Monthly Archives: February 2016

Hinamatsuri + Meijō University Summer Program Info. Session by Baruch Japan Club


Join us this Thursday during club hours for both a mini study abroad seminar and to celebrate Hinamatsuri Day (Doll Festival)!

Professor Murata and Professor Futagami will be joining us from Nagoya, Japan to tell us about their new summer program. Not only this but they have also agreed to teach us songs and origami specific to the Hinamatsuri! So stop by for a not only informative but fun and interactive event! Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you all there!

Event: Meijō Univ. Study Abroad Seminar + Hinamatsuri
Date: Thursday, March 3rd
Time & Place: VC10-165 12:45-2:20pm


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The Alt-Manga Symposium (April 7th, Thursday at Baruch College)

2016 Spring - Alt-Manga Symposium [Web]

The Japanese Program at Baruch College  and Baruch Japan Club will present the “Alt-Manga Symposium” on April 7th (Thursday) at Baruch College.

The “Alt-Manga Symposium” invites scholars, professionals, and artists in and around the city of New York to give lectures and conversations about Japanese comics known as manga. One of the primary objectives of the symposium is to show the rich and diverse world of Japanese comics with a focus on Japanese alternative and non-mainstream manga, and their development in both domestic and transnational contexts. The invited guest lecturers/artists are Akino Kondoh (NY-based manga/visual artist), Erica Friedman (the Founder of Yuricon, ALC Publishing), Professor George Tsouris (professor of Japanese literature and philosophy), and Professor Shige (CJ) Suzuki (organizer). The planned symposium is the successor of last year’s “Shōjo Manga Symposium” held at CUNY, Baruch College, and the “Shōjo Manga Exhibition” (Feb. 7 – Feb 27, 2015).

To reserve a seat for the symposium, please register on the website below.

Map and Access:
The Symposium is held at the classroom VC5-165 Building B (The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus)





The events are sponsored by the Japan Foundation, New York.




The event is free of charge and open to public, but attendee discretion is advised since adult content will be presented to facilitate topics of discussion.

Date: April 7th (Thursday)
Time: 12:40 to 2:00 pm
Place: VC5-165 (see the map below)


  1. Professor Shige (CJ) Suzuki
    Professor CJ Suzuki (PhD, University of California Santa Cruz) is an assistant professor who specializes in comparative literature, film, and popular culture, teaching courses on Japanese literature, film, and culture, as well as the Japanese language. Dr. Suzuki has published several articles and book chapters on Japanese comics, including  “Tatsumi Yoshihiro’s Gekiga and the Global Sixties: Aspiring for an Alternative” inManga’sCulturalCrossroads, edited by Jaqueline Berndt and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer (2013), “Traversing Art and Manga: Ishiko Junzō’s Writings on Manga/Gekiga” on Comics Forum (2014), and “Autism and Manga: Comics for Women, Disability, and Tobe Keiko’sWith the Light” in International Perspectives on Shojo and Shojo Manga: The Influence of Girl Culture, edited by Masami Toku (2015).
  1. Ms. Akino Kondoh, Manga-ka/Artist
    Ms. Akino Kondoh graduated from Tama Art University, Tokyo, with a BA in Graphic Design in 2003. Her work spans various media—animation, manga, drawing, and painting—and has been exhibited internationally. She was awarded a residency at International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York, and has lived and worked in the city since 2008. Kondoh’s work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at international venues including MoCA Shanghai; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Guangdong Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The National Art Center, Tokyo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; New York; Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
    Kondoh’s website:
  1. Professor George Tsouris
    Professor Goerge Tsouris is a professor of Japanese literature and philosophy at City University of New York. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University in 2002. After living in Japan, his academic interests have focused on ethics and justice, especially as applied to post-war Japanese contexts in literature, manga, butoh and the arts. In addition to academics, Professor Tsouris has also composed and directed the opera Ektor (2010), and the dance piece Death of the Buddha (2011), while also directing several repertoire and contemporary operettas. He also creates animation for short films and video games.
  1. Erica Friedman, the Founder of Yuricon, ALC Publishing
    Ms. Erica Friedman holds a Masters Degree in Library Science and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, and is a full-time researcher for a Fortune 100 company. She has lectured at dozens of conventions and presented at film festivals, notably the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She has participated in an academic lecture series at MIT, University of Illinois, Harvard University, Kanagawa University and others. Erica has written about Yuri for Japanese literary journal EurekaAnimerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Dark Horse, and contributed to ForbesSlate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, Afterellen and The Mary Sue online. She writes news and event reports, interviews Yuri creators and reviews Yuri anime, manga and related media on her blog Okazu, since 2002.
    Friedman’s website:



