From acclaimed director Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Still in the Water), the 2015 film Sweet Bean (あん) is a poignant and exquisite intergenerational drama about three characters finding connections in the most unexpected ways. It begins with a introverted loner Sentaro (Matoshi Nagase) who runs a “dorayaki” shop (pancakes filled with sweet bean paste) in the suburbs of Tokyo. A 76 year old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) persistently asks Sentaro to work in his shop and eventually he accepts. The acceptance is the start of change for Sentaro, Tokue and Wakana (a regular at the shop) as they begin to open their hearts to reveal old wounds and painful secrets.
JAPAN SINGS! THE JAPANESE MUSICAL FILM April 8–23, 2016
This spring, Japan Society celebrates the astonishing yet little-known world of Japanese musical films. The series focuses on the golden age of the “popular song film” starring teen idols and TV stars from the 50s and 60s. It also reaches back to prewar singing samurai and forward to twenty-first century genre mashups – 10 songful cinema gems all on 35mm! Musical performance in these films incorporates Japanese musical tradition as well as the utopian space of the Hollywood musical to create a rich commentary on the intimate and unequal relation between Japan and the USA. This series is guest curated by Michael Raine, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Western University, Canada.
Details & Tickets ($12/$9 members,seniors, students) Location: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
From The American Association of Teachers of Japanese:
The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Applications are accepted twice a year for Bridging Scholarships.
Meijo University (Nagoya, Japan) offers the summer program (from June 27 – July 9th) during the summer of 2016.
Two professors–Dr. Yasumi Murata and Dr. Mami Futagami–from Meijo University visited Baruch College and gave an information session on March 3rd, 2016.
The summer program comes with several fee waivers and a scholarship for covering the expense for accommodation. Still, you need to cover the rest of the expenses (see below).
As the Baruch Japan Program, we will be able to send 3 students for the program. If you are interested in the program and seriously consider applying to the program, please familiarize yourself with the program first. And, then, please notify Professor Suzuki of your interest ASAP: SHIGERU.SUZUKI@baruch.cuny.edu.
You are responsible for finding out the final amount of the expenses, but the estimated expenses for an individual student will be the followings:
Transportation (Air tickets + domestic transportation in Japan)
The accommodation: 30,000 yen (approx. $270 dollars). The accommodation expense is 80,000 yen (approx. $710) but the scholarship covers the amount of 50,000 yen (approx. $ 440). Therefore, you are responsible for the rest: 30,000 yen (approx. $270).
2-week travel insurance (mandatory)
Several meals (lunch and dinner), although some meals are provided (see the brochure) + your private expenses for free time (souvenir, exploring the city, and others)
We hope you all enjoyed our study abroad session last week. This Thursday during club hours in room 11-165, we will be having our second Japanese Conversation Class with the Japanese Anime Asylum. As you may know, JCC is an event designed to help introduce students to the Japanese language as well as to help them improve their Japanese speaking skills. For this JCC, we will be collaborating with the Japanese Anime Asylum to teach you about anime phrases. Refreshments will be served as well. We hope to see you all there!
From Film Forum: The late, great Setsuko Hara in Late Spring.
Film Forum is screening Yasujiiro Ozu’s 1949 family drama Late Spring （晩春）until March 10.
Details | Tickets (Members $8, General $14) Screening Times: DAILY (except SUN/MON) 12:30 2:50 5:10 7:30 9:50 SUN 3:00 5:20 7:30 9:45 MON 12:30 2:40 4:50 8:45 Location:
209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave.
As the human loss and material devastation of 3/11 remain urgent issues five years on, this symposium focuses on innovations in art and architecture that have arisen in the aftermath of the disaster, and considers the ongoing efforts at rebuilding from new perspectives. Leading artists, practitioners and scholars discuss the emergence of local community as a determining factor of creative expression, and its potential as a model for art and architecture globally. Participants include architectural historian and ArchiAid co-founder Prof.Taro Igarashi (Tohoku University), exhibition artists Lieko Shiga and Tomoko Yoneda, and In the Wake co-curator Anne Nishimura Morse (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Refreshments and free gallery admission provided.
Tickets: $35/$25 Japan Society members, seniors & students (includes exhibition admission)
Yukari Fujimoto, Professor of Japanese Studies, Meiji University; Visiting Scholar, Columbia University
Moderated by Hikari Hori, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 918
No registration required.
In this drawing released by Kazuto Tatsuta /KODANSHA, the main character in comic-artist Kazuto Tatsuta’s comic g1F: The Labor Diary Of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant” stands against the tsunami-crippled plant’s reactor shattered by melt-down. Tatsuta worked at the plant that suffered three meltdowns after the 2011 tsunami from June to December 2012 in part because he was struggling as a manga artist, but g1Fh is his biggest success yet. The opening episode won a newcomer award and was published last year in Morning, a weekly manga magazine with a circulation of 300,000. (AP Photo/Kazuto Tatsuta /KODANSHA)
from Niponica : “On March 3 every year it is common for families to celebrate their young daughters during the Hina-matsuri festival, by displaying small dolls in the home. In one region in Shizuoka Prefecture, homes are decorated with tsurushi-bina, which are made of cloth and suspended in an ornate display.” (Photo: Aflo)
Niponica is “a web magazine that introduces modern Japan to people all over the world.” It is also a useful resource for Japanese and Japanese Culture Studies students!
The newest issue, No. 17, focuses on miniatures in Japan. It is available on the web and in PDF format.