パプリカ (Papurika) Friday, October 7, 7 PM


Fri., Oct. 7, 7 PM

In an alternate near-future, a revolutionary technology called the DC Mini allows a group of researchers, led by the brilliant Dr. Atsuko Chiba, to enter and record the dreams of psychiatric patients. When the prototypes are stolen, however, the dream world starts crashing into reality with increasingly disastrous effects. Aided by a trauma-stricken detective, Dr. Chiba sets out to track down the thief. The fourth and final film by the late, great Satoshi Kon is a culmination of the groundbreaking director’s visual style and a crowning achievement of Japanese animation. Screening in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the film’s release.

2006, 90 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Satoshi Kon. With Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Toru Furuya, Akio Otsuka.

$13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members

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JLPT Registration Ends on MONDAY, OCTOBER 3!

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test: Taking the JLPT in the United States

Taking the JLPT in the United States

Click here to register for the 2016 JLPT

Registration is open until MONDAY, OCTOBER 3.

JLPT Test Sites

The 2016 JLPT will be held in 16 cities across the United States. The Test Site Information files linked below are from last year’s test (2015), and are just for reference. The updated information for 2016 will be posted as soon as it is received from the test sites; in most cases the locations and time schedules will be the same for 2016.

New York, NY Lehman College, The City University of New York 2015 Test Site Information


JLPT Registration Fees and Details about Each Test Level

Test Level Test Fee PDF Describing Each Test Level
N1 – Most Difficult $60.00 N1 (PDF)
N2 $60.00 N2 (PDF)
N3 – Medium Difficulty $60.00 N3 (PDF)
N4 $60.00 N4 (PDF)
N5 – Least Difficult $60.00 N5 (PDF)
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Shin-Godzilla from Oct. 11 -18th in NYC!!!!

Shin Godzilla will be screened in NYC! The director is Hideaki Anno who is famous for TV/film series Neon Genesis Evangelion

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TOMORROW: Thursday, September 22nd, 6 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University


TOMORROW: Thursday, September 22nd, 6 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Disembodiment of an Everyday Object and Changing Regional Identity: Pushing against the Center in Southern Okinawa
Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Independent scholar)
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Tomorrow evening, Dr. Amanda Mayer Stinchecum will give her presentation entitled “Disembodiment of an Everyday Object and Changing Regional Identity: Pushing against the Center in Southern Okinawa.” Dr. Stinchecum specializes in the history and material culture of Okinawa Prefecture’s Yaeyama islands. Please join us and help kick off another exciting season at the Donald Keene Center.

Disembodiment of an Everyday Object and Changing Regional Identity: Pushing against the Center in Southern Okinawa
Thursday 22 September, 6 PM
Kent Hall, Room 403, Columbia University

No registration required.

A narrow, indigo-dyed cotton sash is decorated with clusters of four and five white rectangles. Its production has been unique to five islands in Yaeyama, at the southern end of Okinawa Prefecture. Transcending boundaries of usage, class and meaning over the course of 140 years, the sash became a legend. But as it disappeared from everyday use, it became the exclusive province of islanders representing themselves in local performances.

What were once sharper distinctions among the islands have blurred, giving rise to a new, Yaeyama-wide identity, now symbolized by the sash’s abstract motif. Beyond the appeal of its bold design, its significant role as the marker of a new Yaeyama does not adequately explain its ubiquitous presence. I suggest that it also functions as a protective talisman, rooted in a belief, widespread in the Ryukyus, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia, in the spiritual power of cloth. As the Yaeyama islands struggle to affirm their separateness from the prefecture’s political center on Okinawa Island, the sash’s motif has begun to appear on Okinawa as well. The prefecture, too, is struggling to assert itself against Japan’s political pressure and homogenizing influence.

Amanda Mayer Stinchecum is an independent scholar specializing in the history and material culture of the Ryukyu Islands, particularly Okinawa Prefecture’s southernmost island group, Yaeyama. Topics of current research include textiles, clothing and regional museums in the converging contexts of heritage preservation, tourism development, performing arts and shifting identities. She received her PhD in Classical Japanese and Comparative Literature from Columbia, and is a Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard, and at the Institute for Okinawan Studies, Hōsei University.
All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Orient Finance Co. Endowment for the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University.

