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Japanese Garden Closes For Deep Cleaning, Re-opens

The Portland Japanese Garden, which closed during early-stages of the COVID pandemic and re-opened in mid-June, recently closed and subsequently re-opened again.     The reason for this was the early-July discovery that two Portland Japanese Garden employees had tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to their quarantine (as well as the quarantine of any [...]

By |2020-08-10T11:09:00-07:00August 10th, 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

Puree On Its Way!

As shared in an earlier post, Hokusei is stepping up its relationship with Oregon Fruit Products (OFP) to provide more aseptic fruit purees for craft breweries in Japan. As a sign of this enhanced relationship, and in response to Japanese brewer demand, a major shipment of OFP's purees were shipped out to Japan earlier this month. [...]

By |2020-07-21T09:11:14-07:00July 21st, 2020|0 Comments

Hokusei Ramping Up Fruit Puree Exports

An interesting outcome of the coronavirus pandemic has been continued strong demand for craft beer in the U.S.  Although many breweries have faced the challenge of adjusting their business models, the overall beer market has been quite steady, with falling on-premise (bars, restaurants, taprooms, etc.) beer sales being replaced by off-premise (e.g., supermarkets, convenience store, [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:31:19-07:00July 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Portland Begins Re-Opening

On June 19, based on approval from the Oregon state government, the city of Portland and neighboring cities in Multnomah County were able to move into Phase 1 re-opening in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The move into Phase 1 will impact a number of different impacts on social gatherings and business.  Restaurants, bars, pubs, [...]

By |2020-06-24T14:13:24-07:00June 23rd, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

The Portland Japanese Garden Re-Opens

This week, there was a bit of bright news among the COVID-19 developments -- for the first time in almost 3 months, the Portland Japanese Garden re-opened to the public. The garden will be following a number of health guidelines to ensure visitors' health & safety, including one-way paths, timed ticketing/visits, and required use of [...]

By |2020-06-12T13:18:06-07:00June 12th, 2020|0 Comments

Team Building During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused great harm in terms of lives lost, distancing of loved ones, and damaged business.  At Hokusei North America, we are waiting along with everyone else for the end of this crisis, and look forward to the day when business operations return to normal on both sides of the Pacific. In [...]

By |2020-06-12T13:20:14-07:00May 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Oregon Plans For Economic Reopening

On May 7, Oregon Governor Kate Brown laid out her plan for a phased reopening of the Oregon economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The foundation of Oregon's approach to opening up economic and recreational actives is a 3-phased expansion of permissible business activities, applied at the county level.  Counties may move from the [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:18:56-07:00May 12th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

JASO: An Oregon – Japan Community Lifeline

During the current coronavirus pandemic, it can often be difficult to stay in touch with our friends and business connections that are located locally, let alone with those found far away. This can especially be true in the case of maintaining multi-cultural/national networks, where language, cultural, and time zone differences can sometime be a challenge, [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:19:08-07:00May 5th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments