Monthly Archives: January 2014

Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years at Japan Society

Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant


Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant

Thursday, March 6, 7:30 PM

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© Tsukasa Aoki

Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years

Co-presented with the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation at St. Bartholomew’s Church.

St. Bartholomew’s Church
Park Ave. at 51st St.
Location and directions

The glorious, reverberating voices of two dozen Buddhist priests in colorful robes fill the grand hall of St. Bartholomew’s Church. One of the oldest living forms of vocal music, shomyo is believed to have originated in India before traveling along the Silk Road and eventually entering Japan in the 6th century, where it has been practiced ever since. The critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years, comprising priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission is to showcase the beauty of shomyo as an art form, performs the contemporary shomyo work Life in an Autumn, written in the aftermath of 9/11 by New York- and Tokyo-based composer Ushio Torikai.

Pre-performance Lecture on shomyo’s history and musical form led by composer Ushio Torikai. Open to ticket holders only. Begins one hour prior to the concert in the St. Bart’s Chapel. Space is limited, first come, first served. Acclaimed composer Ushio Torikai is known for her wide ranging works and for being one of the rare contemporary composers to compose for Buddhist chant groups. The New York Times applauded Torikai’s music as “…exuberant and spectacular.”
$30/$24 Japan Society and St. Bartholomew’s Church/Friends of Great Music members. General admission.

Advance Tickets available through the Japan Society Box Office. Walk-up tickets in the evening of the concert available through the St. Bartholomew’s Church box office, based on availability. 

Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

The tour of Shomyo: Buddhist Ritual Chant, produced by Japan Society, includes:
Haverford College (Haverford, PA)
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)

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Study Abroad Fair (Feb. 11th from 12:00 to 2:30)

study_abrodI am writing to inform you of the upcoming Baruch College Spring Semester Study Abroad Fair. The Spring Semester Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (1-107) on the ground floor of the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus. Someone from the Study Abroad Office will be bringing flyers for the fair by departmental offices, and I would be very grateful if one or more of them could be posted. I would like to warmly invite you and the other members of the department to come to the fair, and I would be grateful if you could encourage your students, and the students of your colleagues, to do the same.

Well over three hundred students attended the Study Abroad Fair last spring. These fairs offer a wonderful opportunity for program providers to speak to Baruch students about the study abroad programs available to our students. This year, exchange students from our partner universities who are studying at Baruch this term will be staffing tables to give Baruch students even more authoritative information about campus life abroad. The Study Abroad Fair also gives Baruch faculty members the chance to learn more about the programs our students attend. Understanding the kinds of academic and cultural experiences our students have abroad will help you gain a better sense of how study abroad might be more thoroughly integrated into a student’s overall college career.

If you have any questions regarding the details of the fair, please contact Nathaly Martinez, Study Abroad Coordinator by phone at (646) 312-2090, or via email at

We look forward to seeing you at the fair.

With all good wishes,




Richard Mitten, Ph.D.
Study Abroad Director
Baruch College
Weissman Center for International Business
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box J-0810
New York, NY 10010-5585
Tel:  (646) 312-2076
Fax: (646) 312-2071
Web site:
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Kakehashi program updates!

Chuo University, one of the host universities of the CUNY Kakehashi program in 2013, will make a reciprocal visit to New York from March 4 to March 11, 2014. We are planning several events to welcome them from Saturday, March 8 through Monday, March 10.

– March 8, 2014 (Sat; 11am-6pm; LaGuardia CC & Manhattan)
Welcome Event at LaGuardia CC and a half-day sightseeing with CUNY students
– March 9, 2014 (Sun; 11am-6pm; Manhattan)
A half-day or full-day sightseeing with CUNY students
– March 10, 2014 (Mon; 10am-4pm; @LaGuardia CC)
Community Presentation Event and Group Presentations about Japan and the U.S.

We are looking for student volunteers who can participate in these events. There will be a lot of opportunities to interact with Japanese students from Chuo University and make new friends from Japan. If you are interested, please sign up at Everyone is welcome to join (even if you are not a member of CUNY Kakehashi 2013). See the back of the attached flyer for more information about each event.

