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Japanese Movie night on 25th October in the World language Studio!

Posted by: rmaeda | October 17, 2013 Comments Off |

Hi All!

We have Japanese Movie night on 25th October at 7pm in the World Language Studio(Fold 101).

I will show you “パッチギ” that means “Break through”. Actually, it is a Korean word.

The story happened in Kyoto in 1968. The main characters are a Japanese boy who is a high school 2nd year student and a Korean girl who is a 2nd generation Korean. He visited a Korean high school in order to propose a soccer competition to them. But, that school has problems and they always fight with the other school’s students. Even though he did not want to go there, when he went there he met a beautiful Korean girl. Then he fell in love with her.

Check the preview out!


If you are free next Friday or are interested, you should come at that time!

Hope to see you all there!

under: Culture, Japanese Language

Hello from Japan!

Posted by: rbedolla | September 19, 2013 Comments Off |

Hi everyone,

I’m Rie and I’m from Ibaraki of Japan. I’m the Japanese Language assistant from last year. So it’s my second year working at Willamette. I’m glad to work at Willamette for two years.

The below link is my introduction. Please check it out.


I have tutoring hours twice a week. They are from 4-6pm every Monday and Thursday.

If you have any questions about homework or just want to talk with me in Japanese, you can sign up on WISE.

I also have Japanese and English Language table every Wednesday from 5:30-7pm at Goudy.

We enjoy talking in both Languages every time. If you want to make new friends, it is a good chance to meet new people.

Also, I have Calligraphy activity every Tuesday from 5-6pm at the World Language Studio.

If you come at this time, I will teach you how to write Kanji, Hiragana or Katakana. We learn many fun and interesting words in Japanese every time.

Hope to see you there!

under: News

Congratlation! JSSL!

Posted by: rmaeda | May 4, 2013 Comments Off |

I want to tell you a big great news.

JSSL got the award at the Campus Life Honors and Awards  last week. below massage is written by president of JSSL. Check it out!


Congratulations, JSSL members, on making our club one of the best on campus!

Last week at the Campus Life Honors and Awards Ceremony, Japan Studies Student Leaders was presented a certificate that honored us as the Outstanding Student Organization of the year.

This award recognizes the dedication and hard work of the past and present members of our club and the marvelous Executive Boards JSSL has had.

As our school year comes to a close, I would like to thank you for the countless hours of work and support you have put into this club to make it as successful as it is today.

Have a wonderful summer and I will see you again in the Fall!


Matt Tom


I really am happy to work with JSSL members. Congratulation!!

under: JSSL, News

Students whose major and minor  is Japanese studies in Willamette University, Pacific University, Linfield College and Lewis and Clark College, Prof. Fujiwara and I joined in the Japanese Language and Japanese studies summit at Lewis and Clark College on last Sunday.

Students do presentation about what they research in on their thesis. these written below are their research. Have a look at it!

1. Transnationalism and the decentralization of Okinawa identity the worldwide Uchinanchu Festival by Mizukami, Micha

2. A translation and commentary on Lee Seijaku’s from the heart of a 3rd generation Zainichi Korean by Sain, Samuel

3. A city and its people during WWⅡ: A study of Hiroshima’s Mobilization for war by Dietzen, Rachel

4. A Historiographical view of state Shintoism by Poujade-Scott, Elizabeth

5. The prince on Horseback: Okakura Kakuzo and the Tokyo school of Fine arts by Smith, Alexander

6. Japan’s controversial postwar constitution: Translation and commentary on Ushio Shiota’s Political Battles of the constitution by Thomson, Will

7. Examining representations of Sakamoto Ryoma by Garcia Maritza

8. Play Ball! A review of Japanese Baseball and Society by Mow, Chelsie Ann

9. HIV/AIDS in Japan: Translation and Commentary on Minato Kanae’s Confessions by Brigham, Ellen

10. Konkatsu and Marriage Decline in Japan by Wu, Jenna

11. Translation and Commentary on Otsuka Eiji’s A theory of Narrative consumption by Bergevin, Robert

12. My light novel can’t be this postmodern!: Translation and commentary on Hiroki Azuma’s the birth of Game-esque Realism by French Kathleen

They were doing best at that time to explain their research. After all presentations, we had Sumi-e workshop. Sumi-e is monochromatic ink painting. You can understand obviously what Sumi-e is as you see below pictures.

We had good time there. I hope they could get a rest after that. みなさんお疲れ様でした。 See you next time.

under: News

Sakura Matsuri!

Posted by: rmaeda | April 9, 2013 Comments Off |

Thank you for coming to Sakura Matsuri last Saturday. We deeply appreciate your cooperation for that event.

We had many fun booths like calligraphy, Origami and game also had a lot of amazing performances like Taiko, Sanshin, Karaoke contest and Dance of Soran-Bushi.

If you missed our event, you can enjoy many photos taking there. I hope you will come next year at that event.

under: JSSL

Sakura Matsuri is coming soon on this Saturday at Cat Carvern!

Posted by: rmaeda | April 1, 2013 Comments Off |

Hope to see you all there! Let’s enjoy Sakura Matsuri together!

under: JSSL, Special Event

Thank you for coming to Bake Sale

Posted by: rmaeda | March 12, 2013 Comments Off |

Hi  all who helped Japan in Bake Sale!
Thank you for your support and hard work.

We were able to raise a grand total of $864.46!!
This money will be sent through Mercy Corps to help ground crews in Japan rebuild all that has been lost.

under: JSSL, News

Tohoku earthquake relife Bake Sale in March 11th @ UC

Posted by: rmaeda | March 10, 2013 Comments Off |

Don’t miss this time. Don’t forget we still need to help. I will bake cheese cakes for this event. JSSL members also will bring special sweets at this time. Hope to see you UC anytime:)

under: Culture, JSSL, Special Event

Willamette World News – Japanese Music

Posted by: lhenriks | February 28, 2013 Comments Off |

Maeda-san just published a really interesting blog post about Japanese music over on the Willamette World News blog.

You can read her entry here.

Also, check out the other entries on music here.


under: Culture

Japanese Movie Night are coming 2nd and 9th March!

Posted by: rmaeda | February 27, 2013 Comments Off |

Hi all!
I am planning to show movies to students taking Japanese or  interested in Japan on March 2nd and 9th from 6:30 to 9pm at Kaneko Auditorium.
What kind of  the image of the Japanese do you have? You think that we are polite, quite or hard-working, right?
These movies will change the image you have of the Japanese so far especially of Japanese women and men.
I will show “ the Idiot” on March 2nd. This title in Japanese is Hakuchi (白痴) and it was directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1951.

This story is about a Japanese veteran, driven partially mad because of the war. He travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters in a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.
On March 9th I will show “Love strikes” or in  Japanese,  Moteki (モテキ).

This movie was released for the first time 2 years ago. It represents the behavior of the present young generation of Japanese people.
The movies I will show you are totally different. You will realize that Japanese love style changes a lot between  the past and the present as you watch them.
Looking forward to see you all there.

under: Culture, Japanese Language, JSSL, Special Event

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