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For new students in Fall 2021: Virtual New Student Orientation @ LaGuardia (8/31/21 & 9/1/21)

Welcome new students! If you are a freshman in the Liberal Arts Japanese Option at LaGuardia Community College in 2021-2022, the College is hosting a virtual college orientation on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

See the …

For new students in Fall 2021: Virtual New Student Orientation @ LaGuardia (8/31/21 & 9/1/21)

Welcome new students! If you are a freshman in the Liberal Arts Japanese Option at LaGuardia Community College in 2021-2022, the College is hosting a virtual college orientation on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

See the …

Vaccination requirement reminder for Fall 2021

This is a reminder that CUNY requires all students be vaccinated if they take an in-person or a hybrid (partially in-person) class in Fall 2021. See the e-mail communication sent to all students on May 10th regarding this CUNY’s policy …

Vaccination requirement reminder for Fall 2021

This is a reminder that CUNY requires all students be vaccinated if they take an in-person or a hybrid (partially in-person) class in Fall 2021. See the e-mail communication sent to all students on May 10th regarding this CUNY’s policy …

Japanese local governments selling old houses for $500

Many municipal governments of Japan are selling traditional Japanese houses for a very little money. Due to the population decline, a large number of old Japanese houses in the rural area are abandoned and no one is willing to live …

Japanese local governments selling old houses for $500

Many municipal governments of Japan are selling traditional Japanese houses for a very little money. Due to the population decline, a large number of old Japanese houses in the rural area are abandoned and no one is willing to live …

Annual Tanabata Festival (7/10/2021)

Tanabata or the Star Festival is a Japanese festival on the July 7th, celebrating the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi (the stars Vega and Altair). According to the Chinese legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed …

Annual Tanabata Festival (7/10/2021)

Tanabata or the Star Festival is a Japanese festival on the July 7th, celebrating the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi (the stars Vega and Altair). According to the Chinese legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed …

No audience at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Due to a surge of the COVID-19 cases in Japan, Tokyo has issued a state of emergency, which may be extended to the time when the Olympic Games are being held in Tokyo. IOC and Japan’s Olympic Committee have decided …

No audience at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Due to a surge of the COVID-19 cases in Japan, Tokyo has issued a state of emergency, which may be extended to the time when the Olympic Games are being held in Tokyo. IOC and Japan’s Olympic Committee have decided …

New Nintendo Switch model will be released on October 8, 2021

Nintendo is releasing a new (OLED model) Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. The changes are mostly display and graphics and there is decent compatibility with the previous model (e.g., original Joy-Cons will work with the OLED model etc).…

New Nintendo Switch model will be released on October 8, 2021

Nintendo is releasing a new (OLED model) Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. The changes are mostly display and graphics and there is decent compatibility with the previous model (e.g., original Joy-Cons will work with the OLED model etc).…

Learning more about the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program

Many students in the Japanese Option are interested in the JET Program, a teaching exchange program managed by the Japanese government. Since the JET Program requires a Bachelor’s degree, the first step for those interested in the JET is to …

Learning more about the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program

Many students in the Japanese Option are interested in the JET Program, a teaching exchange program managed by the Japanese government. Since the JET Program requires a Bachelor’s degree, the first step for those interested in the JET is to …

Volunteering with your Japanese language & cultural knowledge (NY de Volunteer / New York Cares)

Are you interested in resuming your outdoor activities in Fall 2021? If so, volunteering might be a good way to start your “new normal” life after the pandemic. While the majority of New Yorkers have been vaccinated and the city …

Volunteering with your Japanese language & cultural knowledge (NY de Volunteer / New York Cares)

Are you interested in resuming your outdoor activities in Fall 2021? If so, volunteering might be a good way to start your “new normal” life after the pandemic. While the majority of New Yorkers have been vaccinated and the city …

List of 4-year colleges and universities with Japanese (or Asian Studies) majors

We have created a Google Map for 4-year colleges and universities that offer Japan-related majors in the U.S. This information might be helpful for Japanese Studies students who are interested in transferring to non-CUNY institutions. The information includes basic institutional …

List of 4-year colleges and universities with Japanese (or Asian Studies) majors

We have created a Google Map for 4-year colleges and universities that offer Japan-related majors in the U.S. This information might be helpful for Japanese Studies students who are interested in transferring to non-CUNY institutions. The information includes basic institutional …

Anime Expo Lite 2021 (7/3/2021 – 7/16/2021)

