Events

Summer 2017

JAPANESE COOKING CLASS

Thursdays, May 18 and 25

The Soga Japan Center will offer cooking classes from 11 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 and Thursday, May 25. Participants will enjoy cooking "chicken nanban" (marinated fried chicken) with tartar sauce and miso soup. The classes will be held at Solid Grounds (1720 West Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo). Each session covers the same content and one person can attend only one session. Registration is required by sending an email to michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu with a preferred date. A registration fee of $10 for adults and $5 for students is required (paid at door; includes all food ingredients).

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Spring 2017

Japanese language lesson for teens

Fridays: April 7, 14, and 21

Beginning Japanese language lessons for teens are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. The program is open to middle school and high school students. The fee is $30 for three lessons, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays beginning April 7 in 2045 Brown Hall on WMU's main campus. No experience is necessary.

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Japanese cooking class

Fridays, February 10, 17 and 24

The Soga Japan Center will offer cooking classes from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the following Fridays: February 10, 17 and 24. Participants will enjoy cooking "Gyudon" (Beef bowl) and strawberry "Daifuku" (round  mochi with sweetened red bean paste). The classes will be held in WMU's Kanley Chapel on main campus. Each session covers the same content and one person can join only once. Registration is required by sending an email to michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu (include preference date.) A registration fee of $5 is required (paid at door; includes all food ingredients.)

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Japanese conversation table

Fridays, January 20, 27 and February 3

Free opportunities to practice your Japanese language skills from 4 to 5 p.m. on the following Fridays: January 20; 27; and February 3. Meetings will be held in WMU's Bernhard Center Cafeteria, located on the main floor. Guests can park at visitor parking of Bernhard Center free after 4 pm on Friday.

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ENGLISH–JAPANESE LANGUAGE PARTNERS

The English–Japanese Language Partners program is for Western Michigan University students (native speakers of either language) and offers an opportunity to practice Japanese and English outside of the classroom. Language partners meet in public at least once or twice a week for one hour of conversation. Partners are required to make time for speaking both languages at every meeting. Deadline is Friday, January 20 for Spring 2017.

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The Soga Japan Center facilitates this program and provides assistance, as needed. For more information, please contact Michiko Yoshimoto.

 

Fall 2016

japan festival

Saturday, November 12

The Japan Club, which is one of the WMU's student organizations, will host the Japan Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wesley on WMU's main campus (820 Rankin Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49006). Event page of Facebook

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Special Talk: U.S.-Japan Relations: An Enduring Partnership

Thursday, October 13

The Consul General Mitsuhiro Wada will have a special talk from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Sangren Hall Room 2720.

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English–Japanese Language Partners

The English–Japanese Language Partners program is for Western Michigan University students (native speakers of either language), offering an opportunity for them to practice Japanese and English outside of the classroom. Language partners meet in public at least once or twice a week for one hour of conversation. Partners are required to make time for speaking both languages at every meeting.

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The Soga Japan Center facilitates this program and provides assistance, as needed. For more information, please contact Michiko Yoshimoto.

 

Summer 2016

Japanese lessons on parkview campus

Fridays, July 8, 15, and 22

Beginning Japanese language lessons are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. The program is free and open to the public, which will be held from 3 to 3:50 p.m. on three consecutive Fridays, beginning July 8, in Room F-210 at Floyd Hall's East Wing on WMU's Parkview campus. Information

spring 2016

Manga Workshop

Thursday, April 7 & Saturday, April 9

WMU's Japanese exchange student from Hitotsubashi University, Tatsuhiko Watanabe, who is a Manga artist, will teach 5th-12th grade students how to draw Manga (Japanese comics) at Kalamazoo Public Library. 3:30 to 4:30p.m. at Eastwood branch on Thursday April 7 and 2 to 3 p.m. at Central library on Saturday April 9. Information

WALK IN U.S., TALK ON JAPAN—U.S. JAPAN RELATIONS

Wednesday, March 16

Former Ambassador of Japan Shuji Shimokoji, and a team of panelists, will visit WMU to host a stimulating dialogue on regional and global Japan-related issues. This project is sponsored by Japan’s Office of the Prime Minister and is open to campus and the public free of charge. 3 to 5 p.m. (Reception is from 4:10 p.m.), Fetzer Center Room 1035. Information.

Shamisen recital

Thursday, Feb. 11

Sato Michiyoshi is coming to WMU on his first United States tour. Sato is an award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen, a dynamic style of music played with a three-stringed Japanese banjo called a shamisen. Dalton Center Lecture Hall, 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) Free.

