JapanCulture•NYC http://www.japanculture-nyc.com ALL THINGS JAPANESE IN NEW YORK CITY Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:40:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 In the Box 2 with Acclaimed Dancer/Choreographer Miki Orihara http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/27/in-the-box-2-with-acclaimed-dancerchoreographer-miki-orihara/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/27/in-the-box-2-with-acclaimed-dancerchoreographer-miki-orihara/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:40:15 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18243 June 30, 2017 7:00 pmtoJuly 2, 2017 5:00 pm


In the Box 2, Miki Orihara, Senri Oe, Hiroyuki Nishiyama (AKA nissy), theater, dance, technology

In the Box 2

Friday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 1 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Summer Shares at La MaMa – 74 East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)

Admission: $100 VIP/$30 in advance/$20 students
$35 at door/$25 students

Celebrated for her captivating work with the Martha Graham Dance Company, dancer/choreographer Miki Orihara premieres the second incarnation of her multi-media work, In the Box. Directed by theatrical visual-effects specialist Hiroyuki Nishiyama (a.k.a. nissy), this new experimental dance-theater piece features performances by Bessie Award winner Orihara with original music by best-selling Sony Music artist Senri Oe. Using cutting edge animations and projections from Japan, In the Box 2 juxtaposes three-dimensional sounds and images with the flesh and bones of a dancer and her moving shadow.

“I am thrilled to be collaborating again with these innovative Japanese artists,” says Orihara. “Together we have formed a unique collaboration of movement and technology. Through animations, interactive projections, and my own shadow, I will embark on a meditative journey of inner and outer discovery. I encourage audience members to join me in this search for the meaning of life and challenge them to find their own ‘box.’”

ITB2 follows the 2015 premiere of ITB, which explored the paradox of “Where Technology Meets the Body” inspired by Schrödinger‘s cat (quantum mechanics). ITB 2 picks up where its predecessor left off and opens the book of our lives in a paradoxical nature. “ITB2 explores human nature by mixing the human body with technology,” explains Orihara. “Audiences will experience entirely new sensations!” Using a streamlined technology of sensor system and infrared camera, audiences can enjoy the dancer’s motions and visual expressions through streamlined technology including CG, infrared cameras, and three-dimensional audio.

To purchase tickets, please visit InTheBox-NYC.com.

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Young Professional Networking Event http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/23/young-professional-networking-event/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/23/young-professional-networking-event/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:12:33 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18239 June 27, 20176:30 pmto9:00 pm



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Young Professional Networking Event

Tuesday, June 27 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

FLORA BAR in the Met Breuer – 945 Madison Avenue (between 74th and 75th Streets)

Admission: Free

The Japanese American Association of New York and the Hoshuko Alumni Association are organizing a networking mixer for young professionals.

Meet other young professionals and mentors in the JAA and HAA community who are established in the fields of media, PR, communications, arts, fashion, and cuisine. Representatives from Thomson Reuters, the Japanese Consulate’s Japan Information Center, and New York-area based Japanese corporations such as T.I.C. Group and Sun Noodle, among others will be present

It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle with people involved in different aspects of the Japanese American community in New York, from community activism to philanthropic endeavors, to cultural events.

Please RSVP to yuki.kaneshige@ny.mofa.go.jp.

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2017 ALL AMERICAN OPEN International Karate Championships http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/23/2017-all-american-open-international-karate-championships/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/23/2017-all-american-open-international-karate-championships/#respond Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:12:39 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18236 June 24, 20173:00 pmto6:00 pm



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2017 ALL AMERICAN OPEN International Karate Championships

Saturday, June 24 at 3:00 p.m.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Gymnasium – 524 W. 59th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

Admission: $30 – $75

The International Karate Organization (IKO) KYOKUSHINKAIKAN, a global martial arts organization headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and KYOKUSHIN USA/KYOKUSHIN Karate New York present THE 2017 ALL AMERICAN OPEN International Karate Championships.

