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The OSU Institute for Japanese Studies presents:
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
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.
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.
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
Cognitive scientist and linguist Mark Turner of Case Western Reserve University will present a keynote speech on human cognition and language learning.
Mari Noda of The Ohio State University will lead a workshop on the Performed Culture Approach to East Asian language pedagogy.
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
Join JASCO as we present a unique opportunity: a kimono portrait photography session in collaboration with Columbus Kimono, Milestone Memories Photography, and hair/makeup artist Stephanie Whitcomb!
When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Where: R&L Digital Studio, 2125 W. 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
Single/Couple- $200 for JASCO members, $250 for non-members
Family: $275 for JASCO members, $325 for non-members
Sign up for a kimono portrait session, where you will:
- be dressed in a kimono of your choice (sets provided by Columbus Kimono);
- have your hair and makeup done to match the kimono (hair/makeup work by Stephanie Whitcomb); and,
- get a portrait photography session, complete with both physical prints and a digital gallery of your photos (photography and prints by Mika Murakami DeMura of Milestone Memories Photography)!
Singles/couples will receive 3 prints: 2 5x7, and 1 8x10. Families, meanwhile, will receive 5 prints: 3 5x7, and 2 8x10. (If you want more prints, you can make arrangements with Milestone Memories Photography).
Children must be 5 years or older to be dressed.
It may be possible for participants to bring their own kimono; to inquire about this possibility, please contact JASCO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
単身またはカップル： JASCOメンバー$200 非メンバー$250
ご家族： JASCOメンバー$275 非メンバー$325
The day will be split into two blocks: the morning, 9-12 PM, is for singles/couples, while the afternoon, 1-5 PM, is for families.
Space is limited! There will be 6 slots for singles/couples, and 4 slots for families. Upon registration, you will be contacted by JASCO to select a time, based on the schedule of start times below:
Singles/Couples (1 hour sessions)
10:20 - RESERVED
10:40 - RESERVED
11:00 - RESERVED
Families (2 hour sessions)
1:40 - RESERVED
2:20 - RESERVED
3:00 - RESERVED
The registration fee include:
- kimono rental
- kimono dressing and undressing
- hair and make-up
- photography session
- physical prints and digital photo gallery
Registration fees are the same regardless of whether to not all participants in the photo wear a kimono.
Registration will close on February 3.
Upon registration, you will receive a request from Columbus Kimono for additional information related to the kimono dressing.
For more information, please contact JASCO at email@example.com.
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）
Held every March in conjunction with the Annual JASCO Japanese Speech Contest, JASCO's Career Exploration provides students studying the Japanese language and Japanese-English bilingual job seekers with an opportunity to interact with local business leaders and learn career paths available to them.
10:00am - 11:00am Exhibitor Check-in & Set up
11:00am - 2:45 pm Career Exploration
2:45pm - 3:15pm Tear down
Booth Registration Pricing:
JASCO Member Companies: $150
JASCO Member Schools/Nonprofits: $100
Non-Member Companies: $300
Registration includes a 8 foot rectangular table, up to two chairs, and Japanese lunch boxes for up to two representatives. An additional representative may be accommodated for an additional $10.
Who should exhibit?
Registration is on a first-come, first,served basis, and ends on Wednesday, February 21. Space is limited.
For more information, contact JASCO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
会場:ダブリン・レクリエーションセンター （5600 Post Rd. Dublin, OH 43017) map
Saturday, March 10, 2017
11:00am - 2:45pm
Dublin Recreation Center
This event is open to everyone and free.
Who should attend?
Business casual attire is preferred. Bring multiple copies of your resume.
Participating Companies and Organizations:
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES LIST COMING SOON
Resume Circulation Opportunities
If you are a job seeker, don’t miss the chance to have your resume distributed to JASCO’s 85+ corporate members! Be sure to drop off a copy of your resume at the JASCO’s table.
JASCO’s Corporate Member Directory D
SPONSOR LIST COMING SOON
JASCO is partnering with the Japan External Trade Organization to hold a Kizuna seminar-Tohoku Update on Wednesday, March 14. This free event will be held at Red Brick Occasions in Columbus (118 E. Main Street, Columbus), 6-8 PM. Representatives from the Tohoku area will discuss the realization efforts over the past 7 years since the 2011 Earthquake, and 'Sake Evangelist' John Gaunter will give an introduction to sake from the area.
The seminar will be followed by Sake and fresh seafood tasting and reception. Hour d'oeuvre will be served.
This event is OPEN TO PUBLIC.
*About John Gauntner
John Gauntner is recognized as the world’s leading non-Japanese sake expert.
A resident of Japan since 1988, he (necessarily) both speaks and reads Japanese fluently, and is well known in the sake industry as the window to making sake understandable and popular outside of Japan.
He has been writing and lecturing about sake since 1994, beginning with an eight-year stint writing the “Nihonshu” column in the Japan Times (Japan’s most widely read English language newspaper). He followed that with a weekly column on sake in Japanese for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s and the world’s most widely distributed Japanese newspaper. He has published six books on sake across two languages, hundreds of articles on the topic (see Articles & Books), publishes a free monthly newsletter and offers various digital products that make sake easily understandable.
His latest book, Sake Confidential, is – as the title indicates – a beyond-the-basics guide to understanding, tasting, selecting and enjoying sake.
He is the co-founder and content editor of the world’s first and only sake-only magazine, Sake Today, which was founded in January of 2014.
Known as “The Sake Guy,” and “The Sake Evangelist,”John has been quoted and/or mentioned in sake related articles in countless publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Business Week, and Rolling Stone. He has spoken at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities, Wharton School of Business, and countless other venues across the US and Japan.
Please register at
会場：Red Brick Occasions (118 E. Main Street, Columbus)
(1)宮城県経済商工観光部理事兼次長 高砂義行様 スピーチ
(2)末永海産株式会社 古藤野靖（ことうの やすし）様 スピーチ
(3)日本酒伝道師 ジョン・ゴントナーさんセミナー （福島の酒がアメリカに（仮））
The Institute for Japanese Studies presents:
Professor of Religious Studies
St. Lawrence University
"Rethinking What’s Sacred about 'Ano Hana' Anime Pilgrimage"
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.
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.
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 : email@example.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
CLASS PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH:
· Plant suitable for bonsai
· a ceramic bonsai pot
· informational handouts and study materials
· beverages and snacks during the sessions
PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING WITH THEM:
· Class fee will be due at check in, only cash or check can be accepted
· a notebook and pen or pencil.
Details coming soon!
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