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October 2009 Newsletter  
Hot Off the Presses!
Thinking Outside the Box -
Japanese Obento Workshop

Although we are all dedicated Steelers fans, we need to recognize Mitsubishi Electronic Power Products Incorporated (MEPPI) for their contributions to the brand new Dallas Cowboys stadium. In a recent ceremony, the Guinness World Records certified this stadium's MEPPI-built high-def video board as the largest in the world. The structure has four screens and the 600-ton conglomeration hangs 90 feet over the center of the field, stretching from one 20-yard line to the other. If you want to build a replica at home, you can start by attaching 3,200 52-inch flat-screen TVs to both sides of a main display. That's a lot of duct tape. We'd like to see Polomalu in action on that screen, and Friend of JASP Ariko Iso, too!

DPJ to allow married couples to use separate surnames

The government reportedly plans to submit a bill to revise the Civil Code -- which stipulates that married couples must have the same surname -- to an ordinary session of the Diet next year, at the earliest.

Upcoming Events: Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization

International Week Event: Japanese Film Series: "The Cat Returns"
October 2, 2009

7:30 p.m.
125 Frick Fine Arts Building

Schoolgirl Haru's own life may be a mess, but that doesn't prevent her from saving a young cat only to see the cat stand up on its hind legs and thank her. That night, the King of Cats and his court visit Haru to thank for her kind rescue of the King's only son and promise her a series of "countless joys." Much to her distress, Haru soon learns that these "joys" include not only a trip to the Kingdom of Cats, but her own imminent marriage to the cat prince! Free and open to the public. Click for more details!

Gandhi's Birthday Celebration
October 3, 2009

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Bellefield Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh

Join us for a Celebration of Indian Culture, with activities celebrating the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings, featuring dance performances, cultural activities displays, and more! Click for more details!

Japanese Film Series: Memories of Matsuko
October 9, 2009

7:00 p.m.
125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

A Japanese Film Series with a screening of "Memories of Matsuko" (Kiraware Matsuko no Isshou, 2007), in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. 7:00 PM performance by the Japanese Choral Group of Pittsburgh, film at 7:30 PM. -- A fairytale tragedy with the colorful attitude of "Amelie" and style of "Citizen Kane," Memories of Matsuko tells the life story of a woman found dead in a park through the eyes of her nephew Sho, who has been charged with cleaning out his recluse aunt's garbage-filled apartment. Whether teacher, yakuza girlfriend, sister, girlie film star, estranged sibling or murderess, Matsuko's search for love slowly spirals downward into despair - but we're with her every step of the way. Recommended for teens and above. Click for more details!

Fareed Zakaria in Partnership with Pittsburgh Middle East Institute
October 13, 2009

8:00 p.m.
Carnegie Music Hall

Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN’s international affairs program, “Fareed Zakaria GPS” which airs Sundays worldwide. He also writes a weekly column for Newsweek and is the author of several books, including New York Times best seller, The Future of Freedom. His most recent book is The Post American World, which became an instant best seller. Ticket prices are $70, $50, $25 for students, allplus Service Fees For Group Sales at the reduced service fee, please contact ProArts. Click for more details!

Using Japanese and Asian Film in the Classroom
October 16, 2009

Registration: 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Workshop: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh invites you to join us for a free workshop on “Using Japanese and Asian Film in the Classroom,” held at the University of Pittsburgh and open to K-12 faculty, university faculty, and graduate students in related fields.

Our featured speaker will be Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University, who specializes in Japanese theatre, African theatre, Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, stage combat and comedy. He has degrees from Bates College, the University of Leeds, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his doctorate in Theatre and Performance Studies. Dr. Wetmore will be followed by Ms. Candice Wilson, PhD student in the University of Pittsburgh’s Film Studies Program who will present on resources for finding and using Asian cinema for the classroom.

To register, please contact Jennifer Murawski at jennm@pitt.edu with your name, school or program affiliation, and whether you will be attending the post-workshop reception and film.

Attendees are invited to join us post-workshop for the opening of the Toshiba International Foundation symposium “Japan’s Cultural Imagination and Its Contribution to the World,” featuring an invitation-only reception (all workshop attendees are invited to attend) to celebrate the opening of the symposium and art exhibition “Making Face: The Depiction of Women in Japan from Edo to Today," as well as a free screening of the Japanese film “Kamikaze Girls” (Shimotsuma Monogatari, 2004).

Do you have an interest in Japan and Japanese culture?

Do you want to learn how to prepare an authentic Japanese boxed lunch with the Chef?

Join us for this one-of-a-kind Act 48 Workshop! Relaxing slides, delicious food, hands-on experience, Act 48 hours, free parking and more!

