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March 2009 Newsletter
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2009 Japanese Speech and Language Competition

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The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) will partner with the Asian Studies Center (ASC), University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh to present the Thirteenth Annual Japanese Speech and Language Competition for High School Students. The event will be held on Friday, March 6th at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus.

The contest will feature over 80 students from schools in Western Pennsylvania. This year a guest from the Consulate-General of Japan in New York will come to address the participants. The event is being sponsored by the JASP, The ASC, Westinghouse, Sumitomo Corporation of America, the Consulate-General of Japan in New York, and Mitsubishi Electric Company.

This year's popular documentary "Kokoyakyu" will be screened the afternoon of the contest. The film follows three high school baseball teams on the road to the Koshien championship, which has been described as "the Super Bowl and World Series rolled into one."

Success story: Jerome White, a Pittsburgh native, was the winner of the first language competition and is now a star in Japan as a singer of traditional Japanese folk songs known as “Enka.”

Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota at the Canton Museum of Art

Internationally acclaimed artist Itchiku Kubota used silk kimono as his canvas. Kubota had a lifelong fascination with the subtle changes of color and the quality of light achieved through skillful dyeing techniques combined with the reflective properties of silk. He often used nature as the inspiration for his work.


Save the Date: May 11, 2009

The Annual Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing Valley Brook Country Club - McMurray, PA

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania’s Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial
Golf Outing is a popular event that includes, lunch, cocktails, dinner, and an exciting auction. Golfers compete for winning team trophies, individual skill prizes, and hole-in-one prizes. There is
also the exciting auction with opportunities for theater tickets, winners, golf items and more. Contact the Japan America Society at jasp@us-japan.org or 412 433 5021.

To find out more about all upcoming events, please visit our events page.

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Upcoming Events

Japan Society Live Webcast:

March 10, 2009
The Global Impact of the Financial Crisis

Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman & CEO of The Blackstone Group, offers his view of the marked changes private equity has undergone in the current turmoil and shares his thoughts on where opportunities lie for his investors.

March 20, 2009
The Paradox of Deleveraging

PIMCO’s Paul McCulley shares his views on root causes of the deleveraged global economy and the path he envisions to economic recovery.

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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.

Naoko Matsubara:
Exhibitions at Carnegie Museum and Chatham University


This spring, the Carnegie Museum of Art and Chatham University, both in Pittsburgh, PA are presenting works by leading contemporary woodcut artist, Naoko Matsubara. Along with each exhibition, there will be special programming designed to explore woodblock printing and Japanese culture. The artist, who studied at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in the 1960's, will receive an honorary degree from Chatham.

Naoko Matsubara is considered to be one of the foremost Japanese woodcut artists in the world. For almost 50 years, she has explored the medium of the woodblock print, creating a body of work that is bold, often large in scale, and always captivating.

The Carnegie exhibition features more than sixty works on paper, providing an overview of Ms. Matsubara's career from her earliest prints to her current experimentation with abstraction and vivid color. The Chatham exhibition focuses on the artist's work as an illustrator and includes two original handcolored books.


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