Community "Japan" Events

Upcoming Events in Central Ohio

    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Will Eisner Seminar Room, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (Sullivant Hall, 1813 N High St)

    The OSU Institute for Japanese Studies presents:

    Lynne Miyake
    Professor of Japanese, Asian Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies
    Core Faculty of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies
    Department of Asian Languages & Literatures
    Pomona College

    "Gender Flipped, 'Cutie,' (Non)Eroticized Subject/Objects of Consumption and Production: The Manga Comics Tales of Genji"

    Abstract: Written a millennium ago by lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in service to Shôshi, consort to Emperor Ichijô (986-1011), The Tale of Genji has captured the imaginations of readers, artists, writers, and even the Japanese government, transposing into woodblock prints, novels, films, a symphony, and even an opera in English.  Journeying from an elite, circumscribed courtly society through the domains of warlords, townspeople, and a modern nation state, it has been utilized time and again as cultural and political soft power, appearing in one of its newest iterations—Japanese manga comics—in the 1970s.  To date, the over thirty manga Genjis visually, narratively, and affectively remediate male and female gazes, gently add humor, eroticize, gender flip, queer, and simultaneously re-inscribe and challenge heteronormative gender norms.  “Pretty boy” heroes, dazzling, luminous (fe)male objects of desire, young men targeted “eye candy,” and more abound!

    Bio: A Professor of Japanese and Asian Studies at Pomona College and Core Faculty of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges, Lynne K. Miyake received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and her M.A. in Comparative Literature and Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of California at Berkeley.  She works on Heian prose narratives dealing with issues of narration, gender, and cultural studies, and on the mangaadaptations of The Tale of Genji.  She has published articles (in Japanese and English) on the mangaversions of The Tale of Genji, the tale itself, The Kagerô Diary, and The Tosa Diary as well as on the impact of translation on the formulation of the canon of Japanese literature in the U.S.  She received Japan Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships to study the performative, interactive role of the reader, text, and narrator in Heian texts and is presently working on a book manuscript on the manga versions of The Tale of Genji.

    Free and open to the public

    This event is sponsored in part by The Ohio State University Libraries, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center. 

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 25 Feb 2018
    • The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

    A collaboration between The Ohio State University and Oberlin College, this symposium is an academic platform dedicated to promoting and advancing applications of interdisciplinary research on the pedagogy of East Asian languages. Chinese, Japanese and Korean are traditionally considered less commonly taught languages in the United States, yet the ever-expanding economic and geopolitical interests in the East Asian region and the growing enrollment in East Asian languages in K-16 education over the past decades have drawn increasing research and pedagogical attention to the teaching and learning of these languages.

    The symposium will be free to public. 


    Click here to register as an attendee for the symposium and/or workshop.

    Click here to see Call for Proposals

    Keynote Speech

    Cognitive scientist and linguist Mark Turner of Case Western Reserve University will present a keynote speech on human cognition and language learning.


    Pedagogy Workshop

    Mari Noda of The Ohio State University will lead a workshop on the Performed Culture Approach to East Asian language pedagogy. 

    Panel Sessions

    The 60-minute panel sessions provide an excellent opportunity for participants to showcase and receive feedback on research and teaching activities in the pedagogy of East Asian languages and cultures.


    ​Following the symposium, resources and products will be made available online to continue to support collaboration on East Asian language pedagogy across disciplines and institutions.


    Ohio Five/Ohio State Mellon Language Grant
    OSU Association for the Advancement of the Pedagogy of East Asian Languages (AAPEAL)
    OSU Graduate Students of East Asian Languages and Literatures (GREALL)
    East Asian Studies at Oberlin College
    East Asian Languages and Literatures at OSU

    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Dublin Scioto High School, 4000 Hard Rd, Dublin OH 43016

    ダブリン ジャパニーズ フェスティバル

    @ Dublin Scioto High School (4000 Hard Rd, Dublin OH) on Sunday, March 4th from 12pm-5pm

    Entertainment: Face painting,  Traditional Japanese food, Taiko      drumming performances, Children’s games, Kendo demonstration, Yard sale, koto performance, Dancing, Origami lessons, Abacus lessons, Cosplay, etc.

    Admission: Free.Donations will be accepted.


    Stage time schedule

    1.     1:00~  Rice Pounding(餅つき)

    2.     2:00 Kendo(剣道)

    3.     3:00~  Koto(お琴演奏)

    4.     4:00~ Taiko(太鼓)

    • 04 Apr 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, Will Eisner Seminar Room (1913 N High St)

    The Institute for Japanese Studies presents:

    Mark MacWilliams

    Professor of Religious Studies
    St. Lawrence University

    "Rethinking What’s Sacred about 'Ano Hana' Anime Pilgrimage"

    Flyer: tbd

    Abstract: "Anime Pilgrimage" is a startling new spiritual phenomenon that is taking place throughout Japan. Visiting anime or a comic book (manga) related places is called “pilgrimage to the holy land” (seichi junrei) among contemporary anime fans. For my talk, I am looking at how this new form of pilgrimage is developing in a traditional sacred area, Chichibu in Saitama prefecture. Chichibu, located northwest of Tokyo, has for centuries been the destination of pilgrims traveling on the thirty-four temple pilgrimage route dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. In recent years, however, Chichibu has attracted a new type of pilgrim due to the popularity of the hit 2011 TV anime, Ano hi mita hana no namae o bokutachi wa mada shiranai (literally, "We Still Don't Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day”), the story of which takes place in Chichibu. What is anime pilgrimage? What makes it sacred? Why would fans travel to a place that forms the backdrop of a cartoon fantasy? What's the anime about anyway? Pondering these questions about Ano hana as part of the broader phenomenon of anime pilgrimage leads to the important question of whether the “sacred” is alive and well in contemporary Japan.

