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JSSL x IPC Information Session

Posted by: atobe | February 19, 2018 Comments Off on JSSL x IPC Information Session |

The first JSSL meeting with ASP students.

They sheared information, made new friends and had a good time.

Thank you for hosting :)





The video message from Taiko club.




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Japanese Calligraphy 書道 (shodo)

Posted by: atobe | February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Japanese Calligraphy 書道 (shodo) |

Hello everyone !

I’m Asuka, Japanese language assistant.

We did Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) last Saturday in World Language Studio.

The students wrote whatever they want by Shodo and they took it home:)

Let me know if you want to do Shodo. I will host it again.


Are you interested in Japanese culture?

If so, you should go to JSSL!!!  ( Japan Studies Students Leaders )  They have a lot of FUN Japanese activities!

Date : Every Sunday

Time : 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Place : WLS


あす香 (Asuka)





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-New Semester 新学期(しんがっき)-

Posted by: skumano | August 31, 2016 Comments Off on -New Semester 新学期(しんがっき)- |

ひさしぶり!!Long time no see !!


How was the summer vacation ??

Japanese Class

So many thing is coming which is related to Japanese culture !!!


See you soon everybody !!



熊野 翔太郎

Shotaro Kumano





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Donation for Kyushu

Posted by: esu | April 22, 2016 Comments Off on Donation for Kyushu |

-Donation for Kyushu-

Powerful earthquakes hit southern part of Japan(Kumamoto)
The biggest magnitude was 7.3. Buildings were badly damaged, and at least 48 people were killed at present.
They need help !!

ASP’s are gathering donation for Kumamoto

Donation Date 4/22 11:45 – 12:45pm Goudy
4/23 12:00 – 5:00pm Wulapalooza












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Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossoms festival)

Posted by: skumano | April 4, 2016 Comments Off on Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossoms festival) |


桜が散りました。 Cherry Blossoms are gone !!

However, Sakura Matsuri happened on 4/2.

And, the event gave cherry blossoms to our heart.









JSSL members, Organize leaders works very hard to hold this event.

And, all visiters got smile though this event.



Next Sakura Matsuri will be on next year !!!!!!




熊野 翔太郎



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Fashion Culture of Japan

Posted by: skumano | March 24, 2016 Comments Off on Fashion Culture of Japan |

Thank you for coopolating for WWN of Fashion Culture for college student of Japan !!!!
Sakura Adachi, Riri Otsuka, Yuka Ishii, Erika Suzuki, Koki Ebirase

Fashion Culture of Japan


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ASP arriving

Posted by: skumano | February 10, 2016 Comments Off on ASP arriving |









Finally,  ASP students arrived to Willamette !


Make a lot of new ASP friends !

It’s good for ASPs and you guys !!



Eat lunch, dinner together !  Join to same organization !  Talk to ASPs !!!!!




Have a nice day :)





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New Semester !!

Posted by: skumano | January 20, 2016 Comments Off on New Semester !! |

A Happy New Year !!







This time, I introduce about new year things of Japan.

Ringing the Old Year Out

Japanese consider December 31 a very important day, and it’s not unusual for people to stay up all night on this occasion. Old customs related to the last day of the year continue in many regions of Japan, but one of the most popular, which started in the Edo period (1603–1868), is eating soba buckwheat noodles. People eat soba on December 31, either for dinner or as an evening snack, to wish for a life that’s as long as the long, skinny noodles they’re eating. Eating soba past midnight, however, is to be avoided as this is believed to bring bad luck.