Time: October 12, 2009
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Across the Road from Target/Giant Eagle in the Waterfront,
McAuliffe Room, Allegheny Intermediate Unit,
475 East Waterfront Dr.,
Homestead PA

Fee: $45
Space limited to 25! Register by Oct. 8.

Register online: http://www.us-japan.org/jasp/events.html

For more information: 412-433-5021

Organizers and Presenters:

  • Dr. Keith Brown, Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mr. Fumio Yasuzawa, Owner and Executive Chef, Chaya Japanese Cruisine
  • Reiko Nakajima, Chairman, Pittsburgh Sogetsu Study Group
  • Wendy Bennett, Executive Director, Japan America Society of Pennsylvania
  • Qianqian Miao, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Japan America Society of Pennsylvania
  • Yukari Yamakawa, JASP Docent
  • Setsuko Hayes, JASP Docent
Save the Date for the
2009 JASP Annual Dinner
Monday, November 9, 2009

Invitations forthcoming....

Guest Speaker:
Howard Baker, Former U.S. Senator,
White House Chief of Staff, U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

5:30 p.m.
Cash Bar Reception & Silent Auction

7:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program

Location: Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh

For more details about Senator Howard Baker, click here.

Hatoyama Throws Out First
Pitch At Dodgers-Pirates Game

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, a noted baseball fan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers-Pittsburgh Pirates game on Sept. 26, 2009. (Photo by Steve Ceurvorst)

Click here to see more photos.

Pittsburgh Gives
Match Day 2009
Dear Friends of the JASP,

We had the pleasure and privilege during the G-20 meetings to personally greet Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama. He was genuinely warm and articulate, and did not at all appear fatigued from his full schedule of conferencing with President Obama and the other world leaders. We were very honored to meet him and took the opportunity to describe our mission and some of the many accomplishments of the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania.

We started off by simply explaining to the Prime Minister that we are a Pittsburgh-based association of both corporations and individuals actively engaged in promoting cooperation and understanding between our two great nations. While we especially focus on promoting corporate trade and investment through delivering valuable programs to our business community, we are also very proud of our educational outreach efforts in tri-state area schools, universities and communities that serve to broaden the education of children, young adults and mid-career educators.

October 28th is PittsburghGives Match Day. Your contribution on that day magnifies your contribution and is especially meaningful to the future of our not-for-profit Society. You will be supporting investment in our businesses that provide local jobs, as well as the positive educational and cultural programs that make our community so much richer. On behalf of the entire Board, we humbly thank you!

Click here to find out how you can contribute. Once logged in, search the online database for Japan America Society of Pennsylvania by clicking on the Find section of the horizontal navigation bar.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen Ceurvorst, JASP Chairman

Sam Ishihara, JASP President

G-20 News You May
Have Missed

Click here to watch a recent interview of Amb. Nishimiya discussing the G-20 and Pittsburgh.

Click here to read the recent article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

G-20 nation profile: Japan

The reception and gallery opening will be held from 6:00-7:30 PM, and the film will be introduced at 7:30 PM by Professor David Desser of the University of Illinois, author of The Samurai Films of Akira Kurosawa and Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema; editor of Ozu's Tokyo Story and the co-editor of Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History, Cinematic Landscapes: Observations on the Visual Arts and Cinema in China and Japan, and The Cinema of Hong Kong: History, Arts, Identity.

Act 48 credit availability is pending and registered attendees will be notified of its availability.

2009 Toshiba International
Foundation Symposium

“Japan's Cultural Imagination and its Contribution to the World”
October 16 and 17, 2009

Stay turned for tuned for more details about the JASP's involvement.

Click here to view all the events for the symposium.

The Actor's Image: The Japan-Virginia Society of Ukiyo-e Prints
Oct. 23 - Dec. 13, 2009
The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery

The exhibition "The Actor's Image: The Japan-Virginia Society of Ukiyo-e Prints" will be on display from October. 23 - December 13, 2009 at The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. A Japanese Tea Demonstration, performed by Drew Hanson, will take place on Wednesday, October 28, at 5 p.m., and Dr. Julie Nelson Davis from the University of Pennsylvania will be giving a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 18, time TBA, contact the gallery.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, is recognized as one of the primary exhibition spaces for the display of art in the greater central Pennsylvania area. Located in a former nineteenth-century church, the Gallery hosts six exhibitions per year that represent diverse artistic styles and time periods. Exhibitions have included Rembrandt etchings, Tiffany lamps, medieval illuminated manuscripts as well as contemporary works. Each spring, the Gallery hosts a Juried Arts Exhibition, a popular event that draws many artists from the region. The Gallery hosts a number of lectures and events in conjunction with exhibitions, and all exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.lvc.edu/gallery, or by calling 717-867-6445.


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