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December 2010
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2010 Foreign Minister's Commendation
On November 5, the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) was honored with the 2010 Foreign Minister's Commendation for its contribution to the promotion of mutual understanding and cultural exchange between Japan and United States of America through Japanese language education. During a conferment ceremony at Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya's residence, the Ambassador presented a Certificate of Commendation on behalf of the Foreign Minister of Japan to Mr. Kazuo Tsuda, President of NECTJ.
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Seiji Ozawa to Take the Conductor's Podium at Carnegie Hall
For its upcoming concert season Carnegie Hall will host JapanNYC, a citywide Japanese music festival in two parts that kicks off in December 2010 and returns in March and April, 2011. On opening day, December 14th, JapanNYC's artistic director, the
legendary Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, will take the baton for his concert since last September.Seiji Ozawa's storied career has seen him headline concert halls around the world...
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New Yorkers Discover the Charms of Ishikawa
From October 4th to 9th, the Consulate co-hosted a traditional crafts exhibition, "Ishikawa Style" with Ishikawa prefecture at Manhattan's Nippon Club. Located along the coast of the Sea of Japan, Ishikawa is known and blessed with natural beauty
as one of Japan's most prominent origins of high-quality traditional crafts. Almost 300 objects from the region, representing famous handcrafted industrial arts were on display.
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I had almost forgotten what was to happen the day the box arrived. For weeks prior to its delivery, I had exercised both my body and mind, in preparation for the journey ahead of me. Finding new and interesting ways to promote Japan and its culture is what I do. Some techniques work out well; others have to be abandoned almost immediately. As I signed for the boxes, my confidence about the success of their contents grew. Read more...
The Art of Cut Paper in Philadelphia
Shu Kubo, an artist widely-known in Japan for his unique creations that explore traditional culture through the art of kirie, or paper-cutting, gave a lecture and demonstration at Philadelphia's Drexel University on November 3rd. Using colorfully dyed washi (Japanese paper) Mr. Kubo skillfully cuts delicate lines with his knife, creating unforgettable works of art... Read more...

Visit Japan
Faster and Further on the Bullet Train
Despite that Japan is only about the size of the state of California, the country's high tech engineers focused on creating the fastest public transportation running the north-south stretch between its main islands. In the next few months, the world famous Shinkansen, the Japanese bullet train, is extending its route both to the north and to the south, stopping at more destinations and creating faster accessibilty for foreign visitors.
Culture Connection
Hunter College is home to the largest Japanese Division within the CUNY (City University of New York) system. Offering language courses in Japanese since 1986, the college established the Japanese program in 2002 and it has since shown no signs of slowing down.
Ambassador Desk
Thanksgiving has passed and the cold weather is finally here. So before another frigid New York winter arrives, I would like to take a moment to look back on this summer and fall's Samurai in New York exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York which closed in early November and was a tremendously popular success, thanks to your generous support.
Event Calendar
January 7 & 8, 2011
14th Annual Contemporary Dance Showcase
Japan Society
November 17, 2010 to April 24, 2011
Isamu Noguchi and his Friends
The Noguchi Museum
Performing Arts Exhibitions
December 11/12/17/18/19
Peter & the Wolf
Guggenheim Peter B. Lewis Theater via ramp at 5th Ave and 88th St, NYC
7/23 - 1/9
An Eakins Masterpiece Restored
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Yoshitomo Nara Exhibition
Asia Society
9/17, 2010 - 1/8, 2011 
Japan Fashion Now
The Museum at FIT
10/1 - 1/16 The Sound of One Hand Japan Society
12/14 - 20 This individual and the Calligraphy The Nippon Gallery

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