The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE)

Feb
28
10:45 am10:45

Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea (Durham, NC)

Pottery Exhibition - Seagrove, NC Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM and
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 684-3698


Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings.

Participant limit: 10. $40; $30 Gardens members & Duke students/staff. For more information please visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Feb
27
Mar 1

Kami-Kan: Season 7 (Birmingham, AL)



Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N.
Birmingham, AL 35203


Kami-Con is an anime convention that was founded at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL hosted by the student organization, The Bama SoS Brigade! Kami-Con has since moved to the BJCC in Birmingham, AL to accommodate growth.

We also pride ourselves greatly on our story and our two congirls, Shio and Kosho!

Kami-Con derived its name from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. This connection has also carried over to the name of the student organization that plans and runs Kami-Con, known as The Bama SoS Brigade.

For more information please visit Kami-Con.

Feb
1
Feb 18

New Japanese Government-Sponsored (MEXT) Scholarships Available for 2015



This scholarship offers full coverage of tuition and fees, airfare, and a monthly living stipend!

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 18, 2015.



Japanese Studies Student Scholarship

1 Year Fully Paid This scholarship is for students of Japanese language and culture seeking to expand their understanding of Japan by spending a year of their undergraduate education studying at a Japanese university. Japanese language skill sufficient for college-level classes is required.

For More Information:
http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/MEXTjapanesestudies.htm

Send all application materials and inquiries to:

MEXT Scholarship Coordinator
Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
3438 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
info@aa.mofa.go.jp
404-240-4300
Jan
31
12:30 pm12:30

JETAASE 2015 Shinnenkai / Annual Planning Meeting

JETAASE 2015 ShinenkaiJETAASE invites JET alumni, friends, and families to attend the 2015 Shinnenkai / Annual Planning Meeting! At this annual event, we will discuss future goals, events, and plans for our Southeast chapter.

In a change from previous years, the 2015 Shinnenkai will be held on January 31st 2015 at 1:00 PM. The venue location is Nori Nori. See below for more details:

To RSVP, sign-up via the Google form (see link below).

Each attendee will pay for the cost of his or her meal at the venue.

JETAASE will provide a small meal discount for members and award door prizes.

Date: Saturday January 31st, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Nori Nori
Address: Sandy Springs Crossing, 6690 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
TEL: (404) 257-1288
URL: http://www.norinori.com
***RSVP Link***

Mark the event in your Google Calendar by clicking here: Google Calendar link.

Jan
22
7:00 pm19:00

Asian Hot Pots Warm the Soul with Chef Sean Higashida



Japanese Hot Pot Dishes and Mongolian Too



The weather is getting colder and it is time to make some heartwarming fare to enjoy with family and friends. In the Far East folks gather around the table on a cold day with a steaming delicious broth. With a variety of meats and vegetables and a bit of knowhow, all enjoy cooking their meal right at the table. Come join Chef Sean as he teaches you secrets to great broth and how and what to prepare for the table.

  • Chanko Nabe, "anything goes" pot
  • Miso Chirinabe (Miso broth seafood hot pot)
  • Mongolian Hot Pot


Class fee is $35

(Includes a $ 10 BHFM Gift Card)



Event Location: Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340

Contact: Bill Schroeder
Buford Highway Farmers Market
678-873-7447
bill@aofwc.com

REGISTRATION LINK

Jan
18
12:30 pm12:30

Nippon Club of the Triangle Shinnenkai (Durham, NC)

Nippon Club of the Triangle ShinnenkaiDate: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time: 1pm - 4pm (check-in starts at 12:30pm)
Location: Sarah P. Duke Gardens (426 Anderson St., Durham)
Cost: $40/person in advance

New Years is an especially spiritual time of the year for Japanese. In order to celebrate and share in the spirit of this event, we will hold a traditional Japanese New Year's Celebration, called a "Shin-nen-Kai" among the members of the Japan-related Organizations of the Triangle Area.

We plan to include elements of traditional customs and rituals that signify the Japanese New Year. Food will be served in a buffet style.