Tomonori Nagano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue (B-234FF)
Long Island City New York 11101
Tel: 718-482-5484 /

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New York Career Forum 2014



Upcoming career opportunity for Japanese-English
bilingual students!

DISCO International, Inc. presents:

—New York Career Forum 2014 —
Date: February 21 & 22, 2014 (Fri. & Sat.)
Place: The Altman Building (New York, New York)

The Career Forum is for anyone who is:
– Japanese-English bilingual (must posses at minimum a
conversational level or higher in both Japanese and English)

– looking for a full-time or internship position

Unlike other job fairs, companies will be holding interviews
at their booths and in private interview rooms during the
two day event. Registration and attending the event is free.

For online registration and more info regarding the above,
please go to:
(Travel scholarship is available for the New York
Career Forum. Currently accepting applications online.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in New York!


DISCO International, Inc.

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Kakehashi Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow

The Japan Foundation presents the “KAKEHASHI Project – The Bridge for Tomorrow” as part of the Youth Exchange Program with North America promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

Students from CUNY campuses joined this program in May, 2013. From Baruch College, 5 students join in the program! Check out the clip made by Brian Caraveo, participant of the program.

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Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?

Learn how to assemble the perfect Princess’ outfit at Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture? This panel discussion and fashion show on Wednesday, February 5, 6:30pm. Japan’s playful and avant-garde take on Victorian-era clothing, known as Lolita, has created a vibrant fashion subculture that started on the streets of Harijuku and has spread overseas. A panel discussion moderated by Gwynn Galitzer, performance artist and Founder of Dirty Bird Productions, and featuring  former Kawaii Ambassador Misako AokiCarolyn Dee, author of the popular Lolita blog F Yeah Lolita, andChristina Gleason, author of the blog Ramble Rori, and founder of the first Northeast USA alternative fashion conference, RuffleCon. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright will show a collection of Lolita fashions direct from Japan chosen specifically for this event.

 Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?

This event is followed by a meet and greet wine reception with Misako Aoki.




Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM




Tomomi Sekiya

Program Officer, Lecture Programs

333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-715-1229



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New York Career Forum 2014 – February 21st(Fri.) & 22nd(Sat.), 2014


February 21st(Fri.) & 22nd(Sat.) / The Altman Building
Travel Scholarship available for selected participants          Internship positions available          Positions specially for MBA and technical candidates also available
Before the Career Forum“How to Prepare for NYCF” Webinar
Before the Career ForumReception in New York
At the Career ForumLounge for Candidates
At the Career ForumCounseling Corner
At the Career ForumJapanese Lunch Boxes for Purchase
for more details
February 21st(Fri.) & 22nd(Sat.), 2014
The Altman Building
135 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-741-3400

Start your 2014 job search in New York!

The seventh annual New York Career Forum will bring global companies actively looking for Japanese-English bilinguals to New York. Companies will be seeking candidates who have gained skills and knowledge through international experience.

Undergraduate/graduate student, secure a job before graduation or a summer internship at the New York Career Forum. Working professionals, come find career advancement at the New York Career Forum.

[Business Attire Required]
*Because the Career Forum is a job fair event, business attire is required for all Career Forum participants. Casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts and sneakers are not permitted at the event.

Event Schedule

February 21st (Fri.) & 22nd (Sat.),2014

9:00am Registration for pre-registrants starts
9:15am Walk-in registration begins (depending on traffic, registration may start earlier)
5:00pm Registration closes
6:00pm Booths close
7:00pm Interview rooms close

* If you are not checked in by the “Registration closes” time, you will not be able to enter the event hall.

Qualifications to Participate

Japanese-English bilingual (at minimum conversational level in Japanese and English)and one of the following:

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. program outside of Japan
  • Graduated from a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. program outside of Japan
  • Student from Japan currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate exchange program
  • Working professionals
  • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and first-year graduate students are welcome to attend for internship opportunities and to learn more about the companies
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