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9 04, 2018

Travel Oregon Launches Japanese-Style Anime Promoting Tourism

By |2018-05-24T20:22:12+00:00April 9th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

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19 03, 2018

MUJI Coming to Portland

By |2018-05-24T20:23:57+00:00March 19th, 2018|Others|1 Comment

The historic Meier & Frank Building, in downtown Portland, Oregon. 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 [...]

19 03, 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 02, 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 02, 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 01, 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 [...]

22 01, 2018

Pairing of 2 Great Portland Brands

By |2018-01-22T12:43:03+00:00January 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 [...]

8 01, 2018

Hokusei Products (Japan) turns 40!

By |2018-01-08T11:03:56+00:00January 8th, 2018|Others|0 Comments

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Hokusei North America's parent company, Hokusei Products in Japan. Since it's entry into the Japanese aluminum market in 1978, Hokusei Products has expanded beyond its Takaoka (Japan) head office to open branches in Hokkaido (Japan), Okinawa (Japan), Stockholm (Sweden), and Portland (USA). The staff at Hokusei [...]

2 01, 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 [...]

20 12, 2017

Craft Chocolate in Portland

By |2017-12-20T10:27:36+00:00December 20th, 2017|Others|0 Comments

Portland is known for its incredible food & beverage scene, including its farmer's markets, craft breweries, urban wineries, and coffee roasters.  But, did you know that Portland also boasts a vibrant craft chocolate community? In Portland, there is large number of both craft chocolate-makers and craft chocolatiers.  Craft chocolate-makers are artisans or small companies that [...]