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Monthly Archives: October 2015
Japanese vocalist Mika Shinno will be performing enka at Smalls Jazz Club in November. An enka ballad is a kind of Japanese popular song, a short narrative ballad which usually deals with sad love, old-type duty (giri) or sentiment (ninjo) and is sung in a tone peculiar to enka. Above is an introductory TV coverage on her live event last year in New York.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
7:30 – 9 PM
Smalls Jazz Club
183 West 10th Street, Basement
New York City, NY 10014
Saga University and Tokushima University are participating in the Kakehashi program in 2015 and they will visit New York in the third week of November 2015. We will host them at LaGuardia CC on the Thursday, November 19th. In this event, students/alumni from CUNY and Saga & Tokushima Universities students will have opportunities to get known each other and discuss various topics related to Japan and the U.S. See the attached flyer for more information. The event will take place from 10:00am to 5:00pm, but you can participate in only part of the day too.
In the afternoon of the Friday, November 20th, we are going join their sightseeing tour in Lower Manhattan. We will meet at 1:00pm-ish somewhere in Midtown and will give them a quick tour of Lower Manhattan until the evening.
If you are interested in participating in either the 19th or the 20th (or both), please sign up at http://bit.ly/lagccEventReg. This event is open to all CUNY students. If you know anyone who might be interested, please share the information with them.
Thank you and I’m looking forward to seeing you again there.
Tomonori Nagano, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Modern Languages and Literatures Program
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue (B-234FF)
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel: 718-482-5484 / firstname.lastname@example.org
DOUBLE FEATURE FILM SCREENING
The Voices of a Distant Star / The Garden of Words
(C) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films
Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation, New York co-host a special film screening of director Makoto Shinkai’s productions on Friday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Japan Information Center. Admission to the screening is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to kanako_shirasaki(a )jfny.org (please change (a) to @) by Tuesday, November 10th. This screening is in Japanese with English subtitles, preceded by an introduction by Prof. Shige Suzuki, CUNY Baruch College.
The Voices of a Distant Star is a 25-minute animation set in 2046. This science-fiction feature tells the story of a long-distance relationship between a girl in space and a boy on Earth who try to keep their young love alive through text messages. The Garden of Words is a story about the unique relationship that develops between a fifteen year old boy and a twenty-seven year old woman after a chance meeting on a rainy day. Against a beautiful, dreamlike backdrop, director Makoto Shinkai uses motifs such as rain, Manyoshu poetry, and the Japanese garden to tell this story.
Time and Date:
Friday, November 13th, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Japan Information Center Gallery
Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10171
Please bring photo IDs.
The Voices of a Distant Star (2002, 25min)
(C) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films
Middle school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao are close friends and members of the same club activities. But in the summer of 2046, Mikako tells Noboru that she has been chosen as a Select Member of the United Nations Space Army. Mikako leaves Earth in the winter of 2047, while Noboru goes on to high school in Japan. Separated by space, the two try to stay in touch by mobile mail. However, as Mikako goes farther out in the solar system on board the Lysithea spaceship, it takes increasingly longer for each to receive the other’s mail. Noboru stays on Earth, frustrated by his situation and resigned to the fact that he can only wait for Mikako’s emails. As time goes by, the Lysithea fleet approaches a time warp, a situation that make both Mikako and Noboru acutely aware of the time gap separating them.
The Garden of Words (2013, 46min)
(C) Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films
When Takao, a high school student dreaming of becoming a shoemaker, skips school one day in favor of sketching shoes in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters the mysterious Yukino. Older, but perhaps not much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. The two strike up an unusual relationship through chance meetings in the same garden on each rainy day. But the rainy season is coming to a close, leaving many things left unshared between them…
Prof. Shige Suzuki
Shige (CJ) Suzuki is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College, The City University of New York (CUNY) where he teaches courses in Japan Studies such as Japanese literature, film, and popular culture. Professor Suzuki received his Ph.D. in Literature from University of California at Santa Cruz in 2008. His current research interests are comparative literature, cultural studies, critical theory, and comics/manga studies. He has published articles in both English and Japanese. Recent published articles include “Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s Gekiga and the Global Sixties: Aspiring for an Alternative” in Manga’s Cultural Crossroads, edited by Jaqueline Berndt and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (2013), “Traversing Art and Manga: Ishiko Junzo’s Writings on Manga/Gekiga” on Comics Forum (2014), and “Autism and Manga: Comics for Women, Disability, and Tobe Keiko’s With the Light” in International Perspectives on Shojo and Shojo Manga: The Influence of Girl Culture, edited by Masami Toku (2015).
This screening is co-presented by Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation, New York.
With the success of Los Angeles Career Forum 2015 (439 participants during the two-day event and 22 companies including Accenture, KPMG, Deloitte, LINE, and Sony Computer Entertainment participating), DISCO International has announced another Career Forum in Boston.
— BOSTON CAREER FORUM —
November 20 – 22 (Fri. – Sun.), 2015
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
* Travel scholarships available! Apply by Nov. 5.
DISCO International invites you to the world’s largest job fair for
individuals with Japanese and English language abilities.
The Boston Career Forum is for anyone who:
– possesses a minimum of conversational ability in both Japanese and English
– is looking for a full-time or internship position
– is interested in working for one of the almost 200 companies expected
to participate such as:
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS / APPLE JAPAN / BARCLAYS / BLOOMBERG L.P. /
BMW GROUP JAPAN / EXPEDIA / FAST RETAILING (UNIQLO) / GOLDMAN SACHS /
HITACHI / JOHNSON & JOHNSON / KIRIN / MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS /
MORGAN STANLEY / PANASONIC / PwC JAPAN / SHISEIDO / SOFTBANK GROUP /
SONY / TWITTER JAPAN and more!
Unlike typical job fairs, companies from all different industries will
be holding several rounds of interviews during the Boston Career Forum.
Some will even make offers by the end of the three-day event. There is
no fee to register for and attend the Boston Career Forum.
For online registration and more info regarding the above, please go to:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
We look forward to seeing you in Boston!
NY Aichi Kenjinkai proudly presents a screening of Raise the Castle! (Chikujo Seyo!) with English subtitles on Friday October 2. All are welcome to this screening and networking event. Refreshments are included in the admission fee.
About the movie: The story unfolds in a small city in rural Aichi Prefecture near the ruins of Sanage Castle. The city residents wish to restore the castle to revitalize the local community, but the city administration wants to invite businesses for more tax income. In the midst of this conflict, there suddenly appear the spirits of three samurai who died 400 years ago with a leftover grudge against this world. These spirits command the people to restore the castle. However, they can only stay in this world for a few days, which is not enough time to restore the castle properly, so the spirits and residents decide to rebuild it with cardboard boxes. Rising kabuki star Ainosuke Ichikawa plays the lead role as the commanding samurai general. The Aichi Institute of Technology sponsored the production of this movie, and its students and many Sanage residents volunteered as participants.
The short version of this movie, directed and produced by Yoproduced in 2009.
Date: October 2, 2015 (Friday)
Doors open: 6:30 pm
Movie starts: 7:00 pm
Reception: 9-10:00 pm
Place: Japanese American Association of New York
49 W. 45th St. 11th Fl, New York City
Ticket: General: Advance $20, at door $25
Student: Advance $10, at door $15
Registration: Please email to email@example.com