• Photo of Japanese study exercise.

    Stimulating scholarly activity

    The Soga Japan Center promotes and disseminates faculty and student research on Japan, and facilitates effective learning experiences, instructional strategies and scholarly inquiries.

  • Photo of outreach event.

    Organizing outreach activities

    The Soga Japan Center promotes Japanese culture, society and language in local community settings.

  • Two students at WMU's Japan Festival.

    Enriching the understanding of Japanese history, language and culture

    The Soga Japan Center regularly brings scholars and artists to campus to give Japan-related lectures and readings. The center also hosts festivals, films and performances related to Japanese culture.

  • Study abroad group in Japan.

    Building international ties

    The Soga Japan Center helps foster exchange between the United States and Japan.

Shamisen recital

  • Thursday, February 11—Sato Michiyoshi, an award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen, a dynamic style of Japanese music, will give a performance at WMU at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall. Tsugaru-jamisen is played with a three-stringed Japanese banjo called a shamisen. Open to campus and the public free of charge. Information.