The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles will be hosting "Comedy InvAsian," a live stand-up comedy series featuring six Asian American comedians! Among the comedians are two Japanese American women, Atsuko Okatsuka and Amy Hill. The series is also created by Japanese American producer Koji Steven Sasaki, along with director Quentin Lee.
In February, each comedian will perform one-hour live specials at JANM, which will later be aired digitally.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the official website.
Each year, select individuals travel to Japan as part of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program. As part of this trip, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-Japan Council will hold a symposium titled "Culture and Community Engagement: A Japanese American Perspective," where Japanese American leaders and JALD delegates will discuss the impact culture has on community development and ways in which to promote diversity and inclusion.
This World in Tohoku (WIT) event features Wataru Kainuma (Executive Director and Founder, Urushi Rocks Inc.; Director, Nonprofit Urushi Harunaka Kai), an entrepreneur from Fukushima Prefecture who aims to create a sustainable economy and society by promoting Japan’s long-standing tradition of urushi (Japanese lacquerware). The purpose of the event is also to commemorate the sixth year since the Great East Japan Earthquake. There will be an auction of beautiful urushi ware as well.
WIT is a cross-border social innovation platform that supports social entrepreneurs in the areas affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of 2011. It is led by Mio Yamamoto (Executive Director and Co-Founder, WIT), who is a USJC Associate. At this event, WIT will also introduce its cross-border activities to bring about social innovations and develop global citizens. After the talks by Mr. Kainuma and Ms. Yamamoto, participants will take part in a world-café style dialogue to explore how we can create a resilient civil society in Japan, the U.S. and beyond.
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Co-hosted by the Japanese Association of Greater Houston, The University of St. Thomas Houston, Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. and the U.S.-Japan Council, you can enjoy a traditional Japanese comedy show, or rakugo! There will be 7 Japanese comedians performing and snacks will be provided.
Admission is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by March 15 by emailing Ms. Ingrid Hill at email@example.com.
In 2014, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan, made an announcement that startled the art world. The new arts center revealed it had discovered a long-lost painting by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806), a legendary but mysterious Japanese artist.
Titled Snow at Fukagawa, the immense work is one of three paintings by Utamaro that idealize famous pleasure districts in Edo (now Tokyo). This trio reached the Paris art market in the late 1880s and was quickly dispersed. Museum founder Charles Lang Freer acquired Moon at Shinagawa in 1903. Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara passed through several hands in France until the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, purchased it in the late 1950s. And Snow at Fukagawa had been missing for nearly seventy years before it resurfaced in Hakone.
For the first time in nearly 140 years, these paintings reunite in Inventing Utamaro at the Freer|Sackler, the only location to show all three original pieces. Contextualizing them within collecting and connoisseurship at the turn of the twentieth century, the exhibition explores the many questions surrounding the paintings and Utamaro himself.
For more information, please visit the Freer|Sackler website here.
The Japan-Hawaii Economic Summit, presented by USJC and the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), is being held to foster tangible, near and long term economic opportunities among Japanese prefectures, the State of Hawaii, and the U.S. mainland.
Summit attendees will explore opportunities spanning business, education, tourism and energy, and will forge one-on-one connections that will pave the way for future collaboration and trade.
The Summit will include Governors, government officials and business leaders. Governors from prefectures with State of Hawaii sister partnerships (Ehime, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Hokkaido) as well as those that are part of USJC's "Governors' Circle" (Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Oita, Okayama, Nagano and Shizuoka) have been invited.
For more information and to register, please click here.