to Dec 7

2017 J-NS Bonenkai 

2017 J-NS Bonenkai 

We will invite members and friends of the Japan Norway Society to Bonenkai 2017 at Japanese Dining Sato on Wednesday 06. December. We’ll follow the Japanese tradition ‘Bonenkai’- end of the year party, and celebrate with all of you.

Mr. Sato will serve our common Japanese food, Edamame, Spring roll, Miso soup, assortment of Sushi and Sukiyaki as our main dish.

J-NS will serve a glass of welcome drink, red wine, white wine or Amazake made from fresh sake kasu provided by Nøgne Ø.

The guests can select one sort of welcome drink on first come first service basis, because we have the limited amount of each drinks, 

Let’s come to Bonenkai on time to treat your favorite drink, and enjoy the delicious Japanese food!

Look forward to celebrating the end of year 2017 together with all of you!

Date: December 6th at 18:00

Place: Japanese Dining Sato Frognerveien 10 0257 Oslo

Fee: 450kr for J-NS members, 495kr for non-members (includes food and a glass of welcome drink)

Registration through google form:

Deadline of registration: December 1st

Payment: kindly transfer the Fee in advance to 1609.04.42094 (The Japan Norway Society) and mark the payment ‘Bonenkai’.

Cancelation policy: After December 4th will be full charged.

Maximum participants: 50 guests 

If you would like to become our members, please check the following site:









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6:30 PM18:30

Japan – Norway Society 40th Anniversary Party

Japan – Norway Society 40th Anniversary Party

All members are invited to join our 40th anniversary celebration.

Date: Friday November 3, from 18:30 – 22:00                             

Place: Munch Museum

Please enjoy a special anniversary program:

-      Mini piano concert with Pianist Yoko Toda fromThe Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (Program includes Kozaburo Hirai “Sakura-sakura” A fantasy for piano and Edvard Grieg from Lyric Pieces)

-      Standing Party Buffet and Drinks

-      Anniversary Exhibition of Children Drawings

-      Anniversary Lucky Draw

… and much more!


Participation fee is 450 kr. per person and will partly cover the cost of the party. Other costs will be covered by society funds.


We need to confirm number of guests by October 27th and ask for your registration by filling out our registration form.  

Please let us know if any questions:

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6:00 PM18:00

Flavors of Japan - 'Japanese tea and food tasting'

The Japan Norway Society will introduce Japanese tea and food culture in a collaboration with @Palais des Thes Norge, and in a cooperation with @Gutta fra Havet.

Tea sommeliers of Palais des Thea will give us a small lecture of Japanese Tea, and introduce 5-6 sorts of the authentic Japanese tea, ex. Sencha, Hojicha, Genmaicha, Tamaryokucha, etc. and the tasty combinations with Japanese food which will be prepared by Gutta fra Havet.

Gutta fra Havet will prepare 'common' Japanese food, ex. Tamagoyaki(omelet), Shio onigiri(rice ball with salt), Teriyaki salmon, Tofu with ginger and scallion, long cooked Pork with Soya, etc.

The tea sommeliers will combine one sort of Japanese tea with one sort of Japanese food. 
Which tea is the best combination with Tamagoyaki? It's exciting to know the result and the reason!

Let's enjoy Japanese tea and food tasting!

Participation Fee: 
200kr for JNS members
230kr for non-members
(Including tea tasting and small pieces of each food.)

Deadline for registration: 6th October

Registration through google forms:

If you would like to become our members, please check the following site:


Palais des Thesのティーソムリエによる日本茶についてのレクチャーの後に、5-6種類の日本茶と和食のテイスティングを行います。

和食はGutta fra Havetから卵焼き、塩おにぎり、シャケの照り焼き、冷奴、煮豚など一般的な和食を用意いたします。



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3:30 PM15:30

Guided tour 'Mot Skogen-Knausgård om Munch' at Munch Museum

We're pleased to invite members of Japan Norway Society to a free guided tour 'Mot Skogen-Knausgård om Munch' at Munch Museum on 29 August at 15:30. We'll meet up in the museum shop 5 minutes before. 

Sign-up is necessary, so please use the link below:
Registration by August 25th.

You can read more about the exhibition here:ård-om-munch

ムンク美術館'Mot Skogen-Knausgård om Munch'ガイドツアーのご案内です。出光ノルゲの支援により、協会会員の方々をご招待いたします。


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6:00 PM18:00

August Business Benkyoukai 8月ビジネス勉強会のご案内

Dear members and friends of the Japan-Norway Society,

On August 28, the J-NS will be launching a new concept where we focus on providing presentations and lectures on Japan-Norway related business topics as well as an arena to meet and make new acquaintances.

The first topic will be given by Sindre Knutsson (MSc - LSE) from Rystad Energy ( and the title is “A Global LNG Outlook from Japan’s Perspective”. Rystad Energy is considered by many to be a leading independent entity for Oil & Gas knowledge and consulting.

Sindre has specialized in Global LNG market and his article has recently been featured in journals like “LNG Industry”. His presentation will discuss the future deve...lopment in Japanese LNG demand and the global LNG market outlook.