Register by January 11th, by email to triangle_nippon_club@yahoo.com or phone 919-787-6233 (Rocky Iwashima). To volunteer, contact us at triangle_nippon_club@yahoo.com.

For more information, please visit TriangleJapanClub.org.
Dec
7
8:00 am08:00

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) was developed in Japan, and has been offered since 1984 in countries all around the world as a means of evaluating the proficiency of non-native learners of Japanese.

In the beginning, there were approximately 7,000 examinees worldwide. In 2011, there were more than 600,000 examinees in more than 60 countries.
In the United States, almost 4,000 people took the JLPT at 13 test sites located around the country. The test is administered just once a year in the US, on the first Sunday of December.

THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE JLPT IN THE UNITED STATES WILL BE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 AT GA STATE UNIVERSITY IN ATLANTA, GA.

 

For registration information please visit  American Association of Teachers of Japanese

Dec
1
Jan 31

Exhibition: Japanese Pottery - The Rising Generation From Traditional Japanese Kilns (Demorest, GA)

Japanese Pottery ExhibitionDecember 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art
Piedmont College
567 Georgia Street
Demorest, GA 30535


Japan has traditionally produced a large amount of ceramic works. This exhibition introduces outstanding works by young artists who are carrying on the kiln tradition in areas with distinctive styles such as Arita and Karatsu, Hagi, Bizen, Kyoto, Kutani, Seto and Mino, and Mashiko.

For more information please visit Piedmont College.
Nov
22
10:00 am10:00

Mobile International Festival (Mobile, AL)

Mobile International Film FestivalSaturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mobile Civic Center and Expo Hall
401 Civic Center Drive
Mobile, AL 36602


The Mobile International Festival has announced "Let The Games Begin" as the theme of the 31st Annual Mobile International Festival.

Festival members will focus on this year's theme through representation of games that are native to their countries. Whether a board game, play-yard game, or native sport, festival attendees will have the opportunity to test their strategy and skill at games from over 70 countries.

"Our focus this year is on the word GAMES. Members will demonstrate and share a game that originated in their native country," said Bobbie Bayne, Executive Director. "Booths will highlight a favorite homeland game and how those games utilize math and strategic thinking as part of the Mobile International Festival's dedication to STEM."

In 2012, the Mobile International Festival proudly added S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), as a key portion of their education program. In an effort to keep pace with an ever-changing world, Festival members and sponsors bring awareness to the STEM fields of study by placing an emphasis on STEM in their exhibits in a way that demonstrates real world applications from a global perspective.

For more information, please visit Mobile International Festival or contact:
Bobbie Bayne, Executive Director
(251) 208-1555
Email: mif@cityofmobile.org
Nov
21
7:30 pm19:30

Japan Foundation Film Series (Atlanta, GA): Someday (ŌSHIKAMURA SŌDŌKI)

Japan Foundation Film SeriesEmory University
White Hall 205
301 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

Someday (ŌSHIKAMURA SŌDŌKI)
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm
2011, 93 min. 35mm


An ensemble comedy that focuses on the mountain village of Ōshika in Nagano Prefecture. Inspired by a local kabuki tradition, passed down over 300 years, the film warmly portrays the joys and sorrows of the villagers. The project was the brainchild of lead actor Harada Yoshio, who passed away in July of 2011 soon after the film was released in Japan. Zen (Harada), who runs an eatery serving venison dishes in Ōshika Village at the foot of the Southern Alps, is also a top-billed star in the local kabuki scene. One day in autumn as the villagers prepare to put on a show, Zen is thrown for a loop when he is visited by his wife Takako (Okusu Michiyo) and his childhood friend Osamu (Kishibe Ittoku), who eloped together eighteen years earlier.