As midnight nears, the air is filled with the deep sound of temple bells being rung. The bells are rung 108 times as the old year fades out and the new year comes in. One explanation for the bell-ringing is that this is done to forswear the 108 human desires. Some temples allow ordinary people to ring their bells. Try it if you have the opportunity.
First Sunrise, First Prayer for Good Fortune in the New Year

In Japan, sunrise on New Year’s Day is believed to have special supernatural powers, and praying to the first sunrise of the year has become a popular practice since the Meiji era (1868–1912). Even today, crowds gather on mountaintops or beaches with good views of the sunrise to pray for health and family wellbeing in the new year. Another custom still observed today is visiting a temple or shrine at New Year’s. Even people who do not ordinarily go to shrines or temples in everyday life go at New Year’s to pray for their health and their families’ happiness. Many young women take this opportunity to dress up in vividly colored kimono, a touch that adds to the festive atmosphere. When praying at a Shinto shrine, the usual way is to bow twice, clap hands twice, and then bow once more. At a Buddhist temple, one simply places the palms of the hands together in silent prayer, with no clapping.

A few days after Christmas, the entrances to many homes, stores and buildings in Japan are decorated with a pine and bamboo kadomatsu. This decoration is prepared to welcome the Shinto gods and derives from the Shinto belief that the god spirits reside in trees. Furthermore, the display of pine, which stays green even in winter, and bamboo, which grows quickly and is ramrod-straight, expresses the desire to obtain virtue and strength to overcome adversity.


Entrances to ordinary homes are decorated with a shimenawa braided straw rope. Like the kadomatsu, it signifies that the home has been purified in order to welcome the gods.

After the New Year’s Eve temple bells have sounded and the first temple or shrine visit of the new year is made, many people return home to eat the o-sechi traditional foods at a meal for the whole family. O-sechi foods were originally offerings to the Shinto gods, but they are also “lucky” foods intended to bring happiness to the family. Each of the ingredients has a special significance, and the foods are prepared so that they will keep over the entire New Year period, which lasts nearly a week (Preparing foods that will keep for a while was also, in the past, intended to reduce work for housewives).


Someday, you should come to Japan in new year !!!










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Japanese Movie Night

Posted by: skumano | November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Japanese Movie Night |


Movie Night is coming this Saturday !

Win a tour of the


Novemver 7th


Ford Hall  World Language Studio (Might be change the location if many people comes)


I’m looking forward to seeing you guys at that time !!!!





熊野 翔太郎(くまの しょうたろう)



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How to feel Japanese Culture

Posted by: skumano | October 19, 2015 Comments Off on How to feel Japanese Culture |








This time, I’ll give you information about how to feel Japanese Culture at Willamette.

Do you know JSSL (Japan Studies Student Leaders・日本研究学生リーダー)?

I think this organization is good for you :)



We are organization open to all students interested in Japan, with the purpose of organizing engaging academic activities centered around Japanese culture, society, and language for the Willamette, American Studies Program (ASP), and Salem communities.  JSSL creates a sense of community among members by ensuring that every member can particpate in all events with or without prior knowledge of Japan or Japanese culture.  We expend our educational interests with the support of Tokyo International University of America, the Japanese and Chinese Studies Departments, the Center for Asian Studies, and American Studies Program, acting as resource for Willamette students to broaden their understanding of Japan and the connections between Japan, the US, and the world.


You can join whenever you want.  They have a lot of event which is going to be fun for you.

Currently event


-Otsukimi Night(moon night)-




We made a rice dumplings called Tsukimi Dango in order to celebrate the beauty of the moon.

Tsukimi or Otsukimi, literally moon-viewing, also known as Jugoya, refers to Japanese festivals honoring the autumn moon, a version of the Mid-Autumn Festival.  The celebration of the full moon, a version of the Mid-Autumn Festival.  The cerebration of the full moon typically takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar; the waxing moon is celebrated on the 13th day of the ninth month.



-Nagashi Somen-



Nagashi Somen means Flowing Somen.

Somen is Japanese noodle made of wheat flour and salts, which is very thin and white.

Flowing Somen is called “Nagashi Somen” or Spemn Nagashi” on Japanese.

At Flowing Somen.  Somen are put in water flowing along a long bamboo gutter.

You catch the noodles with your chopsticks, dip them in a cool broth, and eat them.

Flowing Somen brings you fun and cools taste at party lunch in summer season.





JSSL has many event !! Must be fun !!

Why don’t you join us !!!




Shotaro Kumano





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