Monthly Archives: April 2015

Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in Words and Pictures (4 May 2015 6:30pm – 8:30pm)






Join our annual conversation between contemporary Japanese and American authors in which Asia Society hosts an international dialogue, curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of the Tokyo-based literary journal Monkey Business with writers who are featured in this latest edition of Monkey Business (#5).

This year rising star Japanese novelist and translator Aoko Matsuda, whose stories in the wake of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami have been published in English, most notably in Granta, will be paired with American short story fabulist Kelly Link and award-winning Japanese graphic novelist and cartoonist Satoshi Kitamura will be in dialogue with award-winning American cartoonist and author Ben Katchor. Moderated by Monkey Businesseditor Roland Kelts and the editors and co-founders of Monkey Business, Ted Goossenand Motoyuki Shibata.

Monkey Business is a unique, cutting-edge annual literary journal which showcases newly-translated Japanese as well as contributions from contemporary American and British writers. A genre defying publication, Monkey Business has presented manga renditions by top Japanese artists of Kafka, Lafcadio Hearn, and Bruno Schulz, as well as short stories and poetry by such noted writers as Paul Auster, Hideo Furukawa, Haruki Murakami, and Charles Simic.

About the writers:

Ben Katchor is a highly esteemed cartoonist whose books include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District (translated into Japanese), The Cardboard Valiseand Hard-Drying in America. His picture stories appear in Metropolis. The latest issue ofMonkey Business contains two episodes from his Shoehorn Technique. He is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. For more information,

Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning picture-book artist and illustrator. His books includeWhen Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book, Millie’s Marvelous Hat, and Lily Takes a Walk.He has worked with numerous artists and poets, especially with poet John Agard, with whom he has collaborated on a number of books including The Young Inferno and Goldilocks on CCTV. Kitamura has contributed to the latest issue of Monkey Business (5) “Variation and Theme,” a graphic narrative inspired by a Charles Simic poem.

Kelly Link is an award-winning short-story writer, and one of the most important voices to appear in the United States in the 2000s. She runs her own publishing house, The Small Beer Press, with her husband Gavin Grant. She has published four collections of stories: Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters (all of which have been translated into Japanese) and her latest book Get in Trouble, published in February 2015. She contributed an essay on the experience of her visits to Japan in Monkey Business 5.

Aoko Matsuda is one of Japan’s most promising young Japanese novelists. She has published two collections of short stories and has also translated Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Among English translations of her work are “Photographs Are Images,” translated by Jeffrey Angles and included in the current issue of Monkey Business (5), as well as “Smartening Up,” translated by Polly Barton in the online edition of the literary magazine Granta.

About the editors/translators:

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Japanamerica. His articles, essays and stories are published in The New Yorker, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Zoetrope: All Story, The Village Voice, A Public Space, Newsweek Japan, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Yomiuri and The Japan Times among others. He is also a regular contributor to CNN, The BBC, NPR and NHK. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University and contributing editor to Monkey Business. He divides his time between New York and Tokyo, and his forthcoming novel is called Access.

Ted Goossen teaches Japanese literature and film at York University in Toronto. He is the general editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and has published translations of stories and essays by Hiromi Kawakami, Haruki Murakami, Yoko Ogawa, Sachiko Kishimoto, and Naoya Shiga, among others. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Monkey Business.

Motoyuki Shibata is a professor at the University of Tokyo and the co-founder of the literary magazine Monkey Business, which exists in both English and Japanese as an English-language journal focusing on contemporary Japanese literature. He also runs Monkey, a Japanese literary magazine. A translator, reviewer, and essayist, he has translated into Japanese the works of contemporary American authors including Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, Steve Erickson, Steven Millhauser, Richard Powers, Stuart Dybek, Barry Yourgrau, Ben Katchor, Ethan Canin and Kelly Link, among others. He received the 1992 Kodansha Essay Award for his book The Half-Hearted Scholar and was the winner of the 27th Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for his collection of critical essays, American Narushisu (American Narcissus).

Co-presented by Asia Society and Japan Foundation in coordination with Monkey Businessand A Public Space.


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Internship Program



Read below to learn more about internship opportunities.

Please email all application materials to


Why Intern?

Internships allow you to explore and apply academic theory in the professional world by combining learning and work experience. You get the opportunity to take the knowledge you have gained as a student and put it into action. At the same time you will develop new skills, explore possible career choices, and build a professional network.  Internships enhance your academic experience and can help narrow your focus for future studies.  They introduce you to new fields, help you develop or improve skills, build your résumé, and can position you to network for future positions.

