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    • 18 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • 09 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 13
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    JSB WINTER JAPANESE GROUP CLASSES 2021


    We are pleased to offer beginner’s, intermediate, and advanced Japanese online courses in the winter of 2021 at the Japan Society of Boston.  Everyone is welcome whether you are interested in learning Japanese for business, study abroad, travel or just for fun.  The class will cover essential communication skills including speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and hiragana/ katakana. JSB members enjoy a $50 discount for the group lessons.

    $340  ($290 for JSB members) - 12 weeks online -

    Level/Instructor Day Time Start and End Dates Textbook

    Beginner 1  - class full

    Gokita-sensei

    Tuesdays  7:00pm-8:30pm  January 19-April 6

    Tobira Beginning Japanese 1          (L.1-L.3) 

    Beginner 1   -class full

    Gokita-sensei

    Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm January 20  - April 7 Tobira Beginning Japanese 1          (L.1-L.3) 

     Beginner 2   -class full

     Hotta-sensei

     Tuesdays 7:00pm-8:30pm  January 19- April 6 Tobira Beginning Japanese 1          (L.4-L.7) 

     Beginner 2   -class full

     Hotta-sensei

     Wednesdays

    7:00pm-8:30pm

    January 20  - April 7

    Tobira Beginning Japanese 1          (L.4-L.7) 

    Advanced  Beginner1 

     Gokita-sensei

     

    Thursdays

    7:00pm-8:30pm

    January 21- April 8

    Tobira Beginning Japanese 2        (L.11-L.13)

     Advanced Beginner 2

     Minagawa-sensei

         

    Thursdays

    7:00pm-8:30pm

    January 21 - April 8

    Tobira Beginning Japanese 2  (L.14~L.17)

    *Intermediate Conversation

    (Intermediate level and up)

     Hogan-sensei

    Tuesdays

    7:00pm- 8:30pm

    January 19 -April 6

    "ロールプレイで学ぶ        中級から上級への             日本語会話”              

    by Hiroyuki Yamauchi

    Advanced

    (Upper-Intermediate to Advanced level)

     Fukushima-sensei

    Thursdays 7:00pm-8:30pm

    January 21- April 8

    "live" materials -news articles, magazines etc.





     

    • The new level “Advanced Beginner” was formally called “Intermediate” at JSB.
    • The pilot version of "TOBIRA BEGINNING JAPANESE " is free of charge and will be used for the beginner and advanced beginner classes.
    • New Beginner level registrants will receive “Tobira” textbook prior to the start of class. Please provide your mailing address at the time of registration.
    • For Intermediate Conversation, textbook purchase not required. If you would like to purchase, please use this link. ”ロールプレイで学ぶ中級から上級への日本語会話"
    • “Beginner 3” and “Advanced Beginner 3” will be offered in the spring term 2021.

      Any questions? please email language@japansocietyboston.org

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    Policies:

    - Tuition is payable by credit card on the registration website.

    - Classes cancelled due to inclement weather and other emergency situations will be rescheduled after the 12-week session

    - To receive membership tuition rate, students must be members at the time of registration. Please note that JSB membership fees paid at the time of registration are non-refundable. 

    - Maximum class size is 8 students.

    - Students must be at least 16 years old to be able to attend group classes. If you are younger than 16, we may be able to offer you private lessons.

    - Student contact information will be shared with our instructors for teaching and emergency purposes.  

    Disclaimer:

    Completion of these courses does not grant equivalence of the Japan Language Proficiency Test or any other test of Japanese skill. Parties interested in taking a proficiency test should refer to https://www.aatj.org/jlpt-us.




    • 04 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 106
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    Japan's Pop Culture Takeover Speaker Series

    co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston


    Susan Napier's Miyazakiworld

    Susan Napier in discussion with Ian Condry on her latest work, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art


    Thursday, March 4, 2021

    6:00 - 7:00 PM EST

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (Zoom link is in your registration confirmation e-mail)


    We are launching a new speaker series: Japan's Pop Culture Takeover! Join us March 4th to hear anime expert Susan Napier discuss her latest work, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art, with MIT anthropologist Ian Condry!

    Eight years in the making, Susan's Miyazakiworld sheds light on the indelible link between artist and environment, creator and creation. Susan describes Miyazaki as an "unprecedented animator," and in her words, Miyazakiworld is "an examination of why and how Hayao Miyazaki came to be that animator: of the world he has created and of the worlds that created him."

    Hear Susan Napier divulge the story of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's life and work, including his profound impact on Japan and the world. 

