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May 2009 Newsletter
Follow Friend of JASP Andrew Bartholomew on his Three Month Bike Trip Through Japan
Last Chance for Signups for the JASP Golf Outing
Monday May 11, 2009
Valley Brook Country Club
McMurray, PA

Click here to follow along on Andrew's blog as he chronicles his three-month cycling trip in Japan. He started this journey in March.

Grand Prize Raffle

Win two round-trip tickets anywhere Delta flies!

We are accepting foursome registrations only...

The Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing. The cost is $1,100 per foursome. Price includes golf fees, lunch, course refreshments, bar beverages and dinner. The cost to attend the dinner only is $60 per person.

10 a.m. Registration/Lunch
12 p.m.: Shotgun Start
(Modified Scramble Format)
5:30 p.m.: Cocktails/Dinner/Raffle

Golfers compete for winning team trophies, individual skill prizes, and hole-in-one prizes. Highlights of the event include the Grand Prize Raffle, exciting opportunities for theater tickets, dinners, golf items and more. Raffle tickets are sold during the cocktail hour and dinner with prizes awarded during the dinner. Contact Kelly at the JASP office for your late foursome registration 412.433.5021.

Proceeds from the Golf Outing support the JASP's educational outreach programs for students and training for teachers, as well as an annual Japanese Speech and Language Competition we hold in conjunction with the Asian Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Art and Cuisine of Japan Event at Carnegie Museum

The Art and Cuisine of Japan at the Carnegie Museum of Art Thursday, May 21, 2009 5:30—10:00 p.m.

Experience the culture of Japan through food and art! Begin your evening with a look at the captivating woodblock prints in the exhibition Matsubara: A Celebration in Pittsburgh. Next, meet the artist and enjoy a five-course dinner pairing Japanese and American cuisine with different varieties of hot and cold sakes.

Exhibition galleries open: 7:00 p.m.: Dinner and tasting in Carnegie Café: $95 members/$110 nonmembers: Call 412.622.3288 to register.

Local Frank Lloyd Wright
Club Startup

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's fascination for Japanese woodblock prints is well known. He elected to travel to Japan over Europe for his very first travel abroad experience in pursuit of prints. Inspired by what he saw, upon returning to America from Japan in 1906, Wright held a landmark Hiroshige exhibition in Chicago. His study of the woodblock print and a great interest in traditional architecture of shrines and temples helped develop his own style. He was awarded a contract to design the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo which withstood in the country's worst earthquake in 1923. He shared his affection towards the arts of Japan as well as his unique philosophy called Organic architecture with his apprentices at his schools in Wisconsin and Arizona.

It would be wonderful for us to talk about his life, his affection toward Japanese aesthetics and natural landscapes, and as a group visit his signature houses local and nationwide. We will have periodical gatherings and plan a trip. In this region, the newest addition to Wright's local legacy is the dismantled and reassembled Usonian Home, the Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort, not too far away from Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. I would like to solicit your involvement in establishing the FLW club. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any ideas and suggestions to help organize the new club.

Keiko Rushlander
Lecture in Japanese, Duquesne University


Japanese Royalty
to Visit U.S.

Japan's Emperor, Empress will visit Hawaii for three days in July

The emperor and empress of Japan, who drew large crowds during their last visit to Hawaii 15 years ago, will stop in the Islands for three days in July on their way home from a visit to Canada.

Click here to read more.

Sakura Success!

The Pittsburgh Sakura Project members planted 40 cherry trees in North Park near the boathouse. Setting a tree in place are, clockwise from left: John Zirckel, holding tree, of Richland; Rob Hellested, of West Deer; Jack Greaf, of Franklin Park; and Takeshi Mori, also of Franklin Park. They all work at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products in Cranberry.

On Saturday, April 25, 2009, with the help of more than 300 volunteers, 22 large Accolade cherry trees were planted, along with 10 Yashino cherries and eight Winterking hawthorns in a grove in North Park.

The planting was the culmination of two years of planning by the Pittsburgh Sakura Project.

Click here to read the complete article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Visit our web site to see more photos from this event.

It's a Wrap: Furoshiki Style!
On Earth Day April 22, 2009, a group of 28 local educators completed three hours of informative lectures and hands-on demonstrations by JASP personnel about the furoshiki, Japan's ancient and now very trendy wrapping cloth. JASP ED Wendy Bennett gave historical perspective on these handy and decorative "green" cloths, Carrie Smith discussed non-Japanese wrapping solutions and Reiko Nakajima and Kiyotaka Hasegawa shared wrapping techniques. Together we brainstormed lesson plans and challenged each other how to incorporate what we learned into teaching many ages and grade levels about Japan.

Check out the educational page on our website for more details on this workshop as well as upcoming Act 48 opportunities.

Photos courtesy of Mee-Li Lee-Jones. To see all the photos from this event, click here.

Shaler educator Shauna Bauers fashions
her new furoshiki into a handy bottle carrier

Upcoming Events
Silk Screen: Asian American Film Festival Returns May 8-17, 2009

The rich tapestry of Asia and Asian American culture folds through films from Asia and Asian Americans.

All Around Us (Japan, 140 min)
Saturday, May 9
Harris Theater, 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 14
Melwood, 7:30 pm

Based on his novel, Ryosuke Hashiguchi's film chronicles eight years of Shoko and Kanou's marriage. It begins in the early nineties when they decide to start a family and Kanou starts his career as a court room illustrator. When tragedy strikes, the pair must learn to cope. All Around Us offers a penetrating look at the stipulations of marriage and love, and the interconnectivity between inflicting pain upon and protecting loved ones.

Click here to watch the Japanese trailer.

Click here to see the complete Silk Screen schedule.

Japan Society of New York Corporate Series
Tipping the Scales: The Evolution of Shareholder Rights in Japan
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Our panel of experts discuss how shareholder activism and the surrounding legal and regulatory framework have evolved in Japan, how Japan's corporate boards are responding, and the degree to which public perception toward activism is beginning to change.

Our industry experts examine recent industry deals involving Japanese firms and share demographic insights into the future of the U.S. health care industry.

TSE's Saito Offers Strategies to Challenge Global Competition
Corporate Luncheon

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tokyo Stock Exchange Group President and CEO Atsushi Saito presents his views on the causes of the recent financial crisis and the status of capital market competition since the crisis. Further, he examines TSE's strategies to challenge the global capital market competition.

Japan: From Kamikaze Capitalism to Smartpower Dynamism
Friday, May 29, 2009

Former chief economist for JP Morgan and Merrill in Japan and long-time Japan analyst and strategist Jesper Koll offers his perspectives.

Click here to stay informed about all Japan Society of New York programs and events

Asian Heritage Day with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Friday, May 29, 2009
7:05 p.m., Pirates VS Houston Astros

The Pittsburgh Pirates will host a special night at the ballpark in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. Join us pre-game on the Southwest Flight Deck for a variety of musical entertainment and fun. Come and cheer on the Pirates at the "Best Ballpark in America!"

Attendees are encouraged to wear traditional ethnic clothes and bring information about the various community groups.

Discount tickets will be available for $7, $10, $17.

Click here for complete details!

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