesterday was arguably Portland's best weather of the year so far. It was the perfect setting for the first annual Fuji to Hood Japan/ Portland Collaboration Beer Festival. Ten Portland breweries along with one local cidery teamed up with brewers and cider makers from Japan to create collaborations for the event. https://fujitohood.com All ten of [...]

19 Mar, 2018

Cherry blossom season in Portland and Japan

By |2018-05-24T20:25:11+00:00March 19th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

The cherry blossoms are looking beautiful around the Portland area this week but as is often the case, the weather likely won't allow for a sunny, warm and dry hanami (flower viewing) picnic. The situation in southern and central Japan may be a little more conducive to hanami this weekend as the forecast calls for [...]

25 Feb, 2018

Another intriguing Portland / Japan connection…..

By |2018-02-25T13:37:17+00:00February 25th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Earlier this month, the Willamette Week published a list of "Reasons to love Portland right now." Coming in at number 9 was the very intriguing possibility of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designing major new construction in the South Waterfront are of downtown. Undoubtedly, significant negotiations would need to take place to accommodate these proposed towers [...]

11 Feb, 2018

Valentine’s Day = chocolate in Japan too!

By |2018-05-24T20:26:50+00:00February 11th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

There are only 3 days until Valentine's Day and surely the chocolate companies in the US are looking forward to a spike in sales. The same is true in Japan where an estimated $500,000,000 is spent on Valentine's chocolates each year. However, in a departure from the stereotypical American Valentine's Day pattern, the vast majority [...]

31 Jan, 2018

Another successful Mochitsuki in Portland

By |2018-01-31T09:47:54+00:00January 31st, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Congratulations to the 2018 Mochitsuki 2018 team for another successful event! This past Sunday marked the 22nd annual occurrence of this favorite Portland family activity. Mochitsuki has come a long way from its humble start in the basement of Oregon Buddhist Temple. The celebration now draws thousands of attendees and has to be held at [...]

2 Jan, 2018

Happy New Year from Hokusei North America!

By |2018-01-02T12:16:18+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Others|0 Comments

The Hokusei North America team wishes you a Happy New Year! May your 2018 be filled with good fortune and success. We've set some ambitious goals for ourselves for the coming 12 months. As you can see we've painted in one eye of our Daruma doll to mark the commitment. Here's to the fun and [...]

23 Oct, 2017

Photos from the Tokyo Friends of Oregon Reception with Governor Kate Brown

By |2017-11-12T15:23:45+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Others|0 Comments

Earlier this month, our colleagues in the Toyama office had the honor of attending the Friends of Oregon Reception in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo was the first stop in Governor Kate Brown's week long trade mission to Asia to promote Oregon products and tourism. The Japan based Hokusei Products team and Portland based Hokusei North America [...]