    Speakers


     

    Susan Napier
    Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, Tufts University


    Professor Napier has taught at Tufts University since 2006 and is the author of five books on Japanese culture and anime, most recently Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art, focusing on the films of Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of the famed Studio Ghibli. Professor Napier's research interests include history and theory of animation, Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga), modern Japanese literature, and popular culture, especially science fiction and fantasy.


    Ian Condry

    Professor of Japanese Culture and Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Ian Condry is a cultural anthropologist and professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing with an affiliated appointment in Anthropology. His book, The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story, is part of the Experimental Futures series at Duke University Press.  He is also the author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization (2006, Duke University Press), which was translated into Japanese and published as "Nihon no Hip-Hop" (2009, NTT Publications). Overall, he is interested in "globalization from below," that is, how cultural movements spread transnationally without little push from corporations and governments.


    The Japan's Pop Culture Speaker Series is co-sponsored by 

    The Consulate-General of Japan in Boston





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    As part of registering, we ask for your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details , announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 05 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 7
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    THE JAPAN SOCIETY of BOSTON

    Language Room

    (Virtual Language Exchange)

    Next Meeting:

    Theme: Shiritori

    Friday, March 5, 2021

    6:00 to 8:00 PM EST

    日本時間では3月6日土曜日午前8時-10時

    Registration closes at 12 pm on the day of the event.

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (you will be sent the meeting code after registering)


    Stuck in the house and need a healthy way to socialize? JSB has you covered!  Practice your Japanese (or your English) at our next online Japanese / English language exchange.

    The Japanese/ English Language Room is able to continue thanks to our members and donations. We ask that you may consider making a donation or becoming a member to help us provide free events!

    [Join us] ・ [Donate]

    We will begin with a half an hour of speaking in Japanese, followed by a half an hour of speaking in English. We will conclude the meeting with free casual conversation in Japanese and/or English until we hit 8 PM.

    Registration is set up so registrants can designate your current Japanese proficiency level and join groups based on your level.  Please use the following rough guidelines when designating your level:


    [Advanced Japanese Level]- JLPT N3 and up.  You are comfortable holding full conversations in Japanese.

    [Intermediate Japanese Level] - JLPT N5 to N3.  You are comfortable holding some or most conversations in Japanese.  

    [Beginner Japanese Level]- You may know some words and phrases in Japanese and even say a few simple sentences but your curiosity and passion for the Japanese language is as strong as those in the Intermediate and the Advanced levels!  

    [Native Japanese Speakers -日本人  - 日本人/日本語ネイティブの方はこちらにご登録下さい。


    Please note that we will adjust the maximum number of participants for each level based on how many native Japanese speakers registered. Be sure to still sign up for waitlist at the time of your registration.

    Come with a friendly disposition to practice your Japanese / English and help others learn!  Meet people and find new paths for improving and enjoying your Japanese and English language skills!

    *Please make sure that the name you use to register will match the name you will be using when you first sign onto the Zoom session!



    Please note that we often take photographs at events for our records and sometimes for use in public media such as Facebook and blog posts. Registering for an event generally signifies acknowledgment that your likeness may be used in these ways. If you are not comfortable with this, please let us know and we can accommodate you.

    As part of registering, we may ask for your email address. You may register for an event without providing your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details (e.g., location), announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 06 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 291
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    Resilience & Rugby: An Evening with Japanese Rugby Legend, Kensuke Hatakeyama

    co-hosted with the Japan America Society of Houston


    Saturday, March 6, 2021

    7:00 - 8:00 PM EST / 6:00 - 7:00 PM CST

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (Zoom link is in your registration confirmation e-mail)


    Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. When applied to the world of sports, resilience is a quality crucial to the success of athletes with core competencies including self-awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, character strengths and connection.

    From helping the Japan national team pull off an upset against favored South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup to responding to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that destroyed his family home, Kensuke Hatakeyama knows a thing or two about what it takes to be resilient both on and off the pitch.

    Japan Society Boston in partnership with Japan America Society of Houston is pleased to present this informal conversation with the Japanese Major League Rugby star about the importance of resilience in the face of challenges and about U.S.-Japan sports exchange. Moderating the conversation will be Dr. Akira Asada, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Texas Tech University.

    As a member of the New England Free Jacks, Hatakeyama will visit Houston for the second game of the 2021 season against the Houston SaberCats on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM (CT) at AVEVA Stadium.

    Speaker bio:


    Kensuke Hatakeyama is from Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan and attended Sendai Ikuei High School.

    He played rugby and basketball in high school and was selected to the High School National Team and the Japanese U17 National teams. Hatakeyama then attended Waseda University in Tokyo and was a leader in achieving National Championships while there.