Anime Expo (AX) is an anime convention held in Los Angeles and is organized annually in the first week of July by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. This year’s AX will be held virtually and is …

Anime Expo Lite 2021 (7/3/2021 – 7/16/2021)

Anime Expo (AX) is an anime convention held in Los Angeles and is organized annually in the first week of July by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. This year’s AX will be held virtually and is …

List of Japanese grocery stores in New York City

We have put together a list of Japanese local (small) grocery stores in New York City. All of these stores sell authentic Japaense grocery items. They are great places to have some Japanese international experience locally. See the map version …

List of Japanese grocery stores in New York City

We have put together a list of Japanese local (small) grocery stores in New York City. All of these stores sell authentic Japaense grocery items. They are great places to have some Japanese international experience locally. See the map version …

The Japan Foundation’s Lecture Series: Japanese Video Games (7/28/2021)

The Japan Foundation is hosting a virtual lecture on Japanese video games on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. See below for more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-the-japanese-video-game-industry-found-lost-and-rediscovered-its-way-registration-161812729229.

  • Title: How the Japanese Video Game Industry Found, Lost, and Rediscovered its Way
  • Date: Wednesday,

The Japan Foundation’s Lecture Series: Japanese Video Games (7/28/2021)

The Japan Foundation is hosting a virtual lecture on Japanese video games on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. See below for more information at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-the-japanese-video-game-industry-found-lost-and-rediscovered-its-way-registration-161812729229.

  • Title: How the Japanese Video Game Industry Found, Lost, and Rediscovered its Way
  • Date: Wednesday,

NYT’s Daily (podcast) on Tokyo Olympics 2020/2021

The New York Time’s podcast Daily featured the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 23, 2021. It discusses an overwhelmingly skeptic public opinion about hosting a mega event like the Olympics during the pandemic and …

NYT’s Daily (podcast) on Tokyo Olympics 2020/2021

The New York Time’s podcast Daily featured the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 23, 2021. It discusses an overwhelmingly skeptic public opinion about hosting a mega event like the Olympics during the pandemic and …

Virtual tour to LaGuardia Community College 2021

New to LaGuardia? This short (2.5 min) video gives a quick tour to different student service offices (e.g., Library, student lounge, cafeteria, and gym & pool etc). If you haven’t been to campus due to the pandemic, I highly recommend …

Virtual tour to LaGuardia Community College 2021

New to LaGuardia? This short (2.5 min) video gives a quick tour to different student service offices (e.g., Library, student lounge, cafeteria, and gym & pool etc). If you haven’t been to campus due to the pandemic, I highly recommend …

Japanese particle rap song for Japanese 101 (は、で、に、へ、を、が、も、and と)

A student at Hunter College made this rap song to review Japanese particles (は、で、に、へ、を、が、も、and と) in Japanese 101 (Chapters 1-5 of Genki 1). This short (4-min) video captures everything you need to know about the Japaense particle in Japanese 101.…

Japanese particle rap song for Japanese 101 (は、で、に、へ、を、が、も、and と)

A student at Hunter College made this rap song to review Japanese particles (は、で、に、へ、を、が、も、and と) in Japanese 101 (Chapters 1-5 of Genki 1). This short (4-min) video captures everything you need to know about the Japaense particle in Japanese 101.…

Starbucks celebrates its 25th anniversary in Japan with 47 local Frappuccino

Since opening its first store outside North America in Ginza, Tokyo in 1996, Starbucks has grown to nearly 1,600 stores across Japan, deepening engagement and connection with local communities and customers. This limited-time 47 JIMOTO Frappuccino blended beverage series represents …

Starbucks celebrates its 25th anniversary in Japan with 47 local Frappuccino

Since opening its first store outside North America in Ginza, Tokyo in 1996, Starbucks has grown to nearly 1,600 stores across Japan, deepening engagement and connection with local communities and customers. This limited-time 47 JIMOTO Frappuccino blended beverage series represents …

Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC)’s Transfer Workshop (6/30/2021)

LaGuardia’s Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC) is hosting its annual transfer workshop on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. If you are interested in transferring to non-CUNY institutions (private institutions), this workshop will give you necessary information to preparer your transfer applications. …

Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC)’s Transfer Workshop (6/30/2021)

LaGuardia’s Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC) is hosting its annual transfer workshop on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. If you are interested in transferring to non-CUNY institutions (private institutions), this workshop will give you necessary information to preparer your transfer applications. …

Where to start learning the Japanese language (besides taking a Japanese language class)

