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September 2018 Newsletter

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Upcoming Fall Programs

dragonboat 2Dragon Boat Festival
September 30, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
North Park Lake
Join us at the Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival on September 30 for a day of fun at North Park Lake! Watch exciting races or compete against other community teams for medals and awards. Cultural demonstrations, food, marketplace and other activities will be available, so bring the whole family to this FREE event. I Made It! Market will also participate in our festival! This year's festival is brought to you by the Hearts of Steel and OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates.arrow2
Decorative Sushi Workshop

peach October 13, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
House of Chen, 101 Brandt Dr, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

Kazari Maki-Zushi is a patterned or decorative sushi that is derived from several sushi techniques. Kazari Maki-Zushi can be anything – flowers, fruit, animals, words and even logos. No prior experience is necessary as it involves a different process than creating regular sushi.

At this event, Fumiyo Iwadachi will demonstrate techniques to make decorative sushi. Participants will make their own peach blossom and square designs.

 adachi Annual Dinner
November 8 , 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Duquesne Club

Our largest dinner of the year, with more than 100 guests from Pittsburgh and beyond, fun auction items, and an interesting speaker.  This year's keynote speaker will be Joe Adachi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc., and Executive Vice President, Canon Inc. Stay tuned for more information about this year's dinner!
UPMC Physician Receives Japanese Bilateral Friendship Award

SOUTH-PAUL_JEANNETTEThe America-Japan Society of Tokyo has named Dr. Jeanette South-Paul as a recipient of its second annual Kentaro Kaneko Award. The awards will be presented at the International House in Tokyo on October 23.

The award was created in 2017 as part of the America-Japan Society's centennial celebration to honor individuals who have promoted grassroots, people-to-people exchanges between Japan and the United States. It is given to one American and one Japanese each year.

Dr. South-Paul serves as the Chair for the Department of Family Medicine at UPMC and Professor for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine. She has led UPMC's collaboration with Aso Iizuka Hospital (AIH) in Iizuka, Japan since 2006. The collaboration has resulted in physicians from Pittsburgh training in Iizuka and physicians and nurses from Iizuka coming to Pittsburgh annually to enhance their faculty development through UPMC's Family Medicine Centers and focused collaboration with other UPMC partnering specialists. Also, in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku triple disaster, Dr. South-Paul joined the Pittsburgh steering committee gathering relief funds. Congratulations, Dr. South-Paul!arrow2
The JASP Welcomes New Members

Individual Member
  • Ms. Heather Harr
Student Members
  • Mr. Valentin Rublack
  • Ms. Asari Yahata
Not a member yet? Join the JASP today!arrow2
Japanese-English Reading Circle

JERC The 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 6, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, October 20, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, November 3, 5:00-6:30 PM
Saturday, November 17, 5:00-6:30 PM

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

Silk Screen Asian Film Festival Japanese Entries

mori1 Mori, The Artist's Habitat

Painter Mori and his wife Hideko live surrounded by gardens and pastures away from the hustle and bustle of city life for their 52 years of marriage.  For the last 30 years, Mori has scarcely left his home, preferring to lay among the critters around his home, painting while Hideko attends to visitors.  But when developers decide to build a condominium next door, the small paradise the couple have created is at risk, so Mori and Hideko decide to take action to protect the garden that they cherish. Taking place in the more affable social atmosphere of the 1970’s, Mori, the Artist’s Habitat humorously depicts a summer-day-in-the-life of an elderly couple you’ll grow to love and root for.

Where: Alumni Hall Auditorium; Frick Fine Arts
When: September 23, 5:00 PM; September 29, 3:00 PM

dynamite3Dynamite Graffiti

In the 1980’s, Akira Suei achieved fame as the chief editor for several pornography magazines, although his reputation as a trendsetter was under constant scrutiny due to the magazines’ taboo material. The film follows Suei from a traumatic event in his youth (involving his mother, the next door neighbor, and a bundle of dynamite) to Tokyo, where he climbed the ladder from lowly graphic designer to the chief editor of his own magazine due to his aggressive, raw style which attracted a variety of talented people who helped bring about a revolution in the Japanese magazine industry.

Where: Regent Square TheatreFrick Fine Arts
When: September 26, 8:30 PM; September 29, 9:00 PM

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The Japan Council of the University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce the winner of the first biennial University of Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award: Sennan Asbestos Disaster, directed by award-winning veteran filmmaker Kazuo Hara. An award ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM on September 27, 2018 in Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The ceremony will be followed by a screening of the film at 6:00 PM. The ceremony and screening are free and open to the public. Seating is limited; RSVP required. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Oyler or Charles Exley. General information about the award and the ceremony can be found at  Free tickets to the screening are available at

Where: Frick Fine Arts, 650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 
When: September 27, 6:00 PM

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Day of the Western Sunrise is a Japanese language, animated documentary that follows three surviving crew men from Daigo Fukuryu Maru, or the Lucky Dragon No. 5. On March 1st, 1954, the 23 crew men were fishing off the coast of the Marshall Islands when the US detonated Castle Bravo, an early test of a thermonuclear weapon. The light from the blast was so intense the fishermen thought the sun had risen in the west. 

This is a World Premiere Event for Day of the Western Sunrise. This documentary film was made in Pittsburgh, and we couldn't be happier to release it here! Sponsorship by our partners at Green Mountain Energy means that 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall in Tokyo, Japan. This museum houses the Lucky Dragon No 5 itself, and uses grants and donations to further its educational outreach about Castle Bravo and the Lucky Dragon No 5.

The price of admission gets you access to the film, a pre-film lecture about the historical context of our subject matter, access to source and research material, and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The filmmaking team will be present for all three screenings and able to answer questions about process, history, technical aspects, and more! 

Where: Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
When: September 29, 7:00 PM; September 30, 3:00 & 8:30 PM

PBX_HARDROCK_EVENT_Banner 4International Business Networking Reception

Join the Pittsburgh Business Exchange, in partnership with ten other organizations, for an International Business Networking Reception at the Hard Rock Cafe! You are invited to join hundreds of business owners, entrepreneurs, and other professionals from the Greater Pittsburgh Area and around the world. JASP members receive a discounted admission price of $15 until September 21.

When: October 17, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, 230 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

JET Program Information SessionJET

Learn about the application process and experience as a Japan Exchange and Teaching Program teacher in Japan from the Pittsburgh JET Alumni group.

Where: 4130 W Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
When: October 23, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Carnegie International University Night with Postcommodity carnegie museum of art for newsletter 2

When: November 1, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: Carnegie Museum of Art, Music Hall & Sculpture Hall

Artists Cristóbal Martínez and Kade Twist of Postcommodity lead the evening with a discussion about their diverse practice. The work of art that they have created for the Carnegie International embodies Pittsburgh's industrial history in steel, glass, and coal. Hear Martínez and Twist speak about the complexities of creating visual language and narrative around issues that challenge us today. arrow2
Japan Insights: Exploring Experts' Experiences

japan-insight.png?t=1535134571187As the Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics 2020 draws closer, Japan-Insights, a project of the Toshiba International Foundation, encourages people around the world not just to visit Japan, but to engage with and discover the country through immersive experiences to find the real Japan. This is made possible by the generosity of spirit of some of the world's leading experts, scholars, and professors in Japanese studies. Through essays that explore and showcase their expertise, they share with readers the excitement of delving deeply into Japan and understanding its distinctive appeal. Read the essays at the Japan-Insights page.arrow2
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