Please visit our website, www.keenecenter.org, for the latest information on our events.

Upcoming Events for Fall 2016
[All events take place at Columbia University. The following information is subject to change.]


Amanda Mayer Stinchecum (Independent scholar)
Disembodiment of an Everyday Object and Changing Regional Identity: Pushing against the Center in Southern Okinawa
Thursday 22 September, 6 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University


Takashi Fujitani (Dr. David Chu Professor and Director in Asia Pacific Studies, Professor of History, University of Toronto)
Two Unforgivens: Clint Eastwood, Lee Sang-Il, and the Transpacific Western
Thursday 6 October, 6 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Andrea Gevurtz Arai (Affiliate Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington)
The Strange Child: Education and the Psychology of Patriotism in Recessionary Japan
Thursday 13 October, 6 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University


Gennifer Weisenfeld (Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, and Dean of the Humanities, Duke University)
Electric Design: Light, Labor, and Leisure in Prewar Japanese Advertising
Thursday 17 November, 6 PM, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University

Paul Anderer (Mack Professor of Humanities, Professor of Japanese Literature, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University)
Kurosawa’s Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films(Pegasus Books, October 2016)
Friday 2 December, Starting time TBA, 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
Co-sponsored by University Seminar on Japanese Culture

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Undergraduate Career Day


Friday, September 23rd Fall 2016 is undergraduate Career Day. 

We are expecting approximately 80 companies across a wide range of industries and we ask that you kindly share this information with yourundergraduate students—positions for ALL MAJORS.  This event is open to all Baruch undergrads and to students who graduated May 2016 (one semester out)

Also, on Thursday, September 22nd (club hours), we are holding a Career Fair Prep workshop in room 3-160. One of our recruiting partners from Target Corporation will be hosting this session and will offer a few tips on how to successfully navigate career fairs to achieve greater results.

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Celebrating the Genius of Michio Miyagi

IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives
cordially invites you to the Concert Marking the 60th Anniversary of the Death of Michio Miyagi (1894-1956)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30PM
Celebrating the Genius of Michio Miyagi

Merkin Concert Hall
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023

Free and open to the public but please register here or go to http://medievaljapanesestudies.org.


Michio Miyagi, Rondon no yoru no ame (A Night of Rain in London)
Michio Miyagi, Sashisou hikari (Confluent Rays of Light)
Michio Miyagi, Ochiba no odori (Dance of Fallen Leaves)
Michio Miyagi, Seoto (Song of a Stream)
Minoru Miki, Hanayagi (The Greening)
Tadao Sawai, Tori no youni (Like a Bird)
Dai Fujikura, Cutting Sky
Michio Miyagi, Haru no umi (The Sea in Spring)

[in the order of appearance]
Satomi Fukami (koto)
Reikano Kimura (koto & shamisen)
Sumie Kaneko (koto)
Yumi Kurosawa (bass koto & 20-string koto)
Masayo Ishigure (koto)
Stephanie Griffin (viola)
James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi)

Supported by Toshiba International Foundation, Ajinomoto North America, Inc., and the Japan Foundation, New York

and save the date for our Annual Concert of Japanese Heritage Musical Instruments

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 4:00PM

Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027Free and open to the public. Registration is to open later.

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International Conference of Undergraduate Research:

International Conference of Undergraduate Research at Baruch College

in Room H-620 in BCTC in the Baruch Library, 151 E. 25th Street, 6th floor


Day one – Tuesday 27 September 2016
Time (Baruch, USA) Event – Baruch College
07:30 – 08:00 Registration
08:00 – 09:30 Session 8C – Warwick, Leeds & Baruch
09:30 – 11:00 Session 9B – Warwick & Baruch
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break & Poster Session
11:30 – 13:00 Session 10B – Warwick  & Baruch
17:30 – 18:30 Session A – Monash Australia & Baruch
18:30 – 19:30 Session B – Monash Australia & Baruch