Kyokushin Karate is the foremost full-contact karate system in the world, successfully hosting and producing the most groundbreaking competitive amateur events in American martial arts history. This year championship contenders from the US, Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia will compete, and spectators are welcome to the Main Event festivities from 3:00 p.m.

Discounted advanced purchase tickets are available until Friday, June 23 at noon. Afterward, tickets will be available at the door, subject to availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event’s Brown Paper Tickets site.

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Solidarity Against the US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/16/solidarity-against-the-us-japan-nuclear-energy-cooperation-agreement/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/16/solidarity-against-the-us-japan-nuclear-energy-cooperation-agreement/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:42:13 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18232 June 17, 201711:45 amto4:00 pm



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Solidarity Against the US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement

Saturday, June 17 at noon

The steps of the New York Library – Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

Admission: Free

Several peace organizations including the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World, Veterans For Peace Chapter 34 (NYC), Granny Peace Brigade, Ribbon International, Peace and Justice in the Teachings of Hahm, and Pax Christi Metro New York are hosting a peaceful gathering and march in solidarity with citizens against the US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement. The group will meet on the steps of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue at 11:45 a.m. and will march to the U.N. in support of the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb.

The US-Japan Nuclear Energy Cooperation Agreement (officially named the Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Japan Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy) determines how nuclear energy-related information, technology, nuclear material, equipment, components, services, spent fuel, and more are handled in order to promote nuclear energy in Japan. The treaty became effective in July 1988 with a 30-year maturity date and will be automatically extended unless one of the two participating countries notifies the other country six months prior to the termination. If the agreement is extended in July 2018, Japan will continue to promote nuclear energy as its energy policy. The Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, a controversial facility in Japan, will be started in the fall of 2018. Japan will continue to be able to reprocess spent fuel, which is not allowed in any other non-nuclear weapon state and creates tensions among countries in Northeast Asia. Japan currently has 48 tons of separated plutonium, and its government has been unclear about how this will be used, stored, and disposed. Japan could become a potential nuclear-weapon state.

Read the current agreement here.

All concerned citizens of Japan and the United States are invited and encouraged to join the march, which seeks to create awareness about the treaty and the steps US citizens can take to stop its automatic extension.

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Film Society Lincoln Center Presents Koji Fukada’s HARMONIUM http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/14/film-society-lincoln-center-presents-koji-fukadas-harmonium/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/14/film-society-lincoln-center-presents-koji-fukadas-harmonium/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:05:05 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18229 June 16, 2017 1:30 pmtoJune 22, 2017 9:10 pm


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HARMONIUM courtesy Film Movement


Friday, June 16 through Thursday, June 22

Howard Gilman Theater – 144 W. 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway)

Admission: $14/$11 affiliates, seniors, and students

Film Society Lincoln Center presents HARMONIUM (FUCHI NI TATSU), an explosive family drama by director Kôji Fukada.

Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy HOSPITALITÉ, HARMONIUM returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio (Kanji Furutachi), his wife, Akie (Mariko Tsutsui), and their young daughter, Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa), carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano from Thor), an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison. HARMONIUM, also starring Taiga from Sweet Bean as Takashi, captivated critics and audiences alike during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.

Kôji Fukada is a filmmaker known for his technical precision and study of human character. Of his latest film, Fukada says, “HARMONIUM asks the question of the familial system. It must shake things up, show that original loneliness, and bring out the bonds that nevertheless endure. I think my 21st century ‘family portrait’ will question the spectator – in this society where people are beginning to realize that our conception of the family, which had protected us, while smothering us at the same time, was nothing more than an illusory construction.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Film Society Lincoln Center’s website.

