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September 2007
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August Report from Puerto Rico

This August, two Japan-related events were held in Puerto Rico, the land of everlasting summer, the 18th World Children’s Baseball Festival (WCBF) and a commendation ceremony to award a Consul General’s Award. Mr. Jiro Okuyama, Director of the Japan Information Center, was in attendance for both events as a representative of the Consulate General of Japan in N.Y..

Sadako and the 9/11 Tribute

According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish, and Sadako set about folding paper cranes hoping to prolong her life and as a wish for peace and a world without nuclear weapons. She passed away in 1955 at the age of twelve. Her tale continues to inspire and shape American and Japanese memories of the atomic bomb.

JCCI: 19th Annual U.S. Educators Program Study Tour
In July, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of N.Y., Inc. completed its 19th Annual U.S. Educators Program study tour of Japan. In response to the growing number of Japanese students enrolling in tri-state area schools, its mission is to facilitate the transition of Japanese students into the American education system and to show gratitude to the educators who play such an important role in this process.

Visit Japan
Saitama City: "A Dynamic City in Eastern Japan"
Saitama City is located in the southeastern part of Saitama prefecture, adjacent to Tokyo. Founded on May 1, 2001, the young metropolis is a result of the merger of three other cities, Urawa, Omiya and Yono. Saitama is rich in culture, a great sports city and is at the forefront in improvements in welfare, education, and social services.
Culture Connection
Healing With Origami
When I decided to study art therapy in New York, I knew I wanted to use origami as therapy. It was no coincidence; I was looking for a place to crystallize my early experiences of origami. In fact, all my experiences -- teaching Japanese to foreigners, raising my children, visiting and living in different countries -- made me realize the possibilities of origami as a therapeutic tool.
Ambassador Desk

Labor Day weekend is over and fall is finally here. With the change of season in mind, and people freshly back to school and work, what better time to try some new ideas at the Consulate, as well.

Event Calendar
October 21 to November 21, 2007
The 3rd Biennial New York Butoh Festival

Various Locations in NYC and the Outer Boroughs
October 20 to November 18, 2007
Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum
The New York Botanical Garden
Films / Performance Exhibitions
10/9 - 10/27
Kazuo Ohno 101 : 3-Week Butoh Parade Japan Society
9/13 - 10/3
Onishi Gallery
9/13 - 10/ 27
Trace by Koichiro Kurita
9/19 - 3/16/08
Isamu Kenmochi and Isamu Noguchi
The Noguchi Museum
9/30 - 12/20
Botanical Art & Illustration
Carnegie Mellon University
Exhibitions Music
10/15 - 1/ 5/08
Men at Dance - from Noh to Butoh by Miro Ito
The NY Public Library for Performing Arts
9/25 -9/29
Miki Hayama Trio
Dizzy's Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Lecture Cultural Events
9/27 6 - 9pm
The Joy of Sake
The Puck Building
295 Lafayette St., NYC
9/29 2pm
Spotlight Japan
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY Graduate Center

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