Bi-Weekly Newsletter
October 21 - November 4, 2020
For JSB members in the Boston area, don't forget to use your member discount at this Japanese cafe!
Ogawa Coffee
10 Milk Street
Boston, MA

Craving high quality Matcha beverages that you would typically only find in Japan? Ogawa Coffee is the place to go! Ogawa Coffee in Boston is the the only other Ogawa location outside of its home of Kyoto, Japan. Not only does Ogawa offer the finest of Matcha beverages and treats, but also coffee ground from the finest coffee beans picked by the CEO and President of Ogawa Coffee USA, Yoshinori Uda himself.

JSB members enjoy a 15% discount off of anything in store. Be sure to present your JSB membership card upon checkout.

View their menu here!
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Japan Society of Boston Online Events
Princess Raiyah's inspirational Japan journey that took her across the globe
Friday, October 30, 2020
US: 9:00 AM EDT
London: 1:00 PM GMT
Japan: 10:00 PM JST
Hosted online via Zoom - free registration

Princess Raiyah received her undergraduate degree and Masters degree in Japanese Studies, and as part of her studies took a year abroad studying at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. In 2014, she received a further MA in Japanese Literature from Columbia University in New York, after which she began her PhD in Premodern Japanese Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall of 2014.

Please join us to hear Princess Raiyah share her inspiring story in this special online event.
 Japan's response and the importance of Japan/US collaboration in the fight against COVID-19
Monday, November 16, 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Hosted online - free registration

Join us to hear from two eminent Japanese scientists, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka and Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, in conversation with Professor Hirotaka Takeuchi from the Harvard Business School as they discuss Japan's response to COVID-19 and the global fight against this pandemic. 

Although we have achieved a greater understanding of COVD-19 in the past few months, its end is still uncertain. How can we use our recent discoveries and technological advancements to bring this pandemic to an end? What lessons can we draw upon to better prepare ourselves in the event of a similar pandemic in the future? 

Dr. Kurokawa is the Chair of the Corona Committee for the Japanese Government established by Minister Nishimura, and Dr. Yamanaka is one of the three other scientists on this Committee. 
Saturday, October 24, 2020
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM EDT
Hosted online via Zoom - free registration

Anime Boston and The Japan Society of Boston are excited to present Anime祭 (sai), our first collaborative virtual event. Spend the day enjoying anime activities online, including a Japanese cooking class, a lesson on casual phrases in Japanese, anime discussion panels, and more. We'll also be featuring a musical performance by the Japanese rock band, GIRLFRIEND.

Anime Boston will be taking photo submissions for a cosplay showcase video, so start thinking about your costumes while you wait!

Keep up with our social media to get the latest news on the day's events!

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Admission to Anime祭 is free. To help us continue offering exciting events like these, please consider making a donation when you register. All funds will go to Anime Boston and The Japan Society of Boston.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Hosted online via Zoom

Our goal at the JSB Book Club is to strengthen the Boston community of Japan enthusiasts by coming together to discuss Japanese literature! Join us to discuss Masks by Fumiko Enchi.

Our book club is limited to members only, but don't worry, you can sign up here today! If you are already a member and interested in the group, please contact us to have your name added to the club mailing list.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
5:00 PM EDT
$10 JSB Members / $15 Non-members
Hosted online via Zoom

Sukiyaki (すき焼き) is a Japanese hot pot dish that consists of meat and vegetables slowly simmered in a soy sauce & mirin sauce. After cooking, the ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs and then eaten.

The term "sukiyaki" comes from "suki," or spade, and "yaki," meaning grilled. The dish became a part of Japanese cuisine at the end of the Edo period in the 1860s, during a time when beef was banned. Edo farmers would cook fish and tofu on their spades, though now the dish is most commonly made with thinly-sliced beef.

We invite you to make your own sukiyaki with the help of our intern, Emily Knick, who will be teaching her favorite sukiyaki recipe. Emily is currently a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Linguistics and Japanese.

Be sure to bring your appetites for this next installment of our Easy Japanese Home Cooking series! We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, October 30, 2020
6:00 to 8:00 PM EDT

Hosted online via Zoom
(you will be sent the meeting code after registering)

Our language gatherings have become so expansive that we now have participants all the way from Japan! We hope you will take part in our community as we strive to bridge Japanese and American cultures.

Please join us for two hours of conversation, where you will be grouped based on your proficiency level. Get ready to talk about "neko" phrases!

The JSB Language Room is currently free for all. To help us continue offering our language exchange, please consider making a donation or becoming a member today!
Other JSB News
Japanese word of the week:
鮭 (さけ/しゃけ)

Fishing for food is popular in the United States, and it's no surprise that the activity is similarly well-loved in Japan, a country known for cuisine such as sushi. In both countries, one of the most popular fish species used in cooking is the salmon. Varieties of salmon dishes include 焼き鮭 (grilled salmon), 鮭の味噌焼き (miso-grilled salmon) and スモークサーモン (smoked salmon).

Salmon season in Japan occurs from August to December, depending on the region. This makes the fish an autumnal staple. Many Ainu tales also include salmon, since they commonly swim in the rivers of Hokkaido during the fall.

Salmon fishing is prohibited in rivers in Japan, but is allowed in the ocean with proper permits. Additionally, there are various opportunities such as "urban fishing" for anglers who find themselves in Tokyo or other metropolitan areas.
JSB Staff Pick of the Week
With more time at home, we've asked our staff to pick some of their favorite Japanese movies and books. Here's the staff pick of the week:

This is a book about masks, starting with a visit by the four main characters to see a collection of Noh masks. The main cast also happen to be wearing figurative masks of their own. Masks is a tale of love, passion, jealousy, and vengeance.