Events Open To All
Cost: Free, No Ticket Required
Contact Name: Maureen Downs
Contact Phone: 404-727-6761
Contact email: mndowns@emory.edu

For more information please visit Emory University.
Nov
15
Mar 29

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints (Richmond, VA)

Water and ShadowNovember 15, 2014 - March 29, 2015
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220


This exhibition presents a visually compelling selection of Japanese woodblock prints - as well as paintings and didactic material - that explores the dynamic early work of Japanese landscape artist Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). Through the work of Hasui, the exhibition explores the themes of nostalgia and longing - the search for individual and national identity in Japan during the early Taisho period, an era of dizzying social and cultural change.

It presents the best work of one of Japan's modern masters, featuring high quality objects that are compelling visually, often rare, and broadly resonant. The core themes of this art - the exploration of the native landscape and the discovery of a new urban beauty in response to the anonymity of modern life - are as relevant to American audiences now as they were to Japan in the 1920s.

For more information please visit VMFA.

Nov
15
Mar 29

Miwako Nishizawa: Twelve Views of Virginia (Richmond, VA)

Miwako NishizawaNovember 15, 2014 - March 29, 2015
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220


Miwako Nishizawa is a California-based Japanese-American artist specializing in the traditional shin-hanga Japanese woodblock technique that revitalized the ukiyo-e tradition in early 20th century Japan. As part of their interest in the work of shin-hanga artist Kawase Hasui, collectors René and Carolyn Balcer commissioned Nishizawa to execute "Twelve Views of Virginia" in the shin-hanga style. This exhibition uses working drawings and artist proofs from the series to demonstrate the technique. These will be exhibited at the same time as a large exhibition of works by Hasui in the Evans Court Gallery.

For more information please visit VMFA.

Nov
14
7:30 pm19:30

Japan Foundation Film Series (Atlanta, GA): Rebirth (YŌKAME NO SEMI)

Japan Foundation Film SeriesEmory University
White Hall 205
301 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

Rebirth (YŌKAME NO SEMI)
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm
2011, 147 min. 35mm


An adaptation of Naoki Prize-winning author Kakuta Mitsuyo's humanistic suspense novel, which was also made into a television series with a different cast and crew. The film powerfully depicts the sorrows of a woman who has an affair with a married man and impulsively abducts his young daughter, as well as the later struggles of the grown girl as she tries to deal with her troubled upbringing. Kiwako (Nagasaku Hiromi) is arrested on abduction charges after four years trying to raise the child Erina (Inoue Mao) on the run, and Erina is returned to her true parents. But as an adult she too finds herself in a relationship with a married man.

Events Open To All
Cost: Free, No Ticket Required
Contact Name: Maureen Downs
Contact Phone: 404-727-6761
Contact email: mndowns@emory.edu

For more information please visit Emory University.
Nov
14
6:00 pm18:00

2014 JET Program Welcome Back Reception



Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta



Dear Friends:

It is my pleasure to invite you to a Welcome Back Reception and Networking Event for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants who completed their contracts in 2014.

This event will take place at my residence, located at 265 Blackland Road, Atlanta, GA 30342-4048, at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2014. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Packy Bannevans, Group Leader at Mitsui Plastics, Inc. and a former JET Program participant. Representatives from Japanese recruiting firms based in Atlanta will also be available for networking and to provide job search guidance.

A follow-up email will be sent regarding parking instructions at a later date. Attire for the evening is business casual. Kindly RSVP by Friday, November 7, 2014 by emailing jet@aa.mofa.go.jp or calling 404-926-3020.

Unfortunately, due to limited capacity, I am afraid we cannot accommodate guests.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Kazuo Sunaga
Consul General of Japan
Nov
14
3:00 pm15:00

Professional & Career Development Seminar

Professional and Career DevelopmentThe Japan-America Society of Georgia, JET Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE), and Pasona NA, Inc. present a professional & career development seminar to explore the key elements of career planning and achieving your professional goals. This event also features a panel discussion by representatives from Japanese and American companies who will discuss advice and suggestions on landing your dream job and advancing your career.

