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- Japan Society of Northern California -
  Digital Lifestyles Japan
Tuesday, December 18, 2007, registration begins at 6:00pm

YouTube, MySpace and Second Life are new household words in the American Internet age-but what about MIXI, 2-Channel, and Animal Forest? Join leading Japan technology gurus Joi Ito and Chika Watanabe for an opinionated tour of Japanese Web 2.0, mobile devices and other landmarks on Japan's digital frontier... more
     

- Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana -
  Mochitsuki
Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 11:00 am

Mochitsuki, a true Japanese tradition of making rice cakes, is a day of productivity and friendship at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego. Everyone including the youngest Dharma School students to those who are young at heart is encouraged to participate in the mochitsuki. There will definitely be a task for everyone... more
     

- The Japan Society, New York -
  Film: Like a Shooting Star (Kurenai no nagareboshi)
Friday, December 14, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Tokyo hitman Goro hightails it for Kobe to hide out, where he meets a wealthy jeweler's daughter who is investigating the disappearance of her fiancÚ. While Goro tries to seduce her, a hitman hired to whack Goro lurks in the shadows. Directed by Toshio Masuda, Like A Shooting Star is Masuda's remake of his own Red Quay (1958) and is more self-consciously stylish and parodistic than the usual Nikkatsu Action product... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania -
  From Rough Wood to Raw Fish: The Sushi Plate
Saturday, December 8, 2007 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

A Japanese woodworking class offered by the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC). Work a rough piece of hardwood into a finished plate or tray in this one-day workshop. Choose your wood type in addition to the final style and shape of the piece. The workshop provides an introduction to carving and woodworking skills, but students of all experience levels are welcome... more
     

- The Japan Society of Boston -
  KARAKURI: The Roots of Japanese Robot Technology
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 5:30pm

"Karakuri Ningyo" are Japanese mechanized puppets or "proto-robots" from the 18th/19th century. Shobei Tamaya IX, currently the leading Karakuri Ningyo Master in Japan, creates and restores karakuri mechanisms in Nagoya and Inuyama. He has restored many karakuri figures and has revived interest in them among many Japanese inventors of modern robots... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Chicago -
  A Classical Music Concert Piano & Violin Duo
Sunday, December 2, 2007 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season early, while indulging in a classical music concert by accomplished pianist Kanae Tsuruga and violinist Lila Watanabe. Hear beautiful sounds from around the world including such pieces as Mozart: VI Sonata K.301, Falla-Kreisler: Danse Espagnola from "La Vida Breve", Kreisler: Schon Rosmarin and Grieg: VI. Sonata op.13... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Oregon -
  19th Annual Origami Workshop
Sunday, December 2, 2007 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

At the 19th Annual Origami Workshop, volunteers from the local community will teach participants origami - the Japanese art of paper folding. Admission and materials are free. There will be different levels from Beginners to Advanced so all levels are welcome!... more
     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  Meet the Author: Hiroshi Tasaka
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 from 12:30 to 1:30pm

After years of living in two of the richest countries on the planet, citizens of America and Japan don't seem to be any happier by the measurement of most psychologists today. Famous Japanese philosopher/entrepreneur Hiroshi Tasaka, PhD, calls this the "Happiness Gap," and says it is the most important personal crisis that we all face... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Georgia -
  Autumn Leaf Viewing Field Trip
Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 9:00am

To follow the Japanese tradition of viewing the changing of the autumn leaves, JASG will be traveling up to Dahlonega in north Georgia for a day of outdoor fun, friendship, and good southern food. RSVP deadline is November 14... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia -
  Film Screening: Animania! (American Anime Culture Documentary)
Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 7:00pm

Join JASGP for their film screening of ANIMANIA, a documentary that explores the fascinating world of Japanese anime in America and teens' interest in it as an entertaining hobby. From wearing costumes of their favourite characters, to living out their fantasy world at conventions, this documentary explores what anime means to fans and what it means for the future of pop culture... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Southern California -
  Cream Puffs from Japan ("Choux Creme")? A Japanese Hit in the Land of Doughnuts!
Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 12:00pm

Beard Papa's, a subsidiary of the Osaka-based Muginoho restaurant chain, got its start in Japan in 1999. Soon after, the shops' relentless expansion began: Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, the US and the UK, respectively. Join for a timely and fascinating discussion of this success story, presented by Akira Okura. Dessert will be generously provided by Beard Papa's! ... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Indiana -
  Movie Screening: Midnight Sun (Taiyo no Uta)
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