This time we have been lucky to get the whole Grand Café Wine Cellar, to ourselves and there will be tapas included in the participation fee. The Grand Café Wine Cellar was recently refurbished and boasts one of the most extensive wine selections in Oslo. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Members: 185,-
Non-Members: 225,-

Register by following the link:

Grand Café Oslo, Karl Johans gate 31, 0159 Oslo
Time: 18:00-21:00
The registration will close August 21 - 23:00-



第1回ビジネス勉強会は、Rystad Energy*社のSindre Knutsson氏をお迎えして「日本からの視点による世界LNG市場の展望」についてお話を伺います。*( 同社は石油天然ガス業界をリードするコンサルタント集団で、Knutsson氏の専門分野はLNG市場分析です。この度日本のLNGの需要と世界のLNG市場の予測に焦点をあててお話を伺います。  


参加費 会員:185クローネ

会場:Wine Cellar, Grand Cafe Oslo, Karl Johans Gate 31, 0159 Oslo  


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to Jun 11

Trip to Sørlandet and Nøgne Ø brewery アーレンダルと裸島酒造見学ツアーのご案内


As part of our 40th anniversary, we are pleased to offer the above to members and friends of JNS! The Nøgne Ø brewery was the very first in Europe to produce sake and very first in Norway to brew craft beer and the society would like to share this story with you. The name of the brewery means "naked island" and refers to the poem Terje Vigen by Henrik Ibsen. The Norwegian coast is dotted with naked islands and Sørlandet has its fair share. The itinerary includes the following:

Friday June 9 or Saturday June 10

Saturday June 10
Departing for Nøgne Ø by bus from Arendal bus terminal at 11:00. NOK 110/per person round trip.
Tour of Nøgne Ø 11:30-13:00 including beer and sake tasting with snacks on the side. Members NOK 274/per person. Non-members NOK 299/per person. We will be one of the first groups to visit the new brewery and the tasting room after they did a huge makeover.
Teppanyaki and BBQ night at Revesand, Tromøya at 18:00. Tromøya is home to Karl Ove Knausgård, world famous author who curated the current summer exhibiton of the Munch Museum. Participants are asked to bring their own drinks. Members free of charge. Non-members NOK 50.

Sunday June 11
Optional: Walk through old Tyholmen with wooden houses dating back to the 17th century reflecting the wealth of the town as an important timber port. Tyholmen is the only original settlement remaining after several fires in the 19th century.

All participants are responsible for transport to and back from Arendal and accommodation in Arendal. Bus and train are available from Oslo and the following hotels in Arendal are centrally located: Thon Hotel, Clarion Tyholmen Hotel and Arendal Maritime Hotel. The registration deadline is May 28. Further information will be distributed once participation has been confirmed. We kindly ask that you register using the following link:
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2:00 PM14:00

   Summer Tea Party with Yukata Fashion at Galleri Åkern in Kongsberg

   Summer Tea Party with Yukata Fashion at Galleri Åkern in Kongsberg

        On 3. June, this year’s Japan-Norway Culture Day in Kongsberg will take place!

        TimeSaturday 3. June, at 2 to 7 p.m. Entrance fee: NOK 200.


“Welcoming speeches by the mayor of Kongsberg city, Kari-anne Sand, and the culture attache at the Japanese Embassy, Ryoko Tsuchiyama.” 

        Traditional Tea Ceremony in the Ungetsuan teahut for 8 guests ( NOK 200 per guest)

                         Japanese tea and sweets in the gallery (free).

        Exhibition: A photo exhibition: “Greetings from Kamakura” by Ellen Hegtun and Haruko Inoue will be displayed in the gallery.

        Concert:   Puccini’s “Crisantemi”: String quartet from Den Norske Opera orchestra led by Yukiko Mikami, plus Liv Randi Aas from Kongsberg.

                         Koto improvisations: Svein Westad.

        Tanko-bushi folk dance to live music, in the garden (or in the gallery if rain) Please bring yukata or similar Japanese dress, and umbrella if you have one!

                         A few Yukata and Happi’s will be awailable for renting in the gallery.


       Please sign up for attendance, and if you wish to take part in a Tea Ceremony, to: , or phone no. 900 20833 by May 27th.


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7:00 PM19:00

J-NS May Cooking Class 5月のお料理教室のご案内 

J-NS May Cooking Class 5月のお料理教室のご案内 
“Bento 弁当and useful Tare たれ”
The May J-NS Cooking Class focusing on Bento and Tare will be taught in English by Ms. Rie Melhoos who has long had Bento and Food Blog-site with followers all over the world. We will learn the art of cooking tasty Bento (Japanese style box) dishes and pack them into a box which can be ideal lunch for your work and school.
Tare means sauce, dipping sauce or marinade in Japanese. Having good Tare recipes at hand is very useful. You will learn several versatile Tare recipes during the class as well.

WHEN: 29 May (Mon) 2017 17:00 - 21:00 (Cooking demonstration, participation and savoring a Bento together)
WHERE: A residence of Ms. Rie Melhoos in Jar. The way to her home will be shared once your reservation is confirmed. 
WHAT: Focus of the class will be Bento dishes, packing them properly and useful Tare
FEE: 525 Kr for Members, 575 Kr for Non-members including a Bento (lunch-size) dinner, Japanese tea, information material, recipes, and a small bento gift from Japan.
REGISTRATION: Please register clicking the following link.
Registration deadline is 22 May but we only have limited space (7) and it would be on first-registered and payment received, first-reserved basis.
Those who will be participating in the class are kindly requested to bring a lunch box (a plastic matpakke boks or a tupperware), an apron, a pen and slippers to the class. 
To learn more about Rie-sensei, Please see her blog site. 
She is currently working as a Bento Specialist for Bento & co in Kyoto.

長年ご自身のブログ上でお料理とお弁当をご紹介され世界中にフォローワーをお持ちのMelhoos理恵様がご自宅でお料理教室を開催いたします。定員先着7名様ですので、ご興味のある方は次のリンクでご登録ください。 お申し込み締め切りは5月22日です。

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1:00 PM13:00

Sakura-kai @ Botanical Garden

May 20th from 13 -  @ Botanical Garden: Sakura-kai

J-NS would like to invite all of you to welcome the spring and summer in Norway the Japanese way — looking at the sakura in full bloom while enjoying company, food, and drinks!

Please register using this link:

If you have trouble with the link, please send e-mail to

The event will take place at Botanisk Hage (the botanical garden) at Tøyen in Oslo. We will bring some wagashi (Japanese sweets) provided by SubJapan and green tea for for the registered participants to enjoy. Everyone is free to bring their own food and drink to the event, and we recommend that you also bring some kind of sheet that you will be able to sit comfortably on during the event.

If you have never heard of wagashi and/or want to try making it yourself, Rie Nonoka from SubJapan will hold a wagashi workshop for 10 people who want to explore and taste different types of wagashi. The workshop is in the morning right before the sakura event, and thus you can bring your newly made wagashi and enjoy it under the sakura trees! Please see details here:

For those of you that want to experience the feeling of enjoying a delicious bento box with Japanese-style seafood, it is possible to place an order for a chirashi-zushi from Gutta fra Havet. One bento is NOK 130. 

Due to limited space at the venue, please make sure to register your name and how many you will be. We will set a limit at 50 people. The registration will close May 16. 

(Please also abide by the local rules for alcohol consumption in public if you are planning to bring alcoholic beverages)

Dear All! We're looking forward to meeting you for the Sakura-Kai tomorrow 1300 in the Botanical Garden!! Please bring something to sit on! We will meet in the outlined area on the picture below.

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5:00 PM17:00

Sakura meets Munch - Mot Skogen - Knausgård om Munch

Please be invited to celebrate spring and the new Munch exhibition "Mot Skogen - Knausgård om Munch" under the blooming Cherry Blossom trees outside the Munch Museum later this May, a popular cherry blossoms spot in Oslo. 

The participants will be offered an exclusive sushi/ asian buffet and dessert served beneath the Cherry trees. This event also contains free admission to the new exhibition "Mot Skogen - Knausgård om Munch" sponsored by Idemitsu Petroleum. Kindly note that it is not a guided tour this time. We plan a guided tour later.  The participation fee is 400 NOK. The fee is the same for members and non-members and will cover the cost of the exclusive buffet. 

Please register by May 12 using the link below:

This same night is also the official "Hanami" day arranged by Munch Museum and participants will enjoy live music starting from around 1900. See details at:

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1:20 PM13:20

Meet Principal Dancer of Norwegian National Ballet Ms. Maiko Nishino at Opera House 

Meet Principal Dancer of Norwegian National Ballet Ms. Maiko Nishino at Opera House

Current J-NS members are cordially invited to a complimentary (free) guided tour of Opera House followed by Benkyokai with Principal Dancer, Ms. Maiko Nishino of the Norwegian National Ballet.
After an approximately 50 minutes of the tour of the Opera House we will be met by Ms. Nishino in a private room to hear her stories followed by questions and answers. This is a family friendly event organized on Saturday afternoon and members of all ages from 4 years and above are all welcome. Please click here for registration. If you are interested in joining us and wish to become a member before this occasion, please send your membership request to 

We'll meet up in front of the ticket office at 13:20pm and the guided tour will be started at 13:30pm.


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5:00 PM17:00

Guided tour of Murakami 村上隆展覧会ガイド付きツアーのご案内

Japan-Noway Society will sponsor an English guided tour of a very popular exhibition of Takashi Murakami for J-NS members. Please register at Space is limited. Participants are requested to obtain their own admission to the museum 10 minutes before the guided tour starts.  Let's enjoy artistic evening with fellow members.

Guided tour starts at 5 pm, please arrive 10 minutes earlier and buy the entry ticket to the museum. We will sponsor the guided tour! 


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5:30 PM17:30

Be a Sushi Master!

Be a Sushi Master!

Be a Sushi master with Yo!Sushi's Chef. Japan-Norway Society made a special arrangement with Yo!Sushi for those who wish to learn the art of Maki-sushi making. During one and a half hour course (another half an hour to digest and socialize), you will make at least four types of Maki-sushi while you savor them with fellow members at cozy Østbanehallen. Please register at Space is limited (first registered and paid will secure a place), for members only. 200Kr for the class and all the sushi you made and taste.

Location: Yo Sushi, Østbanehallen. 

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7:00 PM19:00

Japanese Tea Ceremony in the spirit of ’Murakami by Murakami’ 円相・Ensō

Norwegian Culture Inspired Japanese Tea Ceremony vol.3

Japanese Tea Ceremony in the spirit of ’Murakami by Murakami’ 円相・Ensō
Traditional, Pop, Kawaii Tea ceremony in 3 different styles

Date: 06. April 2017 19:00-21:00
Place: Vingen Bar, Astrup Fearnley Museet Strandpromenaden2, 0252 Oslo
Participation Fee: 250 kr for members / 300 kr for non-members
 (Incld. Participation fee and one drink at reception)

19:00: Traditional Tea Ceremony Demonstration in a flower circle
19:30: Reception, Calligraphy demonstration, Guests’ Participation to Ceremony
Omotesenke in traditional style by Yasuko Oki
Urasenke in Pop Norwegian style by Ole Marius Tørrisen
Enshū-ryū in Kawaii style by Håkon Vadstein
Guests can choose one of three different tea ceremony styles at your participation
Special ‘Murakami’ cocktail will be served at the reception
Calligraphy demonstration by Masayo Sato
Bring with you: Your favorite “cushion”
Please notice that at the demonstration, we will ask our guests to be seated on the floor.
We recommend bringing your favorite “cushion” or something per each to make
yourself comfortable!!
Registration: Please send e-mail to before April 2nd
-Write down ”Tea Ceremony ” in the subject area.
-Write down your preference alcohol or non-alcohol.
-Write down your preference at participation ceremony
1) Omotesenke in traditional style, 2) Urasenke in Pop Norwegian style, 3) Enshū-ryū in Kawaii style.
-We will take ”first come - first serve” policy.
Payment: Bank account No. 1609 04 42094 (The Japan Norway Society).
-Mark payment with your name and ”Tea Ceremony”.
-For JNS members, please write down ‘JNS’.
-We ask for the fee to be paid by April 3rd.
-Registration will be completed by confirmation mail after your payment attendance fee.
Cancellation policy: After April 4th will be full charged.
Contact to as soon as possible before this deadline.
Maximum participants: 45 guests

The Japan Norway Society
Collaboration with Vingen Bar
Sponsored by Palais des Thes

Norwegian Culture Inspired Japanese Tea Ceremony vol.3 円相・Ensō’Murakami by Murakami’
展からの発想 伝統的な、ポップな、可愛いお茶会

日時:     2017年4月6日(木)19:00-21:00
会場: Vingen Bar, Astrup Fearnley Museet Strandpromena -
den2, 0252 Oslo
会費: 会員250 kr /非会員 300 kr(お茶席体験、レセプションでの1ドリンク含む)
19:00:     お茶会のデモンストレーション
19:30:     お茶席体験、書道デモンストレーション、レセプション
          大木靖子(表千家講師)、O l e Marius T ø r r i s e n( 裏千家)、
          Håkon Va d s t e i n( 遠州流)佐藤暢代(書家)
-お茶席体験では、1. 伝統的なスタイルの表千家、2. ポップなノルウェースタイルの裏千家、
3. 可愛いお盆点ての遠州流のいずれかをお選び頂けます(各回人数に限りあり)
-レセプションでは、V i n g e n B a r 特製のM u r a k a m iスペシャルカクテルを楽しみながら
お願い: クッションをご持参ください。
お申し込み: e v e n t @ j - n s . n o  4月2日までにメールでお申込みください。
お支払い: No. 1609 0 4 42094 (The Japan Norway S o c i e t y ) 4月3日
キャンセルについて: 4月4日以降のキャンセルは、返金いたしかねますので予めご了承くださ
い。キャンセルのご連絡は、e v e n t @ j - n s . n oまでお早めにご連絡ください
協賛:Vingen Bar
協力:Palais des Thes

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3:00 PM15:00

Munch Museum Guided Tour. Emma & Edvard. (members only)

We're pleased to invite members of Japan Norway Society to a free guided to of Munch Museum current exhibition on 4 April starting at 15.00.There will be two groups this time. Meetup in the museum shop 5 minutes before, as always.

Sign-up is necessary. Send -email to and put Munch in the subject field. Registration by March 29th.

The current exhibition is “ Emma og Edvard - Kjærlighet i ensomhetens tid ” which has a good reputation.

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6:00 PM18:00

Suioykai @ Alex Sushi

Dear Members and Friends of Japan-Norway Society!

We are pleased to invite you all to our traditional Suiyokai on March 15th!

This time we will have the basement at Alex Sushi for ourselves and enjoy a three-course menu including sashimi, tempura salad, and sushi prepared at a special price for the Japan-Norway Society thanks to the sponsorship of our corporate member Nøgne Ø.

Participation Cost including the above menu, drinks not included: Members: 175 kr, Non-members: 225 kr.

We are looking forward to a social and enjoyable night so please take the opportunity to join us!
Please register at by March 10th 

今回はAlex Sushiの個室で歓談しながらJ-NS対象の特別なお値段で3コースメニューをお楽しみいただきます。
楽しい夜をAlex Sushiで一緒に過ごしませんか?

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1:00 PM13:00

花見の日 Hanami-dagen / Japansk familiedag

花見の日 Hanami-dagen / Japansk familiedag

Åpen Invitasjon til Japansk familiedagen ("flower-viewing day" in Japanese)

Japansk familiedag, 2017: søndag, 5.mars, kl.13:00-15:00 i Historisk museum (Frederiksgt.2, Tullinløkka) 

Alle i Oslo inviteres til en japansk familiedag, Hanami-dagen. Et møtested for Japan-interesserte og en hyggelig dag for vennskap. 

Vårt årlige dugnadstiltaket arrangeres av H. Kimura, helt siden 1998, i samarbeid med diverse museer og mange dugnadsdeltakere. Det japanske arrangementet er en gave fra oss til alle. Ta med barna, barnebarn, venner og besteforeldre. Åpent for alle. Velkommen ! Ta med deg et stort smil: ☺

Program: (Med forbehold om endringer)
• Japansk musikk, Åpning med hilsen, Sing-along, kimono-damer og yukata-barn! 
• Utstilling av Ikebana (blomster-kunst), Gratis bøker o.l. 
• Oppvisning av Kendo, Aikido, Origami(papirbretting), IGO(sjakk)… 
• For barna: Prøv Happi(japanske jakker) og yukata, Origami(papirbretting) osv.. 
• Kom i japansk klær, hvis du har en, yukata, kimono eller kostyme.
• Gratis: bøker, gaver, japansk te og riskjeks (ocha & okaki), kun så langt de rekker. 
• Brosjyrer. Japan-relaterte foreninger, aktiviteter informeres. Velkommen! 

• Hvis du vil hjelpe meg/delta, for å glede andre, ta kontakt med meg: 木村博子 ☺
☺ Hiroko Kimura, organizer/dugnadsleder, Tlf.: 9587 3034,

NB: Museet har inngangspenger : Barn= 0 Gratis, Voksne=kr.100, studenter/seniorer=kr.80

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Japansk familiedag: Hanami-dagen 2017: 花見の日(第20年目since 1998) 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 5, 13:00-15, 3月5日(日曜) 13時より 

Venue: Historisk museum, The University Museum of Cultural History, 
歴史博物館 (Tullinløkka / Frederiksgt. 2)

 With Japanese music, Martial art (Kendo, Aikido etc), Origami(paperfolding). 音楽、剣道、合気道、折紙,
 Exhibitions of Ikebana (flower-arrangement) 生花、kimono-ladies 着物、pamphletsパンフレット,
 Try children's Happi/jackets.ハッピ etc. Hiroko’s used books for Kr.0 無料の古本など。
 This event is a present from us to all the visitors (dugnadsgave fra oss til alle). Please bring your children,.friends & grandchildren. お子様やお孫さんやお友達とごいっしょに、どうぞ。
 Come & join us --- in yukata or kimono - if you have one. ☺ Please bring your smile, too!
 Gratis/Free: gifts, Ocha (お茶Japanese tea) and okaki おかきrice crackers) but, limited amount.
 Our Japanese event is もちより& a pot-luck/dugnad/ Open & FREE無料 and everyone is welcome! 

 NB: Please note that the Museum of History requires Entrance Fee (children=kr.0, adult=kr.100, student/senior=kr.80…) 
 花見の日 もちより参加 、茶・おかき。古本等の寄贈、あるいはなんでもお手伝いして下さる方は歓迎。ご連絡下さい。
 Will you perform yourself, join or help me? Please contact Hiroko 木村博子. 
 If you can bring okaki(rice crackers) to reduce my expenses, I will be very happy. 

dugnadsleder/organizer, Hiroko Kimura: Tel: 9587 3034 ☺ 

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6:00 PM18:00

J-NS EVENING Cooking Class お料理教室のご案内

With popular request, J-NS will continue to organize Cooking Classes with leading Japanese food blogger resident in Oslo to learn the art of Japanese cooking using local ingredients.

The February Class will be taught by Ms. Rie Melhoos who has long had Bento and Food Blog-site with followers all over the world. 

WHEN: 20 February (Mon) 2017 18:00 - 21:00 (Cooking demonstration, participation and savoring dinner together)
WHERE: A residence of Ms. Rie Melhoos in Jar. The way to her home will be shared once your reservation is confirmed. 
WHAT: Please see the proposed recipe below. 
FEE: 650 Kr for Members, 700 Kr for Non-members including dinner.
REGISTRATION: Please register at indicating your wish to participate in the cooking class. We only have limited space (8) and it would be on first-registered, first-reserved basis.

To learn more about Rie, Please see her blog site.
The proposed menu for the evening cooking class is:
1. Chicken Nanban with 3 different sauce (tartar sauce, Oroshi sauce and Japanese tomato salsa)
2. Kombu steamed Norwegian Skrei, with simmered vegetables, Kombu soya sauce and lime
3 Norwegian baby leaf with fried garlic, Japanese salad dressing
4 Japanese pickles, different Norwegian root vegetables
Rice and Miso soup, tea


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4:45 PM16:45

Japansk kulturfest 文化祭 @ Oslo Handelsgym

Torsdag den 16. februar arrangerer elever og lærere ved ettermiddagsundervisningen i japansk på OHG en japansk kulturfest. Det blir underholdning ved elevene - sanger og skuespill, og korte foredrag om japanske temaer.

Elevene holder også kake/kaffesalg til inntekt for studietur våren 2018 (håper vi!!)

Arrangementet starter 1645 og varer fram til ca 1900.
Oslo Handelsgymnasium
Megumi Kudo-Hubendick



工藤ーHubendick めぐみ

For more information, please see

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6:00 PM18:00

February Benkyoukai & Chirashizushi 2月勉強会(水曜会)のご案内

Japanese below] One very solid relationship between Norway and Japan is within the field of astrophysics. For this year's first Benkyoukai we have the great pleasure of inviting an avid J-NS member, Dr. Yoshiaki Kato from University of Oslo to tell us how an astrophysicist from the land of rising-sun ended up studying the sun in rather wintry and dark Norway. 

Dr. Kato is an expert on the extraordinary environment around black holes and stars and has previously worked at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) before coming to Norway as postdoctoral researcher (

This is not a scientific lecture and Dr. Kato will tell us things in an easy and informal way! 

For this February night we will be returning to warm and cozy atmosphere of coffee shop & bar "Café Rouleur" at St. Hanshaugen ( "Gutta fra Havet", a local fish deli, will deliver Chirashizushi especially made for the J-NS. (

Participation Cost including Chirashizushi: Members: 110 kr, Non-members:130 kr.

We are looking forward to an enjoyable night so please join us!
Please register at by 10 February.


Photograph taken by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory Spacecraft (

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6:00 PM18:00

Annual General Meeting and New Year Reception

Dear Member and Friend of Japan-Norway Society, 

We are pleased to invite all members of Japan-Norway Society to our Annual General Meeting and New Year Reception. 

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the residence of Ambassador Kunikata. And we are very thankful to Ambassador because he are inviting all of us to a New Year Reception after our meeting. 

Kindly note the following: 
- Date and time: January 19th from 6 pm. (Annual General Meeting will start at 6 p.m). 
- Only paying members of our society can attend the AGM and New Year Party. 

Please let us know by January 7th if you plan to join. If you join with a partner or spouse, kindly inform us both names. 
Please let us know by sending e-mail to and kindly write AGM in the message field. 

We will send out reminder cards after January 7th which will be necessary to join. 

The Annual General Meeting will be an important meeting for our society. 
- It will be the start of our 40th anniversary year.  
- We will present to you about our activities and actions this year and plans for next year, including the financials. 
- We will suggest some improvements to our articles of association to make our society more robust. 
- We will elect new Board Members.
- We will present some ideas for our 40th year anniversary... 
- and of course announce our new logo! 

Information about these agenda topics will be sent to paying members only. 

After our meeting, we can enjoy the New Year Reception hosted by Ambassador Kunikata. 

Hope to see as many members as possible on January 19th. 

Best regards, 

Svend Haakon Kristensen
President Japan-Norway Society

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6:00 PM18:00

忘年会 ・ Year-End Party @ Sato Dining

Julebords are organized towards Christmas in Norway.
In Japan we cannot go without good Bonenkai – End-of-the-Year Party.

J-NS would like to follow this tradition and celebrate the end of 2016 with you at Sato Dining. Please join us for sumptuous Japanese feast. Mr. Sato has promised the following:

Welcome drink by house Amazake made from fresh sake kasu (a special thanks to Nøgne Ø, the first sake brewery in Europe)
Food will include
- edamame, karaage and harumaki.
- assortment of gourmet sushi.
- the grand finale will be Shabu-Shabu!!

If you have not yet registered, this is the time to do so! You are all welcome!! Members 375 kr, non-members 425 kr. Please register at: marking Bonenkai.

日諾協会では2016年忘年会を佐藤ダイニングで開催します。万障お繰り合わせのうえご参加ください。佐藤様の豪華なお料理を一緒に堪能いたしましょう。参加費:会員375kr、非会員425kr 。参加登録はevent@j-ns.noまで「忘年会」と明記してご返信ください。

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7:00 PM19:00

Norsk Øleventyr i Japan

William Copeland (født 10. januar 1834 i Arendal i Aust-Agder, død 11. februar 1902 i Yokohama
 i Japan) var en norskfødt amerikansk entreprenør som hovedsakelig drev som ølbrygger i Japan. Historien er like spektakulær som den høres ut som. 

 For snart 150 år siden kjøpte skomakersønnen William Copeland en tomt og en vannkilde utenfor Yokohama. Malt var i manko, humle knapt å oppdrive, gjær måtte skipes over Stillehavet, og øl hadde nesten ikke blitt brygget i Japan før. Noen måneder senere var Spring Valley Brewery en realitet. Hans Morten Sundnes har skrevet boka om William Copeland og den lanseres å Smelteverket i Oslo tirsdag 6. desember kl 19.00.

 Oslo Brewing Co.åpnet sammen med Fuglen-gjengen nylig baren Øl by Oslo Brewing Co. i Shibuya – et lite stykke Øl-Norge i hjertet av Tokyo. Dermed henger de to historiene spesiell måte sammen. I nyere tid kom det for dagen at ”amerikanske” William Copeland var norsk: Johan Martinius Thoresen, var født i Arendal. Halvmystiske Copeland ble den første nordmannen som bosatte seg i Japan og representerer et startpunkt for norsk-japanske relasjoner. William Copeland er helt klart en nøkkelperson i japansk ølhistorie, og Spring Valley Brewery kan ses som en forløper til dagens drikkevaregigant Kirin. 

 Tirsdag 6. desember kl. 19.00 smelter disse to historiene sammen på Smelteverket i Maridalsveien! Denne kvelden blir hovedstadslanseringen av den spesielle biografien. Vi setter stemningen med ekte koto-harpe, Sundnes presenterer smakebiter av Copeland-eventyret, Oslo Brewing co. tar folk inn i sitt norsk-japanske ølventyr av året. Samtidig er dette en utmerket anledning til å bli venn med – eller enda bedre venn med – ølet som både Oslo og Tokyo har lagt sin elsk på. I baren blir det nyskapte drinker med smak av neon og glemte kilder, mens Smelteverkets kjøkkenet som alltid er på høyde med situasjonen. Arrangement er et samarbeid med forfatteren, The Japan-Norway Society og Oslo Brewing Co.

”William Copeland. Ølbryggeren ved verdens ende” gis ut på Bokbyen Forlag og vil være til salgs til Smelteverket-pris og gjerne signert denne kvelden.

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6:00 PM18:00

November Benkyokai (Suiyokai) 11月勉強会(水曜会)のご案内

Get thrilled by the story of 2500 km epic journey on two wheels up the mountains and through the ridges of Japan by a cyclist Alexander Kloster-Jensen, manager of Rouleur, a bicycle specialty coffee shop/bar and treat yourself to a specially catered Otsumami box by chefs Arne Austbø and Filipe Seixas of Gutta fra Havet

The November J-NS Benkyokai will bring you to the heart of St Hans Haugen, cafe Rouleur, and will share exiting philosophy and the experience through the endurance journey of Japanese-Odyssey.


Please join us: members: 150 Nok, Non members 200 NoK for special otsumami box: Ankimo and spring onion with ponzu, Kimchee,Seaweed salad with 4 varieties of Nordic harvested kelp and seaweed with cucumber, Escabeche of catch of the day, Pork belly with lemon miso paste, Tamagoyaki with “bøkling” - Norwegian flavor, Onigiri with house-prepared mentaiko, Edamame, and Masala shrimps. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Please regeister at marking November benkyokai, space is limited to first 30 regeistered.

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3:00 PM15:00

Guided Tour of Munch Exhibition. Jorn+Munch. Free of charge for Members of Japan Norway Society

Our Corporate Member Idemitsu Petroleum Norge kindly offers free guided tour of the Jorn+Munch exhibition. Kindly note that this offering is for Japan Norway Society paying members only. 

Time and Place: Nov 22nd from 3 pm. Meet in front of Museum. 

Please sign up latest by Nov 22 to and mention Munch Guided Tour in your e-mail.

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6:00 PM18:00

Guest Lecture by Mr. Shigeru Ban

Join Oslo Arkitektforening for a free guest lecture by Mr. Shigeru Ban. 

Oslo Arkitektforening (OAF) har gleden av å invitere Shigeru Ban som gjesteforeleser!
Høstens forelesningsrekke i OAF inngår som en del av Oslo Arkitekturtriennales utvidete program og er åpen for alle interesserte.

Please check facebook for more details: 

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10:00 AM10:00

The J-NS October Cooking Class 10月のお料理教室のご案内

10月のお料理教室のご案内 Invitation to J-NS October Cooking Class


J-NS Cooking Class with Ms. Junko Akita, a leading Japanese food blogger resident in Oslo who has been conducting monthly cooking classes for the past three years, will be held as below. We will learn the art of Japanese cooking using local ingredients.

WHEN: 26 October (Wed) 2016 10:00 - 13:00 (Cooking demonstration, participation and savoring lunch together)
WHERE: Residence of Ms. Junko Akita in Frogner. The way to her home will be shared once your reservation is confirmed. 
WHAT: Please see the proposed recipe below. 
FEE: 300 Kr for Members, 350 Kr for Non-members including lunch.
REGISTRATION: Please register at indicating your wish to participate in the October cooking class. We only have limited space (10) and it would be on first-registered, first-reserved basis.
To know more about the instructor please see:

The proposed menu for the October cooking class is:
1. Mini-steak donburi with barley rice
ミニステーキ丼 大麦を混ぜたご飯で
2. Grilled salmon in foil with mushrooms 
サーモンのホイル焼き きのこを添えて
3. Miso-shigi — Japanese ratatouille with miso みそしぎ
4. Seasonal fruit and cucumber with sesame creamy sauce 季節の果物ときゅうりのごまクリームソース 
In addition, Junko sensei will be serving a surprise dessert. 
Water, Tea or Coffee will be served.

