9 Jan, 2019

New Year’s celebrations continue this month

By |2019-01-09T16:49:44-07:00January 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 [...]

7 Jan, 2019

Happy New Year from Hokusei North America

By |2019-01-09T16:52:23-07:00January 7th, 2019|Others|0 Comments

We at Hokusei North America would like to wish all of our customers, partners, and parent company associates a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2019. According to the Chinese zodiac celebrated in Japan, 2019 is the "Year of the Boar".  In Japan, boars are thought to be considerate, independent, responsible, and optimistic creatures.  We [...]

17 Dec, 2018

Portland & Sapporo: A 60-Year Relationship

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

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 [...]

10 Dec, 2018

Holiday Events in Portland

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

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 [...]

30 Nov, 2018

Holiday Season Starts in Portland with Christmas Tree Lighting

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

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 [...]

17 Nov, 2018

Esquif canoes make their Japanese debut

By |2018-11-17T12:09:30-07:00November 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 [...]

22 Oct, 2018

Portland Japanese Garden Staff Visits to Sapporo

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

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" [...]

9 Oct, 2018

Portland Japanese Garden Open Gion Festival Exhibit

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

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" [...]

5 Oct, 2018

Hokusei Featured on Portland Japanese Garden Web Site

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

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 [...]

20 Aug, 2018

Cool Down with an Ice Cream Break in Portland!

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

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 [...]