Tomodachi membership includes either Individual or Family membership in the Japan-America Society of Georgia. JASG members receive the organization's quarterly newsletter with a schedule of upcoming events, but Tomodachi members can opt out if they do not wish to receive JASG event notices or be listed in the JASG Directory. Individual members pay dues of $40 per year, while Family members pay dues of $50 per year. Family membership allows spouses and children to participate in JASG activities. Annual dues are payable in June of each year.
The Tomodachi Club is a daytime women's cultural exchange group established in October 1981 under the sponsorship of the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) to promote friendship, cultural exchange and understanding among Japanese and American women. Today the club has close to 60 members in two membership categories: Active members who attend both General and Small Group meetings, and Support members who attend only General meetings.
General meetings and Small Group meetings alternate on a monthly basis from September to May. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, except September and January, in which they are held on the second Wednesday. Occasionally dates may change due to special circumstances. General meetings are held in September, November, January, March and May, and may include a luncheon with program, an interesting field trip, or a special event. Small group meetings are held in the alternate months of October, December, February, and April, usually in members' homes, and may include a coffee or luncheon with an activity of interest to the group, a program, demonstration or discussion.
Tomodachi Club activities are governed and organized by four volunteer Co-chairs, usually two Americans and two Japanese. Leadership changes are made alternately in order that one American and one Japanese co-chair remain with experience and knowledge to pass on to the new Co-chairs. The Co-chairs plan and organize the activities for the General meetings. Each Small Group has a leader selected by the member of the group and together they plan and organize their activities.
September 14, 2022
|"Origami in the Garden"
Program: Docent guided tour of the 18 installations of metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of folding paper that are creations of artists Kevin and Jennifer Box
Venue: The Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Lunch: Bangkok Thai Restaurant
November 2, 2022
Program: Songs from the classic opera Madame Butterfly including a presentation of the history of the theme of the opera.
Venue: The Atlanta Opera Rehearsal Facility
Lunch: Catered lunch to follow
January 11, 2023
"Atlanta Chinese Dance"
Program: Performance of classic Chinese dance by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
Venue: Canton House Restaurant
Lunch: Canton House Restaurant
|March 1, 2023|
"Civil Rights History in Atlanta"
Program: A visit to Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park, Atlanta, Georgia.
Venue: The King Center
|May 3, 2023|
"Modern Kimono Fashion Show"
Program: How to wear kimono in easy, versatile, and fashionable modern ways, presented by Emiko Yang and Laura Jackson.