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Vol.35
September 2010
Published by Consulate General of Japan in New York / Japan Information Center


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The 65th anniversary of the end of World War II
On August 6, international dignitaries gathered in Hiroshima for the Peace Memorial Ceremony and reflected not only on the suffering inflicted by the bombings but on current efforts of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation as well. Prime Minister Kan articulated Japan's "moral responsibility to lead actions toward realizing a world without nuclear weapons". He reiterated this message three days later on August 9, at the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony. U.S. Ambassador to Japan, John Roos , who became the first American Ambassador to attend...
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Japanese Training Squadron and Ambassador Nishimiya Visits Maryland
At the end of June, Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya made his first official visit to Maryland. There he met with the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, to encourage cooperation between Japan and the local community. During the meeting, Mayor Rawlings-Blake fondly recalled her memories of a visit to Japan in the 1980s. At the end of July, three vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Training Squadron, the Kashima, Sawayuki and Yamagiri, arrived for a port call at Baltimore harbor on their friendship voyage around the world...   Read more.
Alumni Unite to Stress the Value of the JET Program
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association (JETAA) held its USA National Conference in New York City. The members are former participants in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program...
After returning to their home countries, many former JETs find success in Japan-related fields and businesses. At this year's meeting the main focus was the recent Japanese government review of the JET and JETAA budgets. While JET is the most successful public diplomacy program ever launched in Japan,...   Read more
Dr. Hinohara & "Freddie" convey the importance of life
"Freddie the Leaf" was originally written by Leo Buscaglia (1924 - 1998), a former Professor at South California University, to illustrate the balance between life and death. After reading the book, Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo, decided to create a Japanese musical version of the story... Read more...
Friendship through flowers - Ikebana Demonstration
On August 28th, the Consulate General of Japan in New York partnered with Ikebana International, Buffalo Chapter #50 to host an Ikebana (Japanese Flower arrangement) demonstration in East Amherst, NY. This year, Ikebana International, Buffalo Chapter celebrates its landmark 50th anniversary while the Consulate continues to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese Delegation's arrival in the U.S. Read more...


Visit Japan
Izumo
Izumo: City of Myths and Dreams
A once in a lifetime journey

Izumo City is known as the home of the Izumo Myths, tales full of romance and adventure from the birth of ancient Japan. The Izumo Taisha, or Grand Shrine at Izumo, pays homage to Okuninushi-no-kami, the god of matchmaking, whose story is documented in two important written collections of Japanese history and mythology, the Kojiki and Nipponshoki.
Culture Connection
The Japanese Embassy of 1860 Visits Philadelphia
As most Americans are aware, the first official contact between Japan and the United States occurred in 1853 when Commodore Perry's ships steamed into the Bay of Uraga. Less well known is the first official contact in the reverse direction, the visit of the Japanese shogunal embassy of 1860, which stopped at San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.
Ambassador Desk
Americans who have participated in exchange programs sponsored by the Japanese government have come to cherish and appreciate Japan and its culture. I am always impressed by the amount of affection that Americans have for Japan when I think about the friendship between our two countries.
Event Calendar
June 25 to November 7, 2010
Last chance to see the Samurai...
Museum of the City of New York
Sunday, September 26
Visit Twelve Nations in One Day
Lexington Ave between 79th St and 94th St
Performing Arts Exhibitions
10/5 - 10/17 Sankai Juku
The Joyce Theater
9/25 - 10/10
The Films of Masahiro Shinoda
The Film Sosiety of Lincoln Center
7/23 - 1/9
An Eakins Masterpiece Restored
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Exhibitions
9/9-1/2 
Yoshitomo Nara Exhibition
Asia Society
9/9 - 9/28 Masako Inkyo Soro Exhibition Onishi Gallery
10/1 - 1/16 The Sound of One Hand Japan Society
Exhibitions Music Cultural Events
10/4 - 10/9 Ishikawa no Katachi The Nippon Gallery
10/18 
An evening with Ryuichi Sakamoto
Skirball Center for The Performing Arts
10/8 - 10/10 NY Anime Festival Jacob K. Javits Center

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