Application Process

Two Internship Opportunities:

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation in Washington, DC are seeking a Spring 2015 semester intern to support current initiatives, especially the Friendship Blossoms Initiative, a public-private gift of 3,000 dogwood trees to the people of Japan in reciprocation to the gift of cherry trees 100 years ago. Intern will be involved in coordinating tree plantings, reviewing incoming applications for tree plantings from Japanese municipalities as well as designing and disseminating informational outreach efforts via social media. Applicants should have translation skills (Japanese to English) and excellent research, internet and organizational skills. 8-24 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. JUSFC will reimburse transportation costs.  Please send a resume and cover letter to:

Current Status:  OPEN

The CULCON Secretariat in Washington, DC is seeking a Spring 2015 semester intern to support CULCON initiatives, including disseminating information via social media, a new web-based project on cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange opportunities. Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language. 8-24 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule. CULCON will reimburse transportation costs.  Please send a resume and cover letter

Current Status:  OPEN

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Baruch Japan Club: End of Semester Party and Co-Sponsorships

Dear Members,

The Spring Semester is coming to a close, and finals are fast approaching. As such, it’s time for our End of Semester Party! Why not take a break from studying for your finals and join us this Thursday, April 30th as we end the semester with a day of fun games, good food, and great company. This event will be held in our usual clubroom, VC 10-165 during club hours (12:45PM – 2:05 PM). We hope to see you there!

We’ll also be co-sponsoring several events this week. First, we have the Transfer Student Organization’s MIXER. This Tuesday, April 28th, join us in VC 2-125 from 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM for the chance to learn about and mingle with several of Baruch’s other clubs.

Next, we have the Taiwanese Student Association’s 2nd Annual Taiwanese Night Market. This Tuesday, April 28th, come to the Multipurpose Room from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for a night dedicated to spreading and celebrating Taiwanese culture. There will be food, vendors, games, and music for all to enjoy.

We’ll also be co-sponsoring the Baruch Consulting Club’s Summer Internship Opportunity at Disruptyx event. On Thursday, April 30th, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from the Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Disruptyx, Channing Stave about two internship positions at Disruptyx. For this event, business formal attire is required, and don’t forget to bring your résumé as well.

Last, but not least, we’ll also be co-sponsoring the Consulting Club’s Deloitte Consulting event. On Friday, May 1st, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Deloitte consultants will be appearing as guest speakers in order to provide you with insight about the field as well as the interview and hiring process.

Event Information

Event # 1: End of Semester Party
Date: Thursday, April 30th
Place & Time: 12:45 – 2:05PM at VC 10-165

Event # 2: MIXER
Date: Tuesday, April 28th
Place & Time: 12:45 – 2:00 PM at VC 2-125

Event # 3: Taiwanese Night Market
Date: Tuessday, April 28th
Place & Time: 6:00 – 9:00PM at the Multipurpose Room

Event # 4: Summer Internship Opportunity at Disruptyx
Date: Thursday, April 30th
Place & Time: 12:30 – 2:30 PM, Room: TBA

Event # 5: Baruch Consulting presents “Deloitte Consulting”
Date: Friday, May 1st
Place & Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Room TBA

Best Regards,

Andy Lantigua
Secretary Trainee | Baruch Japan Club
Baruch College

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Jecoration@J-Collabo (May 2nd – 17th)



Dates: 5/2/2015(Sat)〜5/17/2015(Sun)
open hour: 13:30-18:00
closed: Monday

Masaaki Sato
Paweł Wojtasik
Tomokazu Matsuyama
Beñat Lopez Iglesias
Toda Fumiko
Tang-Wei Hsu
Youki Ideguchi

This exhibition explores the relations between the history and concepts of the decorative expression in Japan and actual artworks of the New York-based contemporary artists who inherited those expression. (Curated by Youki Ideguchi)
●opening events
May 2nd(sat)

●special events
May 16th(sat)

◎Soga Shohaku (1730-1781)
”Man of Odd Vision”
Illusttrated Lecture by Miyeko Murase (Professor Emerita, Columbia University)
◎Talk show
by Masaaki Sato as a special guest artist

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Waiting List for Japanese Courses (Fall 2015)

If you have an intention to take a Japanese course (JPN1001, 1002 or 4003) in Fall 2015 and are not able to register for it since all those classes are now closed, please complete the  following online form. Once a new class is opened, we will let you know. Do NOT fill out this form if you have already registered for one of those courses.

