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Japan Aid Benefit Concert (6/5/11)

May 18th, 2011 · Events

There will be a family-friendly concert featuring guitarist Joe Reilly along with a crafts sale to benefit Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Victims on Sunday, June 5th from 3:30 to 5:00PM at the Ann Arbor Senior Center in Burns Park. Tickets are $7/person or $20/family at the door–additional donations are always welcome of course!

All proceeds wil be donated to Red Cross Japan.  For further info contact Junko Meschievitz.

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JASWM Annual Golf Outing (6/4/11)

May 1st, 2011 · Events

The Japan America Society of West Michigan is hosting the 12th Annual Golf Outing June 4th at Yarrow in Augusta, MI to promote the support of new and continuing educational initiatives, specifically school outreach, language classes for both Americans and Japanese pursuing the other language, cultural training seminars and many others.  JASWM has served close to 500 students so far just with community outreach, which is a primary aspect of their mission.

Download the flyer here.

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Hinoki Fun Festival (4/19/11)

April 18th, 2011 · Events

Hinoki International school, located in Livonia, will hold a free children’s festival on Tuesday, April 19th from 10:00AM to 2:30PM. Fun activities and demonstrations will be held for children from three to seven years of age.

10:00-11:30: Great Lakes Taiko Center. Taiko means “great drum” in Japanese. The bold resonating sounds of these ancient drums create a powerful visual and audio experience.
12:00-1:00: Fun with Origami and Crafts.
1:00-2:30: African Music by Sunkwa. Sunkwa translates as “cry for life” in the language of Twi from Ghana; rich mesmerizing African xylophone based music.

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Japanese Constitution Lecture (4/15/11)

April 5th, 2011 · Events

A free, public lecture on the topic of the current Constitution of Japan will be held at the Michigan Room of the Michigan League, University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor on April 15th starting at 8:30AM.

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Japan Night Fundraising Event (4/14/11)

April 4th, 2011 · Events

The U of M Japanese Community will hold Japan Night, a fundraising event for Japanese causalities in the areas impacted by the devastating earthquake and tsunami, with some Japanese entertainment and Japanese food.

Online tickets are now available, so please RSVP to secure a seat for this event! Registration: https://ross.campusgroups.com/rjba/rsvp?id=36468

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Charity Piano Concert (4/17/11)

April 3rd, 2011 · Events

A charity concert for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be held at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Detroit (Commerce Township) on Sunday, April 17th 2011 from 3:00PM.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see the famous Mack Sisters, Yuki and Tomoko. For more information on the Mack Sisters, see their website.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and seniors. All proceeds will go to help those in Japan affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Call (248) 560-9200 for tickets and reservations

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Japanese Relief Benefit Concert (4/15/11)

April 2nd, 2011 · Events

The members of the West Bloomfield High School Japanese Club and the West Bloomfield High School Interact Club have organized a relief concert to be held on April 15th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at Orchard Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield. Entertainment will last approximately 1.5 hours; lineup to be announced soon.

If any local organization or company would like to assist in sponsoring the event please contact us.

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Music Event for Japan Relief (4/12/11)

April 2nd, 2011 · Events

A fundraiser using Art and Music to support Earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan will be held at the Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor on April 12th, 2011 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM.

  • Postcards and art work created by artists in Japan and Michigan will be sold to raise money for Japan. (All money raised will be donated to Red Cross Japan.)
  • Live music by local musicians. The lineup will be announced very soon!

More information and upcoming lineup of musicians can be found on the event Facebook page here.

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“Japan’s Move to the Right” Lecture (4/7/11)

April 1st, 2011 · Events

The presentation, “Historical Memory, Textbook Patriotism, and Japan’s Move to the Right,” will be given by Michigan State Professor Ethan Segal. This event will take place from 3:30-5:00PM at the MSU International Center, Room 201, on Thursday, April 7th. This lecture is free and open to the public.

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Understanding the Earthquake (3/21/11)

March 17th, 2011 · Events

We know both too much and not enough about the earthquake that struck northeastern Japan on March 11 and its aftermath. We are overwhelmed by images and succeeding reports, yet we have little understanding of what is transpiring. What is clear is that an earthquake is a complex event, needing to be considered from many perspectives. This panel brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and medicine to provide some purchase in the struggle to understand the unfolding events.

Join us for a free panel discussion about the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear reactor troubles, and the resulting aftermath. The panel is open to the public and will be held from 12:00PM-2:00PM on Monday, March 21st at the Michigan League Ballroom at the University of Michigan.

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Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami

March 11th, 2011 · MJPA News

Our thoughts go out to all of those with friends and family affected by the devastating 8.9 earthquake that hit near Northeast Japan earlier today.


For information on the whereabouts and welfare of family and friends in Japan, or if you are an American in Japan and need assistance, please consult the United States Department of State by email japanemergencyusc@state.gov or call 1-888-407-4747 from within the U.S., or 202-501-4444 from outside.
Detroit Embassy’s Disaster Bulletin Board for the Earthquake/Tsunami:

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Midori-Ko at the AAFF (3/25/11)

March 3rd, 2011 · Events

The University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies is co-sponsoring the presentation of Midori-Ko and the visit by its filmmaker, Keita Kurosaka, at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) on Friday, March 25th at 7:00PM (Screening Room, Michigan Theater).

From the AAFF Newsletter:

“Acclaimed animator Keita Kurosaka will be in attendance from Japan to present his feature Midori-Ko, a project 10 years in the making and featuring more than 20,000 hand drawn images.”

For more information about the film, click here: http://aafilmfest.org/49/index.php/films/midori_ko/. To visit the AAFF’s homepage, click here: http://aafilmfest.org/.

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Hina Matsuri at the DIA (3/6/11)

March 3rd, 2011 · Events

The Detroit Institute of Arts is celebrating Girl’s Day (Hina Matsuri) on Sunda, March 6th from 1:00-4:00PM.

Demonstrations of furoshiki-wrapping, obi-tying, ikebana (flower arranging), and tea ceremony will be performed. Hina-ningyo (festival dolls) will also be on display. The event is free with museum admission and is open to the public.

See flyer for more details.

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18th Annual Michigan Japanese Quiz Bowl (3/19/11)

February 21st, 2011 · Events

Japanese language and quiz bowl competition for K-12 students on  Saturday, March 19th from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at Auditorium 3 of the Modern Languages Building in Ann Arbor. (Co-sponsored by the Japanese Teachers Association of Michigan, the Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, and the Japan Business Society of Detroit.)

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JASWM Working with Japanese Seminar (3/23/11)

February 17th, 2011 · Events

Back by popular demand, the Japan-America Society of West Michigan is offering an all-day workshop about understanding Japanese culture in the workplace and the different work styles between Americans and Japanese.  The workshop, which includes lunch, is hands-on and interactive, giving you ready access to acquired skills the very next day.  Often hard-to-understand topics like the following will be addressed:

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