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お茶の時間 (Ocha no jikan)
Japanese conversation hour for first- and second-year students in our program
Every Wednesday, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Meeting ID: 971 3226 5833)
Contact: 東谷先生
(Starting Date: 9/09/2020)

日本語サロン (Nihongo Salon)
Japanese conversation hour for third-year students and above in our program
Every Friday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(schedule might change depending on other events)
Location: Zoom: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/97293279304?pwd=dFZ3UkJaMFNrVHhYdGVKK2xBMzVwdz09
Contact: 清水先生
(Starting Date: 9/11/2020)

 

FALL 2019

Bunkasai (Japanese Culture Festival)
Friday, November 1, 2019
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A, B, C
Free and Open to the Public

SPRING 2019

Speech Contest
Date: Friday, March 8
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 100 PH

FALL 2018

Miki Mika, Practitioner of Omotesenke Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony introduction and demonstrations
Date: August 20-21, 2018
Time and Location: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman

JET/MEXT Program Info Session
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Phillips Hall 315
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman or Prof. Kendra Strand

Writer Takiguchi Yūshō (滝口悠生)
The writer Takiguchi Yūshō, a 2016 winner of the Akutagawa Prize, is in residence at the International Writing Program this fall.  Below are his public events as they have been announced, with more to be added:

Event: IWP panel discussion, "Works in Progress"
Free pizza served
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Iowa City Public Library
For more information, please contact International Writing Program

Event: Bilingual readings with members of the Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation
Dates: Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16
Time: 7:00 pm (both evenings)
Location: TBA
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman

Event: Official IWP reading
Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Shambaugh House
For more information, please contact the International Writing Program

Writer Murata Sayaka & translator Ginny Tapley Takemori
The Japanese Program and International Programs are thrilled to welcome the writer Murata Sayaka and her translator Ginny Tapley Takemori to campus October 30.  Murata won the Akutagawa Prize, also in 2016, for Convenience Store Woman (コンビニ人間).

Event: Discussion on translation (conducted in English, open to the public)
Date: October 30
Time: 2:00-3:15 pm
Location: Phillips Hall 318

Event: Reading of Convenience Store Woman(bilingual, open to the public)
Date: October 30
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Gilmore Hall 106
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman

Noh Theater artists Kitazawa Hideta and David Crandall
Public presentations and workshops
Date: November 12-14, 2018
Times and Locations: TBA
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendra Strand

Monday, Nov. 12:

10:00-12:00pm at MERGE (136 S. Dubuque St.)
Noh and Kyogen Masks

Introduction of masks and a demostration of wood carving with Kitazawa Hideta.

1:30-4:00pm at Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Elements of Noh

Introductory group lessons on chanting, dancing and drumming with David Crandall.

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

9:30-10:45pm at Phillips Hall 318
Translating the Music of Noh

Discussion of translation, with a focus on Tama no Dan and issues of fitting English into an existing noh melody

3:30-4:45pm at Van Allen 70
Introduction to Noh

A lecture and demostration by Kitazawa Hideta and David Crandall

7:00-8:30pm at UCC 1117
Screening of Sumida River

Samples of English noh and kyogen performances, with introduction by Kitazawa Hideta and David Crandall and followed by a Q&A

Wednesday, Nov. 14:

10:30am-12:30pm at FilmScene Screening Room
Noh Movement Workshop

Experience the movements of noh while wearing a mask

5:30-7:00pm at Shambaugh House
Composing English Noh

A discussion of noh as a springboard for new work with a focus on music

 

SPRING 2018

Foreign Flix Japanese Film
The Tale of Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 (Dir. Isao Takahata 2014) 137 min., in Japanese with English subtitles
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Location: 125 Trowbridge Hall

Foreign Flix Japanese Film
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
 (Dir. Isshin Inudo 2003) 116 min., in Japanese with English subtitles
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Location: 212 Phillips Hall

Japanese Documentary Now
February 23-25, 2018
All screenings at FilmScene: 

  • HUG (2014, 69 min.), followed by a Q&A with director Kana Tomoko: Friday, February 23, 4:00 p.m.
  • FAKE (2016, 111 min.), followed by a Q&A with director  Mori Tatsuya: Saturday, February 24, 12:30 p.m.
  • Zen and Bones (2016, 127 min.), followed by a Q&A with director Nakamura Takayuki: Sunday, February 25, 12:30 p.m.

Foreign Flix Japanese Film
Miss Hokusai
 (Dir. Keiichi Hara 2015) 93 min., in Japanese with English subtitles
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Location: 125 Trowbridge Hall

Poets Nagae Yūki and Kanie Naha, with Jordan A. Yamaji Smith
Public readings and translation workshops
Date: March 17-21, 2018

Professor Russell Ganim, DWLLC
"Fleur Rebelle, Fleur Royale: The Friendship of Lady Oscar and Marie Antoinette in The Rose of Versailles
Date: Monday, April 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Takako Lento
Public readings and translation workshops
Date: April 10-11, 2018

Foreign Flix Japanese Film
Tezuka Osamu's Metropolis
 (Rintaro and Otomo Katsushiro 2002) 113 min., in Japanese with English subtitles
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 p.m.
Location: 212 Phillips Hall

 

FALL 2017

JET/MEXT Program Info Session
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Phillips Hall 315
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman or Prof. Kendra Strand

Panel Discussion, "Utopia and the Future" with author Fujino Kaori (IWP 2017) and other IWP 2017 Fellows 
Pizza and refreshments served; translation of Fujino's talk by Mac Gill, MFA in Literary Translation student
Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

For more information, see the IWP Panel Series

Taiko Presentation & Tanko Bushi Dance Workshop
Friday, September 29, 2017
5:00 p.m. –
University Capitol Centre 1117
Free and Open to the Public
This presentation is brought to you by the Japan America Society of Iowa.