Sixteen year-old Kaoru suffers from a rare genetic disease in which exposure to direct sunlight can be fatal. She is resigned to her fate, finding only solace in performing as a nocturnal street musician. Her solitary life makes a complete turn when she encounters and falls in love with Koji, who challenges her to confront the world in new ways... more
     

- The Japan Society of New York -
  Beate Gordon: Participating in the Birth of the Japanese Constitution
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 6:30pm

Japan's Postwar Constitution remains a flashpoint of controversy in Japan. Beate Gordon participated in drafting this Constitution and played a central role in including a constitutional guarantee of equal rights for women. Sixty years later, Gordon reflects on the process as well as the long term effects of the Constitution on Japan and Japanese women... more
     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  Theatre of Yugen
Monday, November 5, 2007 at 5:30pm

Experience for yourself the essence of 7th century Japanese theatrics with a live performance demonstration by "THEATRE OF YUGEN." Theatre of Yugen, founded in 1978, has been unique in its commitment to working with both Kyogen and Noh theatre forms, and has performed across North America and Japan. This will be their first-ever visit to the Club... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Colorado -
  Japanese Doll-Making Workshop
Saturday, November 3, 2007 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

Renowned artist Kimiko Side will hold a Japanese Craft Workshop for families and kids. A $10 charge will include all materials and instruction. Come out to experience this great opportunity to learn from a master artisan!... more
     

- The Japan America Society of St. Louis -
  Japanese Tea Ceremony
Friday, November 2, 2007 at 2:00pm

Come and learn about the Japanese art of tea through a lecture and demonstration by Dr. Kimiko Gunji. There will also be a hands-on, active participation workshop the next day at 9:30am. The lecture and demonstration are free and open to the public... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia -
  Miro Dance Theatre Presents Ikuyo Kuroda -- Butoh/Ballet Fusion
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 6:00pm

Renowned Japanese dancer/choreographer Ikuyo Kuroda will present the U.S. premiere of MonicaMonica, a live intimate duet with experimental Japanese guitarist and sound artist Jiro Matsumoto. Kuroda has been recognized for her unique blend of butoh and ballet and has earned many prestigious awards... more
     

- The Japan Society, New York -
  AUTHORS ON ASIA: Godzilla & Japanese Culture
Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 6:30pm

Godzilla is one of the most recognizable Japanese imports to the United States in the postwar era. Few Americans realize the close connection between Godzilla and Japanese culture. Through humor and anecdotes, William Tsutsui explores the monster's lasting cultural impact on Japan, the U.S. and the globe... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of San Antonio -
  MATSURI - Japanese Festival
Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Come enjoy a day of matsuri at Central Library, featuring songs, dances, arts, presentations, and displays throughout the day. Open to the public, no charge... more
     

- The Japan America Society of St. Louis -
  Treasured Tales
Friday, October 19, 2007 at 8:00pm

An event featuring traditional Japanese narrative song by Tsuruga Wakasonojo XI and puppetry by Nishikawa Koryu will be held at University of Missouri-St. Louis, in J.C. Penny Auditorium... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Oregon -
  Tea House Jazz, featuring John Kaizan Neptune
Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 8:00pm

World-renowned virtuoso of the shakuhachi (traditional bamboo flute), John Kaizan Neptune, will share his extraordinary talent in a performance of Jazz. Not only is Neptune among the top masters of the shakuhachi, he is also an accomplished jazz artist and composer, which has gained him respect in both the East and West. Don't miss this remarkable evening of "global jazz" as East meets West... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania -
  Japanese Taiko Drumming: East Meets West
Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 8:00pm

This performance hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center features drummers Ryo Shiobara, Pandel Collaros, and Takumi Kato. Ryo Shiobara made his pro-taiko drummer debut in 1999 and has won many awards in National and International taiko drumming competitions. He has also performed in countries such as the United States, Hungary and Taiwan... more
     

- The Japan Society of New York -
  Kochuten + Akaji Maro
October 9,10,12,13, 2007 at 7:30pm

Maverick butoh master Akaji Maro returns to Japan Society with theatrical works created by members of his company. They will be performing two of the latest works from their Kochuten Series, "Tiger's Cave: Butoh Boot Camp" (Butoh: Tora no Ana), a new all-male work; and "Yupiters," an all-female work. Akaji Maro will be making special appearance at all performances... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Chicago -
  The Chicago International Film Festival: Anime Focus
October 5-14, 2007 at various times