Friday, November 14, 2014
3:00pm – Registration Opens
3:30pm – Presentation & Panel
5:00pm – Network Reception
5:30pm – Close


Baker Donelson: Monarch Plaza, 3141 Peachtree Rd NE #1600, Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 577-6000 BakerDonelson.com

Main Topics:
  • Current Hiring Trends of Employers
  • Resume Writing
  • Best Interview Practices
  • Effective Use of Career Planning Resources
  • Refining Your Networking Skills
  • Setting Personal and Professional Goals


This Event is Perfect For…

  • People interested in the JET Program
  • People taking the JLPT Japanese Proficiency Test
  • Businessmen and women seeking new opportunities at Japanese and/or American companies
  • People seeking to work in Japanese companies or students learning Japanese who want to apply their language skills to a professional career in a Japan-related field
  • People who are planning or want to work in Japan


  • Registration: www.jasgeorgia.org/register/form.php?id=66

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Nov
9
9:00 am09:00

FloridaCon: FREE Art & Cosplay Event



FloridaCon Art Cosplay Event Hosting by FloridaCosplay.Org and Princess Sara at Ichimura!



••• The Entire Day is FREE to the public.

Join us From 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, Nov 9 2014.
At : Miami Friends of the Japanese Garden / Ichimura Japanesse Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden

**Our address is:
Ichimura Miami Japan Garden
1101 MacArthur Causeway Watson Island Miami 33132
(NEXT DOOR WITH PARROT JUNGLE )

*** Learn Ikebana, the Japanese Art of Flower arrangement from Grand Master Mieko Kubota. Enjoy Japanese games, arts and crafts at the Children’s Corner all day. Authentic Japanese music by Ms. Ellen Ogihara on violin and Yoshiko Taiko Dojo drummers. Much more!

*** Canvas Art , Comic Artist, Paints , Vendors , Food, Shows , Cosplay Fashion show, Anime Cosplay Costume Contest and more.

Hikari Hart Will have a Kingdom Hearts II Panel

* This Event Is Hosting FloridaCosplay.org || Magazine Founder Of Florida Cosplay /Sara L Comettant

This event is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

***Parking: Public parking across the street from the Garden or in the JUNGLE ISLAND parking garage, only $5.00 with FJG Parking pass, available at the Garden entrance. The Garden entrance is across from the Marina. Follow the signs...
Nov
8
Nov 16

Madama Butterfly - The Atlanta Opera (Atlanta, GA)

Madam Butterfly in Atlanta Saturday, November 08, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339 770-916-2800 main info@cobbenergycentre.com


For more than a century, audiences have been moved by Puccini's haunting story of passion, honor, and sacrifice. The tragic tale of lovely Butterfly touches us all, as she experiences a metamorphosis from trusting girl in love to grown woman faced with dismal choices.

Fresh from her triumphant role debut at English National Opera, Russian-American soprano Dina Kuznetsova sings the title role and tenor Adam Diegel debuts as the faithless B.F. Pinkerton. Debut artist Nina Yoshida Nelsen sings Butterfly's devoted servant Suzuki, and baritone Corey McKern performs the role of Sharpless, the American consul.

Music Director Arthur Fagen conducts this extraordinary new production, directed by Atlanta Opera General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. The evocative sets are designed by Erhard Rom with lighting by Robert Wierzel.

For more information please visit The Atlanta Opera.
Nov
7
Nov 9

Nekocon (Hampton, VA)



Friday, November 7 - Sunday, November 9, 2014
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666


Nekocon is an annual three day anime convention. It is Virginia's oldest anime convention. The convention typically offers art shows, artist's alley, autograph sessions, card game tournaments, concerts, costume competition, dances, dealer's room, fashion show, karaoke contests, kimono/tea ceremony workshop, maid cafe, music video contest, panels, Q&A sessions, role playing, tabletop games, vendors, video game tournaments, video rooms, and workshops.

For more information please visit Nekocon.
Nov
7
Nov 9

International Career Forum in Boston



Large Career Forum with participating companies from all different industries, including 80 companies requiring just business level Japanese and 12 companies looking for only conversational Japanese speakers such as:

  • All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
  • Amazon Japan
  • Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.
  • Don Quijote Co., Ltd.
  • Expedia, Inc.
  • Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.(Uniqlo)
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Line Corporation
  • NTT Docomo, Inc.
  • Rakuten
  • Softbank Group
  • Sony Corporation
  • Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

and many more.