I am often asked for advice from students who are interested in learning Japaense but are not sure if they are ready to take a Japanese language class (after all, we have heard a lot how difficult the Japanese language …

Where to start learning the Japanese language (besides taking a Japanese language class)

I am often asked for advice from students who are interested in learning Japaense but are not sure if they are ready to take a Japanese language class (after all, we have heard a lot how difficult the Japanese language …

“Japan’s Cultural Code Words” by De Monte (2011)

De Mente (2011)’s book “Japan’s Cultural Code Words” presents one-page descriptions for various keywords to understand “the emotional and traditional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior.” The keywords cover both contemporary and historical cultural practices in Japan, including relatively well-known …

“Japan’s Cultural Code Words” by De Monte (2011)

De Mente (2011)’s book “Japan’s Cultural Code Words” presents one-page descriptions for various keywords to understand “the emotional and traditional side of Japanese attitudes and behavior.” The keywords cover both contemporary and historical cultural practices in Japan, including relatively well-known …

LaGuardia CARES & NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

LaGuardia CARES (https://www.laguardia.edu/cares/) is helping students and other LaGuardia community members with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a new rental assistance program for those who are behind in their rent and/or at risk of eviction. See more …

LaGuardia CARES & NY Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

LaGuardia CARES (https://www.laguardia.edu/cares/) is helping students and other LaGuardia community members with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), a new rental assistance program for those who are behind in their rent and/or at risk of eviction. See more …

On-campus job opportunity for Fall 2021 (Peer Advisor; $15.61/h; deadline 7/2/2021)

The Peer Academy is hiring Peer Advisors for Fall 2021 through Friday, July 2, 2021. Potential Peer Advisors must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and a minimum of 18 credits. This is an on-campus job and F-1 students …

On-campus job opportunity for Fall 2021 (Peer Advisor; $15.61/h; deadline 7/2/2021)

The Peer Academy is hiring Peer Advisors for Fall 2021 through Friday, July 2, 2021. Potential Peer Advisors must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and a minimum of 18 credits. This is an on-campus job and F-1 students …

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Japan has been reduced to Level 3 from Level 4

The U.S. Department of State lowered the travel advisory for Japan from “Level 4: Do Not Travel” to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” on Monday, June 7, 2021. The level was raised to Level 4 about two weeks ago (Monday, May …

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Japan has been reduced to Level 3 from Level 4

The U.S. Department of State lowered the travel advisory for Japan from “Level 4: Do Not Travel” to “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” on Monday, June 7, 2021. The level was raised to Level 4 about two weeks ago (Monday, May …

Yuka Saso won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2021

Another young mixed-roots Japanese won a major international sports competition. Filipino Japanese Yuka Saso (笹生優花) won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2021. Yuka is the youngest female golfer and the third Japanese to win the U.S. Women’s Open.…

Yuka Saso won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2021

Another young mixed-roots Japanese won a major international sports competition. Filipino Japanese Yuka Saso (笹生優花) won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2021. Yuka is the youngest female golfer and the third Japanese to win the U.S. Women’s Open.…

AAPI Heritage Month 2021: “Go for Broke” USPS forever stamps

During the AAPI Heritage Month in 2021, USPS is going to issue stamps in recognition of the 442nd Regiment’s service to the nation.

“Go for Broke” was the motto of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, an Army unit comprised of Japanese …

AAPI Heritage Month 2021: “Go for Broke” USPS forever stamps

During the AAPI Heritage Month in 2021, USPS is going to issue stamps in recognition of the 442nd Regiment’s service to the nation.

“Go for Broke” was the motto of the 442nd Infantry Regiment, an Army unit comprised of Japanese …

Japan failed to pass a bill to promote awareness of LGBTQ issues in Japan

It is sad and a shame to see that Japan failed to pass a bill to promote awareness of LGBTQ issues in Japan.

The Liberal Democratic Party, the ruling party of Japan, has decided not to submit a bill to …

Japan failed to pass a bill to promote awareness of LGBTQ issues in Japan

It is sad and a shame to see that Japan failed to pass a bill to promote awareness of LGBTQ issues in Japan.

