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June 2008 Newsletter
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Meet David Carter 2008 World Affairs Council Scholarship Recipient to Japan

A young man who takes his academics very seriously, Wilkinsburg High School junior David Carter is also very involved in both his school and community. He is a member of Student Council, Student Forum, and the Wilkinsburg Borough Council as well as his school’s band and Track and Field team. He also participates in dual-enrollment and takes college courses in addition to his regular high school curriculum. He hopes to turn his love of math and sciences into a career as an engineer. His four-week program in Japan includes an orientation in Tokyo, a three week-long Japanese language immersion program, and homestay and tours of ancient temples in Kyoto.

Omedeto and safe travels, David!

Volunteer Thanks and Meeting Announcement

Thank you Japan in the Schools volunteers! Your continued dedication to education about Japan has made this year’s program an unprecedented success. By the end of the school year our many educational outreach programs will have reached almost 5,000 students in the Greater Pittsburgh region. The JASP is committed to broadening the scope of its educational curriculum and is interested in enlivening and improving our teaching resources.

We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to join us for our next meeting on Saturday, June 14 @ 9:30 am in the JASP offices and learn about becoming involved in this exciting program. If you have questions, please email the JASP at jasp@us-japan.org or call the JASP office at (412) 433-5021.

Japanese Traditional Sweet Maker will Give Hands-on Workshops in U.S.

West Virginia’s Bethany College has invited a talented Japanese traditional sweet maker (wagashi shokunin) for a hands-on workshop this October 2008 on the Bethany campus. Bethany College is located about 40 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh.

Master Masahiro Koie, is a chief sweet maker and an owner of Risendo (Tokoname-city, Aichi Japan) which opened in 1902. Master Koie’s grandfather is a founder of Risendo. Master Koie graduated with a high honor from Tokyo Sweet Making School in 1973 and has been making traditional sweets (wagashi) for 35 years. We will share more details about this exciting opportunity as it unfolds. To gauge interest, please email us at
jasp@us-japan.org if you’d like to participate.

Program Full
This June 4 program is filled to capacity.

If you are unable to go, but still Interested in finding out more about Ariko Iso, please use the following links:

USA Today

Trends in Japan


Resource List
Do you know of a source for taiko drum instruction, shoji screen preparation, an on-site traveling sushi maker? The JASP often receives requests like these and we are compiling a resource list, which we will make available to you. Please email your valuable information to the JASP administrative assistant, Kelly Chaney.
Submit an Event or Article
If you have an event or an article to suggest for an upcoming newsletter, please email the JASP at jasp@us-japan.org or call the JASP office at (412) 433-5021.

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