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Sakura Matsuri: Saturday, April 25–Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. 


The Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show. Photo by Liz Ligon.Nama Chocolate Maccha from Royce' Chocolate. Photo credit Royce' Confect (left). Cherry blossom wagashi from Minamoto Kitchoan (right). Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Parasol Society. Photo by Liz Ligon.The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. Photo by Liz Ligon.Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Liz Ligon.

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International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) at Baruch

At the International Conference of Undergraduate Research, you will be able to present your academic research to audiences in NY, Seattle, Singapore, England, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia. Your paper can be from any field. You will gain support and training in writing a conference abstract and delivering an effective presentation. You may have an opportunity to publish in Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research based in Warwick, UK. Furthermore, you will receive a certificate for presenting.

To Apply:
Submit a 250 word abstract
Call for papers closes Friday, May 25, 2015.
To Volunteer:
Contact Chair of History, Katherine Pence, at

Sept 28-30, 2015
Baruch Library’s Baruch Computing and Technology Center (BCTC)

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Summer internship information

This is information only.

My name is Koichi. I work at Tofugu, LLC, a company that creates Japanese learning products (WaniKani, TextFugu, EtoEto), and also runs a blog (Tofugu) about Japanese language, history, and culture. Every year we do a summer internship. I want to help out students who love Japan and/or the Japanese language. I remember when I graduated from college there weren’t many opportunities to use what I learned from Japanese Studies major. So we try to help with that.

I was hoping you would be able to pass along this internship opportunity to your students, or forward it to the correct person in your department. Here is our jobs posting:

The due date for the application is May 3, 2015.

The internship pays $12/hour, last 3 months, and the intern will work for 30-40 hours a week. They will be able to use their Japan/Japanese knowledge and have a direct impact on the success of the business. One thing I think we do a really good job at is allowing the intern to focus on an area they want to learn about in particular. Of course, they help us out, but we really want them to learn valuable skills that will help them when they graduate.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about it.

Thank you so much,
Copyright © 2015 Tofugu, LLC, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are a university professor of Japanese studies

Our mailing address is:
Tofugu, LLC
2009 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

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the 2nd annual Career Forum for Positions in the U.S. (Saturday, May 30th 2015 10:00AM – 5:00PM)

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It only takes a day to change your life.

Explore the possibilities at the 2nd annual Career Forum for Positions in the U.S., where participating companies are specifically seeking qualified Japanese-English speaking candidates ready to put their skills to work across the country. This one-day event will feature onsite interviews and offers, so come prepared to open the door to your new career.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Metropolitan Pavilion (North Pavilion) / 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
How to Participate
Register for the event through CFN.
Bring your resume and prepare to be interviewed by participating companies.
Participating Companies
Complete company list here
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Experiencing the World of Japanese Noh Theater Dance (April 24, 2015 (Friday) 5:00 PM)

REMINDER: April 24, 2015 (Friday) 5:00 PM at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Experiencing the World of Japanese Noh Theater Dance
Featuring Hisa UZAWA and Hikaru UZAWA

Hisa Uzawa and Hikaru Uzawa (Noh performers)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture will host a Noh theater demonstration at the Miller Theatre. We are excited and honored to have Hisa Uzawa, a prominent Noh performer from Japan, and her daughter, Hikaru Uzawa, also a lead Noh performer, show us dance sequences and introduce us to the world of Noh.

The 2014-2015 Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture on Japanese Culture
Experiencing the World of Japanese Noh Theater Dance
Featuring Hisa UZAWA and Hikaru UZAWA

Friday 24 April, 5:00 PM
Miller Theatre (click here for directions), Columbia University
Free and open to the public

One of the first women to act as a lead shite performer in a traditional Noh lineage, Hisa Uzawa is a prominent member of the Tessenkai branch of the Kanze School of Noh theater. She has been designated as a “cultural treasure” by the Japanese government. In their New York debut, she and her daughter Hikaru will introduce the dynamics and techniques of the six-hundred-fifty year tradition of dance that lies at the heart of the Noh theater. The Uzawas will perform climactic dance sequences from four major plays and present behind-the-scenes details of costume and choreography.

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