1.“Gekiga and Japanese Counterculture: Garo and COM” by Shige (CJ) Suzuki)

This talk explores the socio-historical and cultural context of the development of gekiga by examining the shifting media ecology of Japanese comics industry, important comics artists and their works, and the impact of gekiga on other artistic and cultural practices. The focus will be on two major “alternative” magazines: Garo (1964 – 2002) and COM (1967-1972), both of which offered an outlet for innovative, unorthodox, and transgressive artists. Both comics magazines not only expanded comics expressions but also pushed the conceptual horizon of “manga,” attempting to legitimize the artistic value of comics while maintaining a sense of unruly proclivity by being “alternative.” This opening talk traces the emergence and development of gekiga as Japanese alternative comics in the context of postwar Japanese visual culture, mainly from mid-1950s to early 1970s, illustrating how both these comics magazines played a role in shaping the visual culture of Japanese counterculture.


  1. “A Conversation with Akino Kondoh” presented by George Touris

The discussion between George Tsouris and Akino Kondoh explores the manga, animation, and visual artworks of Ms. Kondoh. Special attention will be paid to how her works express feelings of isolation felt as a female in America and Japan. We will also examine how her works represent the feminine immigrant experience in New York City, and compare and contrast her experiences in America and Japan as an artist who works across different media. In this context, we will also discuss how Ms. Kondoh manages a successful art career in today’s world.


  1. “Alt-Manga, Queer Manga” by Erica Friedman

This talk establishes the social and political landscape and market forces that brought about a rise in manga by and for gender and sexual minorities, both in Japan and the west. Starting with the days before the Internet, as fan communities developed and digressed, through contemporary political shifts, this talk contextualizes the complex interplay of fan, creator and industry needs in regards to identification with and representation of sexual and gender minorities in manga.

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Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan

From Asia Society:
Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan examines the interplay of realism and the sacred in more than thirty Buddhist masterpieces from the Kamakura period (1185–1333). ”

Asia Society will also be holding a keynote address and an exhibition viewing, along with a one-day interdisciplinary symposium (Empowering Objects: Kamakura-period Buddhist Art in Ritual Contexts) at Columbia University:

“Held in conjunction with the exhibition… this major multidisciplinary symposium brings together scholars and experts in art history, religious studies, musicology, and Japanese history to examine the multifaceted artistic traditions and spiritual practices that flourished during the Kamakura period.”

Details: Exhibition , Keynote, Symposium
Exhibition– $12.00; $10.00 for seniors and $7.00 for students with ID;
free for members and persons under 16 and on Fridays 6 PM – 9 PM.
KeynoteRegistration Required
SymposiumRSVP required
Exhibition Period: February 9 – May 8
Keynote Date &  Time: Friday, February 26, 6:30 PM
Symposium Date & Time: Saturday 27 February, 9 AM – 6 PM, Schedule
Exhibition & Keynote Location: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Symposium Location: Julius S. Held Lecture Hall, 304 Barnard Hall, 3rd Fl., 3009 Broadway (W117th St.)

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NUCLEAR NATION II in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of 3/11.



THURS., MAR. 17 at 7 PM









Japan Society Film is very excited to announce our upcoming New York premiere screening ofNUCLEAR NATION II in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of 3/11.


This follow-up to director Atsushi Funahashi’s critically-acclaimed 2012 documentary continues his investigation into the aftermath of the 3/11 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown by following a community of displaced people from Futaba who continue to live in temporary housing.


We are inviting director Funahashi to present his powerful documentary and discuss the ongoing recovery situation through a post-screening Q&A.


I hope you will consider helping us spread the word about this screening on your website, social media accounts or through your classes! Every bit helps and is sincerely appreciated, and I personally believe your readership will be very interested in this screening.


Thank you for your time and consideration!


Angelina Kurganska

Japan Society Film


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Info for students about upcoming U.S. Career Forum (April 9)

Info for students about upcoming U.S. Career Forum (April 9)
– 25 hiring companies and counting including APPLE, IACE TRAVEL, KPMG, MIZUHO BANK, Y’S PUBLISHING GROUP
– For full-time and internship positions using Japanese throughout the U.S.
– For students with legal permission to work in the U.S. (including current and future OPT holders graduating by 12/2016)
– Participation is free for all students, and attendance support is available for those traveling far to attend
– Details here:

As per usual, you will find copied below an announcement for your students with Japanese language ability regarding the U.S. Career Forum.
If you could forward this message on to your students or have it available on your newsletter/website/facebook, it would be greatly appreciated.

I’ve also attached a digital copy of the event flyer that you are more than welcome to utilize.

Your feedback is important to us. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or comments.

Thank you again for all of your assistance.
Warm regards,

Katie Yokota
DISCO International, Inc.