Now in its second year, this section in the Chicago International Film Festival presents family-friendly animated films by Japanese artists working in one of the most dynamic and inventive art forms in film today. Films include "Brave Story" and "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shojo)"... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati -
  Hatai Calligraphy Exhibit
Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, 2007 at various times

"Hataisyo Calligraphy" is a highly individualistic and creative calligraphy that employs the ancient script making full use of various forms of kanji. Come enjoy and experience this fun contemporary art form... more
     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  Catching the Wave: Connecting East Asia through Soft Power
Friday-Saturday, October 5-6, 2007 at various times

What role do culture, product branding, export projection of national cultures, athletic events, and global NGOs play in creating a more unified-or divided-Asia? Scholars from the US, Europe, and Asia will explore recent trends in this two-day conference at UC Berkeley. (Admission is free and open to public)... more
     

- The Japan Society of Boston -
  Bunraku - National Puppet Theater of Japan
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 2-3, 2007 at 7:30pm

Japan's internationally renowned puppet theater from Osaka is returning to Boston. Top artists from the National Bunraku Theater in Osaka, Japan, will perform two traditional Bunraku plays as well as a brief demonstration by the puppeteers, musicians, and narrators of their techniques. Don't miss this rare opportunity!... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Southern California -
  KATSUDO SHASHIN (Moving Pictures): Japanese Classic Films Return to Little Tokyo
Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm
Enjoy multiple screenings of Japanese classic films at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, such as SAMBIKI NO SAMURAI (Three Outlaw Samurai)and KUMONOSU-JO (Throne of Blood)... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth -
  Akimatsuri - Japanese Fall Festival
Sunday, September 30, 2007 from 11:00am-3:00pm

Enjoy food from local Japanese restaurants, music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, children's games, cultural booths, and raffle prizes. There will be special performances by national yo-yo champion Kohei Ando, and by the Kiyari Taiko Drummers... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Northeast Ohio -
  2007 O-tsukimi Celebration: Just the Moon and Us!
Friday, September 28, 2007 from 6:30-10:30 pm

Mingle with members and friends of JASNO as they feast on menus from Shinano's Japanese Restaurant, and delight to the sounds of Jocelyn Chang (harp) and Michael Leese (flute) performing Haru no umi by Michio Miyagi and select pieces prepared specially for who attend this delightful event... more
     

- The Japan Society, New York -
  Basil Twist's Dogugaeshi
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 7:30 pm (for other times click on "more")

Renowned puppet artist Basil Twist returns to Japan Society after critical acclaim and a Bessie Award in 2004. Inspired by rarefied traditional Japanese dogugaeshi stage mechanism, Dogugaeshi will display the collaboration with master musician Yumiko Tanaka...more
     

- The Japan Society of Boston -
  An Evening with Ceramic Artist NORIYASU TSUCHIYA
Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 6:00pm

This is a special member preview and reception to welcome Mr. Tsuchiya and his ceramic art exhibit. You can also join the opening reception by the Pucker Gallery on the 8th at 3:00pm. His works will be on display from Sept 8 to Oct 8...more
     

- The Japan America Society of Northern California -
  In Search of Peace: The Peace Movement in Japan and the US
Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 6:45 pm & Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 5:30 pm

"In Search of Peace" is a two-part series, which will begin with a screening of Takeharu Watai's film "Little Birds," an award-winning documentary about the Iraq War. Part II will consist of a discussion about the past, present, and future of the peace movement in Japan...more
     

- The Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth-
  MIYABI Event: Japanese Elvis Concert
Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 9:00 p.m.

Toki Toyokazu, a professional Elvis impersonator from Sendai, Japan, will arrive in Dallas and will perform at this special MIYABI event. This is a concert you won't want to miss!...more
     

- The Japan America Society of Hawaii -
  Japan's National Policy in Transition
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 5:00pm

Ambassador Sadaaki Numata, who is currently the Executive Director of The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, will be discussing the recent trends in Japan's policy...more
     

- The Japan America Society of Minnesota -
  Bon Odori Festival
Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

The largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, the Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival is modeled after summer festivals held across Japan and will include stage performances, cultural demonstrations of all kinds, family activities, and, of course, Japanese food...more
     

- The Japan America Society of St. Louis -
  An Evening of Japanese Song
Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 7:30 PM

