More than 30 students expressed their passion for Japanese pop culture through singing!

Six Japanese language classes and five individual contestants volunteered and showcased their talent at the Zoom Japanese Karaoke contest hosted by the Japanese Language Program in April!  While all participants did an awesome job, here are the prize winners. Congratulations, everyone!

1st Prize (Gold)
(taught by Tomoko Takami)
“Tenbyoo no uta”
2nd Prize (Silver)
(taught by Megumu Tamura)
“Sakura〜Anatani aete yokatta〜”
3rd Prize (Bronze)
(taught by Akiko Barnes)
“Baka mitai”


2021 Zoom Japanese Karaoke Participants

2021 Zoom Japanese Karaoke Poster (created by Nana Takeda)

Film screening of “Alone Again in Fukushima ナオト、いまもひとりっきり” in conjunction with a special panel discussion with Penn faculty

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. to March 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Streaming online on March 7th-8th for pre-registrants only!  Register here for the film by March 5 at 12:00 p.m., and register here for the panel discussion event on March 8 at 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Film Synopsis:

Ostriches, cows, hogs, cats, a pony, and a dog…and a single person remain in the nuclear zone in Fukushima. Naoto Matsumura lives alone with these animals in Tomioka, a town located only 12 kilometers away from the melted-down nuclear power plant.

It has been over five years since Alone in Fukushima was released in 2015. Covered by CNN, ARTE, and other major overseas network, the story has remained largely untold in the Japanese media. Alone Again in Fukushima is the sequel to the 2015 release. What has happened to Naoto since 2015? The singular life of a man who has been at the mercy of the nuclear accident is revealed.

The film will be available streaming online from March 7th-8th, held in conjunction with a special panel discussion on March 8th at 6 p.m. with Linda Chance (EALC), Caitlin Adkins (EALC), and Eric Feldman (Law).

Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) and Japanese Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Special Guest Speaker: Matthew Stavros, Ph.D.
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 @4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Williams Hall 205, University of Pennsylvania
The first half will be about Dr. Stavros’ journey on learning Japanese, pursuing a Ph.D. in Japanese studies and his career as a historian of Early Japan. The second half will be an information session and Q&A on the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, which is a Kyoto-based Japanese program with summer, semester-long, and academic-year long programs.

Student Panel: What do I do with BA in Japanese?
Monday, February 17, 2020 @5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Williams Hall 25, University of Pennsylvania

Let’s hear Senpai’s stories!  Ph.D. students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations will discuss their experiences of studying Japanese language and Japan studies at Penn.  Why did they choose to major in Japan studies?  How was their experience of studying abroad in Japan?  How did they find an internship and a job in Japan?  What is a specialized area that they are interested in?  How are their lives as undergraduate and graduate students different?

Presenters: Caitlin Adkins and Patrick Carland

This panel will be chaired by Tomoko Takami, Director of Japanese Language Program and Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages.
Co-sponsored by the Japanese Language Program and Center for East Asian Studies.

The 12th Annual Student Panel: Career and Internship Opportunities in Japan
Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 @2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Annenberg 111, University of Pennsylvania

1. First Session @ 2:00
Student Panelists:
Michelle Khang, Come On Out
Michael Williams, JET Programme
Anita Yang, Daimler/Mitsubishi FUSO/PABCO
2. Second Session @ 4:00
A recruiter from DISCO International

Are you interested in an internship and/or a job opportunity in Japan? Join us for the panel where we learn from our fellow students and experts on the 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 accomplishments. You can ask more questions at the talk, too!

The panelists from the first session (2-3 p.m.) are students and alumni of Japanese language classes at the University of Pennsylvania. The panelist from the second session (3-4 p.m.) is a recruiter for English-Japanese bilingual students. She will provide an overview and tips for job hunting. The panel is conducted in English. It is open to the public. The panel will be chaired by Tomoko Takami, Director of Japanese Language Program and Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Japanese Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


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