Theme:  Aging, Health, and New Technologies


Speaker 1:  Nicholas Miller (English, French & History, University of Warwick, UK) “Remember this? The issues and advantages of social media as a historical source for memory studies”


Speaker 2: Nikita Lai (Medicine, University of Leeds, UK) “Pediatric Meningitis Treatment: Audit 2015”


Speaker 3: Seonghee (Joy) Park (Biochemistry, Hunter College/Baruch College) “Generation of a Novel Mouse Model for the Study of Cisplatin Resistant Bladder Cancer”


Speaker 4: Stephanie King (Psychology, Baruch College) “The Relation between Theory of Mind and Socio-Emotional Functioning in a Sample of Older Adults”



Theme:  Attitudes and Experiences


Speaker 1:  Eleanor Kerfoot (History, University of Warwick, UK) “Presley Admirers: ‘Delinquent’ Girls in Cold War Germany”


Speaker 2: Ma Su Su Aung (Biological Sciences, Baruch College) “Elimination of the pro-apototic pretein Bak effects free-radical production in mitochondria”


Speaker 3: Yu Shing (Jason) Hung (Sociology, University of Warwick, UK) “How many more can we take?: The impact of discriminatory media coverage on refugee and asylum seeker experiences in Coventry”


Speaker 4: Brianna Vernoia (Psychology, Baruch College) “Obstacles to Habitual Exercise and Mindfulness”



Digital posters will be on view from students at international participating universities, including the following Baruch students

Ishrath Ahmed (Political Science), “Why does India Choose to be a Nuclear State?”

Rachel Parroco (Psychology), “Life Seems Harder When You Haven’t Slept Well”

Alanna McAuliffe (English), “Differences v. Disabilities: Emerging Perspectives on Neurodiversity”



Theme:  Popular Opinion & Changing Cultures


Speaker 1:  Monika Jankowski (History/Psychology, Baruch College) “Popular Culture in 1970s and 1980s Poland”


Speaker 2: Yustyna Yaremchuk (Finance, Baruch College) “Do Millennial College students at an urban, non-residential university believe that there is a link between material wealth and happiness?”


Speaker 3: Lisa-May Mosse (Film and TV, University of Warwick, UK) “Filming the Berlin Clubbing Scene as a Postmodern Construct”


Speaker 4: Yasmin Nartey (Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick, UK) “The Changing Cultural Identity of St. Lucia Carnival”



Theme:  Social Inclusion & Inter-cultural Understanding


Speaker 1:  Amanda Er (Radiography & Medical Imaging, Monash Australia) “Medical imaging settings in different countries: a cross-cultural observational study”


Speaker 2: Dana Frenkel (Communication Studies, Baruch College) “Decoding Campus Dynamics”


Speaker 3: Anna Velychko (Psychology, Baruch College) “Training for Success”



Theme:  Human Rights


Speaker 1:  Roger Wu (Human Rights Law, Monash Australia) “Statutory Interpretation and Limits in the Victorian Human Rights Charter”


Speaker 2: Anthony Hallal (Human Rights Theory, Monash Australia) “Ticking Time Bombs and Absolute Rights: Is Torture Ever Permissible in Theory or Practice?”


Speaker 3: Ruth Laryea-Walker (International Human Rights, Baruch College) “Child Marriage: An Abuse of Children’s Rights—Strengthening Policies to Eliminate It”


Day two – Wednesday 28 September 2016
Time (Baruch, USA) Event – Baruch College
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:30 Session 18C – Warwick, Leeds & Baruch
10:30 – 12:00 Session 19A – Warwick & Baruch


Theme:  Environment, Evolution & Systems


Speaker 1: Matthew Lane (Physics, University of Warwick, UK) “The Cosmic History of Galactic Habitability: Probing our Origins and place in the University in the search for the Genesis of Civilization”


Speaker 2: Emma Latham Jones (Politics, University of Warwick, UK), “A critical study of the politics of climate change in the main oil-producing states of Latin America”


Speaker 3: Cherisse Fraser (Biochemistry, Baruch College) “tRNA Evolution and Remolding in Marine Snails”


Speaker 4: Fiona Pye (Geosciences, University of Leeds, UK) “Did Jurassic brachiopods from the Swiss Alps live at methane seeps?”



