New Voices From Japan
September 7, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
4130 WWPosvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Join us to hear three "new voices from Japan:" Saya Kiba from Komatsu University, Takemasa Sekine of Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, and Akai Ohi of the University of Tokyo, Hosei University and Showa Women’s University. Their talks will encompass Japan’s Engagement in Meeting Security Needs in Southeast Asia, Japan’s Leadership in International Trade Rule-Making, and A Guide to Understanding Contemporary Japanese Political Confrontation, with time for questions after each lecture. Attendance is free and pizza will be provided.
Dragon Boat Festival
September 30, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
North Park Lake
Join us at the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival on September 30 for a day of fun at North Park Lake! Watch exciting races or compete against other community teams for medals and awards. Cultural demonstrations, food, marketplace and other activities will be available, so bring the whole family to this FREE event. I Made It! Market will also participate in our festival! This year's festival is brought to you by the Hearts of Steel and OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates.
Decorative Sushi Workshops
Kazari Maki-Zushi is a patterned or decorative sushi that is derived from several sushi techniques. Kazari Maki-Zushi can be anything – flowers, fruit, animals, words and even logos. No prior experience is necessary as it involves a different process than creating regular sushi.
At this event, Fumiyo Iwadachi will demonstrate techniques to make decorative sushi. Participants will make their own peach blossom and square designs.
November 8 , 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Our largest dinner of the year, with more than 100 guests from Pittsburgh and beyond, fun auction items, and an interesting speaker. This year's keynote speaker will be Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO of Canon USA. Stay tuned for more information about this year's dinner!
Member Spotlight: Robert Morris University
The JASP would like to recognize our Academic member, Robert Morris University.
Through more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 39 countries. A nationally ranked, doctoral degree-granting research university, RMU offers fully online courses as well as a traditional residential college experience at its campus on 230 scenic acres 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The Colonials compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, and lacrosse.
We would like to heartily thank Robert Morris University for its support of our organization!
Saitama Sister City Visit Report
Eleven delegates from Saitama City Mayor's Office and City Council visited Pittsburgh in July to renew our Sister City ties. The group visited Mayor Peduto and the City Council to sign an updated Sister City agreement. The group also visited the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Visit Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center, Pittsburgh Technology Council, Preservation Technologies, UPMC Rooney Sports Medicine Center, and Carnegie Mellon University. They saw the Japanese Nationality Room, the cherry trees in North Park with the Pittsburgh Sakura Project, historic Wilpen Hall, and a Pirates game! They also had the opportunity to network with local businesses at a reception, and meet community friends at a picnic in North Park.
Thank you to the Saitama Sister City Committee members for all of their work to welcome the visitors, and to MEPPI, the University of Pittsburgh, the Japanese Nationality Rooms Committee, Pittsburgh Sakura Project, Japanese Association of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Pirates for their hospitality!
Japan in the Schools Reminder & Volunteer Recruitment
Thanks to Katsuko Shellhammer and all of our dedicated volunteers who brought education about Japan to about 3,400 students in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our wonderful volunteers make this program possible.
Our society depends on our volunteers to build bridges between the U.S. and Japan for future generations! We will be having our volunteer training day on September 14. You are welcome to bring friends. We always welcome new volunteers. Please contact Katsuko Shellhammer if you are interested in volunteering.
If you would like your school to benefit from this fantastic program, please visit the Japan in the Schools page to find out more. We already have a number of school visits scheduled, so tell your teachers to hurry and sign up while there is still space.
Japanese-English Reading Circle
The Japanese-English Reading Circle is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month. In addition to discussing your reading in Japanese or English with other members, there are opportunities to play games and build your confidence and vocabulary in your second language.
Saturday, September 1, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, September 15, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, October 6, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, October 20, 5:00-6:30 PM
Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor
401 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Upcoming Community Events
Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays Welcomes Yasuda University Students
GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays is a regular monthly night of networking and socializing with different themes and different activities - but always with an international flavor - on the first Thursday of every month. At the September event, we will welcome the international students from Yasuda Women's University in Japan who came to study English at the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute. The admission is free for paid members if registered in advance; the admission is $10 for non-members if registered in advance; or $15 at the door.
