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Western celebrates Japan Week

Taking up herewith Japanese Culture News refered to by Meidia in abroad.
Hope Japanese Culture to be accepted in every country for mutual understanding.
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Teens Learn Japanese Culture, History at New Academy
May 4, 2009 by SDSUniverse
Students can learn about Japanese culture, including Taiko drumming.
(Students can learn about Japanese culture, including Taiko drumming.)

San Diego State University will host the 2009 Japan Studies Academy for Gifted Youth from Monday, June 22 to Friday, July 10 at the SDSU Extended Studies Center. Students can earn three units of Japanese 296 college credit, which may be used toward SDSU bachelor's degree requirements with payment of an additional fee and completion of a project paper by the end of the academy.

A bit of Japanese culture
May 5, 2009 by reddeeradvocate.com


Dressed in traditional Japanese costume, Eastview Middle School student Devon Barnes shows his best Samurai pose.

Western celebrates Japan Week
May 5, 2009 by Western Front

(Western senior Jennifer Komig and junior Justin Kwong practice writing their names in calligraphy. photo by Alex Roberts // Western Front)

When Western Japanese professor Michiko Yusa came to Bellingham in 1983, she felt like she stuck out. As a native from Japan, she said some people treated her differently. She said she could not even find the kinds of food she liked to eat. Soy sauce was hard to obtain, yet alone tofu.

May 4, 2009 by AllAfrica.com

This is happening mostly in Asia, where the Koreans are concerned about the spread of Japanese culture, and people in Hong Kong are being influenced by both Korean and Japanese culture.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS
May 4, 2009 by Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com
``Jump to Japan: Discovering Culture Through Popular Art'' -- Discover Japanese culture through the country's popular art of manga (comics), anime (animations) and woodblock prints and through hands-on exhibits about environments and activities presenting various faces of Japan -- traditional and contemporary, urban and rural, the past and the present, May 9-Sept. 7, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St. Free. (269) 373-7990,

May 4, 2009 by National Post

True to their reputation as leisure-loving gourmets, the French spend more time sleeping and eating than anyone else among the world's wealthy nations, according to a study published Monday.
The average French person sleeps almost nine hours every night, more than an hour longer than the average Japanese and Korean, who sleep the least in a survey of 18 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Seeing Japan from US -- through Japanese eyes
May 5, 2009 by AFP

(Japan Society President Motoatsu Sakurai)

‎NEW YORK (AFP) — As Japanese culture seeps into the American mainstream, a key US institution devoted to Japan has crossed a threshold -- its new head is Japanese. And he is out to make sure Japan's influence gets noticed.
Motoatsu Sakurai, a former executive and ambassador, took over last month as president of the Japan Society -- founded in 1907 by members of New York high society intrigued by a nation then completely foreign to most Americans.
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