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30 04, 2018

Golden Week 2018

By | April 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 [...]

24 04, 2018

President Tomita meets the King & Queen of Sweden

By | April 24th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

On April 22, Hokusei Products (Japan) and Hokusei North America President Shotaro Tomita met with the King Carl and Queen Silvia of Sweden in Tokyo.  The Royal Swedish couple visited Japan to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan. King Carl asked some questions on ICEBUG shoes. President Tomita was [...]

22 04, 2018

Fuji to Hood collaborations on a sunny spring day

By | April 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 03, 2018

MUJI Coming to Portland

By | March 19th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

As a growing sign of strong ties between Japan and Portland, it was reported last week the MUJI, one of Japan's most popular retailers, will establish one of its largest stores outside Japan in downtown Portland. The store location is said to the Meier-Frank Building, which is centrally-located next to Portland's Pioneer Square. The [...]

19 03, 2018

Cherry blossom season in Portland and Japan

By | March 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 02, 2018

Another intriguing Portland / Japan connection…..

By | February 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 02, 2018

Valentine’s Day = chocolate in Japan too!

By | February 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 01, 2018

Another successful Mochitsuki in Portland

By | January 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 [...]

22 01, 2018

Pairing of 2 Great Portland Brands

By | January 22nd, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Earlier this month, Hokusei North America's partner Portland Gear announced the launch of a collaboration with Widmer Brothers Brewing, one of Portland's oldest craft beer breweries. The “PDX Pils” collaboration beer will feature Portland Gear's logos and signature teal color. Bottles of PDX Pils will be available in all grocery stores, at local bars, and [...]