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The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Presents the Tanabata Festival http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/14/the-amateur-astronomers-association-of-new-york-presents-the-tanabata-festival/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/14/the-amateur-astronomers-association-of-new-york-presents-the-tanabata-festival/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:27:20 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18226 July 7, 20177:30 pmto10:30 pm



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Tanabata Festival

Friday, July 7 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Riverside Park – 116th Street Overlook

Admission: Free

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will partner with Japanese and Japanese American groups to hold the second annual star gazing Tanabata Festival. AAA members with telescopes will show guests the night sky and tell the folk tale of Tanabata, the story of the deities Princess Orihime, a weaver, and her lover, Hikoboshi, a cowboy, represented by the stars Vega and Altair, which are prominent in the summer sky. The two lovers are separated by the Milky Way and are allowed to see each other once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunisolar calendar.

Tanabata has become a large summer festival in Japan, often promoted as a romantic holiday, much like Valentine’s Day. AAA educators will recite the fable of the star-crossed lovers. Part of the festival involves writing wishes on colored paper called tanzaku and attaching them to bamboo trees or poles. Members from the Japanese American Association of New York (JAA), the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Japanese Americans and Japanese in America (JAJA) will describe hand out the tanzaku colored paper, and guests can write their wishes, tying the tanzaku to the a branch. Two members of the Origami Therapy Association will fold and teach participants origami.

As it gets darker, Vega and Altair will appear and the other objects will be visible including the moon and the planets Jupiter and Saturn.

For more information, please visit AAA’s website.

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Sachiyo Ito and Company’s Salon Series 60th Celebration Concert http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/13/sachiyo-ito-and-companys-salon-series-60th-celebration-concert/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/13/sachiyo-ito-and-companys-salon-series-60th-celebration-concert/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:26:22 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18223 June 18, 20175:00 pmto7:00 pm



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Sachiyo Ito and Company’s Salon Series 60th Celebration Concert

Sunday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Baruch Performing Arts Center – 55 Lexington Avenue (Entrance on 25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Avenues)

Admission: $25/$20 seniors and students

Sachiyo Ito and Company will celebrate its 60th Salon Series in its 19th season with an exquisitely elegant and vibrant program featuring live music, the Dancejapan ensemble, and guest artists from Japan and New York. Supported by Consulate General of Japan in New York, The Salon Series 60th Celebration Concert will will show a diverse range of Japanese performing arts with music and dance from ancient to contemporary. Shogo Fujima, a Kabuki dancer from Japan, is the guest artist for this special occasion.

The concert program will begin with an ancient ceremony of purification and blessing with Etenraku, Gagaku music performed by Tenri Gagaku Music Society of New York. Following this will be three Kabuki dances. First, Fujima and Ito will perform Matsu no Hagoromo (The Angel’s Robe at the Pine Tree) from the 19th century Kabuki repertoire, based on the Noh play Hagoromo (Angel’s Robe). Next is the Kabuki dance Seiten no Tsuru (Cranes in the Blue Sky). Finally, Fujima will perform a solo, Masakado, an excerpt from a Kabuki dance drama. The next work is Soshun (Early Spring), created by Ito for seven dancers in the classical style. Ito is reviving one of the most popular pieces from last year’s Salon Series, Flower Petals Fall, but not the Flowers, a collaboration with a contemporary florist. The final work, Only Breath, is from Ito’s Poetry in Motion Concert. It celebrates humanism in the arts and the “oneness” of people across the boundaries of culture and ethnicity, with dancers representing multiple dance cultures from around the world.

The live accompaniment will include cello, biwa, shou, hichiriki, shakuhachi, electronic/synchronized music, percussions, voice, and poetry recitation.

The Salon Series is a series of performances with informative educational lectures and lecture-demonstrations on the performing arts of Japan. They are held on Sunday afternoons three times a year. A dialogue between artists and audience following each program provides further insights into art and culture, bridging the cultural differences. With world-class guest artists and speakers, the program has artistically and intellectually educated and inspired New York audiences.

To purchase tickets, please visit Baruch Performing Arts Center’s website.

