“Rakugo in English” By Dr. Kimie Oshima

CJS is pleased to announce “Rakugo in English: by Dr. Kimie Oshima” which will be held on Friday, September 14 at the UHM Orvis Auditorium.

Rakugo is the traditional Japanese art of comic storytelling. The art form is more than 300 years old and provides a way to teach about Japanese culture and customs through humor. Dr. Oshima, who attended high school and college in the U.S., is an accomplished artist with performances in Japan and around the world (most recently in Tel Aviv). She describes how she turns Japanese rakugo into rakugo in English as “remaking the stories into something that sounds interesting and funny in English.” Knowledge or experience in the art form is not required to understand the performance. Join us for an evening of laughter!

Please see the flyer for details.

“Japanese Politics after 3/11: Trends and Challenges” by Dr. Masaru Kohno

As part of our fall seminar series, CJS is sponsoring a talk by Dr. Masaru Kohno who will be presenting “Japanese Politcs after 3/11: Trends and Challenges.”  In this talk, Dr. Kohno will discuss three emerging trends in Japanese politics since the 3/11 earthquake: the disintegration of the Democratic Party of Japan, the rise of local political parties, and the growing distrust among Japanese voters. Dr. Kohno will offer insight as to how these trends will develop in Japanese politics for the short and long term future.  See this link for details.

Hope to see you there!


CJS Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to Julie Iezzi (promoted to Full Professor in Theater and Dance) and John Szostak (tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in Art and Art History).  Japanese Studies is lucky to have such talented faculty!

The 40th Anniversary of Urasenke Summer Seminar

Photo of Former Governor Ariyoshi

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Urasenke Summer seminar at UHM.  Roughly 110 guests from Japan, led by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, joined Hawaii tea practitioners for a two-day seminar at the UHM Art Auditorium, sponsored by Outreach College.  Day One featured a presentation by new UHM Chancellor Tom Apple, who laid out his vision for UH Manoa, and Former Governor George Ariyoshi, who described the origins of the East West Center and the connection between Hawaii and the EWC’s core mission. Day Two focused on tea demonstrations, including one by recent UH alumni, and a lecture-demonstration by Noenoe Zuttemesiter on traditional Hawaiian musical instruments and dance.  Participants also enjoyed tea at Jaku-an, and the Imin Center Garden Room, hosted by the UH Tea Club, and Urasenke Association members from Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai.


Shisa Statues Installation Ceremony & Reception

Photo of President Teruo Iwamasa and Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw; photo courtesy of Ms. Tokiko Bazzell

On June 29, the UHM Chancellor’s office, the UHM Library, COS, and CJS held an installation ceremony and reception for the newly installed shisa statues donated by the University of the Ryukyus. More than sixty community members, faculty, and students came to officially welcome the shisa statues to their new location on the UHM campus, between Hamilton Library and Paradise Palms.

Marking the beginning of the evening, the Hawai’inuiakea Protocol Team, the Tuahine Troupe, began with an oli (a Hawaiian chant) to celebrate the friendship between the University of the Ryukyus (UR) and UH.  Honoring this relationship, UR President Teruo Iwamasa (who was visiting UH for the first time) and Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw together put lei’s on the two statues, as seen in the photo above.

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