Monday, March 19, 2018

Cinematsuri Mar. 20 - Apr. 3

Don't miss the Japan-America Society of Washington DC’s annual Japanese film festival: CineMatsuri. This is their fifth year of introducing recent, award-winning, and audience-approved films to the local community as DC’s first and only Japanese film festival. All films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles and will be screened at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in downtown Washington, DC on select dates between Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, April 3.

This year, they will be showing four full-length films in several genres: comedy, documentary, drama, and romance. On Tuesday, April 3, they will screen 7 cutting-edge short films from Japan in their second CineMatsuri Shorts event, which was sold out last year. You can learn more about the films on their official website:

Tickets are $15 per person or $13 if you are a member of the Society, and can be purchased on their official website.

Japanese-American artist on display at American University Museum

Kumo: Miya Ando
Curated by Aria Gannon
April 3 - May 27, 2018

Miya Ando’s artwork ranges from monochrome to subtle color palettes, offering a glimpse of the immense calming energy of the infinite. Ando creates an immersive work that engages the viewers, bringing nature to mind, reminding the viewers of their own connection to, and place within, nature and nature’s cycles. Her works bring attention to the fragility, the deep power and the uncompromising force of nature via experiential art installations which create environments of reflection and wonder. Distinctive in her highly adept presentation of subtle realities, Ando’s work has given her an international reputation as one of the most innovative working artists.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018


The Bridging Scholarship program, funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and administered by AATJ, supports 100 students each year for a semester or a year of study abroad in Japan. 

The deadline for applications from students who will be studying in Japan beginning in Fall 2018 is **WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11**.  New this year: our application form is online! Send your students to for more information and to apply. 

Japan-America Society: Free Cultural Program for Students

I received this from the Japan-America Society:

I’m writing from the Japan-America Society of Washington DC to promote the same cross-cultural event I e-mailed you all about last fall. Like the last one, involves meeting exchange students from throughout Japan, eating, socializing, and peer-to-peer discussion. The best part is that it’s free with a college ID.

The program will be held next Friday, March 16 from 6-8 PM. We will have a happy hour with food and drink and another hour of cross-cultural discussion about current events/social topics, like English education in Japan, trade and U.S.-Japan relations, aging in Japan, cultural/societal norms and differences, and so on. This will be held with the Japan Global Initiative (JGI), which is a Japan-based institution that provides support and opportunities to Japanese university students in order to raise young professionals with global insight.

Last year we had great attendance from both young professionals and students in the DMV area, and we’d love to have the same turnout. Since they’ve arrived, the JGI students have been volunteering throughout DC as well as meeting with various leaders in the public and private sectors – however, this is their only chance to meet American university students. (And this is the most exciting part for them!)

I hope you’ll let your students know about this program and that there is no admission required for them as long as they have their IDs. (Regular admission is $15 for JASWDC members and $20 for non-members.) Since they are college students, this means free food, drinks, and a nice way to start out their Friday nights and help the international exchange community in their local area.

Please have the students RSVP here:

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions!


Melissa Tolentino
Assistant Director for Public & Educational Outreach
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
1819 L St NW, Level B2
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-2210

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Japan Career Fair @ AU on Sunday!!

I was just told about this career fair last night. It might be of interest to many of you.

Japan Career Fair
co-hosted by New York Career Academy, Inc. and Mynavi Group
Sunday, March 4    11AM – 1PM
American University
East Quad Building Room #103


The initial letter read:

“My name is Kaori Urawaki from New York Career Academy, Inc. In partnership with Mynavi Group, we are visiting about 25 universities in East Coast in order to help Japanese-speaking students with their career preparation for working in Japanese companies. In most campuses, this has been organized through the Japanese student organization or other Japan-themed student organization on campus.

Current students as well as recent graduates who speak Japanese are welcome at these on-campus events (free)."

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Career forum in May

U.S. Career Forum 2018 (in New York)
May 12 (Sat.), 2018
* All positions in the U.S. using Japanese
* All students with legal U.S. work permission welcome (including OPT candidates)
* Travel Scholarship available
* Participating companies include DENKA Corporation, IACE TRAVEL, IIJ AMERICA INC., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC WIRING SYSTEMS, Valqua America, Inc., and more.

Upcoming Japanese films at the Smithsonian

The Freer/Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian will be showing several interesting Japanese films in the coming months. If you attend your teacher may give you extra credit. (Make sure to confirm this with your teacher in advance.)


Films include:

"Onibaba"   Wednesday, March 7, 2 pm

"Tokyo Idols"   Friday, March 16, 7 pm (In person: Kyoko Miyake, director)

"A Beautiful Star"   Sunday, March 18, 2 pm

"Lady Snowblood"   Wednesday, April 4, 2 pm

Japan and Jazz   Friday, April 6, 5:30 – 8 pm

"The Stormy Man" aka "The Guy Who Started a Storm"   Friday, April 6, 7:30 pm

"The Winner"   Sunday, April 8, 2 pm

"The Eagle and the Hawk"   Friday, April 13, 7 pm

"The Green Music Box"   Sunday, April 15, 2 pm