The Liberal Democratic Party, the ruling party of Japan, has decided not to submit a bill to …

Japanese class student’s karaoke recording: やさしさに包まれたなら by Kaylynn

Kaylynn is a Japaense Option student and she has been studying the Japanese language for about 1.5 years. Kaylynn is an amazing karaoke singer and she has just shared with us her cover of “やさしさに包まれたなら” (Yasashisa-ni tsutsumaretanara by Yumi Matsutoya).…

Japanese class student’s karaoke recording: やさしさに包まれたなら by Kaylynn

Kaylynn is a Japaense Option student and she has been studying the Japanese language for about 1.5 years. Kaylynn is an amazing karaoke singer and she has just shared with us her cover of “やさしさに包まれたなら” (Yasashisa-ni tsutsumaretanara by Yumi Matsutoya).…

Naomi Osaka leaves the French Open for a long bouts of depression

Naomi Osaka decides to leave the French Open 2021 for long bouts of depression that she has been suffering since the 2018 US Open (in which Osaka defeated Serena Williams).

Naomi Osaka has …

Naomi Osaka leaves the French Open for a long bouts of depression

Naomi Osaka decides to leave the French Open 2021 for long bouts of depression that she has been suffering since the 2018 US Open (in which Osaka defeated Serena Williams).

Naomi Osaka has …

“Japanese Mind” by Davies and Ikeno (2011)

Davies and Ikeno (2011)’s book, “Japanese Mind,” presents a short introduction and discussion topics for each of the 28 topics that characterize Japaense society. The topics were originally selected by Japaense college students and their perspectives and understanding of these …

“Japanese Mind” by Davies and Ikeno (2011)

Davies and Ikeno (2011)’s book, “Japanese Mind,” presents a short introduction and discussion topics for each of the 28 topics that characterize Japaense society. The topics were originally selected by Japaense college students and their perspectives and understanding of these …

TV show on Japan: Japanology Plus (formerly known as “Begin Japanology”)

“Japanology Plus,” formerly known as “Begin Japanology,” is probably the best known TV series on Japanese culture. Peter Barakan, the host of the show since its first episode in 2008, introduces different topics of Japanese culture every week.

The latest …

TV show on Japan: Japanology Plus (formerly known as “Begin Japanology”)

“Japanology Plus,” formerly known as “Begin Japanology,” is probably the best known TV series on Japanese culture. Peter Barakan, the host of the show since its first episode in 2008, introduces different topics of Japanese culture every week.

The latest …

TV show on Japan: Prime Japan (Amazon Prime)

“Prime Japan” is a TV series by Jonathan Sherr who introduces different themes ranging from sushi, sake, Japanese sword and other traditional cultural elements, to design, fashion and other items of Japanese culture.

This show focuses on artistic visual presentation …

TV show on Japan: Prime Japan (Amazon Prime)

“Prime Japan” is a TV series by Jonathan Sherr who introduces different themes ranging from sushi, sake, Japanese sword and other traditional cultural elements, to design, fashion and other items of Japanese culture.

This show focuses on artistic visual presentation …

Opinion article by the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board in support of Tokyo Olympics 2021

The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board wrote this opinion piece in support of Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Quote: “President Biden supports Prime Minister Suga’s efforts to hold a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer,” a joint Biden-Suga statement …

Opinion article by the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board in support of Tokyo Olympics 2021

The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board wrote this opinion piece in support of Tokyo Olympics 2021.

Quote: “President Biden supports Prime Minister Suga’s efforts to hold a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer,” a joint Biden-Suga statement …

CUNY AAARI’s Lecture Series

CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute (https://aaari.info) regularly hosts lecture series and some of them focused on Japanese culture, politics, history, and language.

All lecture series are recorded and are available on their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/aaaricuny).

Below …

CUNY AAARI’s Lecture Series

CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute (https://aaari.info) regularly hosts lecture series and some of them focused on Japanese culture, politics, history, and language.

All lecture series are recorded and are available on their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/aaaricuny).

Below …

Is Japanese a really difficult language? The U.S. Department of State thinks so.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is a language training unit under the U.S. Department of State and offers language training for diplomats and U.S. government foreign affairs professionals.

Their expected length of language learning for English speakers (https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-training/) …

Is Japanese a really difficult language? The U.S. Department of State thinks so.

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is a language training unit under the U.S. Department of State and offers language training for diplomats and U.S. government foreign affairs professionals.

Their expected length of language learning for English speakers (https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-training/) …

Congratulations to Japaense Option Graduates of 2021

卒業おめでとうございます! Congratulations to the Graduates of 2021. Here is a video message from the Japan Studies faculty to students in the Liberal Arts Japanese Option.

Congratulations to Japaense Option Graduates of 2021

卒業おめでとうございます! Congratulations to the Graduates of 2021. Here is a video message from the Japan Studies faculty to students in the Liberal Arts Japanese Option.

