30 11, 2018

Holiday Season Starts in Portland with Christmas Tree Lighting

By |2018-11-30T10:04:35+00:00November 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 11, 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 [...]

22 10, 2018

Portland Japanese Garden Staff Visits to Sapporo

By |2018-10-22T12:23:15+00:00October 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 10, 2018

Portland Japanese Garden Open Gion Festival Exhibit

By |2018-10-14T21:37:42+00:00October 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 10, 2018

Hokusei Featured on Portland Japanese Garden Web Site

By |2018-10-05T08:38:24+00:00October 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 08, 2018

Cool Down with an Ice Cream Break in Portland!

By |2018-08-20T15:18:32+00:00August 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 [...]

9 07, 2018

Allport Editions at ISOT 2018

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

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 [...]

7 06, 2018

Hokusei Japan team visits Oregon

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

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 [...]

29 05, 2018

Rose Festival Time in Portland

By |2018-06-02T20:23:48+00:00May 29th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

Every year from late-May to early-June, Portland holds its annual Rose Festival.  This festival first took place in 1907 and is one of Portland's most-attended events, with roughly 1.2 million people enjoying various Rose Festival activities. The Rose Festival is meant to promote the Portland region, and is timed to take place when Portland's famous [...]

30 04, 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 [...]