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January 2009 Newsletter    

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Japanese Aquarium Welcomes Year of the Ox

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  Photos by Andrew Gray, a photographer of people and culture living in Tokyo, Japan. Click here to see more.
Japanese Mood: Portraits of Contemporary Choreographers (Jan 8-14)
At the Nippon Gallery in the Nippon Club, view the works of Peggy Jarrell Kaplan, a New York based photographer who captures the artistic as well as personal moods of 33 Japanese contemporary choreographers/dancers.
Click here to see more.
Every year, farmers in the rural town Inakadate, Japan create rice field art. They mix different varieties in with in with their regular rice in special patterns to make new images on their field. The results only last as long as it’s time to harvest the rice. While Inakadate is Japan’s most famous rice paddy decorating town, a couple of other places in Japan have joined in the fun, like this image from Yonezawa, Yamagata prefecture. Click here to see more photos.
  1. Youth for Understanding USA
    (YFU USA)

    Scholarships for 2009-2010
    Deadline: January 27, 2009
    including many opportunities to travel to Japan. For details and application procedures see www.yfu-usa.org
  2. The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), through the generosity of Verizon, is offering six (6) scholarships each worth $4,500 to Asian American students with the most innovative ideas on how to create, support, and nurture more leaders within our Asian American communities. www.naaap.org/scholarship
    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.
  4. Keizai Koho Center Educator Fellowship 2009
    Application deadline:
    Feb. 28, 2009
    For details, please click here.

For more information about available scholarships, please click here. Or call the JASP office, 412.567.5023 or email lashonda@us-japan.org.

Japanese emperor hopes for better times in 2009

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Elliott Company: Manufacturer of the Year, Large Category Award

CEO Antonio Casillo has a unique way of measuring the satisfaction of customers who purchase products from Jeannette-based Elliott Co.

“Every product we make includes a big tag that says ‘if you are not completely satisfied with the product or service, call the president of Elliott Co.’ and it includes my name and phone number,” he said. “I base our success on the fact that I’ve never gotten any calls.” Click here to read the complete Pittsburgh Business Times article.

Friend of JASP Ariko Iso, a member of the three-person Steelers training staff along with her two colleagues, were named the 2008 Pro Football Training Staff of the Year.

Iso is the first and only full-time female trainer in the NFL and hosted a popular JASP meet and greet program at the Steelers Sports training facility this past June. A graduate of Oregon State, Iso is in her seventh season with the Steelers

Congratulations to Taylor Allderdice Japanese and Spanish teacher, Dr.Isabel Espino de Valdivia, on being named the 2008 Pennsylvania State Modern Lanuage Association (PSMLA) Teacher of the Year. The recipient of numerous grants and a frequent presenter at state conferences, Dr. Valdivia earned her PhD in Linguistics from Kobe University and has ben an active member of World Language curriculum, assessment and syllabus writing committees in the district.
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

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.

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