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  • 15 Apr 2014 3:13 PM | Anonymous
    See the message below from Sally Crespo about hosting a Japanese exchange student.

    Right now, I have a Japanese boy who very much wants to come to Kentucky for the upcoming school year, and he practices kendo.   Hosts need be 25 or older, single or couples, with or without children.  They commit to room and board only.  Students come for the school year, with their own insurance and spending money.  As their coordinator, I supervise the placement all year and offer any support needed.  I am attaching a profile with more info about this student.  Please let me know if you can help. You can receive a $250 referral fee if you can help me find a host family.  Thanks in advance for your efforts.  Sally Crespo   502-477-1972

  • 07 Mar 2014 1:59 PM | Anonymous
    Japanese Multi-Family Indoor Yard Sale. The largest Japanese yard sale in Kentucky! All things Japanese - food, music, games, manga, and martial arts demonstrations.

    See the advertisement below (Japanese only)
  • 10 Feb 2014 4:14 PM | Anonymous


    Wellington Elementary School Students Exhibit Work to Celebrate the Year of the Horse


    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2014) – Lexington’s Wellington Elementary School and the International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park will be celebrating the Year of the Horse with a special exhibit, beginning Jan. 22. "Shodo: The Art of Japanese Brush Painting," will feature calligraphy created by the school’s third, fourth, and fifth grade students.  

    Each student used black Japanese ink (sumi) and bamboo brushes (fude) to paint the character for the word "horse" (uma) and their names on rice paper. Calligraphy is considered high art in the Far East, and there is a specific stroke order and ink weight for each character.

    Until its adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1912, China used the lunar calendar. The Chinese calendar works in a cyclical pattern in which each cycle is 12 years long and begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Within this calendar, each year is represented by an animal whose characteristics symbolize the mood of the year and those born within it.

    Those born in 2014 – and every 12 years prior, each Year of the Horse –  are considered to be adventurous, carefree and fun with a sense of humor. Culturally, the celebration of the Lunar New Year is still very popular in China and Japan as well as Vietnam, Korea, and Taiwan.

    The students' art will be on display at the International Museum of the Horse until April 18.  More information is available at www.imh.org.



    The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and hosted more than 800,000 visitors and campers, as well as 18,400 competition horses in more than 200 special events and horse shows in 2013. The park is home to the National Horse Center, which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.  Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses. Information about the park’s programs and activities can be found on-line at www.KyHorsePark.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

  • 22 Jan 2014 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    UK Fine Arts’ “Living Landscapes” series lecture:

    “From the Eternal to the Here-and-Now: Hokusai’s Fuji and the Asian Landscape Tradition.” 

    Dr. Andrew L. Maske, School of Art and Visual Studies, University of Kentucky. 

    Wednesday, January 29, 5:30 PM

    Briggs Theater, Fine Arts Building, 465 Rose Street, Lexington.


    More information can be found on: https://www.facebook.com/uksavs.

  • 10 Oct 2013 11:59 AM | Anonymous
  • 30 Sep 2013 8:58 AM | Anonymous
    Join Adecco for a business roundtable luncheon on Oct. 16th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Find out more about Adecco what they can do for you and your business. Luncheon at Commerce Lexington.

    For more information, contact 

    Kelly Tudor

    Adecco Sr. Account Executive

    1510 Newtown Pike, Suite 126

    Lexington, KY 40511

    Tel 502.867.0760

    Cell 859.338.8308


  • 19 Sep 2013 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    JASK congratulates Stratosphere Quality for their continued excellent work!

     Stratosphere Quality, the largest provider of quality assurance and outsourcing solutions to manufacturers of parts and components in the automotive, medical device, and large equipment industry, ranked No. 537 on Inc. magazine’s 32nd annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, with a three-year growth of 847%. 

    For the full press release, read here.

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