It’s almost that time of year again! As the semester is coming to a close, we want to take the time to thank you for sticking with us this semester! Won’t you say it’s been a great year? Through game day, movie day, food day and various other events we’ve gotten to meet some great people. And with your help, we successfully hosted our 4th annual West Meets East, and Manga Symposium. We are looking forward to see what fun things we have in store for us in the future.
Let’s have some fun before the dreaded finals! Join us on Thursday, May 12 from 12:45 to 2:05 in room VC 10-165 for our End of Semester Party. Like always, there will be fun games, great food and interesting conversations.
Once again, to the members who has been with us for a long time, and new members who just joined, thank you for joining our family, it has been a great semester. See you soon!
Before put your name in the waiting list, be sure to go to CUNYFirst and check if there is any opening in “any” sections which you wish to register. If you find one, just register there.
If yoou cannot find an opening, please go to the following website and register your name and email address. We will contact you 2 weeks before the fall term. Please be aware that there is no guarantee for your registration.
Starting April 21th, Hosh Yoga in Brooklyn will be offering Japanese Yoga classes on Thursdays. It wishes to support Japanese residents who want to start yoga (but may not fully understand English) and students of Japanese who would like to practice the language.
West Meets East Matsuri is a showcase of Japanese culture based performances that express the mixture of both the west and east. Directly after WW2, the Japanese built up their pop culture to specifically mimic that of the United States but by the early 2000s their roles switched, and the United States began borrowing from Japanese pop culture. Our show demonstrates traditional Japanese performances and their transition into the modern, exemplifying how they have taken from western culture and how we have taken from their eastern culture.
Baruch College – Newman Vertical Campus (View Map)
55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
Room: Multipurpose Room (1-107 to 1-111)
From acclaimed director Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Still in the Water), the 2015 film Sweet Bean (あん) is a poignant and exquisite intergenerational drama about three characters finding connections in the most unexpected ways. It begins with a introverted loner Sentaro (Matoshi Nagase) who runs a “dorayaki” shop (pancakes filled with sweet bean paste) in the suburbs of Tokyo. A 76 year old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) persistently asks Sentaro to work in his shop and eventually he accepts. The acceptance is the start of change for Sentaro, Tokue and Wakana (a regular at the shop) as they begin to open their hearts to reveal old wounds and painful secrets.
JAPAN SINGS! THE JAPANESE MUSICAL FILM April 8–23, 2016
This spring, Japan Society celebrates the astonishing yet little-known world of Japanese musical films. The series focuses on the golden age of the “popular song film” starring teen idols and TV stars from the 50s and 60s. It also reaches back to prewar singing samurai and forward to twenty-first century genre mashups – 10 songful cinema gems all on 35mm! Musical performance in these films incorporates Japanese musical tradition as well as the utopian space of the Hollywood musical to create a rich commentary on the intimate and unequal relation between Japan and the USA. This series is guest curated by Michael Raine, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Western University, Canada.
Details & Tickets ($12/$9 members,seniors, students) Location: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
From The American Association of Teachers of Japanese:
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.