Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019.
Time: 3:30p - 4:30p
Place: UAB Humanities Building 105
The event is free and open to the public.
Yasuhiro Daiku is a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University, Japan. He serves as a research fellow at Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and is a visiting scholar in the Department of Communication Studies at UAB. He studies Social Psychology, and investigates human behavior as a member of society. His research mainly focuses on lie /deception detection.
Generally, it has been thought that Japan has more collectivist culture compared to America. Recently, however, some cultural psychologists counter the traditional views of Japanese collectivism vs. American individualism. Here, I will introduce arguments on both sides, and give the audience the opportunity to think twice about both cultures. Also, I will explain cognitive biases that humans have generally, which sometimes make us misunderstand cultures.
On Saturday, January 12th, the Center for Entrepreneurship provided a group of student innovators the opportunity to have a small group discussion with Mark Jackson, Honorary Consul General of Japan for Alabama. Mr. Jackson also owns Moreson Conferencing, a company with offices in 65 countries around the world. The visit was arranged by Stanley Harper, an economic development specialist working with the Japan America Society and American Diabetes Association.
Ayusa International is introducing their annual Japan summer camp for young people interested in Japan and Japanese culture.
PROGRAM DATES: June 30, 2019 - July 22, 2019(3 weeks)
DISCOVER THE REAL JAPANImmerse yourself in Japanese culture through volunteer activities, meeting local Japanese people, and unique sightseeing opportunities.
IMPROVE YOUR JAPANESELearn Japanese or improve your language skills, not only with daily classes from experienced professional teachers but also through school and home visits. (No previous experience required!)
EXPERIENCE THE RICH HERITAGE OF KYOTO (OPTIONAL)Kyoto is world-renown for its beautiful shrines, temples, and Japanese gardens. Explore the cultural heart of Japan and be charmed by Kyoto’s many traditional delights.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 15, 2019.
FEE INCLUDES: Housing, meals except lunch, Japanese language classes, volunteer, high school visit, home visit, activities, local transportation, and 24-hour supervision.
TO APPLY CLICK HERE
FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE
We're excited for the development of the new Mazda-Toyota plant in Huntsville!
Mazda is seeking a Bilingual Quality Engineer who is proficient in both Japanese and English. Below is a link to the position:
Please click on the above link to apply. Questions can be directed to Laura O’Meara at email@example.com.
Quality Engineer II position is responsible for the quality assurance of parts that are supplied to Mazda and its affiliated vehicle & powertrain assembly plant.
Application of Mazda Quality Standard Requirement for Suppliers (QRS)
Manufacturing Site Assessment (MSA)
New Parts Launch and Change control (APQP, PPAP)
Corrective Actions and Continuous Improvement of current on-going parts product/Improvement of warranty parts performance
Focus Supplier Improvement
Applications for the 2019 Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship are now open!
Are you a social studies teacher interested in broadening your knowledge of international education? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit Japan! More information on the fellowship is available here. You can follow the fellowship on Facebook here.
WRITERS IN KYOTO PRESENT THE FOURTH ANNUAL KYOTO WRITING COMPETITION
◆THEME: Kyoto (English language submissions only)
◆DEADLINE: March 31st, 2019 (Midnight JST)
◆GENRE: Short Shorts (unpublished material only)
◆WORD LIMIT: 300 Words (to fit on a single page)
◆FORM: Short poems, character studies, essays, travel tips, whimsy, haiku sequence, haibun, wordplays, dialogue, experimental verse, etc. In short, anything that helps show the spirit of place in a fresh light.
●Limited to one submission per person
●You do not need to be located in Kyoto to participate. We accept submissions from anywhere in the world.
●Must be submitted by Microsoft Word attachment file. (Submissions by PDF attachment are NOT accepted.)
●At the top of the Microsoft Word attachment (not in the body of the e-mail), please include the following: Full Name, E-mail Contact, Nationality, Current Residence (Town, Country).
●Please send your Microsoft Word attachment file to: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOP PRIZES INCLUDE:
[First Prize] ¥30,000, Kyoto Craft, publication on the Writers in Kyoto website, and inclusion in the Writers in Kyoto Anthology
[Second and Third Prize] Kyoto Craft, Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto, publication on the Writers in Kyoto website, and inclusion in the Writers in Kyoto Anthology
LOCAL PRIZES INCLUDE:
[Within Japan] Selected Ceramic Piece from the Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
[Within the USA] Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America by Kendall H. Brown
Writers in Kyoto reserves the right to publish entries on its website. Winning entries will be eligible for publication in the WiK Anthology. Authors retain the copyright of their own work.