Hinako Yoshikawa - a member of the Internation Opera Studio - and Staatsoper Hannover will be joined by pianist Hisako Yoshikawa to present an evening of Japanese Songs. Come and hear this fabulous soprano sing her native countries songs...more
     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -
  Words for Peace: Calligraphy Demonstration
Saturday, August 11, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Sakiko Kanamori will give a demonstration of Japanese calligraphy. Now 83 years old, Ms. Kanamori won her first calligraphy competition at age six. She has taught calligraphy for over 47 years and has her own studio in Milbrae, California...more
     

- The Japan America Society of Hawaii -
  Let's Talk Luncheon at Waialae Country Club
Friday, August 10, 2007, at 12:00 PM

Interested in meeting new people? This talk story session will have a short presentation and discussion of views of Japan and Japanese lifestyle from a Nikkei's perspective...more
     

- Japan-America Society of Central Ohio -
  JASCO Business Seminar: United States-Japan Relations and East Asia
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 1:30 to 5:00 PM

Join the Central Ohio Society for an interesting discussion of US-Japan relations. Guest speakers include Honorable Tamotsu Shinotsuka, Consul General of Japan for the states of Michigan and Ohio...more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Chicago, Inc -
  Hello Kitty: The Global Brand with Nine Lives
Friday, August 3, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Mr. Belson will give a presentation on the story of Japan's most famous cartoon cat, how she became the global cultural phenomenon, and the inner workings of the company that created her, Sanrio...more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC -
  Kabuki in Washington
Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM

Watch as one of Japanese greatest actors, Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII and over 80 members of the Heisei Nakamura-za Kabuki troupe put on two famous Kabuki pieces...more
     

- The Japan America Society of Dallas/Ft Worth
  Movie Screening: White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Academy Award winning director Steven Okazaki revisits this event and its aftermath, providing an unflinching look at the reality of nuclear warfare told by through accounts of Japanese survivors and American men who carried it out...more
     

- The Japan Society of Boston -
  Quo Vadis Japan? An Analysis of the Contemporary Japanese National Psyche
Monday, July 23 at Noon

Join the Japan Society of Boston for a special lunch program with keynote speaker, Judge Hisashi Owada. From his vast experience as a statesman, international diplomat, noted jurist and scholar of constitutional law, Judge Owada will speculate on the current role of Japan in the world...more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Rhode Island -
  Black Ships Festival 2007
Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22, 2007 All Day

The Black Ships Festival in Rhode Island offers a variety of events that emphasize both Japanese art and culture. Events include Origami, Martial Arts, and a Japanese Tea Ceremony. A highlight will be the Annual Festival of Drums, featurig the Matsuriza Taiko Group...more
     

- The Japan Society, New York -

  Noh & Kyogen in the Park
Thursday, July 19 to Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy a balmy summer evening with the stars of traditional Japanese theater! This is an extremely rare opportunity to experience the tradition of Noh and Kyogen in the outdoor takigi noh(bonfire noh) style...more
     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -

  New Breeze from Japan: Classical Performing Art of Noh and Music
Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Enjoy a 600-year-old dance with music at the Clos Pegase Winery. The performance will be on a special stage in the wine cellars. There will also be a special fusion performance by renowned Native-American flute player Robert Mirabel... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia -

  Private Tour of Ike Taiga/Tokuyama Gyokuran
Friday, July 13, 2007 at 6:00 PM

Enjoy a private tour of the critically acclaimed exhibit, "Ike Taiga/Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush," organized by the National Association of Asian American Professionals... more
     

- Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana. -

  "House of Chaos" by Velina Hasu Houston
Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 29

A contemporary adaptation of the Medea myth, "House of Chaos" investigates the context of a Japanese female expatriate living with her American husband...more
     

- The Japan Society, New York -

event   Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film
Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 15

Japan Society's first-ever large-scale film festival brings a sizeable slice of Japan's dynamic contemporary film culture to New York City...more

     

- The Japan Society of Southern California -

  Lecture and Discussion with Japanese Baseball Legend
Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 2:00 PM

The cornerstone of baseball during the golden days of the Nishitetsu Lions in the 1950s, Yasumitsu "Samurai" Toyoda is now a renowned baseball commentator, major newspaper and magazine columnist, and author. He will be discussing societal roles of baseball in Japan and the US, along with US-Japan relations...more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Hawaii -

  Waikiki Beach Clean Up and Picnic
Saturday, June 10, 2007 from 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM (meet at 6:45 AM)

Please join JASH members and Friends of the Society at the Waikiki Clean Up coordinated by the Waikiki Ohana Workforce and the Employee Council of the Waikiki Improvement Association. Make it a morning of sun, fun, and community service!... more
     

