Head of Shibuya ward government’s Gender Equality and Diversity Promotion Division Visits ASIJ

On November 16 ASIJ hosted the head of Shibuya ward government’s Gender Equality and Diversity Promotion Division, Ryutaro Nagata. Although his title is focused on Gender Equality and Diversity Promotion, Ryutaro has a special interest in awareness and equality for sexual minorities and members of the LGBTQ community, placing him in a unique position to work with the Queer Equality Alliance (QEA) high school club along with the Japan Center. High school senior Sara Hoskins writes on his visit. Continue reading

Students See Frederik L Schodt Present at the Japan National Press Club

On Friday, October 20, Japan Foundation Award-winner, Japanese Imperial Honor recipient and ASIJ class of ’68 alum Frederik L Schodt delivered a commemorative lecture at the Japan National Press Club titled Cultural Surfing: Riding the Waves of Transnational History, Technology, and Pop Culture. Fred discussed cross-cultural exchange in a wide range of Japan-US pop culture topics with moderator Yukari Shiina,  comic book translator and part-time lecturer at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Fred and Yukari shared stories about his first visit to Japan while in high school, his first experience  with Japanese manga and its popularization in the US through the works of artists such as Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki and Yoshiyuki Tomino. Fred also spoke on his own life and work facilitating exchange between Japan and the United States.  Attendees of the lecture included students from our advanced Japanese course. Tenth graders Anna Komisarof and Rona Kitamura write on the trip. Continue reading