Written by Fumiko Enchi, first published in 1958 by Kadokawa Shoten. First English translation by Knopf in 1983, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter.

Find details and register for our members-only book club event here!
Online activities from other Japan Societies across the US
Thursday, October 22, 2020
7:30 - 8:30 PM EDT
(6:30 PM - 7:30 PM CDT)

How have Japan’s leading companies reacted to the rise of China, and the need to compete differently in a globalized economy? Ulrike Schaede will introduce her concept of the “aggregate niche strategy” and show how Japan’s reinvention has changed the trade dynamics within Asia.
Monday, October 26, 2020
7:30 PM EDT
(4:30 PM PDT)

For decades investors have been trying to “unlock” value in Japan. However, over the past several years, there has been a solid uptick in the level of activism in Japan. Concerns have also been raised about new legislation, specifically, FEFTA, intimidation of foreign investors and archaic voting systems. What is the verdict on how all of this will play out in the coming years? Don’t miss this speaker crew with direct involvement in the activist movement.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:30 PM EDT

In this talk, Dr. Rachel Saunders, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, takes an in depth look at some of the remarkable highlights of this exhibition of paintings from the Edo period.
Friday, October 30, 2020
 8:00 - 8:30 PM EDT
(7:00 - 7:30 PM CDT)

Celebrate fall with an exclusive koto performance by Chicago’s very own Tokiko Kimura. Hear the sounds reminiscent of Japanese childhood including: Autumn in Hometown 里の秋, Moon on a Rainy Day 雨降りお月さん, Hazy Moon 朧月夜 & The Last Rose of Summer 庭の千草. Enjoy an evening with your family embracing the beautiful sounds of Japan.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
6:00 - 8:30 PM EST
(3:00 - 5:30 PM PST)

From the Japanese words of “kai-” meaning change, and “-zen” meaning good, kaizen has been widely utilized in corporate settings for the past +70 years as a systematic approach towards on-going, business improvements. However, this simple concept can also be applied to leadership and our everyday lives. Strategic leaders, both women and men, must adopt the kaizen-way of thinking and doing, in order to survive, thrive, and facilitate meaningful, positive changes in this era’s new “norm.” Gain insights into your strengths, be inspired by the experiences of others, and activate your Kaizen Mindset to maximize your professional and personal growth.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
(6:00 - 7:00 PM CST)

Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Your response to this dilemma may change depending upon whether or not you are using your native tongue. Using a foreign language has consequences for cognition and behavior in a number of domains ranging from consumer choice to moral judgment. Dr. Sayuri Hayakawa will propose that our native “autobiographical” language plays a key role in how our past experiences come to influence our future behavior.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
5:00 - 6:30 PM EST
(4:00 – 5:30 PM CST)

Join Nami Kroska, Visiting Assistant Professor in Literature and Languages at the University of Texas at Dallas, for a discussion on modern Japanese pop culture. She will focus on the work of Hayao Miyazaki, a Japanese animator, author, director, manga artist, and screen writer. Miyazaki is a co-founder of the renowned Studio Ghibli and he is widely regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished filmmakers in the animation genre.
Non-JSB Online Activities
Monday, October 26, 2020
6:00 - 6:45 PM EDT

Join us on October 26 for an exclusive interview with 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa! Collin, a 23-year-old Japanese American golfer from California, has experienced a meteoric rise to fame after turning professional just last year.

This webinar event will be moderated by Member of the USJC Legacy Council Jan Yanehiro (JALD ’10), who has hosted a series of entertaining Japanese American Stars dialogues at several of USJC’s past Annual Conferences. Tune in for a fun and thoughtful conversation on identity, sports, food, and much more!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
6:00 - 7:00 PM EST

The U.S., Japan, the EU, and other developed economies have recently introduced new rules restricting foreign investors' ability to acquire local businesses, and even to own stock in local publicly listed companies. The global pandemic has prompted more tightening of these rules, for example, in order to prevent foreigners from owning large stakes in local health-care related companies.

Featuring Martin Chorzempa and Nels Hansen. Moderated by Alicia Ogawa.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
7:00 PM EST

Join CIE-US and CIE in an unprecedented webinar focused on generations of friendships between the Whitfield and Nakahama families. Co-sponsored by EngageAsia and the American Friends of the International House of Japan (AFIHJ), this webinar will feature descendants of John Manjiro (Manjiro Nakahama) and Captain William Whitfield, as well as a descendant of Commodore Perry to explore the legacy and lasting impact of family ties and friendship.

The HAJAS’s Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020, will not be held “in-person” this year. Instead, we have produced a 2020 Virtual GKC Japan Festival. You will find numerous presentations from some of your favorite festival performers and presenters. October 3 will be the date when all performance videos are posted and the 2020 Virtual GKC Japan Festival officially begins. 

Anyone can view the videos for free and as many times as they like. We will leave them up on our website and Facebook sites well into 2021. So, viewers can spread out their viewing of our videos, select their favorite ones and refer them to friends to watch.
Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 meters, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.
Japanese Art Museum in the Cloud
The virtual IJC Museum in the Cloud allows visitors like you to enjoy modern artworks by Japan’s representative artists.
You can view works from all directions with 360° freedom and get so close
that you can see the subtlest details and even feel the presence of the artists.
Japanese study resources