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Japanese Studies at Berkeley: Past, Present,and Future


The Japan Foundation and Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), UC Berkeley will jointly host a major symposium on the field of Japanese studies. This gathering will assemble directors from all of the most prominent and active Japanese Studies Centers in the country. They will be joined by supporting organizations from both the US and Japan, to engage in the issues and challenges that lie ahead on key topics related to Japan.

"Rethinking Gender in the Postgender Era"

11/06/2009 - 11/08/2009

The Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS) will be held at Rutgers University. Its theme is to regorously explore gender as a category of inquiry in Japanese literary studies.
Keynote Address by Susan Napier, Professor of Japanese, Tufts University (November 6, 8:00 pm)
"Lady Eboshi's Secret Garden: Gender, Space, and Fantasy in the Works of Miyazaki Hayao"
Special Address by Mizuta Noriko, President, Jōsai International University November 7, 8:00 pm)
“The life and literary legacy of Ōba Minako (1930-2007)”

Donald Keene Center Fall 2009 Events

10/22/2009, 11/05/2009, 11/19/2009, 11/23/2009

October 22
"Sex, Nuns, and Motherhood in Kamakura-Era Women's Diaries"
November 5
"What Will Be Almost Permanently Lost in Translation? A Cognitive Linguistic View"
November 19
"The Pursuit of Harmony: Poetry and Power in Early Heian Japan."
November 23
"The New Sensibility of Recession in Japan"

The Textile Museum Fall Symposium
"From Kimono to Couture: The Evolution of Japanese Fashion"

10/16/2009 - 10/18/2009

Drawing inspiration from The Textile Museum's fall exhibition, Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection, this weekend conference will explore the evolution of Japanese fashion from the enduring kimono to the latest styles worn on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka.

Activities will be held at The Textile Museum and The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Khoomei-Taiko Ensemble: Throat Songs and Drums


Mongolian, Japanese and US artists come together for a fascinating collaboration, highlighting the popular Mongolian art of khoomei (throat singing) with the driving rhythms of Japanese taiko (drums). The Khoomei-Taiko Ensemble features Shinetsog Dorjnyam (khoomei), Shoji Kameda and Tetsuro Naito (taiko), the legendary folk musician Tserendorj Tseyen (magtaal-praise songs, morin khuur - horsehead fiddle, jaw harp), Kaoru Watanabe (fue and Noh Kan-flutes) and Miki Maruta (koto - zither). The program also includes the captivating voice of Mongolia’s urtiin duu (long song) vocalist Khongorzul Ganbaatar, a featured artist in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design

10/09/2009 - 01/17/2010

Designated a Living National Treasure, Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984) was one of the greatest artists of twentieth-century Japan. Serizawa used stencil-dyeing techniques to create irresistible works of art that range from screens and kimonos to magazine designs and book covers. Dramatic in design, Serizawa’s textiles have a beauty and expressive power that far transcend expectation of a “craft” medium. The combination of Serizawa’s originality and vitality with the natural beauty of his materials—cotton, silk, hemp, and other fibers decorated with the brilliant yet warm hues of natural dyes—will make this show an unmissable visual feast.

A Fresh Look at Housing and Space Standards in NYC


Please join us as we welcome six internationally-renowed experts from Tokyo, Barcelona, Leipzig, Montreal and San Diego, who will be sharing their unique insight and diverse perspectives on designing and planning compact, shared, and flexible housing for real 21st Century households.

International Symposium
Thursday, September 24, 8.30am-2.30pm
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

After the Crisis: Corporate Governance in Japan


The Japan Society is pleased to announce the third in our series of international conferences on corporate governance in Japan. With the global financial crisis of 2008/2009 raising questions about corporate governance worldwide, experts from Japan and the United States will review significant developments in Japan’s corporate governance environment while considering how the crisis has changed the terms of the debate. Leading professionals and practitioners from Japan and the United States will bring you up to date on the critical issues and future directions in corporate governance in Japan and abroad.

Kyoto Summer Festival


Boston Children's Museum is hosting a festival in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Boston-Kyoto Sister City Relationship.

Megumi Kanda Trombone Recital


Principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Megumi Kanda will be reciting trombone pieces from classical works to Japanese songs at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights. The concert will be approximately 90 minutes including break. Sponsored by Japan America Society of Chicago and the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

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