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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

Encouraging News From Allport Editions

Hokusei North America works with a number of suppliers and partners in the Portland area, all of which have no doubt been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. This has forced our partners to adapt in many ways, including limiting operations and making staff changes.  That said, one of our trading partners, Allport Editions, is [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:08:34-07:00April 11th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

Best Wishes for the Portland Japanese Garden

Earlier this month, we learned with great sadness that Portland Japanese Garden announced that it will be closed indefinitely, due to the corona virus outbreak.  As Portlanders, we at Hokusei North America hold a special place in our hearts for the Japanese Garden -- it is a source of beauty, tranquility, and cultural learning that [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:16:18-07:00March 24th, 2020|Tags: , |0 Comments

Cherry Blossoms Back in Portland

During the current health crisis, it's important to take time out to take notice the wonderful things around us. One of those such things is the beauty of cherry blossoms that return each Spring to Portland. One of the best places to view cherry blossoms is Tom McCall Park, on the west bank of the [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:10:05-07:00March 17th, 2020|Tags: |0 Comments

A Message Regarding the Corona Virus

Recently, the outbreak of the corona virus has raised concerns for the health & safety of populations on both side of the Pacific.  Here at Hokusei North America, we are continuing our normal operations, while monitoring any potential guidance issued by governmental bodies in the U.S., Japan, and Oregon.   Should there be any changes [...]

By |2020-03-02T14:23:45-07:00March 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Zwicklemania: a Truly Oregon Beer Experience

We are following up last month's news post with another one about beer (a favorite topic of ours). Zwickwemania is an Oregon craft beer event that will take place in Portland this year on Saturday, Feb 15. Now in its 12th year, Zwickwemania is essentially a "brewery open house" event, when hundreds of breweries around [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:19:10-07:00February 8th, 2020|Tags: , |0 Comments

Oregon -Japan Beer Festival Date Announced

For years, Japanese consumers have enjoyed Oregon beers exported to Japan, and have often come to Oregon to drink craft beer "at the source".  At the same time, various Japanese and Oregon brewers have made a number of  friendships, resulting in working together on various beer-related projects.   To strengthen the beer bond between Japan [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:19:11-07:00January 26th, 2020|Tags: , |0 Comments

Thanks to All in 2019

2019 was a busy year for us at Hokusei North America.  During the last 12 months, we have had the pleasure of starting new business relationships and the honor of continuing to serve existing partners.  We've seen our business extend its growth and have worked with increased the number of partners with whom we've worked. [...]

By |2020-07-29T00:31:28-07:00December 30th, 2019|0 Comments


During the month of December, there are a number of events held in Portland to celebrate the Holiday Season.  Some of the best know Portland Christmas activities include the lighting of the massive Christmas Tree in Pioneer Square, the Christmas Ship Parade, Zoo Lights, The Festival of Lights at the Portland Grotto, and visiting Peacock [...]

By |2019-12-28T00:26:12-07:00December 9th, 2019|0 Comments
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