Now's your chance to learn taiko drumming with Pittsburgh Taiko!
On Sundays this January, Pittsburgh Taiko will hold a four-week introductory class for people who are interested in joining our performing group or anyone who wants to just give taiko a try. No experience necessary!
Taiko combines energetic hits with calm focus, balances group unity with individual expression, and requires both power and subtlety.
For more information, see www.pittsburghtaiko.org/beginners-workshops.
Please note that the studio is only accessible by stairs.
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.
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 of BeamSuntory will educate attendees on where it came from, how it's made, and how it compares to other spirits internationally. Attendees will learn how to taste whisky, what to look for on a label, and, finally, how to make the perfect highball.
Stephen Jamieson has spent five years selling Suntory beverages in Pennsylvania and is currently promoting the new House of Suntory line of spirits.
Join the JASP for this free evening at Penn Avenue Fish Company on February 21, 2019. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
This day-long competition is designed for high school students from Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state 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!
There will be lots of fun Japan-related activities for participating students and parents.
Poster Session: Food in Japan
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate - Advanced Plus: Food in Japan
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.
The 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.
Yuki Tatsumi is Co-Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. She worked as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and as the special assistant for political affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington. She is also a senior fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan.
Lt. Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson (USMC, Ret.) is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the U.S. Naval Institute; and the Marine Corps Association. He is a Trustee of the Marine Corps University Foundation. Most recently, Gregson served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force and all Marine Corps forces in Japan, 2001 – 2003, and was director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 – 2000.
Join the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for a breakfast briefing and moderated panel discussion on the evolving Japan-US alliance and its impact on security and geostrategy in Asia.
Join Dr. Brenda G. Jordan from the Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, for an exploration of the history and design of Japanese Gardens. Dr. Jordan will present an overview of the varieties of Japanese gardens through history, the concept of “Japanese garden” that spread outside of Japan, and give some suggestions for the types of plants and features that can be used for a Japanese garden in Southwest Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jordan specializes in the history of Japanese art, particularly the paintings and woodblock prints of the 19th century.
Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided, and the lecture will start at 6:30 PM. Registration will be available on the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden website in January.
The schedule for the day is:
Registration - 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Cookout Lunch - 10:30 AM - Noon
Putting Green and Driving Range Available During Lunch
Shot Gun Start - Noon
Dinner and Cocktails - 5:30 PM
Raffle Drawing - After Dessert
TEL: 412-856-8608 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgAddress: 2735 Mosside Blvd, Suite 402 Monroeville, PA 15146
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