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


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Taking the JLPT in the United States
New York, NY Lehman College, The City University of New YorkThe 2015 JLPT will be given on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

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Traditional Dance from Okinawa with Live Music

We are thrilled to open our season with a special dance and music program from Okinawa featuring a beautiful array of works from the classical court and popular folk repertoire. Through movement, symbolic props and tropical-colored costumes, these dances will take audiences on a trip through the rich and unique history and culture of Japan’s southern island chain.

For this performance, we are pleased to offer $20 student and group discount tickets by calling the Box Office at (212) 715-1258 and presenting a valid student ID.

Traditional Dance from Okinawa with Live Music


Traditional Dance from Okinawa with Live Music

Friday, September 18, 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 19, 7:30 PM

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A warm breeze from Okinawa opens the season with traditional dance from Japan’s southern islands. A group of leading dancers and musicians, who are also alumni and faculty members of the prestigious Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, perform refined court dances developed during the period when Okinawa was an independent kingdom (Ryukyu Kingdom, 15th-19th centuries), and playful folk dances (zo odori) that became popular after the end of the Ryukyu Kingdom. A stunning array of works depicting idyllic life on the islands, accompanied by seven musicians including instrumentalists and chanters, takes audiences on a trip through the rich history and culture of the archipelago.

A pre-performance lecture begins at 6:30 pm prior to each performance. Led by Dr. James Rhys Edwards, doctorate in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Open and free for ticket holders only.

Tickets: $40/$33 Japan Society members

The Friday, September 18 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.

Part of Okinawan Vibes
Japan Society presents a three-month-long series that introduces the unique culture of Okinawa, Japan’s southern islands, and highlights its sounds, flavors, colors and history.

Co-presented with Yokohama Noh Theater.

Box Office Policy

All the best,

Frances Gomes

Intern, Performing Arts

Join us for Japan Society’s 2015-16 Performing Arts Season!





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Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)

The IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver can help your students as they apply for graduate school.

August is the time when some of your most promising undergraduate students start thinking about applying to grad school. But for some students, the application fees involved can be a financial burden, and may keep them from applying to more than a couple schools.

If you’re encouraging your students to go on to graduate school, let them know about the IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver. The Fee Waiver program awards up to $300 to cover the cost of application fees. With just a little financial support, students are able to apply to more grad schools and increase their chances of acceptance.

For eligibility and application details please visit: https://theihs.org/fee-waiver-hNet

We accept applications on a rolling basis.

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Waku Waku + NYC (Aug. 29th to 30th)

cropped-events-waku-waku-nyctwitter“Waku Waku” is a new Japanese pop culture festival launching this summer in New York City. Waku Waku +NYC brings together the worlds of anime, manga, music, food, film, and fashion inside Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods. Featuring exhibits, panels, screenings, and interactive events across multiple locations, Waku Waku +NYC looks to blend Japanese pop culture with Brooklyn culture. We look to gather a group of creative artists from Japan in order to share their passions with us. It’s Cool Japan meets New York’s Coolest Borough. With a focus on access and engagement, Waku Waku +NYC is built to inspire new audiences, new ideas, and feel “Waku Waku!” (わくわく) = Japanese “excitement in a dream-like state.” We want your dreams, ideas, and passions to come into fruition all in one event!

Professor Shige (CJ) Suzuki (Baruch College) also participated in one of the featured panels: Anime and Manga Studies

Waku Waku +NYC is owned and operated by Azix, Inc. (www.azix.net)

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Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless

6:30pm – 8:30pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall/Hoerle Lecture Hall – UL105
University Center
The New School
63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless

– with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura –

Photo: FUTAGAMI Bottle Opener / Kamoi Kakoshi Co., Ltd.

The Japan Foundation, New York and The New School’s Parsons School of Design, Design Studies and Industrial Design programs present “Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless – with Hiroshi Kashiwagi and Yoshifumi Nakamura.” Hiroshi Kashiwagi, professor at Musashino Art University, and architect/ furniture designer Yoshifumi Nakamura will each discuss the evolution, distinguishing characteristics, and current state of Japanese design today.

For communication between cultures to occur, words and language become essential tools. Japanese design, however, has been proven capable of transcending language barriers and fostering communication and understanding between cultures. Throughout its history, Japan has enthusiastically embraced elements of other cultures while developing and retaining its own unique sense of design aesthetic, which today is recognized and appreciated throughout the world. But as Japanese society has transformed socially, geopolitically, and economically, so has Japanese design transformed to accommodate these changes. As the world gets smaller and access to information wider, people seek a more personal connection with the world around them, which has given way to a new era of Japanese design. Both Kashiwagi and Nakamura will tour Los Angeles and New York to delve into these topics and more.