- The Japan America Society of Southern California -

  Jury Trial Seminar: Comparison of the US and Japanese Systems
Friday, June 8, 2007 from 9:00 to 11:45 AM

Senior Federal District Court Judge Robert Mitsuhiro Takasugi will provide an overview of the American jury trial process. Former Tokyo District Court Judge Takahiro Nonaka will discuss the concept and plans for the Japanese jurist system. American attorney Richard Young will compare and contrast the two systems... more
     

- The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth -

  37th Annual Meeting - Zadankai/Table Talk
Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 6:00 PM

The 37th Annual Meeting will hold different presentations at different tables. Choose your table and topic. Activities will include dinner and discuss; business meeting and election; celebration of 10 years Dallas-Sendai friendship; with special guest Honorable Yoshihiko Kamo, Consul General of Japan... more
     

- Japan-America Society of Chicago, Inc. -

  Meishi (Business Card) Exchange Social
Thursday, June 7, 2007 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Join Chicago's finest professionals for the Japan America Society of Chicago's Suburban Business Card Exchange. Network with engaging individuals, enjoy delicious tapas, and mingle in a vibrant atmosphere. Come make valuable contacts, grow social capital, and build your network base...more
     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -

  Breakaway Cooking Class
Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Eric Gower, author of The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen and the just-released The Breakaway Cook, will lead you through a 4-course meal demonstrating exciting new ways to combine classic Japanese ingredients with fresh ingredients. Participants will be able to sample Eric's creations... more
     

- The Japan Society, New York -

event   Public Robot Demonstration & Workshops, Human Interaction: Vision 2020
Wednesday, June 6 at 2:30 and 6:30 PM

Robots visit Japan Society in an interactive program that includes demonstrations, explanations about the robots, and the philosophy behind their design and functionality. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and interact with the robots... more

     

- The Japan America Society of Chicago -

event   How To Market Yourself
Thursday, May 31, 2007 from 6:00-8:00pm

Presented by The Young Professionals Committee of The Japan America Society of Chicago, this panel discussion offers the opportunity to learn from leaders John A. Challenger and Brian C. Fitzpatrick how to sell your brand and personal business... more

     

- Japan Society, Inc. -

event   Koosil-Ja's mech[A] OUTPUT
Thursday, May 31, 2007 through Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 7:30pm

Radical New York-based choreographer/ performance-technology artist Koosil-Ja presents an electrifying multimedia dance-performance with live 3-D environment, seamlessly incorporating elements of traditional noh music and choreography from the classic noh play Dojoji. By juxtaposing the restrained and subtle choreography of Dojoji with 3D world imaging projected on to a large screen, the daring Bessie Award and Guggenheim Fellowship-winning choreographer-dancer/singer-songwriter transposes the work into her own aesthetic context, creating an innovative blend of modern and traditional, digital and flesh... more

     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -

event   Eighth Annual Hakone Matsuri
Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:00am

The beautiful Hakone Gardens in Saratoga will be holding its 8th annual festival, the Hakone Matsuri. The festival celebrates Japanese cultural heritage and will feature Tsugaru Shamisen, a Shorinji Kempo demonstration, a Kimono fashion show and more attractions guaranteed to entertain you and your family. Not to be forgotten are traditional bazaar games, yakitori, and ramen!... more

     

- The Japan America Society of Greater Philidelphia -

event   Japan House's New Fusuma Murals Guided Tour
Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 11:00am

A great opportunity to see amazing Japanese art! Those in attendance will view 27 murals painted by the award-winning artist Hiroshi Senju. The groups will then go to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where they will have a guided tour of the exhibit "Masters of the Brush: Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran. Don't miss the opportunity to see this... more

     

- The Japan-America society of Tennessee, Inc. -

event   Annual Membership Meeting & Reception
Friday, May 18, 2007

Come enjoy Japan's Consulate General in New Orleans Masaru Sakoto speak at this annual meeting and receoption. Seating is limited and guaranteed to fill up fast, so reserve a seat now!... more

     

- The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania -

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Masayo Ishigure In Concert
Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm
Enjoy recording artist and Koto player from Memoirs of a Geisha Masayo Ishigure as she performs in concert with the Koto & Sakuhachi Ensemble "Miyabi."... more

     

- The Japan Society of Boston -

event   Tanabe Shochiku III
Sunday, April 25-29, 2007

The Japan Society of Boston's Rad Smith Program in Japanese Art presents a series of special programs. Included are Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the bamboo artistry of TANABE SHOCHIKU III at the the Peabody Essex Musseum. Bamboo, as both natural material and conceptual metaphor, holds an ancient, noble lineage in Asia. Fast-growing and plentiful but marvelously rare in its combination of flexibility and hardiness, bamboo has from prehistoric times served various roles in human workmanship and ideals of life... more

