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Celebrate Japanese Culture at Seton Hall University’s 22nd Annual Japan Week

Japan Week gives students and the community the opportunity to celebrate and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture. Events will take place from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5.
Japan Week gives students and the community the opportunity to celebrate and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture. It demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to building bridges between cultures and bringing together people of different customs, religions and ethnic backgrounds. Japan Week 2019 seeks to continue to promote diversity and unity, said Shigeru Osuka, professor of Asian Studies and director of Japan Week. We hope that participants will become leaders in a flourishing dialogue between Japan and the United States and will work toward building a more peaceful, global community.
The events have been planned in celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine, games, songs, business and language and coincide with the emergence of the Japanese cherry blossoms. This year’s Japan Week schedule includes: Monday, April 1 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Japan Week will start with a traditional card game of Karuta, which has been popular with the Japanese since the 16th century.
Attendees are invited to compete with each other following a short presentation on the history of the game. Small prizes and refreshments will be provided.
Walsh Library, Beck Rooms. Tuesday, April 2 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Yusuke Osuga from the Shoko Chukin Bank in Tokyo will present The Japanese Small Business and Successor Problem.Osuga was in charge of screening and financing small and medium enterprises in the Tokyo and Shizuoka prefectures before transferring to human resources in 2016. Walsh Library, Beck Rooms.5 p.m.to 6 p.m. – Bryan Meadows, Ph.D.from the Department of Educational Studies, the University’s Japan Exchange Program and the Office of International Programs will host an information session on two upcoming study abroad opportunities in Japan. These short-term programs allow students to experience many aspects of Japanese society including K-12 schooling, university classrooms, life in Japan and locations of cultural and historical significance.
Jubilee Hall, Room 109. Wednesday, April 3 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. – The Japanese Program will honor its motivated language learners and the creative efforts of the students who produced Digital Storytelling videos.Awards will be presented by Peter Shoemaker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award-winning Digital Storytelling videos will be shown during the Multicultural Day celebration on Thursday, April 24.
Walsh Library, Beck Rooms. 2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. – Professor Anne Giblin Gedacht will give a presentation on the Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
She will argue how Marie Kondo’s show is just the latest addition to a long legacy of works that casts Japan as the site of Eastern Spiritualism that survives in the face of modern capitalism. Walsh Library, Beck Rooms.5 p.m.to 7 p.m.- The Asian Cultural Association at Seton Hall will host a karaoke night, one of the most popular pastimes in Japan after a long day at work or at school. Attendees will be able to get together, sing songs of their choice and enjoy refreshments.
Walsh Library, Beck Rooms. Thursday, April 4 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – There will be a free taste test of the different types of miso soup.
Learn about the foundation of Washoku, which is traditional Japanese food. Hear about the conceptual differences of miso soup in Japanese and American cultures and Umami, which is considered the fifth taste.Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building, Room 110. Friday, April 59:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.- Eight graduate students will present their academic research papers at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student and Scholar-Teacher Symposium on Japanese Studies. Jubilee Hall, Room 141.
All events are open to the SHU community and are free of charge. For more information, visit the Japan Week landing page or contact Shigeru Osuka at .
Sponsorship for Japan Week 2019 is provided by Seton Hall University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Office of International Programs, LLC Global Learning Center, Asian Cultural Association, Japanese Program, The J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Consulate General of Japan in New York, and Japan National Tourism Organization New York Office.

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Meet the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recipients

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. This years recipients have just been announced.

They are: Sandra Oh, Colm Feore, Rick Mercer, Louise Bessette, Mavis Staines, and Lorraine Pintal.Sandra Oh, Colm Feore, Rick Mercer, Louise Bessette, Mavis Staines, and Lorraine Pintal will receive honours this year.1:43The Right Honourable Julie Payette will present the National Arts Centre Award and the awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in the categories of theatre, dance, classical music, film, and broadcasting. Since 1992, these awards have recognized an amazing array of artists for their outstanding contribution to culture in Canada and abroad.

In celebration of Canadas incredible talent, CBC Arts will showcase each of the laureates leading up to the Gala awards that take place April 26 and 27.  Stay tuned! And congratulations to all the laureates!  This years laureates:Sandra Oh: 2019 National Arts Centre AwardSandra Ohs work in film and television has been groundbreaking.Originally from Ottawa, Sandra is well known for her role on the hit ABC TV medical drama Greys Anatomy, and more recently as the star of the hit BBC America spy series Killing Eve, for which she won her second Golden Globe award, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. She further made history by being the first Canadian to co-host the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year.

Her career spans over 30 years, with recognizable roles in such films as Double Happiness, The Red Violin, Sideways, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Princess Diaries, Catfight and more. And now with becoming a recipient of the Governor General Performing Arts Award, her legacy will continue to break ground, much like her career. Colm Feore: 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award — FilmColm Feore has led an extraordinary career showcasing his versatility and depth. Hes one of Canadas top stage actors, and a regular at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Colm has 140 film and TV credits to his name, which include, but are not limited to: The Red Violin, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Trudeau, 24, House of Cards and the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. And as an active member of his community, he donates his time to not-for-profit initiatives like Shakespearience and Reel Canada that empower at-risk youth through Shakespeare and Film.Fluently bilingual, Colm is a cultural ambassador to Canada and abroad.Rick Mercer: 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award — BroadcastingKnown for his sharp and biting wit, Rick Mercer has built a career becoming one of Canadas foremost political and social commentators.
Known for his trademark rants on shows like This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Rick Mercer Report, his loyal fans have come to love his outspoken views on politics and cultural issues. As a Newfoundlander, his humour is often flavoured with a Canadian spirit, seen in shows like Talking to Americans and Made in Canada.
And as an author and humanitarian, his influence reaches far beyond the laughs.Mavis Staines: 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award — DanceAs the artistic director for Canadas National Ballet School since 1989, Mavis Staines revolutionized the way classical ballet is taught in Canada. She has guided the direction of classical training to focus on progressive, holistic approaches to such areas as pedagogy, creativity, and community engagement. With the mentality of bringing dance to the people, it is through her leadership of outreach initiatives like Sharing Dance that children, adults, seniors, and those living with Parkinsons disease can connect to ballet — a legacy she hopes will keep everyone moving.

Louise Bessette: 2019 Artistic Achievement Award — Classical MusicAn internationally acclaimed performer, Louise Bessette has had a significant influence in the field of contemporary classical music. She has introduced Quebec and Canadian composers to audiences abroad, and vice versa.
Composers from Europe and Asia often seek her out and dedicate their works to her and her interpretation of their music. In 2013-2014 she performed 25 works by 25 different Quebec composers, an event that was heralded as a milestone in Quebecs musical history.
Although shes a multiple recipient of prestigious music awards, its Louises passion that drives her and keeps her sharp.  Lorraine Pintal: 2019 Artistic Achievement Award — TheatreLorraine is a champion of the arts.She began her career as an actress, but its through her role as artistic director of Montreals Theatre du Nouveau Monde since 1992, that shes been able to provide a spotlight for Quebec drama and programming. A versatile creator, she produced several television series, including Radio-Canadas Montreal, PQ and even hosted the literary talk show Plus on est de fous, plus on lit.

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