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    • 19 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 38

    SPRING JAPANESE GROUP LESSONS 


    We are pleased to offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced Japanese online courses this spring.  

    Classes are $300  for 10 weeks online 

    JSB members enjoy a 15% discount!


    *Please note that we have made some adjustments to our curriculum in order to fine tailor the learning experience for our students!*


    Spring 2021

    Course Offerings

    Day/Time

    Textbook

    Chapters covered

    Introductory Japanese  (A.1)

        Nagai sensei

    Monday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Materials provided by instructor Hiragana & Katakana

    Beginner 1  (B.2)

        Diem sensei

    Tuesday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 1 0, 1, 2

    Beginner 1  (C.3)

        Diem sensei

    Wednesday

    7:00-8:30pm

     Tobira Book 1 0, 1, 2

    Beginner 2  (D.4)

        Gokita sensei

    Tuesday

    7:00-8:30pm 

    Tobira Book 1 3, 4

    Beginner 2  (E.5)

        Gokita sensei

    Wednesday

    7:00-8:30pm

     Tobira Book 1 3, 4

    Advanced Beginner 1  (F.6)

        Nagai sensei

    Wednesday

    7:00-8:30pm FULL

    Tobira Book 1

    7, 8  CLASS FULL

    Advanced Beginner 1  (G.7)

        Nagai sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

     Tobira Book 1 7, 8

    Intermediate 1  (H.8)

        Gokita sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2 11, 12

    Intermediate 2  (I.9)

        Minagawa sensei

    Monday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2 13, 14

    Advanced Intermediate 1  (J.10)

        Minagawa sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Tobira Book 2 17, 18

    Pre Advanced  (K.11)

        Hogan sensei

    Tuesday

    7:00-8:30pm

    ロールプレイで学ぶ - 中級から上級への日本語会話*

    *Purchase not required

    n/a

    Advanced  (L.12)

        Fukushima sensei

    Thursday

    7:00-8:30pm

    Live Materials - Newspaper articles, essays, videos, etc!

    n/a

    • The pilot version of "TOBIRA BEGINNING JAPANESE " volume 1 and 2 are free of charge and will be used for the beginner through advanced intermediate classes.
    • Beginner - Advanced Intermediate level registrants will receive “Tobira” textbook prior to the start of class. Please provide your mailing address at the time of registration.
    • For Pre-Advanced Conversation class, textbook purchase is not required. If you would like to purchase the textbook, 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
    • Classes meeting on Monday will end a week later on June 28th due to no class on Memorial Day.
    • Participants must be at least 16 years old.

      Any questions? Please email language@japansocietyboston.org

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    Policies:

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

    Tuition is non-refundable for any reason after classes begin.

    - 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. 

    - Classes cancelled due to inclement weather and other emergency situations will be rescheduled after the 10-week session.

    - 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.  

    - Please contact language@japansocietyboston.org if you experience any technical difficulties with zoom.

    - The language school and its instructors will not record zoom classes for students who are absent.

    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.

    • 12 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 28
    Register

    Easy Japanese Home Cooking

    for Non-Chefs! -Part 12-

    Karaage and Dashimaki tamago


    Saturday, June 12, 2021

    5:00 - 6:00 PM EDT

    $10 JSB Members / $15 Non-members

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (you will be sent the ingredient list a few days before the event)


    Karaage (唐揚) is chicken that's marinated in soy sauce and fried. It is a popular dish that can be found in food stands at many festivals all over Japan, and there are even restaurants specializing in karaage.


    Dashimaki tamago (だし巻き卵), or rolled  omelette, is made by rolling a thin layer of egg into multiple layers. It is a variation of tamagoyaki, which is cooked the same way but uses different seasonings. Tamagoyaki became popular in the 1950s, after the government encouraged parents to give children more protein and farmers to keep more chickens. Eggs became very cheap and tamagoyaki became standard in bento boxes. Dashimaki tamago is made with dashi broth mixed into the egg batter and is popular in Japan's Kansai region.


    JSB volunteer Masayo Kawaguchi is excited to show you how to make your own karaage and dashimaki tamago! You'll be able to enjoy two bento box classics on your next picnic. Be sure to bring your appetite for this next installment of our Easy Japanese Home Cooking series, and we look forward to seeing you there! 


    Masayo Kawaguchi was born in Fukuoka and grew up in Osaka and Tokyo. When she was in Japan, she was a singer and an actor. She lived in New York for over 20 years, where she continued her studies in acting, and worked as an actor (a SAG-AFTRA member), a voice actor for anime, then later focused on reporting as a TV journalist. She moved to Boston a few years ago, and has been an enthusiastic volunteer at the Japan Society of Boston.


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    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.
    • 15 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 237
    Register


    The Botany of a Buddhist Sculpture: Prince Shotoku at Age Two

    and Hinoki Cypress

    In collaboration with Harvard Art Museum and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University


    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

    7:00 PM EDT

    Hosted online via Zoom

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


    This event offers a close encounter with one of the best-known residents of the Harvard Art Museums, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two (c. 1292). In the 1930s, the sculpture was found to contain a group of relic-like objects, perfectly preserved thanks to the remarkable qualities of the hinoki cypress wood from which the sculpture is made.