Kyoto crafts are generously provided by the Kyoto City Tourism Association. Quiet Beauty is awarded by the Japan-America Society of Greater Philadelphia. This competition is also sponsored by the Kyoto Journal, Kyoto International Community House, and the Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery.
Former prize winners
For the prize winner in the 2018 competition, please click here. For the second prizewinner, click here. And for the third prize winner, see here.
For the winner of the 2017 competition (‘Joys of Silence’), see here. and for the first competition winner (‘Kimono Memories”) see here.
Thank you to our incredible hosts in Maebashi and
Last month, JASA representatives had the honor of visiting Birmingham’s two Japanese sister cities. We are so grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality we experienced in both cities and hope to visit again.Visit Birmingham Sister Cities Commission for more information about Birmingham’s relationships with Maebashi and Hitachi. For information on other Alabama sister cities in Japan, please contact us!
Maebashi – Gunma Prefecture
Our two days in Maebashi were filled with sightseeing, including to the Maebashi Museum of Literature. Outside is a statue dedicated to Birmingham poet, Samuel Ullman (pictured right). We were able to meet in Maebashi City Hall with several city officials including Deputy Mayor Kurashima and members from the Maebashi International Association. Thank you to everyone in Maebashi for a fantastic welcome dinner and a great visit to the city!
Hitachi – Ibaraki Prefecture
While we were only able to spend one day in Hitachi this year, we had a wonderful time meeting with Hitachi City Officials and Hitachi Mayor Haruki Ogawa and experiencing the city. We toured the Hitachi Manufacturing Plant and visited various sightseeing spots around Hitachi City. This included Kamine Park (pictured right), which features a Vulcan Statue gifted to Hitachi by Birmingham Sister Cities Commission. Thank you for showing us your beautiful city by the sea!
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
UAB Jemison Lecture Series
Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Keyboardist, Vocalist
Hulsey Center: 950 13th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Event Description: A Piano Event Encounter with Japanese Music
Autumn songs, Japanese nursery rhymes, Japanese/American anime songs
Choko Kimura Aiken will introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese music by focusing on differences between US and Japanese customs and cultures.
About Choko Aiken
Choko was born and raised in Japan and began studying classical piano at the age of three and later piano, violin, voice, and music theory at colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as traveling to the United States to study jazz in Los Angeles and New York. Her “Imagination” album, made in Los Angeles in 2011, was featured in that year’s February issue of JAZZIZ magazine. Choko has also performed many genres in Japan, including jazz, salsa, latin, classical, gospel, and pop. She left her long-time group Tri-Voices and other bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013. Since that time, Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues, including the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, and Eric Essix Jazz Escape. She has been Guest Pianist at the 2015 Supper Jazz Concert, 2016 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, and 2017 Jazz in the Park. She looks forward to continuing with her main goal of simply making people happy with her music. For more information, please see: https://www.chokoaiken.com
This event is free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities
DISCO International, Inc., organizer of job fairs for Japanese-English bilinguals, welcomes those with some degree of both Japanese and English language abilities to come speak and interview with 230 companies at the upcoming Boston Career Forum.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the three-day event.
Boston Career Forum (Nov. 9-11)
https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos *230 participating companies
*Registering and attending are free
*Open to anyone pursuing a Bachelor fs degree or higher who is bilingual in English and Japanese seeking a full-time or internship position
For more details and to register, please go to: https://careerforum.net/en/event/bos
If you have questions about any of the Career Forums, please contact us at email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
Following our joint workshop last month, we present a webinar exploring the cultural values and practices across the USA, Germany and Japan.
Learn how to leave the right impression, fine-tune your international business communication skills and knowledge of global etiquette. We will uncover what your body language and dining etiquette says about you in a different cultural context. Learn how to send your intended message the culturally appropriate way and interpret other’s nuances correctly.
Training is provided by Mind Your Culture, LLC and Michiki Morgan Worldwide
Michiki Morgan Worldwide serves Japanese global organizations at various levels. Nozomi Morgan leads a team of experts in developing global leaders. Her team helps organizations develop Co-created Culture which she believes is the foundation for individuals and organizations to fulfill their purpose in this world.
MIND YOUR CULTURE, LLC is a cross-cultural business solutions and leadership development firm. They specialize in guiding people through the complexities of cultural differences in the global business world.
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