A Q&A session will follow the presentations, moderated by Jilly Traganou, Associate Professor and Director of the Design Studies MA program, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design.

This event is free and open to public, but advanced online registration is required.Eventbrite - Japanese Design Today: Unique, Evolving, Borderless

Time & Place

6:30pm – 8:30pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall/Hoerle Lecture Hall – UL105

University Center

The New School

63 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003

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Internship at RESOBOX

RESOBOX is currently seeking an intern interested in Japanese arts and culture or marketing.

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Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

  • Academic year of advanced language study of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese and Lao
  • Tuition plus a stipend for travel, living and study expenses at eligible language programs

Applicant Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Received bachelor’s degree by start of grant
  • Advanced level in the language

Eligible Language Programs

  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama
  • Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing
  • International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei
  • Similar programs in Korea and SE Asia


Cathy Scheibner, Executive Assistant |  Mimi Gates, Chair  |   Eugene H. Lee, Trustee 
Blakemore Foundation 
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
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Los Angeles and Boston Career Forums


DISCO International, organizer of the world’s largest job fair
for Japanese-English bilinguals, invites students studying
Japanese to our upcoming Career Forums this fall.

—– Los Angeles Career Forum —–
October 10 & 11 (Sat. & Sun.)
Hiring companies include:
* Travel scholarships available
* Free online seminar on September 16 to help prepare
for the event. Please apply from link below by September 13.

November 20 – 22 (Fri. – Sun.)
Hiring companies include:
* Travel scholarships available

Career Forums are for anyone who:
– has at least conversational Japanese and English ability


– is looking for a full-time or internship position

Companies will be holding seminars as well as one-on-one
interviews at their booths during the event. Some companies
will make offers of employment by the end of the event.
Registration and attendance is free.

If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact us at cfn@careerforum.net.

We look forward to seeing you in LA and Boston!

DISCO International, Inc.


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Volunteers Needed at PS 147

The PS 147 in Brooklyn is introducing the first public Japanese Dual Language Program and is looking for student or professional Japanese speaking volunteers. Its pilot has Pre-K and Kindergarten students who will study Japanese language and culture for half the school day, and a traditional English program for the other half. The program (which is still in its infancy) seeks those who love to work with children, are looking to  working in the education field, and wish to gain school credit or volunteer experience. Help from volunteers would be critical to the program’s growth and success. For inquiries, please contact JDLP Committee Member Melita Issa at ps147jdlp@gmail.com.

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Screenings at IFC Center

Takashi Murakami
The IFC Center is “thrilled to welcome acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in person this month for two nights in a row, presenting a personal favorite — Michael Mann’s THIEF — and his own directorial debut JELLYFISH EYES.”


Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF
Murakami in person present and discuss a personal favorite — Michael Mann’s 1981 neo(n)-noir THIEF — as part of our ongoing “Movie Night” series. “A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. James Caan’s the thief, contradictorily building and risking a future mapped out as meticulously as any of his lucrative hi-tech jobs; testing his emotional and criminal independence to the limits; eventually recognising that he’s either exercising or exorcising a death wish.” – Time Out (London)


“Murakami’s directorial debut JELLYFISH EYES tells the story of a young boy and his unlikely new friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite. To his surprise, the boy soon discovers that his classmates all have similar friends—but that they, their creators and even their town itself aren’t what they seem. A hopeful tale pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s film boasts unforgettable creature designs and handmade special effects nearly a decade in the making—a triumph of creativity and wonder.”

Yasujiro Ozu

Catch the classic films of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu at the IFC Center. The series ends September 27th.

“While virtually unknown outside Japan during his lifetime, Ozu’s work began to be screened abroad in the 1960s, bringing him fans around the world. Today, he is considered one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, with such major filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Mike Leigh, Aki Kaurismaki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Pedro Costa and Claire Denis citing him as a profound influence upon their work.”

Time & Details:
Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF– Tuesday, July 14, 7PM
JELLYFISH EYES Opening Night (Q&A Session)– Wednesday, July 15, 7PM
Yasujiro Ozu series– Various

IFC Center
323 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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