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October 2017 Newsletter

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Nihon Buyo Presentation
Join the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania  and Slippery Rock University for a traditional dance performance by dance master Shinojo and her students. Japanese Buyō is a mixture of dance and pantomime with more than 400 years of history.

Participants will enjoy the performance of three dances and an explanation of the history of Japanese Buyō dancing and its cultural significance, followed by interactive instruction of a gentle fitness routine inspired by the traditional dance movements of Buyō.

Thursday, October 12, 4 - 6 PM
Theater, Smith Student Center, Slippery Rock University
1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Member Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Logo The JASP would like to recognize our Silver member, Wheeling-Nisshin.

The JASP would like to recognize our academic member Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Carnegie Mellon University is a private, internationally-ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 13,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

We would like to heartily thank Carnegie Mellon University for its support of our organization!arrow2
Annual Dinner      
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Kiyoaki Aburaki, Senior Director of the Keizai Koho Center, will be the honored keynote speaker at the JASP Annual Dinner from 5:30 - 9:00 PM on Thursday, November 9, 2017. 
Kiyoaki Aburaki, Senior Director of the Keizai Koho Center, will be the honored keynote speaker at the JASP Annual Dinner from 5:30 - 9:00 PM on Thursday, November 9, 2017. 

This special event will be held at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. After the cocktail hour and silent auction, we will honor JASP members and volunteers. Mr. Aburaki will give the audience an update on the Japanese economy and the US-Japan trade relationship. It's a business networking event you won't want to miss! vr_buttonarrow2
Japanese-English Reading Circle

JERCThe 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, October 21, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, November 6, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, November 18, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 2, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 16, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Kenmawr Apartments, Community Room, Ground Floor
401 Shady Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232          arrow2
Upcoming Community Events

Traditional Japanese Instruments: Workshop & Performances

Three events on Friday, October 13th, are sponsored by the Asian Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh and presented by two accomplished composers/performers, Devon Tipp and Elizabeth Brown.

Hands-on Workshop
3 PM, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Workshops for the shakuhachi and the ichigenkin, both traditional Japanese instruments, presented by Pittsburgh-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Devon Tipp.

Voices from Japan: Arts in the Aftermath of TragedyShakuhachi Ichigenkin
4:30 - 6 PM, Bellefield Hall Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
Listening to Elizabeth Brown's composition "Aki Meguri Kite" and viewing a display of Voices from Japan, a collection of tanka poetry written by survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This workshop examines the power and necessity of the arts in dealing with devastation.

Shakuhachi and Ichigenkin: Discovery in a Single Tone
7:30 PM, 125 Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh
A performance that brings together these two traditional Japanese instruments in a spirit of meditation and calm. Features Elizabeth Brown and Ralph Samuelson on the shakuhachi and Issui Minegishi on the ichigenkin.

Tracing Remembrance

Saturday, October 14, 1 - 5:00 PM, Cloister, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of PittsburghU Pitt Intntl Week 2
The community is invited participate in an art installation with artist Judy Shintani for remembering and honoring Japanese-American internees and other displaced people as part of the International Week hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Center for International Studies. View the full schedule here.

Screening of Allegiance

October 15, 6:00 PM, CMOA Auditorium
A screening of the Broadway musical, Allegiance, starring George Takei and Lea Salonga followed by a Q&A with Producer Lorenzo Thione and Actor Sam Tanabe.
For more information on the production, visit the Allegiance website.
$20 general admission, $15 students

An Evening with George TakeiGeorge Takei

October 17, 7-9:00 PM, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture. Sign up here if you would like to go as a JASP group.

Pittsburgh Sakura Project 3Pittsburgh Sakura Project Fall Planting Day

November 4, Latrobe Shelter in North Park
Please join the Pittsburgh Sakura Project to plant 10 ornamental cherry trees at North Park in Allison Park as part of their goal to bring the beauty of cherry blossoms to the Pittsburgh region. RSVP to or visit their website or Facebook page for more information.arrow2
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#GiveBigPittsburgh 2017 begins at midnight on Nov. 28 and ends at 11:59 PM on Dec. 31, 2017.  Please consider supporting the JASP as part of your charitable giving this year!arrow2
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