EALL invited to join global Japanese language network

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was invited to join the Japan Foundation’s global alliance of language instructor partners, known as the ‘Sakura Network’, by Mr. Kohki Kanno, Director of the Japan Foundation in in Los Angeles.

The network promotes Japanese language education around the world as well as developing information exchange and partnerships between members. The Department has been invited to join as a ‘Core Member’, which means that in addition to its duties as a regular member, it is also hoped that EALL will play a leadership role in developing Japanese language education in the United States. “Core members” are invited in consultation with the Japanese Embassy and Consulate-Generals of Japan in the United States.

Folk Art Exhibition: Yanagi Soetsu and the Folk Art Movement

Copyright 1995-2005. Nihon Mingeikan (www.mingeikan.or.jp)

Yanagi Soetsu and the Folk Art Movement
May 28-Sept 6, 2009
Honolulu Academy of Arts

Curated by UH Art Department MA students

The CJS community is invited to enjoy an exhibition currently running at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The show “Mingei: Yanagi Soetsu and the Folk Art Movement” has been curated by student participants of a graduate seminar in Japanese art history under Professor John Szostak of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The exhibition was organized with the support of the Center for Japanese Studies.

For images from the exhibition and a more detailed description of the event, please click here to see the UH Art Departments own account of the exhibition.

In Search of Takeda Omi’s Legacy: the Karakuri Ningyô

Dr. Holly Blumner
Associate Professor
Theater, Film, and Media Studies
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Date: March 5, 2009
Time: 3:00 pm—4:30 pm
Location: Moore 319—Tokioka Room

Paper Abstract:
Among the many theatrical entertainments in Japan during the Edo period were karakuri ningyô, mechanical puppets with clockwork mechanisms. The puppets, attributed to Osaka theatre owner Takeda Omi, were popular in theatre performances across the Kyoto-Osaka region until 1768. Gradually, bunraku puppets and onstage puppeteers replaced the mechanical puppets. Today, festival puppets are carved and assembled using instruction manuals dating back to 1760. The puppets perform at festivals throughout Japan. This presentation examines the karakuri puppet phenomenon at Osaka’s Takeda Theatre from 1662-1768 and the continuing karakuri legacy.

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