Short videos for student advisement by Advisement Office (Spring 2021)

LaGuardia’s Advisement Office has created a series of short videos for student advisement. If you are a new student, please see the list below and watch these short (1-2 min) videos for the topic of your interest.

How to See

Short videos for student advisement by Advisement Office (Spring 2021)

LaGuardia’s Advisement Office has created a series of short videos for student advisement. If you are a new student, please see the list below and watch these short (1-2 min) videos for the topic of your interest.

How to See

NYS Vaccination Scholarship Incentive 2021 (four-year full scholarships for CUNY/SUNY)

The “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” vaccine incentive by New York State will provide fifty 12-17 years old students who have received at last one COVID-19 vaccine dose with four-year full-ride scholarships for CUNY/SUNY.

See https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/vaccination-scholarship-incentive for more …

NYS Vaccination Scholarship Incentive 2021 (four-year full scholarships for CUNY/SUNY)

The “Get a Shot to Make Your Future” vaccine incentive by New York State will provide fifty 12-17 years old students who have received at last one COVID-19 vaccine dose with four-year full-ride scholarships for CUNY/SUNY.

See https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/vaccination-scholarship-incentive for more …

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Japan (Level 4: Do Not Travel)

The U.S. Department of State raised the travel advisory for Japan from “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” to “Level 4: Do Not Travel” as of today (Monday, May 24, 2021).

Major cities of Japan are currently under a state of emergency …

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Japan (Level 4: Do Not Travel)

The U.S. Department of State raised the travel advisory for Japan from “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” to “Level 4: Do Not Travel” as of today (Monday, May 24, 2021).

Major cities of Japan are currently under a state of emergency …

Education and Language Acquisition Dept. Student Showcase (Spring 2021)

Education and Language Acquisition Department is hosting the 5th Student Showcase event on Thursday, May 27, 2021. You can participate in this event either as a presenter or audience. If you are interested in presenting your work (e.g., a speech …

Education and Language Acquisition Dept. Student Showcase (Spring 2021)

Education and Language Acquisition Department is hosting the 5th Student Showcase event on Thursday, May 27, 2021. You can participate in this event either as a presenter or audience. If you are interested in presenting your work (e.g., a speech …

Excelsior Scholarship for 2021-2022

The application for the Excelsior Scholarship 2021-2022 is now open at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/the-excelsior-scholarship.html. The deadline is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college …

Excelsior Scholarship for 2021-2022

The application for the Excelsior Scholarship 2021-2022 is now open at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/the-excelsior-scholarship.html. The deadline is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college …

Japan Club’s Game Day event (5/19/2021)

LaGuardia’s Japan Club is hosting the Game Day event tomorrow (Wednesday, May 19, 2021). See the details of the event below.

  • Title: Japan Club’s Game Day in Spring 2021
  • Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Time: 2:15pm-4:25pm
  • Place: Discord (Contact laguardiajapanclub@gmail.com

Japan Club’s Game Day event (5/19/2021)

LaGuardia’s Japan Club is hosting the Game Day event tomorrow (Wednesday, May 19, 2021). See the details of the event below.

  • Title: Japan Club’s Game Day in Spring 2021
  • Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Time: 2:15pm-4:25pm
  • Place: Discord (Contact laguardiajapanclub@gmail.com

Japanese language classes at LaGuardia Community College (Fall 2021)

Below is the list of Japanese language classes at LaGuardia Community College in Fall 2021. Download the schedule in PDF here .

The Department of Education and Language Acquisition offers Japanese courses at various levels. For those who are interested …

Japanese language classes at LaGuardia Community College (Fall 2021)

Below is the list of Japanese language classes at LaGuardia Community College in Fall 2021. Download the schedule in PDF here .

The Department of Education and Language Acquisition offers Japanese courses at various levels. For those who are interested …

NYC Comic Con 2021 (10/7/2021 – 10/10/2021 @ Javits Center)

NYC Comic Con will be held at Javits Center from Thursday, October 7, 2021 to Sunday, October 10, 2021.

  • Title: New York Comic Con
  • Date: Thursday, October 7 – Sunday, October 10, 2021
  • Place: Javits Center (429 11th Ave, New

NYC Comic Con 2021 (10/7/2021 – 10/10/2021 @ Javits Center)

NYC Comic Con will be held at Javits Center from Thursday, October 7, 2021 to Sunday, October 10, 2021.

