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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Activities and Events - Spring 2015

The calendar is updated at the beginning of each month. We hope that you will use it to find interesting ways to learn more about Japanese language and culture.

koi flagsDuring each semester, we provide students of Japanese with a variety of cultural events and activities. For the most part, participation in them is voluntary; however, our experience is that students who push themselves to learn new things - and practice - outside the classroom, reap great benefits.

signature of Hiroko Takagi, Director of Japanese

on campusDVD movie cover

April 23
Rigsby Language & Culture Commons (F123)
7 p.m.

風立ちぬ (Kaze Tachinu) is about the life of Jiro Horikoshi, who dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Click on the image to watch the trailer.

 

off campus

 

 

Japanese Friendship Garden

Balboa Park
2215 Pan American Place
(619) 232-2721

The Garden originated as a teahouse during the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition and now lies on two acres near the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Along the Garden’s winding paths are a Zen garden for meditation, an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai exhibit, ceremonial gate, and a Fujidana  (wisteria arbor). Weekend classes are offered in sushi making, bonsai, calligraphy, and conversational Japanese.


people playing Go, the national game of Japan

 

Every Wednesday | 3-4:30 p.m.

GO, the national game of Japan, is the oldest board game in the world. This introductory class is intended for students, but all are welcome to attend. Each class will include instruction and time for individual games.

Free with admission

 

Every Tuesday | 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ikebana Class
Instructor Yumi Rakers, of the Sogetsu School

The class is designed for a wide range of talents from novices to advanced students. Please bring your own kenzan, a shallow container, Ikebana (gardening) scissors, and flowers and branches.

$15 per class or $50 for four classes

 

 

Cherry Blossom Festival

Mar. 7 | 10 a.m.
Mar. 8 | 3 p.m.

The Cherry Blossom Festival, or Sakura Matsuri, is an opportunity to partake in the Japanese custom of hanami, enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossom flowers.

There will be food, cultural performances, and activities for the whole family.  Please come see our marvelous cherry tree grove near our soon to be completed Inamori Pavilion in the lower garden! We are excited to continue this much anticipated tradition!

Tickets: $6 Adults | $5 Students, Seniors, Military (Food tickets sold separately)

 

Every Wednesday | 3-4:30 p.m.

GO, the national game of Japan, is the oldest board game in the world. This introductory class is intended for students, but all are welcome to attend. Each class will include instruction and time for individual games.

Free with admission

Koto & Shakuhachi Performance

Mar. 14, Apr. 11, May 9 | 1-2 p.m.

Enjoy the performance of Koto player Kyoko Takeda and Shakuhachi player Jon Crick.

Free with admission

 

Every Wednesday | 3-4:30 p.m.

GO, the national game of Japan, is the oldest board game in the world. This introductory class is intended for students, but all are welcome to attend. Each class will include instruction and time for individual games.

Free with admission