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September 2008 Newsletter

lashondaface.jpgThe Society Welcomes Another Bennett

Minasama konnichiha!

My name is LaShonda Bennett, the new Education Outreach Coordinator for the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. To give you a little introduction about myself, I am 27 years old. I began studying Japanese as a student at South Fayette High School and was introduced to the JASP in 1996 when I participated in the annual Japanese Speech contest. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied Psychology and Japanese, I went to Japan as a participant on the JET Program. I taught English at two rural high schools in Iwate-ken for three years and at an elementary school for two years in Shiga-ken.

Upon returning to Pittsburgh last month I was VERY LUCKY to secure a position with JASP! It feels good to come back to my hometown and have the opportunity to stay connected with Japan. I am anxious to contribute towards the improvement of the programs JASP facilitates and hope to continue increasing knowledge about Japan in my home country. Thanks and I look forward to meeting you in the future! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.




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ATT00031.jpgPittsburgh Spotlight
Japanese Garden at Shadyside Hospital

Outside the main entrance of Shadyside Hospital, a quiet and unassuming oasis lies. The serene Japanese garden was made in honor of nurses. The trees are a gift from Dr. Kazou Kodera, Japanese director of the English Society Institute in Tokyo.

The garden was donated in 1997 by Kazuo and Keiko Matsudaira family from Nagasaki. There is a small plaque at the entrance of the garden that states, “It is a place for health care providers to think about our friends around the world and to reflect on the meaning of our work, which is to care for one another. It is a place to find new friends, to find new hope and to find peace.

Read full article here

Visiting students from Pittsburgh's sister city, Saitama 
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan's Sam Kidder and Miyako Kato
Sasaki Butoh musicians and performers
Jero's videographer Ryuzo Hirata , Kazuko Macher and Kelly Chaney
Submit an Event or Article

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jasp@us-japan.orgor call the JASP office at (412) 433-5021.

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  1. The Japan Foundation Seeks Applicants For Performing Arts Japan
    Application deadline:
    November 3, 2008

    The Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program was started by the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese performing arts in the United States. PAJ supports the initiatives taken by U.S. nonprofit organizations to expose geographically diverse American audiences to Japanese performing arts, and encourages collaborations between Japanese and American artists.

    The Japan Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for fiscal year 2009-2010. The Touring Grant assists the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas, and the Collaboration Grant allows collaborating artists to create new works with the potential to develop into a touring project. PAJ will fund up to 50% of the project costs.

    Applications are due by November 3, 2008 for projects taking place between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. Learn more:
  2. Keizai Koho Center Educator Fellowship
    Application deadline:
    February 28, 2009

    Participate in an innovative fellowship program which offers educators a chance to experience modern Japan firsthand for
    ten days next summer. For details, visit the National Association of Japan-
    America Societies (NAJAS) website, www.us-japan.org, call 412.433.5022 or email kkcfellowship@us-japan.org
  3. Mike Mansfield Fellowship
    Application deadline
    April 1, 2009

    The Mansfield Fellowship Program — named after Mike Mansfield, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman from Montana — is a first-of-its-kind program for both the United States and Japan. The two-year Fellowships enable U.S. federal government employees to develop an in-depth understanding of Japan, learn how its government works, and establish relationships with their counterparts in the government of Japan as well as in the business, professional and academic communities.

    Click here to learn more.

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

JASPJASP Open House and Optional Downtown Tour

Sept. 12, 2008
USX Tower,
Suite 444;
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Come to the JASP’s First Open House!
RSVP by September 10!

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation are partnering for this special event. Optional tour downtown with PH&LF followed by a happy hour visit to the JASP office.

Join docents from Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation for one-hour tour of some of downtown's finest historic buildings and places during this walk along Grant Street, once the edge of our frontier town and now Pittsburgh's grand civic boulevard. The tour will terminate at the newly configured JASP office in the US Steel tower, where you are invited to be our guest for hors d'oeuvres, liquid refreshments and stimulating conversation.

RSVP: Cost for the tour + open house $5; rsvp/info: Mary Lu Denny; marylu@phlf.org

Open House only, gratis; rsvp: Wendy Bennett; wbennett@us-japan.org
(Please note: photo ID necessary

sushi2.gifSaturday, September 20, 2008
4 - 7 p.m.

Join us for a Hike Followed by a Sushi & Sake Snack!

Come join us in a collaborative and congenial partnership between the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and Venture Outdoors. We will start with an easy stroll through historic Frick Park, and then repair to the home of JASP's Executive Director Wendy Bennett to enjoy a tasting of fresh, scrumptious sushi and delicious sake into the evening. Minimum age 21.

Location: Frick Park
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $35.00 JASP or VO member/$55.00 non-member

To register: www.ventureoutdoors.org or call 412.255.0564 x 21.

trio.gifSept. 27, 2008
7 p.m.

Our Friends @ Silkscreen Present:
Blue Pipa Jazz Trio

Min Xiao-Fin, Steve Salerno and Dean Johnson present a string symphony of cross-cultural delight with interpretations of folk, blue grass and jazz.

CAPA High School
111 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA

To purchase tickets and to get more information: www.silkscreenfestival.org.

brown.gifOctober 22, 2008
Changing Gender Roles in Japan

University of Pittsburgh anthropologist Dr. Keith Brown to give a lecture on Changing Gender Roles in Japan. Allen Hall, Room 106

To register:
Wendy Bennett; wbennett@us-japan.org

JASP EventsRemembering Hiroshima
Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace includes a series of related activities which began in August and are concentrated in the month of September. Posters from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will be on display from September 5th - 27th along with drawings by Pulitzer prize winning cartoonists, and artwork by Japanese children and local artists.
When: Opening reception on September 5, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Gallery hours Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: 709 Penn Gallery,  Free Admission.
Western PA Japan-related Resources

Click here for our first stab at a resource list of Japan-related goods and services in the Western PA and tri-state region. 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 would be happy to add your business or skill to our list. Please email your valuable information to the JASP administrative assistant, Kelly Chaney. Thank you!

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