    Following his graduation in 2008, Hatakeyama joined the Suntory Sungoliaths and made 163 appearances for the team. He also made 7 appearances for the Newcastle Falcons in 2016.

    Since his debut for the Japanese National team against the USA at Nagoya on November 16, 2008, he has earned 78 caps. His last test was against Fiji at Vannes, France on November 26, 2016. He also played in the Rugby World Cup in both 2011 and in 2015.

    Hatakeyama is the 4th most capped Japanese National Team player and the most capped in the front row. He helped the Suntory Sungoliath achieve 4 Top League Championships and 5 All Japan Championship titles.

    Photos provided by Kensuke Hatakeyama
    Biography provided by https://djcoilrugby.com/

    Moderator:


    Akira Asada, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of sport management at Texas Tech University. He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He completed his B.S. degree (Sports Sciences) at Waseda University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (Sport Management) at University of Florida. He studies sport consumer behavior and sport marketing.

    Image and biography provided by Dr. Asada



     

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    As part of registering, we ask for your email address. Your email address will not be sold or given to third parties without your permission. By registering with your email address, you may receive emails from the Japan Society of Boston, including updates about event details , announcements about other upcoming events, and special offers.  Please be in touch with us anytime to change your email preferences.
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Japan Society of Boston Book Club

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (Zoom link will be sent before the event)


    Do you love Japanese literature? The JSB Book Club will be meeting to discuss Quicksand by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. The purpose of the JSB Book Club is to strengthen the Boston community of Japan enthusiasts by coming together to discuss Japanese literature.

    Please find a link to the book, Quicksandhere.

    The club is limited to Japan Society of Boston Members. Interested in joining but not yet a Member of the Japan Society of Boston? Consider becoming a Member today! If you are already a Member and interested in the group, please contact us to have your name added to the club mailing list

    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 169
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    JSB PRESENTS

    in collaboration with Japan America Society of Colorado

    and The Japan Society Canada

    The Art of Scent: Incense Sachet Workshop with Shoyeido

    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    from 7:00 PM  EDT / 5:00 PM MDT / (Monday, March 29) 8:00 AM Kyoto time

    The Shoyeido Incense Company began in the beginning of the 18th century, becoming the world's premiere incense-making company and the preferred supplier of incense to most temples in Japan. Twelve generations later, Masataka Hata continues his family's legacy and travels to the U.S. every year to spread the art of incense appreciation. 

    While we are unable to hold our traditional in-person Kodo (incense appreciation) event this year, we hope you will join us online to hear Mr. Hata from Kyoto share the history and significance of incense in Japan. This year, we will end the event with a sachet-making workshop,* guided by Shoyeido, in lieu of the traditional incense appreciation ceremony.

             *If interested in the workshop, be sure to register with the sachet kit purchase by March 18 to receive the sachet kit in time for the event.  Limited to first 100 registrations.

           **Residents in Canada will be charged an extra $30 for international shipping. Please select the appropriate option when registering.

    To get an idea of what the sachet workshop will entail, watch this video!



    Our Speaker


    Masakata Hata | President, Shoyeido Incense Co.


    Masataka Hata was born in Kyoto in 1954.  After graduating from the Department of Commerce at Doshisha University, he studied in England for one year.  In 1977 he joined his family’s 300 year old incense company, Shoyeido, in Kyoto, and is currently the President of the company.

    He is active in many prominent organizations and important events in Kyoto, including lectures at Doshisha’s Women’s College.

    He has been the recipient of many honors, such as the first Distinguished Member Award from the Japan Society of Boston in 1997,  and in 2004 he was awarded the Society’s 12th John E. Thayer Award in recognition of his 20 years of sharing incense programs that contribute to cultural exchange between Japan and the United States.

    About Shoyeido: 


    “Over 1,400 years ago, a large piece of fragrant driftwood washed ashore on the tiny Japanese island of Awaji. Realizing the uniqueness of the marvelous fragrance emanating from the wood, island locals presented it as a gift to the Empress Suiko. With this gift of precious agarwood began a new era of refinement of — and appreciation for — the enjoyment of fragrance.


    In the early 18th century, Rokubei Moritsune Hata began incorporating incense-making techniques he learned as an employee of Kyoto's Imperial Palace. He would eventually introduce a new world of scent to an audience beyond the realm of royalty.


    Twelve generations later, the Hata family continue to create an amazing array of fragrances. Shoyeido incense is considered the highest quality, most natural incense available on Earth.” [info from https://www.shoyeido.com/aboutus]




 

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