Panel Discussion with author Fujino Kaori (IWP 2017) at Iowa City Book Festival
Date: Saturday, October 14
More details coming soon!
For more information, see Iowa City Book Festival

Bilingual readings with author Fujino Kaori (IWP 2017) and members of the Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation
Dates: Monday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 17
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 1117
For more information, contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman

Fujino Kaori (IWP 2017) Reading at Shambaugh House
Reading of short story "Identity," translated by Prof. Kendra Strand
Date: Friday, October 20
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Shambaugh House, 430 North Clinton Street, Iowa City

For more information, see the International Writing Program's Shambaugh House Reading Series

Opening Ceremony of the East Asia Reading Room
A project of the Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program Grant
Date: Monday, October 30
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: 2008 Main Library, off of the East Asian Collection

Bunkasai (Japanese Culture Festival)
Friday, November 3, 2017
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library, Room A
Free and Open to the Public

Japan Foundation Film Series
Location: UCC 1117
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 9, 6:00 p.m. in UCC 1117
「天のしずく」(河邑厚徳、2012)
Drops of Heaven (Dir. KAWAMURA Atsunori, 2012), 113 min.
http://tennoshizuku.com/

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. in UCC 1117
「海のふた」(豊島圭介、2015)
There is No Lid on the Sea (Dir. TOYOSHIMA Keisuke, 2015), 84 min.

 

SPRING 2017

Poetry reading: Translator Sho Sugita reading from Hirato Renkichi's collected poems, Spiral Staircase
Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S Dubuque St.

Voices of Fukushima: Art, Community, and Information after 3-11
Date: February 27-28, 2017

Voices of Fukushima Workshop: An exploration of individual efforts to rebuild home and community in Fukushima Prefecture over the six years since the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011, as well as the challenges that its residents continue to face.
Date: Monday, February 27
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: UCC 2390 (Executive Board Room), light meal provided

Film screeningThreshold: Whispers of Fukushima interweaves the stories of several Fukushima residents as they each turn to their love of music to help them adjust to life after the 2011 disasters. Director Toko Shiiki and Composer Erik Santos will host a Q&A session about their award-winning documentary film.
Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Pomerantz Center C20
View a trailer for Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima at https://vimeo.com/103453868

For more information, visit http://thresholdfukushima.com/index.html, or contact Kendra Strand kendra-strand@uiowa.edu

Speech Contest
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 100 PH

A Half-Century of Japanese Writers in Iowa: A Celebration of 50 Years of the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa
Dates: April 17-21, 2017
Events and participants to be announced

 

FALL 2016

JET Program Information Session
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 315 PH
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman

Bilingual readings with author Shibasaki Tomoka (IWP 2016) and members of the Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation
Dates: Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 109 EPB
For more information, please contact Prof. Kendall Heitzman

Bunkasai (Japanese Cultural Festival)
Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC

 

SPRING 2016

Cultural Event: Okonomiyaki Night
Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: 2780 UCC

 

FALL 2015

Japan Foundation Award Ceremony
Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1117 UCC
For more information, please visit the International Programs site

 

SPRING 2015

Cultural Event: Furoshiki Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 5th
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

UI Japanese Speech Contest
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. -
Location: 100 Phillips Hall
For more information, please contact Kiyomi Kawakami.

Japanese Fashion Show
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. -
Location: W10 PBB
For more information, please contact Hiroko Czuprynski.

 

FALL 2014

Japanese Film Series
Wednesday, October 8th, 6:30 p.m., AHJ E105
「イヴの時間」(吉浦康裕、2010)
Time of Eve (dir. Yoshiura Yasuhiro, 2010)

Wednesday, October 29th, 6:30 p.m., AHJ E105
「イノセンス」(押井守、2004)  
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Oshii Mamoru, 2004)

Wednesday, November 12th, 6:30 p.m., AHJ E105
「メトロポリス」(りんたろう、2001)
Metropolis (Rintarō, 2001)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 6:30 p.m., AHJ E105
「老人Z」 (北久保弘之、1991)
Roujin-Z (Kitakubo Hiroyuki, 1991)

JET Program Information Session
Date: Wednesday, October 15th
Session 1: 10:30 - 11:15, 315 PH
Session 2: 12:00 - 12:45, C125 PBB
Session 3: 1:30 - 2:15, 315 PH

Cultural Event: Okonomiyaki Night
Date: Wednesday, November 19th
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: 2780 UCC