Events (2023)

Event Archive: 2024 (current) | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018

Thanking Associate Director Gay Satsuma for 28 Years of Service

CJS Special Event | Mon Nov 6 | 4:00p – 7:00p HST | UH Mānoa Kennedy Theater Foyer | VIEW FLYER

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“I learned Japanese in a classroom” a talk story Career Development Seminar

CJS Webinar | Mon Nov 6 | 3:00p – 4:30p HST | Moore 258 AND Zoom | VIEW FLYER

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming November 2023 hybrid seminar, “I learned Japanese in a Classroom”, where you’ll have an opportunity to engage with a roundtable of three accomplished individuals who all learned the Japanese language in a classroom setting, and successfully took their skills beyond the classroom and into their careers. Our panelists will share their experiences, stories, and insights on how their language studies opened doors to exciting opportunities and contributed to their personal and professional growth. Join us to discover the diverse and exciting ways in which Japanese language proficiency can enhance your life and career.

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CJS Bento Box Series – October 2023

CJS Special Event | Thu Oct 12 | 12:00p – 1:15p | Tokioka Room (Moore 319) | VIEW FLYER

Our Bento Box series returned in October 2023 with presentations from Brandon Marc Higa, S.J.D. candidate at the William S. Richard School of Law, and Tokikake Ii, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of History.

Established in Spring 2022, the CJS Bento Box series is an opportunity for graduate students to present their academic work to an audience in a more informal setting that allows for discussion and open engagement (while also enjoying bentos!).

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The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Orientation (Q&A) Session

Announcement | Thu Oct 5 | 3:15p – 4:15p | Zoom
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Deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Visit for more information about this prestigious scholarship.

Political Conflict and Angry Consumers: Evaluating the Regional Impacts of a Consumer Boycott on Travel Services Trade

CJS Seminar | Wed Sep 27 | 3:00p – 4:30p | Moore 258 AND Zoom | VIEW FLYER

Dr. Theresa Greaney is a Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research fields of interest include international trade, US-Japan trade conflicts, networks and trade, and the Japanese economy. In this talk, Dr. Greaney will talk about the 2019 Korean consumer boycott of travel to Japan and the regional impacts to Japan.

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Fall 2023 Graduate Student Mixer

CJS Special Event | Wed Sep 13 | 5:00p – 6:15p | Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) | VIEW FLYER

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Flowing Like a River: The Foundations of Expression in Japanese Classics

CJS Sponsored Event | Thu Aug 31 | 2:00p – 4:00p HST | Hamilton Library Room 301

A free public lecture by
Yasuaki Watanabe, Director-General, The National Institute of Japanese Literature

Honolulu International Collaborative Colloquium 2023

CJS Sponsored Event | Wed Aug 30 | 2:00p – 4:00p HST | Hamilton Library 306

Ken’ichi Kansaku, The National Institute of Japanese Literature
The Present State of NIJL: Collaborative Research and Data-Driven Approaches

Shunsuke Kigoshi, The National Institute of Japanese Literature
The Future of AI-Dismantled Classics: Insights from the Comprehensive Bibliographical Studies Project

Kiyoe Minami, Research Associate at HoMA
Prospects of Collaboration in Education and Art: Introduction to Joint Research Project by UHM, NIJL, and HoMA

Mitsutaka Nakamura, Japan Studies Librarian at UHML
Balancing Preservation and Accessibility: Optimum Collection Management for Scholars ―UHM Japan Studies

New Perspectives on Muromachi Poetry An International Workshop on Asukai Yoritaka’s Thirty-poem Sequence

CJS Sponsored Event | Mon Aug 28 | 2:00p – 4:00p HST | Hamilton Library 306

Pier Carlo Tommasi, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literature
Asukai Yoritaka’s Network of Knowledge: Collecting Evidence from Sanjōnishi Sanetaka’s Diary and Poetry Journal

Hajime Kawakami, Assistant Professor, The National Institute of Japanese Literature
The Generative Process of Medieval Poetic Texts: A Guide to Reading Utakai and Utaawase Materials

Zi Ye, UH Mānoa Graduate Student
Text Analysis of the Thirty-poem Sequence

※This workshop will be conducted in Japanese and English with limited interpretation available
※Asukai Yoritaka’s holograph manuscript will be on display during the workshop.