Sachiyo Ito and Company is offering complimentary tickets to JapanCulture•NYC followers! To reserve your free tickets, please send an email to sachiyoitoandcompany@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 14.

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“The Apology” and Humanizing the Comfort Women Issue http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/10/the-apology-and-humanizing-the-comfort-women-issue/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/10/the-apology-and-humanizing-the-comfort-women-issue/#respond Sat, 10 Jun 2017 19:08:33 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18214 In 1993 Japan’s then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono issued a statement acknowledging that the Japanese military was involved in establishing and maintaining “comfort stations,” or military brothels, throughout Asia during World War II. Known as the Kono Statement, it is widely recognized as an apology to the approximately 200,000 “comfort women,” some who were barely teenagers, to serve as sex slaves for military personnel. These girls and young women were coerced – some were outright kidnapped – with the promise of jobs in hospitals or factories but instead were forced to endure sexual abuse.

The year prior to the Kono Statement, in 1992, South Koreans began protesting the comfort women issue in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, a weekly demonstration that continues to this day. It was at one of those protests in 2009 that Canadian-born filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung first encountered Gil Won-ok, a native North Korean who was kidnapped by the Imperial Japanese Army and forced into sexual slavery. She is one of the main subjects of Hsiung’s documentary The Apology, which will have its U.S. premiere on June 10 at IFC Center as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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“In 2009 I saw Grandma Gil at one of the Wednesday demonstrations,” says Hsiung during a telephone interview with JapanCulture•NYC. “At the time she was one of the youngest and healthiest of the protestors. So it was natural for me to gravitate to her.”

But this subject matter – and even documentary filmmaking itself – was not something that Hsiung had originally planned after graduating from film school.

“Documentary was not in my wheelhouse,” Hsiung says. She admits that her knowledge of the deeper stories of WWII and Asia was limited, saying that a lot of what she did know “were just stories I would overhear from my parents.”

ALPHA Education, an NGO based in Canada that researches the overlooked events of WWII in Asia, hired her to document the teachers attending a study tour.

“In two-and-a-half weeks, my whole life changed,” Hsiung says of the experience. “That’s where I really got to learn first hand [about the comfort women issue]. It was the first testimony that I heard in person. I was blown away by the struggle of [a comfort woman in Shanghai] being able to tell her story publicly. After all these years she’s coming out, and it’s still painful . . . You hear about these things in history, but you rarely get to understand the aftermath.”

Wanting to explore the comfort women issue more thoroughly, Hsiung decided to make The Apology, a documentary focusing on three “Grandmas,” what many of the comfort women are called. She interviews the aforementioned Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in rural China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines. Each Grandma has a different personality: Grandma Gil is the most outspoken and politically active, Grandma Cao seems to be unaware of her place in history, and Grandma Adela wants to keep her experience a secret but finds an amazing sisterhood among other comfort women in her area.


Hsiung formed special bonds with each of the three women. “That adds to the pressure to making this the best film possible, to give them that space and platform that they so deserve.”

The young filmmaker shot everything, from the mundane daily routine of Grandma Cao to Grandma Gil’s public speaking engagements and hotel room naps to Grandma Adela’s support group meetings.

“To be able to spend that much time with one another, I had to gain their trust,” Hsiung says. “Bringing a camera into anyone’s space is so invasive no matter how you do it.”

So Hsiung showed her subjects her camera, what she was shooting, and footage of the other women, keeping them apprised of exactly what she was documenting.

Another way she gained their trust was through the universal language of food. Hsiung shared many meals with the women and the organizations that support them and began to get more access because, as Hsiung puts it, “conversations naturally happen around the dinner table.”

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Grandma Cao with her daughter

These conversations aren’t easy to hear. The Grandmas’ excruciating stories of the atrocities they suffered at the hands of soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army evoke powerful emotions. What’s worse is that these Grandmas stayed silent for decades, filled with shame. Many comfort women buried their WWII experiences, not telling even their own children what had happened to them. Grandma Gil started speaking out late in life, but she approaches her speeches with blunt honesty and a sense of purpose. The Apology is a mix of the Grandmas’ personal struggles as well as the protests, humanizing the Grandmas while explaining what happened in Japan’s comfort women system.

