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January 2010
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Sent by the Tokugawa Shogunate to exchange instruments of ratification of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, the first official Japanese mission to the West following over 200 years of self-imposed isolation, travelled to San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. By the time the group of 80 samurai reached their final destination in Manhattan, the diplomatic event had become a huge cultural happening:   Read more..

On December 22nd, 2009, a reception was held for alumni who graduated from Japanese Weekend School of New York, New Jersey and Princeton. These alumni members have been living in the United States since graduation.It was held at the official residence of Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, the Japanese Consul-General in New York.
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Culture Connection
The Otaku Generation
"My first love was an anime character. I tattooed her image on my body without even considering the consequences in the real world. It was then that I realized my life in normal society was over, and I embraced this fact. I was determined that all the satisfaction one needed could be found in the solitary act of engaging fantasy."
- Patrick W. Galbraith
Visit Japan
Japan's Hidden Treasure
Shimane Prefecture is located in the western part of Japan and has seven hundred thousand people. According to an internet survey, Shimane is Japan's least known prefecture: Even some Japanese could not locate Shimane Prefecture on a map! But residents are proud of a lot of things: Matsue Castle was built more than 400 years ago, and it is one of only twelve castles which have their original tenshu or main towers intact...
Ambassador Desk

Happy New Year to you! In the sprit of the Year of the Tiger, my resolution is to be energetic and do my best to better Japan-US relations in 2010.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security of Japan and the US, and the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the United States and its visit to New York City ...

Event Calendar
February 20, 21, 24
Music From Japan 2010:
35th Anniversary Season

Merkin Concert Hall,Smithsonian Institution
February 20
Raku-go in New York by Katsura Koharudanji
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Now - June 6, 2010
Five Thousand Years of Japanese Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Performance / Films
1/6 - 2/4
"Kurosawa Festival"
Film Forum
"Japanese Flutes: Fue and Shakuhachi"
Tenri Cultural Institute
Exhibitions Cultural Events
1/28 - 2/24 The Art of Transformation
The Nippon Gallery

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