News and Announcements
In January 2017, the Japanese program offered a travel course to Japan, Kyoto Artisans: Exploring 1200 years of Cultural History of Kyoto through Modern Craftsmanship. Prof. Yamamoto led eight students to Kyoto to explore the cultural history of Kyoto. The group visited artisan studios and interviewed a Buddhist statue sculptor, a sacred mirror maker, a Nishijin weaver, a dyer, a traditional textile patternner, a tea master and a Noh performer. They learned how traditional craftsmanship and art forms have been perpetuated and transformed in a modern era as the city of Kyoto developed. At the end of the trip, students held a public presentation and shared their research on craftsmanship and reflections with Kyoto audience.
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On Feb. 5, a Japanese Calligraphy –*SHODO demonstration and workshop by Ms. Masako Inkyo was held. Thirteen students from the Japanese program participated in the workshop.
*Shodo is an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques and fabric. It includes Chinese characters (kanji) and Japanese hiragana. Although it originated in the techniques used for letter writing, with its unique form of expression it has developed into an art genre.
In an age where fame itself has become the ultimate goal, Blue Moon over Memphis examines how popular culture crafts its idols and then swiftly discards them. One of America’s first celebrity casualties; Elvis’s enduring legacy now lies somewhere between tragic hero and eternal punchline. As critically acclaimed writer Deborah Brevoort’s words return human dignity to his spirit, Richard Emmert’s composition evokes a mournful reminiscence that will let you hear old music with new ears.
American playwright Deborah Brevoort wrote the original play in 1993 following a traditional noh structure though meant to be performed by Western actors largely in a naturalistic style. Richard Emmert began working with Brevoort to adapt the play for a full noh presentational style by Theatre Nohgaku. The adapted text was completed in 2010 and Emmert has since completed much of the composition.
✽ Saturday, March 11 at 2:00pm | CenterStage, ’62 Center
Lecture-Demo, Be Here Now: A primer on watching and enjoying noh
✽ Thursday, March 9, 4PM | CenterStage, ’62 Center
With the generous support from the Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies, the Lecture Committee, the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the departments of Theatre and Dance, the programs in Comparative Literature, American Studies and Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This project has received support from the Japan Foundation New York.
One of the leading scholars on Japanese food culture/history, Eric Rath, will make a class visit to JAPN223 Japanese Food Culture in a Global Context. In addition, he will give a public talk on Japan’s cuisines.
✽ Schapiro 129 | April 13 , 4:15 pm
Sponsored by Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies Department, the Lecture Committee, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Supported by an endowment for Asian Studies established by family and friends in memory of James A. Linen III, Class of 1934, the Department of Asian Studies offers a limited number of grants to assist Williams College undergraduates in traveling to Asia during the summer for educational purposes. For the purposes of these grants, “Asia” refers to South, Southeast, and East Asia, defined as those parts of the continent east of the Khyber Pass and south and east of the Tian Shan Mountains and the Gobi Desert. The Linen Grant Selection Committee will give highest priority to funding proposals that contribute to developing a student’s scholarship in a serious and well-focused way. Proposals might include conducting research for an honor’s thesis; pursuing other kinds of independent research projects under the supervision of a member of the Asian Studies faculty; or participating in an intensive language training program (at the third-year level or higher, except in very unusual circumstances).
The Clark will be hosting several events celebrating Japanese Culture in honor of our latest exhibition Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection that I thought your students or staff might be interested in attending some of these events.
Special Language Table at 5:30 on Friday (11/4) at Mission Park Dining Room (We will be in the regular dining area near the window. You will be able to spot us easily.)
The Williams Japan Club was founded in 2016 by two alumnae, Sara Kang ’14 and Jessy LeClair ’10 with support from Larry Greenberg ’85.
It is a community for graduates living and working in Japan, and for others interested in Japanese language, culture, and related careers. The goal is to create opportunities for fun, friendships, networking, and sharing of wisdom and resources. On August 6, 2016, twenty-three members gathered in Tokyo and enjoyed lively discussion over delicious okonomiyaki.