“I really wanted to hone in on the personal stories in addition to the political scene,” says Hsiung. “That to me is another side of the story that is still happening – the complexity within the family. Some people will never come out; there are villagers the same age as Grandma Cao whose families don’t want them to talk about it. In 2013 a Grandma grabbed me by my arm and told me to come into her house. She didn’t want to be on camera, but she told me everything because her family wasn’t around. How many still will carry this to their graves? We need to stop the cycle.”

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Grandma Adela

Listening to the stories of what happened to the Grandmas, it’s hard not to feel at once heartbroken and outraged. But the Japanese government has apologized more than once, in 1993 with the Kono Statement as well as in 2015, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed an agreement with South Korea and pledged $8.3 million in reparations to create a foundation that will support the remaining survivors. However, there is criticism about the sincerity of those apologies and the true purpose of the reparations.

“It depends on what you call an apology,” says Hsiung. “It’s important to consider wording. It’s difficult, right? They’re trying to express sympathy without taking responsibility . . . In terms of the funds, I know that right now the Korean Council isn’t accepting any of that and are starting their own public fund to help the Grandmas around the world. We have to consider the words that are said and the actual responsibility that follows that. The Japanese government still doesn’t want to acknowledge the issue. They didn’t consult the survivors, and it’s kind of hard to think of issuing of an apology or agreement that doesn’t take into consideration the survivors.”

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Mee-hyang Yoon with Grandma Gil

Someone who is taking the survivors into consideration is the other star of The Apology, Mee-hyang Yoon, co-chair of the NGO Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan. Yoon works closely with Grandma Gil, directing the Wednesday protests and facilitating Grandma Gil’s travel and events, fighting for the rights of the Grandmas. Hsiung says she captured only a fraction of Yoon’s activities, but the making of The Apology lasted almost a decade.

“I didn’t think it would be a seven-year odyssey,” Hsiung says of how long she took to film the project. “I was 25 and thought it would be two years. I was learning and researching and filming at the same time, which is very different from a typical documentary filmmaker who has had years and years of research. I was documenting it as I was going along.”

She managed to edit 435 hours of footage down to less than two hours, but Hsiung exclaims, “I didn’t want it to end! It could be a ten-hour movie with four intermissions, and I could serve people dumplings in between.”

Having The Apology screen during the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is especially important for Hsiung because she says the Grandmas’ stories are helping others come forward with their experiences.

“One of the most powerful things from traveling with the film is that people from 20-year-old to 75-year-old women are speaking out about things that have happened in their past,” says Hsiung. “It’s such a privilege to be that ear to know that people are connecting . . . It will in one way or another propel change. We are part of a global community that needs to change and look at it as a whole and not as isolated. It starts by listening and being present. We need to be able to start conversations that might be uncomfortable.”

Since the film’s release, Hsiung has been sharing messages from audience members and Facebook posts with the Grandmas. “The story still continues,” says Hsiung. “Even though the film is done they still need our support.”

Hsiung says there is “still so much to share,” so she and her team are working on a 30-minute educational version of the film, and they’ve established the website The Space We Hold to serve as a digital archive, making the stories of the Grandmas more accessible.

The making of The Apology has deeply affected Hsiung. “It’s changed me completely,” she says. “I see the power of relationships. I’ve always known this in my own life; I’ve always believed in the wisdom of our elders. I believe that even more. It’s been accentuated. We used to live a time and place where our elders were our entertainment. We’ve lost that tradition in all cultures. I’ve spent so much time with these grandmothers, and because of that I’m rich in knowledge, entertainment, my own history, and where I belong in it.”