     

- The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington -

event   2007 Japan-America Society Night at the Symphony: Akiko Suwanai, Violin
Thursday, April 19, 2007, Concert Starts at 7:30 pm

Youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Akiko Suwanai has established a prolific and prestigious international career as soloist and recitalist. Akiko has collaborated with renowned conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Recent appearances include a performance of the Berg Violin Concerto at the Lucerne Easter Festival with the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester under Pierre Boulez; a tour of Europe with Sakari Oramo and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a North American tour with the Czech Philharmonic under Andrey Boreyko... more

     

- The Japan-America Society of Washington -

event   Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 11 am to 6 pm

First held in 1961, the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival has grown to become the largest one-day exhibition of Japanese culture in the United States. Stretching for nearly one mile through the streets of downtown Washington, from near the White House to FBI headquarters, it is held each spring as the climax of the two-week National Cherry Blossom Festival. On good weather days, it has drawn as many as 100,000 visitors in 7 hours... more

     

- The Japan America Society of Chicago -

event   A Tour of the US Federal District Court: As Japan Reintroduces the Jury System
Friday, April 13, 2007 from 2 pm to 4 pm

JASC members will have the rare and exciting opportunity to learn about the U.S. jury system and the reintroduction of the jury system to Japan during an exclusive tour of the U.S. Federal District Court. The jury system is one of the cornerstones of democracy in the United States. Every American citizen has a constitutional right to be judged by a jury of one's peers, and it is a duty to serve as a juror when called upon. After 66 years of suspension, Japan is resuming its own jury system in criminal cases in 2009... more

     

- Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia -

event   Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
from April 9, 2007 to April 22, 2007

Welcome to the world of the cherry blossom! Few things in nature can equal its delicate beauty. Come celebrate it with us! For two exciting weeks, all of Philadelphia is in full bloom during Sakura Matsuri - the Cherry Blossom Festival. Be part of a centuries-old tradition of as we bring together the best in Japanese art, cuisine, dance, fashion, flowers, music and much more. Dozo, oide kudasai! We look forward to seeing you... more

     

- The Japan Society of Northern California -

event   Sushi & Beyond: A Celebration of Japanese Cuisine & Culture
Sunday, April 1, 2007, from 3 pm to 8 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of spectacular culture and cuisine, featuring some of the Bay Area's best Japanese and Asian restaurants, plus all the sushi you can eat and all the premium beer and sake you can drink! You will bear witness to the 2007 SushiMasters Regional Competitions where chefs from Ozumo, Sushi Ran, Blowfish, and Sanraku will face off to win the opportunity to move on to the SushiMasters Finals in 2008... more

     

- Japan America Society of Southern California -

event   KICKBOXING GEISHAS: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation
Thursday, January 25, 2007 from Noon to 1:30 pm

With a Japanophile's appreciation for the country's social landscape and the bold changes underway, Veronica Chambers will lead an informative and entertaining discussion on the ways in which the women of Japan are morphing themselves and their nation. She will share some of the stories from extraordinary women that she interviewed including: Makiko Fujino, one of Japan's "charismatic housewives" - a television personality as famous as Martha Stewart - who was recently elected to the Japanese House of Representatives; Yoko Tajima, Japan's most famous feminist; Mika Ninagawa, a prominent Japanese photographer with a Sofia Coppola-like appeal among young people... more

     

- Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia -

event   Film Showing: The Crazy Family
Thursday, January 11, 2007 from 6:30 pm

The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by termites and the family starts cracking up: Son Masaki is studying so obsessively for his exams that he's losing his mind; daughter Erika is oblivious of all but her forthcoming record company audition, grandfather Yasukuni starts getting World War II flashbacks; and father Katsuhiko is so worried about his family's "sickness" that he thinks can only be cured by group suicide.... more

     

- Japan Society-

event   Internet Governance: The New World Order in Cyberspace
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 from Noon to 2:30 pm

The rapid diffusion of digital communication technologies has rendered the Internet a virtual requirement for smooth social interaction. However, these technologies have also spawned activities, both political and illegal, whose influence and reach heed no international borders. In response, many individual countries have introduced security countermeasures, and are seeking out ways to justify the application of their own strict legal restrictions... more

     

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