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Japanese Language Lessons for Teens

Fridays: Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Beginning Japanese language lessons for teens are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. The program is open to middle school and high school students. The fee is $40 for four lessons, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on four consecutive Fridays, beginning February 5, in Room 2045 Brown Hall on WMU's main campus.

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Fall 2015

Manga Workshop

Friday: Dec. 4

Tatsuhiko Watanabe, a Japanese exchange student from Hitotsubashi University, will give a presentation on Japanese Manga and a hands-on drawing activity at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 4th in Room 3030 Brown Hall.

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Japanese Language Lessons for Teens

Fridays: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6

Beginning Japanese language lessons for teens are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. The program is open to middle school and high school students. The fee is $50 for five lessons, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on five consecutive Fridays, beginning October 9, in 2045 Brown Hall on WMU's main campus.

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Japanese Movie Screenings: From Wartime Despair to Postwar Hope and Recovery

Thursdays: Oct. 8, 22, and 29

The Soga Japan Center will have the following movie screenings at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in October in Room 3508 Knauss Hall on main campus. This program is open to public and admission free.

Oct. 8: Keisuke Kinoshita's Army (1944)

Oct. 22: Tomoko Fujiwara's The Gift from Beate (2004)

Oct. 29: Takashi Yamaguchi's Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005)

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Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program information session

Friday, Sept. 18

WMU almuni, Ellen Knuth, a graduate of the global and international studies program, will visit WMU to talk about the JET program, which connects students to opportunities to serves as an Assistant Language Teacher or Coordinator for International Relations in Japan. Her presentation is planned for 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 in 2037 Brown Hall on WMU's main campus.

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Information session for new volunteers

Friday, Sept. 11

The Soga Japan Center will have an information session for who are interested in volunteer opportunities through Communities In Schools to offer Japanese cultural programs for area K-12 students. The session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 11 in Room 4560 Sangren Hall on main campus.

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Summer 2015

Japanese Conversation Table for beginners

Friday, July 31 and Aug. 7

The Soga Japan Center is providing opportunities for beginners to practice their Japanese language skills from 2 to 3 p.m. on July 31 and August 7 in WMU's Bernhard Center Cafeteria, located on the main floor. The meetings are open to campus and the public free of charge. To register, send an email to Michiko Yoshimoto: michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu.

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Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Special lecture: Translation and Gender

Thursday, April 23

Special guest, Dr. Momoko Nakamura, will talk about translation and gender, 5 to 6 p.m. Room 3025 Brown Hall. Free.

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Hyakunin isshu: Japanese poetry game

Tuesday, April 13

Join us in celebrating National Poetry month by playing the English version of Hyakunin Isshu. Noon to 1 p.m. Lower level of WMU’s Waldo Library. Free pizza and prizes.

WMU East Asian Forum

Friday, April 17

Faculty and staff and members of the academic community of the West Michigan region engaged in ongoing projects and interests related to East Asia are invited to participate in WMU's East Asian Forum planned for Friday, April 17, 2015. The forum will include panel presentations and a keynote speaker. Panel submission deadline is January 31. 

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Special talk: Japanese Print Arts and Culture

Wednesday, March 25

Special guests, Sam Yates and Hideki Kimura, will talk about Japanese print arts and culture, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Room 1220 of WMU's Chemistry Building. Free.

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Japanese Language Lessons for Teens

Thursdays: Mar. 19, 26; April 2, 9, and 16

Beginning Japanese language lessons for teens are now available through the Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University. The program is open to middle school and high school students. The fee is $50 for five lessons, which will be held from 4 to 4:50 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays, beginning March 19, in 3030 Brown Hall on WMU's main campus.Registration form

Japanese Conversation Table for intermediate and advanced levels

Fridays: Jan. 16, 23, and 30

The Soga Japan Center is providing three opportunities for people who have intermediate to advanced levels of proficiency to practice their Japanese language skills from 3 to 4 p.m. on January 16, 23 and 30 in WMU's Bernhard Center Cafeteria, located on the main floor. The meetings are open to campus and the public free of charge. To register, send an email to Michiko Yoshimoto: michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu.

Fall 2014

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Special talk—Dr. Kazuyuki Katayama, Consul-General of Japan in Detroit, 3:30 to 4:30p.m. Free., 1750 Sangren Hall.

Friday, Oct. 17

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., 7 to 9 p.m. Admission $5. Information: (269) 491-7071.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Performance—Michigan Hiryu Daiko #2, Taiko performance and education, Kalamazoo New Year’s Eve Bash, featuring more than 40 performances, Bronson Park, Kalamazoo, 6 p.m. to midnight. Admission charge.

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