The Apology screens as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

Saturday, June 10, 7:00 pm – IFC Center
Followed by Q&A with director Tiffany Hsiung and Sarah Taylor, Advocate, Women’s Rights division, HRW

Sunday, June 11, 8:30 pm – Film Society of Lincoln Center
Followed by Q&A with director Tiffany Hsiung and Sarah Taylor, Advocate, Women’s Rights division, HRW

To purchase tickets, please visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival website.

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2nd Manga Research & Reading Network with RESOBOX http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/08/2nd-manga-research-reading-network-with-resobox/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/08/2nd-manga-research-reading-network-with-resobox/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:09:59 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18208 June 15, 20177:00 pmto8:30 pm




Manga Research & Reading Network with RESOBOX

Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (or later!)

RESOBOX Gallery & Cafe – 41-26 27th Street, Long Island City

Admission: Minimum on order of a drink or food from the menu

The Manga/Comics Reading and Research Network (MaRRN) in New York welcomes everyone including artists, fans, scholars, researchers, educators, editors, publishers, translators, and more to discuss manga from diverse perspectives.

The primary mission of the MaRRN is to develop a network among individuals and groups who engage with manga/comics to deepen the knowledge of the medium, industry, and culture surrounding it. While starting as a reading group meet-up, RESBOX will have special lecture events to which they will invite manga/comics artists, scholars, and professionals. The event is organized by Shige (CJ) Suzuki, Ph.D., assistant professor at Baruch College, CUNY; and George Tsouris an artist and professor at CUNY.

At this 2nd MaRRN meeting, guests will read and discuss Fumi Yoshinaga’s ‘Ōoku: The Inner Chambers’ Vol.1

For more information, please visit RESOBOX‘s website.


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Business Communication in Japanese Workshop http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/05/business-communication-in-japanese-workshop/ http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2017/06/05/business-communication-in-japanese-workshop/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:11:11 +0000 http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/?p=18200 July 6, 20173:00 pmto4:30 pm



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Business Communication in Japanese Workshop

Thursday, July 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

QUICK USA, Inc. – 8 West 38th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), #802

Fee: $50

QUICK USA, Inc., an employment agency in New York that helps experienced workers and accomplished students find jobs at Japanese companies in America, is holding a workshop on business communication in Japanese. Focusing on communication skills needed in Japanese business and corporate environments as well as daily conversation, students will learn useful and practical expressions, phrases, and vocabulary. This class will also emphasize intercultural communication and the importance of Japanese business cultural etiquette.

The instructor is Shiyo Kaku, a native Japanese teacher who holds an MA in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University. She has taught Japanese at various institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, The New School, CUNY The City College of New York, and Japan Society.

The class will be taught in a mixture of Japanese and English and will cover these topics:

  • The concept of uchi (in-group) vs. soto (out-group) in Japanese business contexts
  • Self-introduction/basic greetings using keigo (practical usage of polite, honorific, and humble form)
  • Gift giving and receiving in Japanese business contexts
  • Basic Katakana phrases often used in Japanese business contexts

This is an intermediate level class, so participants are required to be able to read hiragana and katakana and have at least intermediate-level speaking and listening skills in Japanese.

This workshop is perfect for

  • People who are working for or are interested in Japanese companies.
  • People who are seeking Japanese clients.
  • People who are planning to work in Japan.
  • Students learning Japanese who want extra practice.

Capacity is limited, so register today by e-mailing the following information to quick@919usa.com.

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※Cancellation policy and photo and video consent: No refunds provided. However, if you cannot make it, you can have someone else attend in your place. The event may be cancelled if minimum registration numbers cannot be attained. In such case, a full refund will be provided. This will be determined 4 days before the event. Note that pictures and videos will be taken at this event. By participating in this event, you are agreeing to allow The Workshop to use any footage from the event on any of our social media sites, website as well as future advertisements.

For more information, please visit QUICK USA Inc.’s website.

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