Where: Roland's Seafood Grill, 1904 Penn Ave, Upper floor, Pittsburgh, PA
When: September 6, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Silk Screen Asian Film Festival Japanese Entries Mori, The Artist's Habitat
Painter Mori and his wife Hideko live surrounded by gardens and pastures away from the hustle and bustle of city life for their 52 years of marriage. For the last 30 years, Mori has scarcely left his home, preferring to lay among the critters around his home, painting while Hideko attends to visitors. But when developers decide to build a condominium next door, the small paradise the couple have created is at risk, so Mori and Hideko decide to take action to protect the garden that they cherish. Taking place in the more affable social atmosphere of the 1970’s, Mori, the Artist’s Habitat humorously depicts a summer-day-in-the-life of an elderly couple you’ll grow to love and root for.
In the 1980’s, Akira Suei achieved fame as the chief editor for several pornography magazines, although his reputation as a trendsetter was under constant scrutiny due to the magazines’ taboo material. The film follows Suei from a traumatic event in his youth (involving his mother, the next door neighbor, and a bundle of dynamite) to Tokyo, where he climbed the ladder from lowly graphic designer to the chief editor of his own magazine due to his aggressive, raw style which attracted a variety of talented people who helped bring about a revolution in the Japanese magazine industry.
University of Pittsburgh Japanese Documentary Film Award
The Japan Council of the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the winner of the first biennial University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award: Sennan Asbestos Disaster, directed by award-winning veteran filmmaker Kazuo Hara. An award ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM on September 27, 2018 in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The ceremony will be followed by a screening of the film at 6:00 PM. The ceremony and screening are free and open to the public. Seating is limited; RSVP required. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Oyler or Charles Exley. General information about the award and the ceremony can be found at www.pitt-jdfa.com. Free tickets to the screening are available at https://www.showclix.com/event/sennan-asbestos-disaster.
Where: Frick Fine Arts, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA
When: September 27, 6:00 PM
Day of the Western Sunrise Premiere
Day of the Western Sunrise is a Japanese language, animated documentary that follows three surviving crew men from Daigo Fukuryu Maru, or the Lucky Dragon No. 5. On March 1st, 1954, the 23 crew men were fishing off the coast of the Marshall Islands when the US detonated Castle Bravo, an early test of a thermonuclear weapon. The light from the blast was so intense the fishermen thought the sun had risen in the west.
This is a World Premiere Event for Day of the Western Sunrise. This documentary film was made in Pittsburgh, and we couldn't be happier to release it here! Sponsorship by our partners at Green Mountain Energy means that 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall in Tokyo, Japan. This museum houses the Lucky Dragon No 5 itself, and uses grants and donations to further its educational outreach about Castle Bravo and the Lucky Dragon No 5.
The price of admission gets you access to the film, a pre-film lecture about the historical context of our subject matter, access to source and research material, and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The filmmaking team will be present for all three screenings and able to answer questions about process, history, technical aspects, and much more!
Where: Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
When: September 29, 7:00 PM; September 30, 3:00 & 8:30 PM
JET Program Information Session
Learn about the application process and experience as a Japan Exchange and Teaching Program teacher in Japan from the Pittsburgh JET Alumni group.
Where: 4130 WW Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
When: October 23, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Meet our Intern: Yohei Nuruki
My name is Yohei Nuruki. I am a student at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. I interned at the JASP this May and June. Initially, I was doing study abroad at West Virginia University(WVU) from last August as an exchange student and was planning to return to Japan right after completing the program. However, towards the end of my time at WVU, I started to feel that just learning in the university is not enough. So, I applied for an internship position here.
All of my experiences at JASP, even my job interview in the office, was sometimes challenging but so precious. Amy, Katsuko-san and Setsuko-san allowed me to get involved with many tasks and events: I had a chance to join Japan in the School program and teach how to fold origami in elementary and middle schools; become a facilitator and make new activities for the Japanese-English Reading Circle; and learn how non-profits operate differently from for-profits. Throughout my internship, I was lucky to see how non-profit organizations can help to create a stronger relationship between two countries.
I was really honored to work with JASP staffs, interns, and volunteers who make efforts to strengthen the ties between Japan and the US, and participants in every program who want to understand more about Japan. I'm not exactly sure what I can do in the future, but I somehow want to be a part of a bridge between Japan and US.
Finally, I really want to say thank you to all the people who I've met in Pittsburgh as well! I will never forget how nice you were to me. Staying just two months was totally enough to make Pittsburgh a special city for me. I hopefully will come back to see you again soon!