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Ambassador Nishimiya Visits Philladelphia Ambassador Nishimiya visited the City of Brotherly Love on October 13th. He was invited by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia to give a keynote speech at the organization's 1st Annual Business Luncheon at the Union League. The event was attended by more than 150 people, including Mayor Michael Nutter, who offered the day's welcoming remarks. Ambassador Nishimiya's 40-minute speech focused on the Japan-U.S. relationship in the wake of the recent change of government that took place in Japan in September. In his prepared remarks, he briefed the audience on Japan's direction... Read more..
Welcome Back for Former JET Program Participants
On October 17, a welcome back reception hosted by the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) and the Consulate General of Japan was held for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) participants at the Nippon Club. The JET participants recently returned from Japan after completing their stints as Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIR) in various locations throughout Japan. Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya expressed his sincere appreciation to the former JETs, thanking them for their accomplishments... Read more.
"Art of the Samurai" Opens at the Met Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor: 1156-1868 opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 21st. It is the first comprehensive exhibition that focuses on the contrasts between the martial prowess and cultural achievements found among Japan's samurai, who became the dominant social class during the Heian Period (8th to 12th centuries) and controlled
Japan for hundreds of years before disappearing at the end of the Edo Period in the 19th century. The samurais' swords and armor developed practical functions as weapons as well as unique aesthetic and decorative qualities. Read more
World Heritage Sites in Japan: Himeji-jo Castle
Japanese castles are historical legacies in which Japan's traditional sense of beauty becomes crystal clear. Among these castles, Himeji-jo Castle is the most widely recognized and admired as a monument of great historical value and picturesque
brilliance. Those who enjoy the architectural value and aestheticism of the Japanese culture should make a point to visit this castle.
A Conductor and his Orchestra : A Bridge between Cultures
"Although I abandoned the academic life and became a conductor of classical music, Viscount Ishii's speech has remained the most important philosophy of my professional career. His speech stresses how important it is that Japan and the United States, as civilized countries, share the same values of loyalty, liberty, equality and the supremacy of law." - Reona Ito
On October 13th, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia gave me the opportunity to attend their 1st Annual Business Luncheon at the city's historic Union League. I had the honor of giving a keynote speech about the Japan-U.S.
relationship in the wake of the recent change of government in Japan.
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