    Join conservator Angela Chang, horticulturist Stephen Schneider, and curator Rachel Saunders for three perspectives on Prince Shōtoku and the ongoing collaborative research into this extraordinary sculpture.


    Speakers:


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    Angela Chang

    Assistant Director, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, and Head of Objects Lab, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums


    Angela Chang is Assistant Director, Conservator of Objects and Sculpture, and head of the Objects lab at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. She is a generalist who enjoys the treatment and technical study of materials and objects across cultures and time periods.  She played an integral role in implementing best practices in preventive conservation for the design and reinstallation of art in the renovated Harvard Art Museums (2014). She was a part of the Straus Center’s project team for the 2003 conservation and study of John Singer Sargent’s murals at the Boston Public Library. In addition to medieval Japanese sculpture, her recent research interests in Chinese jade and ancient silver have led to contributions to Early Chinese Jades at the Harvard Art Museums (2019) and Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings (2017).


    Stephen Schneider

    Director of Operations, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    As the director of operations Steve oversees the activities of the Public Programs, Horticulture, Plant Production, and Facilities departments of the Arnold Arboretum. He also curates and manages the Arboretum’s bonsai and penjing collection, and endeavors to maintain effective working relationships with local, state, and federal government agencies, community organizations, and other University departments. Steve’s work has taken him to Japan on several occasions, where he works closely with colleagues at Utsunomiya University. Steve began his career at the Arboretum as an intern while working towards a bachelor’s degree in biology at Northeastern University. After graduating, he joined the Arboretum staff as an apprentice and later became a full-time horticulturist. Steve has been overseeing the entire horticulture maintenance operation as manager of horticulture since 2008. He also oversees the Arboretum’s internship programs that help to prepare future generations for jobs in public horticulture. 


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    Rachel Saunders

    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums

    Rachel Saunders is responsible for the Japanese collections at the museums. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University (2015) and is a specialist in medieval narrative and sacred painting. Saunders has recently curated the exhibitions Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection (2020) and Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within (2019). She was previously a member of the Japanese department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2004–11), where she worked extensively with early modern rare books. She has held fellowships at the University of Tokyo (2011–14) and at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), in Washington, D.C. (2014–15). Her most recent publications are 「ハーバード大学美術館所蔵聖徳太子二歳像に秘められた意味」(“Secrets of the Sedgwick Shōtoku”). In 佐野みどり先生古稀記念論集刊行会編.『造形のポエティカー日本美術史を巡る新たな地平』(The Poetics of Form: New Horizons in Japanese Art History), ed. Sano Midori Festschrift Committee, trans. Ando Chihoko, 71–86. Tokyo: Seikansha, 2021; Saunders, Rachel, ed. Catalogue of the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2021; Saunders, Rachel, and Yukio Lippit. Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Art Museums, 2020.

     

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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.
    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 29
    Register

    THE JAPAN SOCIETY of BOSTON

    Language Room

    (Virtual Language Exchange)

    Theme: TV Shows

    Friday, June 18, 2021

    6:00 to 8:00 PM EDT

    日本時間では6月19日土曜日午前7時-9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.
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 58
    Register

    Shiba-Talk!

    All About Japan's Native Dog Breeds


    Thursday, June 24, 2021

    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

    Hosted online via Zoom

    (you will be sent the link in the confirmation email after registering)


    Calling all dog lovers! Please join us to learn about one of the most popular (and cutest) Japanese dog breeds, the Shiba Inu (柴犬).  Shibas are one of the 9 monument breeds native to Japan and are considered the nation's oldest and smallest dog breed.

    Mary Beth Ross, Director of Education at National Shiba Club of America will shed light on the history of Shiba Inu in Japan and give an in depth view of their role today.


    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.
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 264
    Register

    Japan's Pop Culture Takeover Speaker Series

    co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston



    with Susan Napier, Ian Condry, and Alexander Zahlten


    Tuesday, June 29, 2021

    5:00 - 6:00 PM EDT

    Hosted online via Zoom

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


    Join us for the next segment of Japan's Pop Culture Takeover, our latest speaker series! On June 29th, Susan Napier and Ian Condry return, joined by Alexander Zahlten. Get ready for an evening discussing Japanese films with three Japanese pop-culture experts! Keep an eye out for more details on our social media.

     

    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.


    ALEXANDER ZHALTEN

    Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
    Director of Graduate Studies, Regional Studies East Asia (RSEA), 2020-21, Harvard University

    Alexander Zahlten's research interests center on film and audiovisual culture in East Asia, with a focus on Japan. Zahlten's publications have examined the role of postcolonial fantasy in Korean “remakes" of Japanese films, the role of a character such as Doraemon as shared media memory in East Asia, the metaphors of world in the media mix environment of Japan, the history of German sexploitation cinema, or poststructuralist media theory in 1980s Japan. Zahlten was Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Digital Media of Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea for one and a half years before joining Harvard in 2012.



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

    The Consulate-General of Japan in Boston





    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 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.
    • 28 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    Register

    The Temple of the Golden Pavilion: Mishima, Yokio: 8601300068527: Amazon.com: Books

    Japan Society of Boston Book Club

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT

    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 The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima. The purpose of the JSB Book Club is to strengthen the Boston community of Japan enthusiasts by coming together to discuss Japanese literature.

    Find a copy of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion here.

    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

 

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