Events related to Japan!

1. Japanese Monster Movies Series

Nausica of the Valley of the Winds
10/16 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1985 animated film depicting giant insects and poisonous mold that threatens a village

Gamera, Guardian of the Universe
10/23 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of Kaneko Shusuke’s 1995 film — a giant turtle saves the world from huge flesh-eating bats.

The Great Yokai War
10/30 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of Hashimoto Koji’s 1984 film with Godzilla attaching a power plant, submarines, and Tokyo.

Godzilla 2000: Millenium
11/6 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of Okawara Takao’s 1999 film — a meteorite transformed… into an alien spaceship?

Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah
11/13 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of the “Giant Monsters All-Out Attack”, directed by Kaneko Shusuke (2001). Ancient protectors defend the world against Godzilla!

Godzilla: Final Wars
11/27 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of Kitamura Ryohei’s 2004 film –Giant monsters attack the world; Godzilla resists, aided by a man-made mutant army!

Godzilla Resurgence
12/4 Tue. 7:00 pm – @ Williams Hall Room 220
Film screening of Anno Hideaki’s 2016 film — Bureaucrats deal with a monster that suddenly appears in Tokyo Bay

2. Onigiri (rice ball) Workshop!
11/2 Friday 2:00-2:50 @ Williams Hall 844

Thank you for your interest! It’s already full, but if you would like to put your name on the waiting list, please contact skawase@upenn.edu.
Are you craving Japanese rice balls? Do you want to make rice balls on your own? If so, come join us to learn how to make Onigiri! This is a great opportunity to learn about the Japanese food and its ingredients. You can make normal triangle shaped onigiri but can also try making character onigiri! RSVP required. Sign up today from here. 15 people max.
No Japanese language knowledge required, but priority will be given to students who are currently taking JPAN courses at Penn. *This event will be counted towards the extra credit for the JPAN courses.

3. J-LIVE Talk : Final Round
J.LIVE (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement) Talk is a college-level Japanese language speech competition that emphasizes a comprehensive range of learned communication skills.
11/11 Sunday @ George Washington University
Barbara Chen (Undergraduate, Arts & Sciences) and Zizhou Wang (MA Student, EALC) proceeded to the final round in the speech competition called J.LIVE Talk, organized by George Washington University. As finalists, they were invited to make presentations in Washington, DC.

4. “Japanese Design, Old and New” Workshop
10/17 Wednesday, 6:00-8:30 pm @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
See how Japanese artists in the late 1800s responded to modernity and change in Philadelphia Collects Meiji. Afterward, you’ll create your own designs with Shushi Yoshinaga (Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Drexel University) $40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission.

5. Performance by Kikagaku Moyo (psychadelic rock band from Tokyo)
10/25 Thursday, 9:00pm @ Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St)

6. Annual Student Panel: Career & Internship Opportunities in Japan at Penn
10/26 Friday, 3:00-5:00 pm @ McNeil Building 286-7, University of Pennsylvania
Are you interested in an internship and/or a job opportunity in Japan? Join us at the panel where we learn from our fellow students and experts on job hunting for Japanese-English bilinguals. The talk will include topics such as job hunting, work, use of Japanese language at work, cross-cultural issues, challenges, and achievement. You can ask more questions at the talk, too!

7. CEA Colloquium: Prasenjit Duara – “Spiritual Ecologies: Sustainability and Transcendence in Contemporary Asia”
11/5 Monday, 12:00-@ CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.
The crisis of global modernity has been produced by human overreach that was founded upon a paradigm of national modernization. Today, three global changes: the rise of non-western powers, the crisis of environmental sustainability and the loss of authoritative sources of transcendence – the ideals, principles and ethics once found in religions — define our condition. The physical salvation of the world is becoming the transcendent goal of our times, transcending national sovereignty.

8. Bunraku (Japanese puppet theater) Lecture and Performance
11/29 Thursday@ TBA
Details will be available soon!

9. Shofuso Japan House and Garden Event
10/21 Sun. 1:00-2:00,  Japanese tea ceremony
Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet.

10/27 Sat. Ghost Stories at Shofuso
Bring a date and experience a revival of the traditional ghost story telling parties of the Edo period. Local storyteller Denise McCormack will thrill guests with Japanese ghost stories told by candlelight and aided by the traditional atmosphere of Shofuso.

10/27 & 28  Sat.& Sun. 11:00-5:00 Yokai Family Weekend
Explore the spooky world of yokai – the various monsters, ghosts and spirits of Japan – in this all ages Halloween weekend event at Shofuso! During this weekend, families can participate in a scavenger hunt and collect trading cards of tsukumogami—household objects come to life. Listen to kamishibai tales of ogres, water imps, and goblins, craft a yokai to take home, and play ghostly games! All activities are free after regular admission.
Scheduled Events:
• Tsukumogami Scavenger Hunt: Follow the clues and find real objects around Shofuso which inspired yokai myths
• Kamishibai: Experience Japan’s classic paper theater style of storytelling with slightly-spooky stories
• Crafts: Make a teru teru bozu or decorate your own fox mask
• Movies: See classics including Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare and The Great Yokai War inside of Shofuso

10. A Teahouse for Philadelphia”
New exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daily
The teahouse named Sunkaraku, which stands in the Japanese garden gallery (244)in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was built one hundred years ago in Tokyo as a private setting for the practice of the tea ceremony. The ritual drinking of tea in Japan has its roots in the Zen Buddhist temples, where it served as a stimulant for the monks to keep alert during long hours of meditation. Each tea gathering is a unique event. The Japanese phrase used to describe this is “ichigo ichie” (each meeting, only once.) The art and utensils the host chooses for a particular occasion are dictated by the guests, the season, and perhaps a special event such as New Year’s celebrations. This exhibiton features tea utensils from the collection, including the complete tea set sent with the Sunkaraku in 1928.
Place: Philadelphia Museum of Art Japanese Galleries (2nd Floor)

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