    Bio: Mark MacWilliams is currently a professor of East Asian Religions at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. His interests and publications are focused primarily on contemporary Japanese spirituality---particularly, pilgrimage in all its forms, the Internet and spiritual life, and Japanese manga (and anime). His work most recently has gone into a whole new fields—how Shinto has been defined in the modern period and anime pilgrimage in Japan. He also serves as Executive Editor for the journal, Religious Studies Review.

    Free and open to the public

    This event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Gustav and Bertha Reiner Horticultural Education Center at Oakland Nursery, 1156 Oakland Park Ave. Columbus

    Curious about Bonsai? 

    This fascinating fusion of art and horticulture has a long history and has been taken up all around the world.  If you would like to learn more about creating and keeping miniature trees, an opportunity to get hands on knowledge is coming up soon.

    The Columbus Bonsai Society  will conduct an introductory bonsai class Saturday, April 14,2018.  The one day session will be held in The Gustav and Bertha Reiner Horticultural Education Center at Oakland Nursery, 1156 Oakland Park Ave. Columbus. http://www.oaklandnursery.com/web/columbuscenter.html

    The class will take place between 12:00PM  and 5:00 PM and is intended to be a thorough introduction to the art and craft of miniature trees, the Japanese bonsai.  Participants will learn basic  techniques to create, train and maintain bonsai trees in classroom and discussion phases of the session and then will put that knowledge to use in hands on workshops.

    Each participant will begin the process of developing a bonsai.  Instructors will discuss many aspects of the art and horticulture of bonsai: including history, design, tools, styling techniques and others.  The main focus will be keeping the trees alive.

    The class is intended for participants of all skill levels, no previous experience with bonsai-or plants of any kind is required.

    Cost of the class is $45 which includes all necessary materials. A 2018 membership in the Columbus Bonsai Society is also part of the package.

    To register or for more information : bonsaibeginners@yahoo.com

    You may also leave questions on the interactive event webpage: http://cbsbonsaibeginners.blogspot.com/


    PLEASE NOTE: No walk in students can be accommodated-all participants must register



    ·                     Plant suitable for bonsai

    ·                     a ceramic bonsai pot

    ·                     informational handouts and study materials

    ·                     beverages and snacks during the sessions


    ·                     Class fee will be due at check in, only cash or check can be accepted

    ·                     a notebook and pen or pencil.

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Discover Christian Church 2900 Martin Rd, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    Details coming soon!

Past events

13 Feb 2018 OSU Dept. of Comparative Studies/CMRS Lecture: Yukari Yoshihara, "Shakespeare in Japanese Pop Culture"
31 Jan 2018 OSU IJS Lecture: Naoyuki Agawa, "Japan-U.S. Relations in the Changing World: North Korea, China, and America First"
20 Jan 2018 Springfield Symphony Orchestra Concert w/ the Shimasaki Sisters
14 Nov 2017 Ohio Asian American Economic Summit
13 Nov 2017 OSU IJS Lecture: Kaoru Iokibe, "From Black Ships to ONE PIECE: Japan-U.S. Relations"
11 Nov 2017 Ohayo Ohio II: A Japanese Symposium and Cultural Event
10 Oct 2017 OSU IJS Lecture: David Crandall, "Noh as Performance"
14 Sep 2017 The 2017 Ohio State University International Career Fair
12 Sep 2017 401(k) Basics and The Social Security Agreement For Japanese Owned Companies
12 Sep 2017 The Ohio State University Career and Internship Fair
26 Jun 2017 Porcelain: Color and Light exploration
07 Jun 2017 MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship Application Deadline
01 Jun 2017 Japanese Exchange Student Host Family Deadline
21 May 2017 Hanamizuki no Kai 22nd Annual Concert
29 Apr 2017 A Taiko Gala - Dublin Taiko Group
25 Apr 2017 Ikuzo Fujiwara: Environmental Ceramic Art
13 Apr 2017 Kojin Karatani - Historical Stages of World Capitalism
01 Apr 2017 Invitation Program for Japanese American Students
23 Mar 2017 Japan in 2017: Economic Outlook & Trends, Status of Abenomics and JETRO’s Role in Promoting FDI
12 Mar 2017 Free Concert: "From Paris to Warsaw"
02 Mar 2017 The Trump Administration and the Japan-U.S. Alliance
17 Feb 2017 IJS: Japan's Grand Strategy and the US-Japan Alliance

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