“Talk Story: The Ethics of Shared Lives”

CJS Sponsored Event | Thu Apr 27 | 3:00p – 4:15p HST | Crawford Hall 115

A talk by Professor Christine Yano, Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Co-sponsored with the UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology

“Distributions of Powers in the Corporation: the U.S. and Japan”

CJS Sponsored Event | Mon Apr 24 | 12:00p – 1:30p | CR3

A talk by Professor Masumi Ito, Hokusei Gakuen University
Co-sponsored with Pacific-Asian Legal Studies (PALS) and the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa

CJS Bento Box Series – April 2023

CJS Special Event | Fri Apr 14 | 12:00p – 1:30p | Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)

“Virtual (Dis)Embodiment: Performing Androgyny among Japanese Virtual YouTubers,” by Anna Yu (MA student in Asian Studies)

“Japan Dreams of Poke: The Secret Life of Poke in Japan,” by Taiki Sano (PhD student in Anthropology)

“Imagery of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Visualizing Tokugawa Cultural Networking”

CJS Sponsored Event | Thu Mar 30 | 3:00p – 4:30p | Moore Hall 258

A seminar by Dr. Kazuko Kameda-Madar
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu /
Flyer here / Recording here

Graduate Student and CJS Faculty Lunch Mixer

CJS Special Event | Fri Mar 10 | 12:00p – 1:00p | Moore Hall Courtyard
CJS Faculty and UHM enrolled graduate students are all invited

“Trace and Memory: Memorial Photography in Modern Japan”

CJS Sponsored Event | Thu Mar 9 | 3:00p – 4:30p | Moore Hall 258

A talk by by Prof. Morihiro Satow, Kyoto Seika University
Co-sponsored with the Art & Art History Department
Flyer here /Recording here

“Translation in Nakashima Naoto’s ‘Waiawa Station'”

CJS Sponsored Event | Wed Feb 22 | 12:00p – 1:30p | Moore Hall 258 AND Zoom

A talk by Professor Emeritus. Ken Ito, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
with Prof. Andre Haag (EALL) as a discussant
Co-sponsored with the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
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Book talk on Japan’s Prisoners of Conscience, Protest and Law During the Iraq War

CJS Sponsored Event | Tue Feb 21 | 3:00p – 4:30p HST | Moore Hall 258

by the author, retired Prof. Lawrence Repeta, Meiji University
UH Mānoa Professor Emerita Patricia Steinhoff (Sociology) will provide commentary
Co-sponsored with the William S. Richardson School of Law
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“Anime’s (In)Visible Actors: On Transnationality and the Performance in/of Animation”

CJS Sponsored Event | Thu Feb 16 | 3:00p – 4:30p | Art Building Room 10by Dr. Stevie Suan, Hosei University
Hosted by the Art and Art History Department
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“Reflections on a Lifetime Relationship with a Japanese Village”

CJS Sponsored Event | Thu Feb 16 | 3:00p – 4:30p | Moore Hall 258

at talk by Dr. Joy Hendry, Professor Emerita, Oxford Brookes University
After a viewing of a documentary on her revisit to Kurotsuchi in Fukuoka, Dr. Hendry will share her reflection in conversation with UH Mānoa Anthropology Professor Christine Yano
Co-sponsored with the UHM Department of Anthropology
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“Spirit of Tea and Peacefulness”

CJS Special Event | Wed Feb 15 | 1:30p – 3:00p | Campus Center Executive Dining Room

A talk by Dr. Genshitsu SEN
Refreshments to follow
Co-sponsored with the History Department and the Way of Tea Center
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Friends from a World Unseen: Reflections on Teaching Premodern Languages and Literatures in the 21st Century

CJS Sponsored Event | Tue Feb 14 | 12:00p – 1:15p | Kuykendall 106

A talk by Dr. Pier-Carlo Tommasi
Co-sponsored with the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures and the OFDAS Center for Teaching Excellence
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CJS Bento Box Series – January 2023 – “Thinking Okinawa”

CJS Special Event | Wed Jan 25 | 12:00p – 1:3op | Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319)


This will be the first in-person Bento Box!
Co-sponsored with the Center for Okinawan Studies

featuring presentions by PhD candidates
Yuko Ida (Educational Foundations)
Tatsuki Kohatsu (Geography and Environment)
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“The U.S. – Japan Alliance and Taiwan”

CJS Sponsored Event | Tue Jan 17 | 12:00p – 1:00p HST | Moore Hall 258 AND online (no recording)

A talk by Professor  Adam Liff, Indiana University
Moderated by Prof. Kristi Govella, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Refreshments in Moore Hall 319 after the talk

Co-sponsored with:
Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs
Center for Chinese Studies
Asian Studies Department
Political Science Department
East-West Center

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