Registration and attendance is free.

More information on the Boston Career Forum is available at: http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/index.asp?ref=201422&lang=E
Nov
1
5:30 pm17:30

The Japan-America Society of Georgia Young Professionals Halloween Party

The Japan-America Society of Georgia Young Professionals Halloween Party



RSVP Required at JASGeorgia.org/register/form.php?id=63

5:30 p.m. ~ Dinner at Sushi Avenue (131 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030).

7:15 p.m. ~ Decatur Ghost Tour (Bandstand behind the Old Courthouse, 101 East Court Square Decatur GA 30030) (meet up & check in), Price $15

10:00 p.m. ~ Nijikai Halloween Party: Karaoke Melody: 5979 Buford Highway A11, Atlanta, GA 30340.

Costumes encouraged, but not required!

The Japan-America Society of Georgia
3121 Maple Drive, Suite 224
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-842-1400 TEL
404-842-1415 FAX
www.jasgeorgia.org
Nov
1
10:00 am10:00

Japanese Arts & Culture Festival (Ball Ground, GA)

Japanese Arts and Culture Festival Saturday, November 1 - Sunday, November 2, 2014
Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107
770-893-1881

Enjoy Japanese traditional and folk dancing, live music, tea ceremonies, kimono dressing, taiko drum dancing, shinkendo (swordsmanship), kyudo (archery), martial arts, ikebana, origami, bonsai and much more. Authentic Japanese food service by Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant.

For more information please visit Gibbs Gardens.

Oct
30
Dec 13

"My Mount Fuji" Drawing Contest

My Mount Fuji Drawing Contest

Submission Deadline December 19, 2014



Calling all artists! The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is now accepting submissions for this year's Drawing Contest for K - 12 students living in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Send in your artwork with the Drawing Contest Entry Form for a chance to have it posted on the Consulate's official website and to win prizes!

Drawing Contest Guidelines
Oct
30
Nov 14

2015 JET Program Applications Available Now!



2015 JET Program Applications Available Now!



The Japanese Government is now accepting applications for the 2015 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. The JET Program seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting cultural understanding between Japan and the United States. The applications for U.S. Citizens can be found at http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/apply.html.

Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen relations abroad as either an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), assisting in English education at Japan's elementary, junior and senior high schools, or as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in offices of local government authorities or related organizations, engaged in internationalization activities. Through hands-on experience living and working in Japan, JET participants develop a deep understanding of Japanese society and people. The JET Program offers a unique opportunity for young Americans to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, and also for the Japanese people to learn about the United States through close interaction with JET participants.

Since the program's inception in 1987, more than 60,000 people from 62 countries have participated in the program. There are currently 4,476 participants from 42 countries, including 2,457 Americans.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree by July 1, 2015. Proficiency in Japanese is not required for the ALT position. Candidates receive a generous stipend and roundtrip airfare to Japan. The application deadline is November 14, 2014 at 5:00pm (EST). All application materials must arrive at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. by the deadline.

For further information and to apply, please visit www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET or contact the JET Program Coordinator at the Consulate General of Japan at 404-926-3020 or jet@aa.mofa.go.jp.
Oct
25
10:00 am10:00

Japanese Arts & Culture Festival (Ball Ground, GA)

Japanese Arts and Culture Festival Saturday, October 25 - Sunday, October 26
Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107
770-893-1881

Enjoy Japanese traditional and folk dancing, live music, tea ceremonies, kimono dressing, taiko drum dancing, shinkendo (swordsmanship), kyudo (archery), martial arts, ikebana, origami, bonsai and much more. Authentic Japanese food service by Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant.

For more information please visit Gibbs Gardens.