Kozue (Katie) Yokota |
DISCO International, Inc. |
15 W 44th St. 5th Fl. New York, NY 10036 USA
Tel: 212-403-6843 Fax: 212-382-2390

Announcement for your students regarding the U.S. Career Forum

Students with at least conversational Japanese and English language abilities are welcome to attend the U.S. Career Forum to explore career and internship options and perhaps even land a job.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Javits Center, Hall 1E
655 W 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
* Attendance support available! Apply by March 23.

The U.S. Career Forum is for anyone who:
– possesses a minimum of conversational ability in both Japanese and English
– possesses legal permission to work in the U.S. (including OPT candidates graduating by December 2016)
– is looking for a full-time or internship position

26 companies have already signed up including AMAZON WEB SERVICES, APPLE, DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK, IACE TRAVEL, KPMG, MIZUHO BANK, Y’S PUBLISHING, ACTUS CONSULTING (Recruiting Agency), and many more.

Unlike typical job fairs, companies from all different industries will be holding interviews during the U.S. Career Forum.
Some may even make offers by the end of the event. There is no fee to register for or attend Career Forums.

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 there!

DISCO International, Inc.

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Baruch Japan Club: Japanese Conversation Class and GIM

This Thursday during club hours, we will be having our first Japanese Conversation Class and GIM. JCC is an event dedicated to helping people learn and practice speaking Japanese with their peers, regardless of their skill level. Here’s your chance to practice your Japanese with other members. Refreshments will be served as well. We hope to see you all there!

Event Information

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25th, 12:45-2:05 PM

Place: VC 10-165

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The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World

The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World


The State of Japanese Animation in a Post-Miyazaki World

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 PM

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Artwork © Ben Warren/Japan Society.

When legendary director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from Studio Ghibli recently, the world of Japanese anime was in mourning. In the vacuum left by the famed director, known for masterpieces like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, an opportunity has emerged for new talent to take center stage. Scriptwriter Dai Sato and animator/producer Justin Leach come to Japan Society to talk about the future of anime in the post-Miyazaki era. Dai Sato has written scripts for highly acclaimed television series and films including Samurai Champloo, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Cowboy Bebop. Justin Leach has also worked many years in the animation industry, including as a CG creator on Innocence: Ghost in the Shell 2 and on the animation sequences in Kill Bill. Dai and Justin are both members of Japan Society’s Innovators Network. Followed by a reception.

Tickets: $13/$10 Japan Society members, seniors & students

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Grand Japan Theater New York (March 1st from 8 pm)


Ebizo Ichikawa XI performs Kagamijishi

Performance Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | 8 PM

An Evening of Japanese Traditional Theatre

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Starring kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, this performance highlights traditional Japanese music by showcasing three different traditional Japanese theatrical art forms: kabuki, noh, andkyogen. It is rare, even in Japan, to see these performed in the same evening and on the same stage. Artistic Director of the Grand Japan Theater Denjiro Tanaka is the son of Tadao Kamei, a noh musician, and Sataro Tanaka, the daughter of kabuki musicians. His shared lineage made this collaboration possible.


  • Ebizo Ichikawa, Kabuki Actor
    Tadao Kamei, Noh-gaku Hayashi Musician
    Ippei Shigeyama, Noh Actor
    Kurouemon Katayama, Noh Actor
    Kisho Umewaka, Noh Actor
    Yoshimasa Kanze, Noh Actor
    Hirotada Kamei, Noh-gaku Hayashi Musician
    Denjiro Tanaka, Kabuki Hayashikata Musician
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Rated PG-13; recommended ages 8 to adult
Japan; Mamoru Hosoda, 2015; 119 min

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING — See it before it opens nationwide on March 4th! The latest tale from Mamoru Hosoda is brimming with the striking visuals Festival veterans have come to expect from the director of 2010’s Summer Wars and 2013 Audience Award-winner Wolf Children. When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, they begin training together and slowly form a makeshift family. When a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between the unlikely pair is put to the test in a final, epic showdown. Can they work together to combine their strength and courage? In Japanese with English subtitles. Presented by Funimation Films.

Note: Fighting and swordplay are integral to the story. During more heated moments, strong language is used.

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QC-Summer 2016 Study Abroad


There is no better—or more enjoyable—way of learning about the world than through travel. In fact, Queens College

encourages all students to leave New York City at some point in their academic careers, whether or not they speak

a foreign language; many classes are offered in English. Study Abroad options range from relatively short summer

and winter intersession courses to programs that last a semester or two. Programs are open to all undergraduate

students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria).

There is travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

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Click here to apply today for Summer 2016 Study Abroad!


to find out more about our 2016 Study Abroad Programs



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