Theme:  New Perspectives and Improvements


Speaker 1: Zijing Yang (Economics, University of Warwick) “Degree of market segmentation: Price dispersion across and within the US and China”


Speaker 2: Jessica Kraker (English & History, Baruch College), “Mental Health in New York: It’s Time to Shed Some Light”


Speaker 3: Katharine Spark (International Studies, Monash Australia presenting from the University of Warwick) “How does your country’s immigration policy affect your national security?”


Speaker 4: Margia Shiriti (Psychology, Baruch College) “Idiographic Assessment of Self-Efficacy for Everyday Problem Solving in Adult Development”


RSVP or information contact Katherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu or see icurportal.com


This conference is generously funded by the Office of the Provost, the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business, and the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College.

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Study Abroad Fair (9/15, Thurs.) from 12:30 and 2:30

Study Abroad Fair (9/15, Thurs.) from 12:30 and 2:30.studyabroad


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FROM MURAKAMI TO THE SUN GODS A Talk by Jay Rubin (Emeritus Professor of Harvard University)

  • Jay Rubin Headshot
  • The Nippon Club will hold a special lecture by Jay Rubin who is well known as the translator of Haruki Murakami’s novels. The talk will discuss Mr. Rubin’s twenty-five years translating and studying the works of Murakami and take note of Murakami influences in his recent novel, The Sun Gods (published by Chin Music Press in May 2015). His account of the circumstances that led to writing the novel will conclude that identifying influences is no easy task. (This talk will be conducted in English.) Please join us for this fascinating talk! Ask your friends, co-workers and family members to attend, too.

    Thursday, September 20th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Nippon Club 2Fl. Rose Room
    145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
    Members $ 15 / Non-members・Guests $20 (includes 1 drink)
    For registration or Inquiry: The Nippon Club (Attn: Naito 212-581-2223 or hnaito@nipponclub.org)

    Jay Rubin
    Jay Rubin was a Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Washington and Harvard University. Now he is an Emeritus Professor and lives near Seattle, Washington, where he continues to write and translate works of Haruki Murakami and other modern Japanese writers. His novel, The Sun Gods, set in Seattle during the Second World War, was published in 2015 and translated into Japanese as Hibi No Hikari by Motoyuki Shibata and Shunsuke Hiratsuka.

    Click here for Event Flyer

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Suntory Holdings/ Beam Suntory Career Opportunities

JobTessio will be hosting recruitment activities for Suntory Holdings and Beam Suntory. JobTessio Company HP: http://www.jobtessio.co.jp/en/index.html


【Company Name】 Suntory Holdings Limited

【Company HP in English】 http://goo.gl/pOKKby

【Event URL in Japanese】https://bal-job.com/public/seminar/view/142

【Job Interview Schedule】
■Friday, Oct. 21th, 2016 – Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 2016@Chicago
■Sunday, Oct. 23th, 2016@Sheraton Boston Hotel

【How to apply】
Apply from event URL above.

【Recruiting Process】
①CV Screening 10/6 deadline
②Japanese proficiency online check (tentative)
③First interview on 10/21~22@Chicago or 10/23@Boston
④Final Interview in Japan
※Transportation fee for traveling to Japan will be covered by the company
※Flexible interview schedule depending on candidates’ availability

【Job Description】
①Business Department (sales, marketing, overseas business)
②Finance and Accounting Department

【Work Location】
All over Japan or overseas branches


【Company Name】Beam Suntory

【Company HP in English】http://www.beamsuntory.com/

【Event URL in English】: https://bal-job.com/public/seminar/view/140

【Job Interview Schedule】
◆21st (Fri) Oct 13:00 – 18:00 @Chicago
◆22nd (Sat) Oct  9:00 – 16:00 @Chicago

【How to apply】
Apply from event URL above.

【Recruitment Process】
①Applicant screening 9/29 deadline
※The result will be announced until the begining of Octber
②First Round Interview
③Final Round Interview

【Job Description】
①Marketing Brand Assistantt

【Work Location】
Chicago, IL

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