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A Taste of Toyama in Portland

Recently, the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO), announced its Annual General Meeting event, to be held virtually on Dec 4, 2020.  Although JASO hosts a number fascinating and educational programs throughout the year, this particular event stands out in that it will be paired with a bento box dinner featuring cuisine from Toyama Prefecture. As [...]

By |2020-11-26T04:21:10-07:00November 25th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

Raspberry Fruit Puree for the Gold!

On November 1, the International Beer Cup (IBC), one of Japan's most prestigious beer competitions, announced its list of winners for 2020.  Among the breweries receiving gold medals was Brewmin', a small brewery from Toyama, Oregon's sister prefecture (state) and location of Hokusei North America's parent company's home office.   Strengthening the Brewmin' - Hokusei [...]

By |2020-11-13T16:37:38-07:00November 12th, 2020|0 Comments

Fruit Puree In Action

During the summer, in conjunction with its partner Oregon Fruit Products (Salem, Ore.), Hokusei North America sent a shipment of fruit puree to Japan  As these shelf-stable aseptic purees are highly valued by the craft brewing industry to make fruited beers, every customer of this last shipment was a Japanese craft beer brewery. One of [...]

By |2020-11-12T14:26:41-07:00November 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

The Smoke Has Finally Cleared

During the month of September, there were a number of forest fires burning across Oregon.  These fires, some of which are still not yet 100% caused considerable damage in terms of burnt forest and land (nearly 1 million acres), destroyed homes, and human fatalities. Although Portland was not touched by the wildfires, it did receive [...]

By |2020-10-05T14:43:02-07:00October 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Mailbox Delivery to Okinawa

Recently, Hokusei North America (HNA) undertook an interesting export project, a first for the company.  Based on request from the U.S. Military, and working with its sister company Hokusei Trading Asia, HNA shipped a number of mailboxes from the U.S. to Okinawa, Japan.   Made of brass, the mailboxes have a traditional American design, which [...]

By |2020-09-14T11:31:06-07:00September 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Japanese Garden, Hokusei mentioned in Japanese Press

On August 16, the Toyama Shimbun newspaper in Toyama Prefecture (Oregon's sister state) published an article lauding Hokusei North America's efforts to work with the Portland Japanese Garden to promote peace through the display of "Ori-tsuru"-themed products. An Ori-tsuru is an origami (folded paper art) version of a crane, which in Japanese culture is a [...]

By |2020-09-01T23:57:11-07:00August 31st, 2020|0 Comments

Hokusei Continues To Explore Beverage Opportunities

Given our growing relationship with Oregon Fruit Products (OFP), and ongoing exports to Japan of OFP's fruit purees for brewing, Hokusei North America is continuously looking for opportunities in the alcoholic beverage market. One growth area in the United States that it generating great excitement and having a huge impact on the marketplace is the [...]

By |2020-08-24T10:48:58-07:00August 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Hokusei Products (Japan) Issues SDG-Related Bond

Hokusei North America's parent company, Hokusei Products, recently placed a highly-innovative private bond in Japan.  As part of the bond arrangement, Fukui Bank is the underwriter, and will donate a portion of its underwriting commissions to organizations committed promoting Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Relatively unknown in the U.S., SDGs have been established by the [...]

By |2020-08-03T12:40:05-07:00August 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Portland Japanese Garden Featured in Japanese Newspapers

During the month of July, the Portland Japanese Garden attracted the attention of multiple newspapers in Japan.  Both the Toyama Shinbun and the Hokkoku Shinbun printed articles about the Portland organization's efforts to promote culture, art, and crafts from Japan's most northern island, Hokkaido.   Of particular focus was the Portland Japanese Garden's exhibition of [...]

By |2020-08-03T00:20:45-07:00July 28th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments
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