Oct
17
7:30 pm19:30

Film: "Abacus and Sword (Bushi No Kakeibo)" (Atlanta, GA)

Abacus and Sword Friday, October 17, 2014
7:30 pm
White Hall 208
301 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322

A film adaptation of the book by Isoda Michifumi, which paints a picture of life in the final days of the Tokugawa shogunate, based on painstaking analysis of the household accounts left behind by a low ranking samurai. Director Morita Yoshimitsu (FAMILY GAME), known for eclectic work in a wide range of genres, portrays the inner workings of a samurai household fighting to tighten its finances in this compassionate historical drama. The Inoyama family has been in the service of the Kaga clan as expert accountants. The eighth head of the Inoyama family, Naoyuki (Sakai Masato), is so phenomenally gifted when it comes to numbers that his colleagues call him an "abacus maniac." In order to cope with the increasing expenses that come with trying to move up in the world, he works together with his wife Koma (Nakama Yukie) and family to do all they can to economize.

Cost: Free, No Ticket Required.
For more information, please visit Emory University Department of Film and Media Studies.

Oct
16
4:30 pm16:30

Lecture: "The Invention of Religion in Japan" - Jason Ananda Josephson (Raleigh, NC)

Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:30 pm
Riddick Hall, Room 321
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8180

Until the nineteenth century, Japan had no word for "religion." But when American warships appeared off the coast of Japan in 1853 and forced the Japanese government to sign treaties demanding, among other things, freedom of religion, the country had to contend with this Western idea. In this presentation, Josephson will reveal how Japanese leaders invented religion in Japan and trace the sweeping intellectual, legal, and cultural changes that followed. He will argue that the invention of religion in Japan was a politically charged, boundary-drawing exercise that not only extensively reclassified the inherited materials of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto to lasting effect, but also reshaped, in subtle but significant ways, our own formulation of the concept of religion today.

JJ Josephson will be drawing from his award-winning book The Invention of Religion in Japan, which he will supplement with new research.

For more information, please visit North Carolina University, Religious Studies.

Oct
16
Nov 8

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young Presents Little Raindrop Songs (Atlanta, GA)

Little Raindrop Songs October 16 - November 8, 2014
Alliance Theatre
1280 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309

A whimsically theatrical and imaginative journey through an anything-but-normal day, created especially for the very young with original music by the Japanese "pajama-pop" band Lullatone. The audience is led through a fully interactive world made completely of brightly colored paper which transforms dramatically into multiple settings - from the bedroom where we wake and get ready for the day, to the kitchen where we learn to eat a healthy breakfast, into the big world beyond where we experience sunshine, birds, bugs, and animals, a garden, a playground, and finally a big rainstorm which washes us inside for a bath and bedtime lullaby.

Combining unexpected puppetry, a vibrantly colorful and transformative two-dimensional set design, whimsically comic performances, and the catchy pajama-pop of Lullatone, this fully interactive theatrical performance will connect with the very young and invite them in to the wonder of the artistic experience.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Theatre for the Very Young Little Raindrop Songs.

Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Film: "Tokyo Story" directed by Yasujirô Ozu (Atlanta, GA)



Tuesday, October 14, 2014
7:00 pm
Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Drive, Suite C-212
Atlanta, GA 30308

In director and co-writer Yasujirô Ozu's (Late Spring, Early Summer) moving drama Tokyo Story-not released in the U.S. until 1972-An elderly couple leave their rural home in Onomichi to visit their married children in Tokyo. But their son and daughter are too preoccupied with their own domestic affairs to have much time for them, and it's only the widow of their elder son who is truly hospitable and welcoming. The film's emotional truths are underpinned by a real topicality: a sketch of social and moral changes in defeated, post-war Japan.

For more information, please visit Midtown Art Cinema.

Oct
11
9:00 am09:00

Carolina Bonsai Expo (Asheville, NC)

Bonsai Expo Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 12, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum will host the 19th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and an ikebana exhibit provided by the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International, the Expo is the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast and the most popular plant show hosted by the Arboretum.

The Expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians. Deciduous bonsai specimens on display in the garden often feature brilliant autumn color during this time of year.

The Carolina Bonsai Expo is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($12 per personal vehicle)
For directions and more information, please visit The North Carolina Arboretum.