CJS Fall 2009 Seminar Series – October

CJS is pleased to announce a series of diverse and fascinating lectures for the Fall 2009 semester. Below you will find preliminary information on the seminars to be held in October. Check back again later for additional information and updates on the seminars being offered in November and December.

In lectures co-sponsored with the Center for Okinawan Studies, Professor Masahide Ishihara will give two different presentation on October 1st and 2nd. Both presentation will be held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) at 3:00 pm. Professor Ishihara is a linguist at the University of the Ryukyus. More information on his talk can be found at the Center for Okinawan Studies website.

Dr. Ryoko Matsuba, a postdoctoral fellow at Ritsumeikan University, will give a presentation October 19th on Ukiyo-e and kabuki performance, also in the Tokioka Room at 3:00 pm. Dr. Matsuba’s lecture will explore the process of identifying specific kabuki scenes, situations, and actors in ukiyo-e prints, even in the absence of  inscriptions identifying the role or play being depicted.

Our final October seminar is from Professor Elyssa Faison of the History Department at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Faison will give a lunch-time presentation on October 23rd co-sponsored with the Women’s Studies Department. The exact time and location of Professor Faison’s talk have yet to be determined.

As always, CJS seminars are free and open to the public.

Hope to see all of you at CJS seminars throughout the semester!

Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series

“Introducing the International Institute for Okinawan Studies

at the University of the Ryukyus”

The International Institute for Okinawan Studies (IIOS) was established on April 1, 2009 at the University of the Ryukyus.  It is a research institute that brings together all of the different disciplines focusing on Okinawan Studies at the University of the Ryukyus.  Professor Katsunori Yamazato is the inaugural Director of IIOS.

Join us as Professor Yamazato talks about IIOS, its future plans, and its relationship with the University of Hawai‘i.

  • Speaker: Professor Katsunori Yamazato, Director International Institute for Okinawan Studies, University of the Ryukyus
  • Date:  September 2, 2009 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Location: Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)

Co-sponsored with the Center for Japanese Studies, UHM

Event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lynette Teruya, Center for Okinawan Studies, tel. 956‐0902

For disability access, please contact the Center for Okinawan Studies.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

Japanese Proficiency Tests – Registration Open

Japanese language proficiency test

Registration for the Japanese-Langauge Proficiency Test (JLPT, 日本語能力試験) is now open.

TEST DATE: December 6, 2009

Registration Period: August 3rd-September 25.
In Hawaii, the test will be held at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Levels 1 and 2 (advanced and upper-intermediate):   50 USD
Levels 3 and 4 (Intermediate and Beginner):   40 USD

How to register:
Online via the JLPT website https://www.jflalc.org/jlpt/
Paper applications can also be downloaded.
For more information contact the JLPT Administration committee in Los Angeles:
Tel: 213-621-2267
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Paper copies of the publicity material are also available at the CJS office.

Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry

PALS Lecture

Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry

Presented by Philip Sugai

Date: July 14, 2009
Location: BusAd G-102
Time: 4:15 – 5:30 pm

Dr. Sugai is the Director of the Mobile Consumer Lab, Professor of Marketing, and Dean of the Graduate School of International Management at the International University of Japan. He is an advisor to a number of companies in Japan and
overseas on the strategic implications of wireless technologies on consumer behavior.

Refreshments will be served in the Shidler Faculty Lounge (BusAd D-207) from 5:30–6:15 p.m.

The 18th Pragmatics and Language Learning (PLL) Conference

PLL is a research forum for pragmatics in second language contexts, and will hold it’s first conference outside the US from 16-19 July at Kobe University, Japan. The conference will feature a variety of workshops and panel discussions in the area of language-in-use.

Presentation proposals are invited, for a deadline of 15 January 2010.

Guest speakers will include:
Amy Snyder-Ohta
Carol Rinnert
Jean Wong
Hiko Yamaguchi

For more information on the conference, please visit:  http://pragsig.org/pll