  • Title: New York Comic Con
  • Date: Thursday, October 7 – Sunday, October 10, 2021
  • Place: Javits Center (429 11th Ave, New

Over 80% of Japanese oppose the Olympic Games during the pandemic

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to begin on Friday, July 23, 2021 and a poll conducted just 10 weeks before the event shows that over 80% of Japanese oppose hosting the event during the pandemic.

Quote: “More …

Over 80% of Japanese oppose the Olympic Games during the pandemic

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to begin on Friday, July 23, 2021 and a poll conducted just 10 weeks before the event shows that over 80% of Japanese oppose hosting the event during the pandemic.

Quote: “More …

Gilman-McCain Scholarship 2021-2022

Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a national study abroad scholarship funded by the Department of State for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members. This scholarship will cover the study abroad expenses up to $5,000.

If you are interested in this …

Gilman-McCain Scholarship 2021-2022

Gilman-McCain Scholarship is a national study abroad scholarship funded by the Department of State for undergraduate child dependents of active duty service members. This scholarship will cover the study abroad expenses up to $5,000.

If you are interested in this …

マトリョシカ “Matoryoshka” by Hachi

マトリョシカ “Matoryoshka” is a vocaloid song created by Hachi (which is a pseudonym of Kenshi Yonezu, a famous Japanese singers). This is one of the songs that have established a new music genre called ボカロ “vocalo” in Japan. Vocalo is …

マトリョシカ “Matoryoshka” by Hachi

マトリョシカ “Matoryoshka” is a vocaloid song created by Hachi (which is a pseudonym of Kenshi Yonezu, a famous Japanese singers). This is one of the songs that have established a new music genre called ボカロ “vocalo” in Japan. Vocalo is …

Why is it more difficult to cancel the Olympic Games than to carry it out

Japan has been under a state of emergency due to an increase of COVID-19 since late April. Vaccine is scarce and very few were vaccinated. The recent poll shows that 70% of Japanese do not want the Olympic Games to …

Why is it more difficult to cancel the Olympic Games than to carry it out

Japan has been under a state of emergency due to an increase of COVID-19 since late April. Vaccine is scarce and very few were vaccinated. The recent poll shows that 70% of Japanese do not want the Olympic Games to …

Hype in Dogecoin (a.k.a., Shiba Inu Coin)

Today’s NYT Daily podcast features Dogecoin, a.k.a., Shiba Inu Coin. Shiba Inu is a hunting dog popular in Japan. Many cryptocurrency make (probably fake) connections to Japan or Japanese names, not to mention “Satoshi” in bitcoin.…

Hype in Dogecoin (a.k.a., Shiba Inu Coin)

Today’s NYT Daily podcast features Dogecoin, a.k.a., Shiba Inu Coin. Shiba Inu is a hunting dog popular in Japan. Many cryptocurrency make (probably fake) connections to Japan or Japanese names, not to mention “Satoshi” in bitcoin.…

The rise in popularity of anime, manga, and cosplay

Peter Tatara, the founder of Anime NYC, explains the continuing rise of popularity of anime, manga, and cosplay in NYC and across the world. They introduced several cosplayers and featured the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Manhattan.

Quote: “The popularity of manga, …

The rise in popularity of anime, manga, and cosplay

Peter Tatara, the founder of Anime NYC, explains the continuing rise of popularity of anime, manga, and cosplay in NYC and across the world. They introduced several cosplayers and featured the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Manhattan.

Quote: “The popularity of manga, …

Library Research Review Competition 2019-2021 (deadline on 7/8/2021)

The Library is hosting Library Research Review Competition for 2019-2021. If you received an A for your research paper in 2019-2021, download the coversheet and submit it for the competition. The prizes include Amazon Fire HD and Amazon gift cards …

Library Research Review Competition 2019-2021 (deadline on 7/8/2021)

The Library is hosting Library Research Review Competition for 2019-2021. If you received an A for your research paper in 2019-2021, download the coversheet and submit it for the competition. The prizes include Amazon Fire HD and Amazon gift cards …

Photos of cherry blossom in 2021

If you missed cherry blossom this year, here are about one dozen photos of cherry trees across the world.

Quote: “Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, a Japanese-American anthropologist, told PBS that the cherry blossom, or sakura, has been a symbol of “the cycle …

Photos of cherry blossom in 2021

If you missed cherry blossom this year, here are about one dozen photos of cherry trees across the world.

Quote: “Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney, a Japanese-American anthropologist, told PBS that the cherry blossom, or sakura, has been a symbol of “the cycle …