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6:00 PM18:00

The Norwegian culture inspired Japanese tea ceremony series vol.2 / JNS第2回お茶会「秋の夜咄」へのお誘い

The Norwegian culture inspired Japanese tea ceremony series vol.2
Autumn “Yobanashi” Vingen Bar

Welcome to our second Japanese tea ceremony series!
For this occasion, we will arrange traditional “Yobanashi” style ( the ceremony held after sun set & enjoy the minimalism beauty ) in the great Norwegian modern art, culture and design atmosphere, in short, try to share “art meditation” with all attendance @Vingen Bar, Astrup Fearnley Museet. Reception will be followed with special drink, served by Vingen, their recipe is exclusively inspired by this tea culture. We’re looking for everyone interested in and let’s share the moment which will be never repeated in the past or in the future.
Guests can choose one of three different tea ceremony styles at your participation


美しい夕景のオスロ湾を臨むAstrup Fearnley Museet内Vingen Barにて、通常冬に開かれる“夜咄”の茶会をノルウェー流にアレンジし、ノルウェーの最新カルチャーとデザインの紡ぎ出す空気の中で、みなさんとお茶を通じた“アート・メディテーション”のひと時をご一緒したいと思います。ご来場者全員に参加いただけるお茶会ともに、レセプションではVingen Barとのコラボレーションし、本イベントのために特別にご提供する「お茶のカクテル(アルコール/ノンアルコール)」をお楽しみいただきます。
お茶席体験では、1. 畳席でのお点前、 2. 盆点前、 3. 和敬点てのいずれかをお選び頂けます。(各回人数に限りあり)

Participation Fee: 250 kr for members / 300 kr for non-members
(Incld. Participation fee and one drink at reception)

Bring with you: Your favorite “cushion”

Registration: Please send e-mail to
- before October 18th

-Write down "Tea Ceremony " in the subject area.
-Write down your preference alcohol or non-alcohol.
-Write down your preference at participation ceremony
1 traditional on tatami mat, 2 table-served, 3 “on-journey” style.
-We will take "first come - first serve" policy. 

Payment: Bank account No. 1609 04 42094 (The Japan Norway Society). 
-Mark payment with your name and "Tea Ceremony". 
-For JNS members, please write down ‘JNS’ .
-We ask for the fee to be paid by October 19th.
-Registration will be completed by confirmation mail after your payment attendance fee. 

Cancellation policy: After October 20th will be full charged. 

Maximum participants : 40 guests


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6:00 PM18:00

September Benkyokai 9月の勉強会のご案内

Invitation to September Benkyokai at Oslo International House


For the September Benkyokai, Dr. Pål Brekke will share with us the mysteries, myths and facts about Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights. Spectacular videos of the northern lights will be shown in this multimedia presentation. 
Dr. Brekkeål_Brekke is a celebrated solar physicist, lecturer and author with work experience from NASA and the European Space Agency. Today he is a senior advisor at the Norwegian Space Center. 
To wrap up his speech, Dr. Brekke will present part of his show Astrorock –A cosmic voyage through the history of rock – a show that no doubt will rock you! ( . After the presentation his award-winning DVD “Northern Lights - a Magic Experience” and his book “Northern Lights – a Guide”ål_Brekke will be provided for sale in Norwegian, English and Japanese. Read more on 

The event is co-hosted by Oslo International Club (OIC) and Hub (OIH) where expats and repats meet.

All attendees are asked to bring their own food and beverages. Alcohol is accepted. We recommend that you clear your schedules for this date and sign up at The venue holds 70 people and we accept on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no cover-charge for members of JNS, OIC and OIH but a fee of 50 NOK for non-members. You may pay cash at the door. Join us for an evening of international mingling and Aurora Borealis fascination! 

Date: Sept. 27
Time: 18:00 – 22:00
Place: Oslo International House, Oscarsgt. 27

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10:00 AM10:00

September Cooking Class 9月のお料理教室


次回は9月5日(月)10時から13時まで。於Røaの協会理事Cecilie Nilsen宅。

Invitation to September J-NS Cooking Class

J-NS organizes Cooking Classes with leading Japanese food bloggers resident in Oslo to learn the art of Japanese cooking using local ingredients.
The next class will be with Rie who has long had Bento and Food Blog site with followers all over the world.
WHEN: 5 Sept. (Mon) 2016 10:00 - 13:00 (Cooking demonstration, participation and savoring lunch together)
WHERE: A residence of the Society Board Member Cecilie Nilsen with beautiful Japanese rooms and garden in Røa. The way to her home will be shared once your reservation is confirmed. 
WHAT: Please see the proposed recipe below. 
FEE: 300 Kr for Members, 350 Kr for Non-members including lunch.
REGISTRATION: Please register at indicating your wish to participate in the September cooking class. We only have limited space (10) and it would be on first-registered, first-reserved basis.
To learn more about Rie, Please see her blog site.
The proposed menu for the September cooking class is:
Japanese hot simmered noodles "Nyumen" for autumn, with hearty broth, chinese chives and chicken meatballs
Okura Salad Japanese Way
Kakiage Tempura of fresh Shiitake mushrooms and Edamame
Water, Tea or Coffee will be served.

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