Monthly Archives: February 2018

Utai (songs) and Ko-tsuzumi (small hand drums) Mar. 9(Fri) 2:10 – 3:25

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The Localization of Manga: Kazuo Tatsuta’s _Ichi-F (3/11 Commemoration Event, March 11th, 2018)

The Manga University of New York (MUNY) invites editor Lauren Scanlan and Eisner Award-nominated letterer Deron Bennett from Kodansha Comics to the 2nd MUNY event.

They will discuss Kazuo Tatsuta’s Ichi-F and the localization process of Japanese manga into the English-speaking audience.

The event is also to commemorate the Japan’s triple disaster–the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown–in 2011. Please join us to this precious opportunity to take a peak at the manga publishing industry in the U.S.!

Event website:

Date: Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (or later)
Location: RESOBOX East Village : 91 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003 (Map)
Admission: $10 (general) / $8 (students)


The March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake upended the Tohoku area of Japan, causing meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant and devastating the surrounding region. Kazuto Tatsuta, then an aspiring mangaka, took an interest in the cleanup and restoration efforts, eventually joining them himself and documenting his experiences in the graphic memoir Ichi-F. What began as a brief “work report” eventually became a vital and rare public record of what is still an extremely secretive cleanup effort. In light of its historic importance and unique storytelling, Kodansha Comics decided that it was essential that Ichi-F be translated into English – but this is just the beginning of the story. Join Kodansha Comics editor Lauren Scanlan as she discusses the singular challenges involved with bringing Ichi-F to the English-speaking world.

About Tatsuta’s Ichi-F:

On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered the largest earthquake in its modern history. The 9.0-magnitude quake threw up a devastating tsunami that wiped away entire towns, and caused, in the months afterward, three nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. Altogether, it was the costliest natural disaster in human history.

This is not the story of that disaster.

This is the story of a man who took a job. Kazuto Tatsuta was an amateur artist who signed onto the dangerous task of cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, which the workers came to call “Ichi-F.” This is the story of that challenging work, of the trials faced by the local citizens, and of the unique camaraderie that built up between the mostly blue-collar workers who had to face the devious and invisible threat of radiation on a daily basis. After six months, Tatsuta’s body had absorbed the maximum annual dose of radiation allowed by regulations, and he was forced to take a break from the work crew, giving him the time to create this unprecedented, unauthorized, award-winning view of daily life at Fukushima Daiichi.

About the Lecturers

Lauren Scanlan

Lauren Scanlan is an editor for Kodansha Comics, and has worked on many series including Akira: 35thAnniversary Box SetSailor Moon Eternal Edition, and Land of the Lustrous. She has an MBA in Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), and has spent her career working in localization.

Deron Bennett

Eisner Award-nominated letterer, Deron Bennett knew early on that he wanted to work in comics. After receiving his B.F.A. from SCAD in 2002, Deron moved out to Los Angeles to pursue his career in sequential art. He quickly became a letterer and production artist with TOKYOPOP, but soon found himself returning to his hometown in New Jersey to raise a family. Since then, Deron has been providing lettering services for various comic book companies. His body of work includes Ichi-F, Attack on Titan Junior High, Cyborg 009, and Fairy Tail. You can learn more about Deron by visiting his website or following @andworlddesign on Twitter.

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Kazuhiro Sōda’s Lecture at Baruch College (Monday, Feb. 26th, 2018)

Mr. Kazuhiro Soda/Laboratory X, Inc.:

The seats are limited, please contact Professor Shige (CJ) Suzuki for securing your seat.

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Upcoming U.S. Career Forum for your Japanese-English speaking students

Students with some degree of both Japanese and English language abilities are invited to come speak and interview with hiring companies from all over the country for full-time positions in the U.S. at the upcoming U.S. Career Forum.

This will be a great opportunity to network and learn about the best way to use your Japanese language ability as part of your career. Many companies make offers of employment by the end of the event.

Career Forum registration and attendance are entirely free.

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (in New York)
May 12 (Sat.), 2018
* All positions in the U.S. using Japanese
* All students with legal U.S. work permission welcome (including OPT candidates)
* Travel Scholarship available
* Participating companies include DENKA Corporation, IACE TRAVEL, IIJ AMERICA INC., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC WIRING SYSTEMS, Valqua America, Inc., and more.

If you have questions about any of the Career Forums, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you there!



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Noh: The Sound of Breathing Mar.10th 2018 (Sat) 5:00 pm

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Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm

Next week noted sci-fi scholar Steve Ryfle joins us at Japan Society to illuminate the life of filmmaker Ishiro Honda, the director behind the original Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan movies!

Join us for Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30pm. The talk will be followed by a book signing of Ryfle’s new book, Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, and a display of Godzilla memorabilia. You’ll also have a chance to purchase your own Godzilla collectibles!

Monster movie fans won’t want to miss out on this great event. Get your tickets today!


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Program Associate, Talks+


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Come and see Daniel Mendelsohn with his new book “An Odyssey” March 1(Thur) 6PM

The author Daniel Mendelsohn will be interviewed on stage and will read from his new book An Odyssey on Thursday, March 1 at 6pm in Engelman Hall at BPAC, co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Center and Great Works.  Students and faculty are free, but reservations are necessary. They can be made by clicking the picture below, or visit and click the event link. Or  Tickets for the general public are $21.

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2018 JAA – Honjo Scholarship Awards

2018 JAA – Honjo Scholarship Awards


Through generous funding from the Honjo Foundation, JAA is looking for qualified candidates for its 2018 JAA – HONJO Scholarship. This is open to students who will be enrolled in a full time course of graduate study (except medical, music, studio art and performing arts) at an accredited U.S. university in the greater New York area in academic year 2018-2019. The student should be able to demonstrate an interest in and ideally is already involved in furthering U.S. – Japan relations. The deadline for applications is noon, February 28, 2018. You can download the PDF application form and submit to the JAA.


Please submit:

  1. a resume or CV,
  2. two letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor)
  3. undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. Essay on how your current course of study will help further US-Japan relations (500 – 750 words).

If you are chosen as a recipient, you will be expected to stay in touch with the Honjo Foundation in Tokyo, Japan and let them know the status of your studies and how you have used your scholarship.


You may submit your application to:

The Japanese American Association of New York /JAA
49 West 45th New York, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

Please indicate on the envelope “HONJO SCHOLARSHIP.”


*If you have any question, please contact us at

In prior years, the amount of the scholarship has ranged from $3,500 to 10,000.

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Hearts and Crafts (Origami Day) (Feb. 15th, 2018)

Konnichiwa Minna-san!
Ogenki desu ka?

This Thursday during club hours, Japan Club is holding an origami day!

We’ll be folding various different shapes (including hearts to celebrate Valentine’s day).

Please join us in room 4-175!


See ya there!

Ja ne~

Mary Amigud
Vice President, 2017-2018
Baruch Japan Club
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Welcome Party by Baruch Japan Club (Feb. 8th, 2018)

Upcoming Social
Also, because there is no school on Monday, February 19th, we are planning on having our first social of the semester. If you couldn’t make it to the other ones last semester, this is a perfect opportunity to hang out with us!

We would love to hear back from you all in deciding where we should go, so please be sure to fill out the short poll below NO LATER THANFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,
Kimberly Martinez
Secretary, 2017-2018
Baruch Japan Club

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