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January 2019 Newsletter
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2019 MEPPI Japan Lecture Seriesbasho 2
January 17 - Beyond Haiku: Japanese Poetry in Time and Art
Dr. Elizabeth Oyler, Associate Professor of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, will delve into the fascinating evolution and history of haiku. Arguably Japan’s most recognized form of poetry, haiku was developed into the poetic form we know and love today through hundreds of years of adaptation. Inseparably integrated with Japanese history, haiku has a notable influence on Japanese poetry, art, and society.

Join us for this free evening at the Alphabet City Word Cellar on Thursday, January 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Light hors d'ouevres and beverages will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Thank you to the City of Asylum for their partnership on this event.

February 21 -  Japanese Whisky Taste and Learn
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What is the secret ingredient in Japanese whisky? From international awards to soaring Hibiki prices, Suntory is the preeminent name in Japanese whisky.

Stephen Jamieson, who is currently promoting the new House of Suntory line of spirits and has been selling Suntory beverages in Pennsylvania for five years, will speak about the origins of Japanese whisky, how it's made, and how it compares to other spirits internationally. Attendees will also learn how to taste whisky, what to look for on a label, and finally, how to make the perfect highball.

Join us for this free evening on Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Penn Avenue Fish Company.
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April 25 - What is a Japanese Garden?japanese-garden-lotus-pond 3

Dr. Brenda G. Jordan, Director of the University of Pittsburgh's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, will explore the history and design of Japanese gardens, including the different varieties of garden, their concept outside of Japan, and suggested plant types and features for Japanese gardens in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Join us for this free event at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Beverages and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided and the presentation will begin at 6:30 PM. Advanced registration is required and will be available on the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden website.arrow2
Member Spotlight: Calgon Carbon Corporation
The JASP would like to recognize our Platinum member, Calgon Carbon Corporation.
Calgon Carbon Corporation is a worldwide organization that created the first activated carbon products from bituminous coal in the 1940s. It manufactures and markets products that remove contaminants and odors from liquids and gases used in industrial, municipal, and consumer markets. Calgon Carbon has been a pioneer in developing advanced products, systems, and services for air and water purification.

In March 2018, Calgon Carbon was acquired by Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray and operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Together, Kuraray and Calgon Carbon continue to focus on the highest quality of activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services.

We heartily thank Calgon Carbon for its support of our organization!
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Geostrategy in East Asia
tatsumigregsonThe US-Japan alliance has provided one of the foundations for decades of security and freedom in Asia. But, the neighborhood is changing: Japan is experiencing significant strategic and diplomatic challenges from China, faces increasingly aggressive North Korean weapons development and testing, and has an uncertain relationship with South Korea.

While the U.S. continues to be Japan’s main partner and ally, it has withdrawn from the major Pacific free trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after completing negotiations with Japan.

As uncertainty in the region abounds, Japan considers how to work effectively with the U.S. but also how to chart its course as a leader and a balancer in Asia. Prime Minister Abe’s vision includes pledges for deregulation and economic renewal, the development of Japan’s military capability, and policies to stimulate domestic social innovation. His landslide victory in the recent election indicates that the Japanese people support these new directions. 

Join us for a conversation with experts Yuki Tatsumi & Wallace “Chip” Gregson on the evolving Japan-US alliance and its impact on security and trade in Asia.
 
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Pittsburgh Taiko Beginner Class 2019
Taiko 2Start the new year with a new hobby – join our four-week beginner session!

This January, Pittsburgh Taiko will hold a four-week introductory class for people interested in joining our performing group or giving taiko a try.
We provide all equipment and no prior experience is necessary! For more information, see the Pittsburgh Taiko website. Please note that the studio is only accessible by stairs.
 
The class runs on Sundays, January 13 through February 3, 1:30 - 3:00 PM at Pittsburgh Taiko's studio at 2 N Balph Ave, Bellevue, PA 15202, Second Floor.arrow2
Pittsburgh Japanese School Seeks Teachers
The Pittsburgh Japanese School (PJS) offers Japanese instruction for preschool through 12th grade students in accordance with the guidelines and curriculum set by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan.

The PJS is in need of Japanese-speaking teachers.
Contact Reiko Nakajima at (412)-963-6358 if you're interested in teaching, sponsoring, or volunteering! 
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Keizai Koho Center Fellowship Application Open!

KKC Logo Crane 3Since 1980, the Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) has sponsored a fellowship program to Japan for educators in the U.S. and Canada. The fellowship allows social studies teachers to learn firsthand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.

The 2019 Fellowship Application is available. Please review the application criteria before you apply. The deadline is Feburary 1, 2019.  
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Preparations are underway for the 2019 High School Japanese Speech Contest! The contest will be held at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh's Campus on Friday, March 1st and will include a full day of Japanese activities and games with opportunities to compete with other students of Japanese.

Each year more than 80 students participate in Japanese-language speech contests and poster competitions, with the poster contest open to high school students in Japan-related clubs. This year, students studying Japanese will compete for a grand prize of a Japanese electronic dictionary from the Japanese Consulate.

For more information on how to participate, visit the Speech Contest page. Please contact Katsuko Shellhammer if you're interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering!
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Japanese-English Reading Circle
JERC 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.
Upcoming Dates
Saturday, January 19, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, February 2, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, February 16, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, March 2, 5:00-6:30 PM

Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor
401 Shady Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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Spring Program Calendar
January 17, 7:00-8:30 PM; MEPPI Japan Lecture Series
February 21, 6:00-8:00 PM; MEPPI Japan Lecture Series
March 1, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM; High School Japanese Speech Contest
March 5, 7:30-9:00 AM; Geostrategy in East Asia
March 29 - April 11; Row House Cinema Japanese Film Festival
April 25, 6:00-8:00 PM; MEPPI Japan Lecture Series
May 13, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM; Paul J. Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outingarrow2
  
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