In response to the recent tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue, the Japanese community would like to gather and present 1,000 cranes as an expression of our condolences.
In Japanese culture it is believed that if one folds 1,000 origami cranes, or senbazuru, one’s wish will come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. The cranes are usually strung together and given as gifts. We invite you to join us in creating this symbol of solidarity and peace for the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.
If you are in need of paper, or to deliver cranes, please visit the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Open House on December 2, or contact our office to arrange a meeting at 412-856-8680 or email@example.com. We will be providing updates with more collection points and folding opportunities as they become available. All cranes should be collected by January 4.
Please refer to this instructional video if you would like to learn how to fold a crane, but do not complete the last step of opening the wings. We are using 15cm (6") square origami paper, and you are welcome to use your own paper. Origami paper can be purchased at craft and art stores, or online. Any color is ok, but we recommend blue and white. Blue and white are symbolic colors in Judaism, representing divinity, light, and purity. If you would like to mail the cranes, please first seal them flat in a plastic bag to protect them from the elements.
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.
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.
Haiku, arguably Japan’s most recognized form of poetry, developed into the poetic form we know and love today through hundreds of years of evolution. Inseparably integrated with Japanese history, Haiku has a notable influence on Japanese poetry, art, and society.
Elizabeth Oyler is Associate Professor of pre-modern Japanese Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is motivated by a fascination with the way historical and cultural memory are represented in literature and performing arts from Japan’s medieval period, particularly the fifteenth century. She is currently working on a book-length study of Noh drama, specifically how the staging of a set of plays by early playwrights simultaneously codify and undermine spaces of the poetic and social landscapes of the early fifteenth-century.
Join the JASP for this free evening at the on January 17, 2019. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.
Please register for this event at www.alphabetcity.org
Lecture Series Sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
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.
TEL: 412-856-8608 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgAddress: 2735 Mosside Blvd, Suite 402 Monroeville, PA 15146
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