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February 2009 Newsletter
Hot of the Press
  Philanthropist, Antique Collector Mary Hulton Phillips Dies

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Tea Ceremony Lecture and Demonstration in Pittsburgh


The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania is saddened to learn of the death of Mary Hulton Phillips, a local philanthropist, community leader and art patron who founded the Maridon Museum in Butler, PA, as a way of sharing her personal art collection with the world. The Maridon Museum, the only facility in western Pennsylvania to focus solely on Japanese and Chinese art, is a corporate member of the JASP and regularly supports our programs and activities. A Society-sponsored tour of the museum in 2007 allowed members to experience the collection of over 800 objects, including Japanese and Chinese jade and ivory sculptures, netsukes, landscape paintings, scrolls and artifacts, as well as 300 German Meissen porcelain figures.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maridon Museum, 132 N. McKean St., Butler, PA 16001. For more information on the Maridon Museum, which celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2009, please visit the website: www.maridon.org.

Scholarships & Opportunities
Due February 29, 2009
For almost 30 years now, the KKC Fellowship has afforded American and Canadian educators the opportunity to travel to Japan at the beginning of each summer. Ten participants per year are selected to visit schools and corporations, enjoy a homestay and have the chance to experience contemporary Japan first hand and at no cost. For details, please
click here.

Due February 29, 2009
Keio Academy of New York is proud to announce the Aratani Foundation Nikkei-Jin Scholarship for September 2009 Matriculation. For details please click here.

Summer Program for Students Aged 13-15. Join students from Japan and abroad!


Due February 29, 2009
Keio Academy of New York is organizing a two weeks bicultural summer program for students aged 13 to 15 (July 25th to August 8 2009). The program requires the participants to live in an English and Japanese bilingual bicultural dormitory (however, prior knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary, just willingness to interact with students from different cultures). Please take a look at our web site www.keio.edu/summerprogram

For more information about available scholarships, please click here.

Congrats to friend of JASP Ariko Iso and the entire Steelers organization on the phenomenal 2/1/09 victory in Super Bowl XLIII.

Click here to read all about the exciting game.

Upcoming Events

Japan Society Live Webcast:

The U.S. & East Asia Under the Obama Administration

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
6:30 p.m.

How will the new Obama administration impact East Asia? Expert panelists Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Policy Analyst for Time Magazine, John Bussey, Washington Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal and Howard French, Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, discuss whether the Obama administration will create substantive change in the U.S. approach to East Asian relations.

Moderated by Aaron L. Friedberg, Professor of Politics, Princeton University.

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ANA presents “NIPPON EIGA”
Series in Pittsburgh
“Happy Flight”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 5, 2009

Supported by Japan America Society of PA

Shinobu Yaguchi brought feelings of laughter, tears, and exhilaration to audiences in Japan with his films about boys' synchronized swimming and girls' high school big band jazz. The theme of his latest film is "airplanes" of all things! Yaguchi's intent was to create a more realistic, completely new film that oversees all corners of the aviation industry. He interviewed the various sections to create his story, to understand just how many people are involved in making a single airplane take off and land

Place: Regent Square Theater, 1035 South Braddock Ave., Edgewood, PA. 15218

Free Admission RSVP by Saturday, February 1, 2009: www.newyork-tokyo.com/wp/pit/

2008/Japan/103min/Japanese with English subtitles

Four films spanning the diverse realities, histories, and cultures of Asia. Each film will be followed by a moderated discussion.

Feb. 8: China Unreeled
Feb. 12: North Korea Unreeled
Feb. 22: India Unreeled
Feb. 28: Japan Unreeled

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Echoes from the Distant Past:
Music & Musical Instruments of Ancient China, Japan, and Korea
1 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2009

Music dept. Colloquium Series. Half-day Symposium and Concert sponsored by ASC and the Music dept. Three paper presentations by Ingrid Furniss (Univ. of Texas, Arlington), Bell Yung (Univ. of Pittsburgh), and Bo Lawergren (Emeritus, Hunter College, NYC), followed by a recital of harp and kugo by Tomoko Sugawara (NYC). Dining Room A of the William Pitt Union.

Japan Technology Group presents: "Leading Edge Japan" Technology Presentation Series
March 10, 2009

Free, one-day event:

  • Find collaborative partnerships and untapped innovations in your area of interest
  • Latest research trends in Japan
  • Novel approaches in biotechnology
  • Alliances among industry, government & academia

The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Click here for details.

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