Chadō (The Way of Tea), is a traditional Japanese art involving the ritualistic preparation of tea. Influenced by the philosophy of Zen Buddhism, the core teaching of chadō is to attain a spiritual state of selflessness and peacefulness through making and sharing tea. Join us to learn the history and philosophy of Japanese tea ceremony while tasting Japanese tea and sweets.
Join the JASP for this free evening at the Ace Hotel on January 30, 2020. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
Yuko Eguchi is a native of Tokyo, Japan and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her tea master title and name, Sōyū, in 2009 and the associate professor of tea title in 2013, certified by the head master of the Urasenke school. Yuko currently teaches Japanese music history at Pitt. She has performed and lectured on Japanese traditional arts at various higher institutions. Visit her website: www.yukoeguchi.com
Join us for the Japanese-English Reading Circle!
Mission: to promote language learning through reading and language exchange. We aim to keep positivity and motivation high while developing reading fluency, vocabulary, content discussion, and reading strategies in a fun, collaborative environment.
Meetings: will consist of icebreaker language games, discussions about book topics, questions about language, formation of reading goals, and reading strategy sharing/reflection
Who can join: Japanese learners of English or English-speaking learners of Japanese. Any proficiency level is okay, although it would help to have at least beginner level knowledge of the second language you are studying. You can also sign up for the Facebook group or Google group for reminders.
He will guide you through a tasting of the many styles of this storied beverage, its fascinating production process, and explore pairing options.
Join the JASP for this free evening at Dreadnought Wines on February 20, 2020. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
Chris Griese received his Advanced Sake Professional I Certification in NYC 2009 and his ASP Level II in Tokyo 2011. In 2014, Griese was tapped by the London based Wine & Spirits Educators Trust to become one of their initial team of US based Level III Sake Educators. In 2018, Griese joined Seattle-based Sake Story Imports as Eastern U.S. Sales Manager, a position that enables him to carry the jizake (craft sake) message well beyond Minnesota.
This day-long competition is designed for high school students from Western Pennsylvania and the tristate area studying Japanese language. Japanese language students of all levels and students who are involved in Japan-related cultural activities, are able to compete against other area students in speech or poster activities. Non-language students are eligible to compete in the poster contest. Each year over 80 students participate.
Students who compete in speech levels are required to write and memorize a speech on the chosen topic for the contest. Winners receive prizes and trophies! Please visit the contest page for more information.
This year we will be holding a contest for middle school students for the first time. The Middle School Japan in Art Contest theme will be “Sports in Japan.” Students may create an original piece about sports that originated in Japan or sports that originated in another country but are now played in Japan. Students may also design a piece that is inspired by the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of votes received by participants and attendees.
There will be lots of fun Japan-related activities for participating students and parents.
Sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics
Japanese language teachers or students studying Japanese in high school should contact the JASP office at 412-856-8608 or email Katsuko Shellhammer to learn more about the competition. The contest is held in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh.
Sponsorship opportunities are available - please contact Amy Boots for more information.
Japanese video games have had a significant impact on the medium worldwide. Dr. Rachael Hutchinson considers how ‘Japan’ has been packaged for domestic and overseas consumers, and how Japanese designers have used the medium to express ideas about home and nation, nuclear energy, war and historical memory, social breakdown and bioethics. She explores how ideology and critique are conveyed through game narrative and character design as well as user interface, cabinet art, and peripherals. Ultimately, she argues that Japanese artists have expressed similar ideas in the video game medium as in older narrative forms such as literature and film.
Join the JASP for this free evening at Cathedral of Learning Room 232 on April 9, 2020. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
Rachael Hutchinson is Associate Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Delaware. She received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2000, and her research addresses representations of Japanese identity in a range of narrative texts – literature, film, manga and videogames. Her major publications are Nagai Kafū’s Occidentalism: Defining the Japanese Self (author, SUNY Press 2011), Representing the Other in Modern Japanese Literature: A Critical Approach (co-editor, Routledge 2007) and Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan (editor, Routledge 2013). She has published essays in Japan Forum, Monumenta Nipponica and Games and Culture. Currently she is working on a book manuscript about videogames and Japanese culture.
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