JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | October 1, 2021
Upcoming Event
Cosplay, a portmanteau of “costume” and “play,” is the practice of dressing up as a fictional character, usually from an anime, film or video game. The practice has grown in popularity around the world and has even evolved into a profession in some cases. Nowadays, cosplay represents a significant facet of popular culture, and has grown to a level where the practice has even produced conventions and competitions globally. Cosplay continues to maintain and expand on its massive social media presence and other forms of media, attracting new fans daily.

Please join our panel discussion with four cosplay experts who study cosplay and have worked in the field both in the U.S. and in Japan: Edmund Hoff, Frenchy Lunning, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, and Diana Tolin. They will delve into the history of cosplay and how it spread globally, exploring the core essence and the power of cosplay through examining topics such as gender, identity and race. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. If you have questions for the guests, please submit them through Eventbrite when you register.

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From Our Grantees
October 2
Lexington Children’s Theatre (Lexington, KY)
Lexington Sister Cities and the Japan America Society of Kentucky will host the Japanese Culture and Cuisine Festival in partnership with Lexington Children’s Theater. There will be two performances of Shoyu Tell, a show about Japanese food, best friends, and celebrating differences. Before each performance of Shoyu Tell, the Cincinnati Taiko Drummers will perform. There will also be various booths and workshops available, teaching attendees how to use chopsticks, arrange flowers, try their hand at origami, and so much more. This event is supported through the CGP Education Grant for Grassroots Exchange & Education.

October 7, 6am EDT (7pm JST)
Online
Article IX of the Japanese Constitution, an item of frequent debate and scrutiny, was a precursor to the Japanese Self Defense Forces and is still a guiding principle for their operations. Japanese foreign policy expert Dr. Kyoko Hatakeyama will give an introductory talk on this critical and contested section of Japan’s constitution and the military forces that it regulates. This webinar is part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies’ Getting to Know Japan Series, which is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

October 11, 9pm EDT (October 12, 10am JST)
Online
The United States and Japan have a unique relationship which is supported by a multifaceted and wide-reaching formal alliance. Emma Chanlett-Avery, Specialist in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service, will provide an introductory overview of this alliance, going into the forms that it takes and the joint efforts of its components. Chanlett-Avery is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. This webinar is part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies’ Getting to Know Japan Series, which is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org