Celebrate Japanese culture at SHU’s 22nd annual Japan Week

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Seton Hall University invites the community to its 22nd annual Japan Week on the Main Campus at 400 South Orange Ave., South Orange. Events will take place from Monday, April 1, to Friday, April 5.

Japan Week gives students and the community the opportunity to celebrate and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture.

“Japan Week 2019 seeks to continue to promote diversity and unity,” Shigeru Osuka, professor of Asian studies and director of Japan Week, said. “We hope that participants will become leaders in a flourishing dialogue between Japan and the United States and will work toward building a more peaceful, global community.”

The events have been planned in celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine, games, songs, business and language, and coincide with the emergence of the Japanese cherry blossoms.

  • On Monday, April 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Japan Week will start with a traditional card game of Karuta, which has been popular with the Japanese since the 16th century. Attendees are invited to compete with each other following a short presentation on the history of the game in the Beck Rooms at Walsh Library. Small prizes and refreshments will be provided.
  • On Wednesday, April 3, from 2 to 3:10 p.m., professor Anne Giblin Gedacht will give a presentation on the Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” in the Beck Rooms in Walsh Library. She will argue how Kondo’s show is just the latest addition to a long legacy of works that casts Japan as the site of “Eastern spiritualism” that survives in the face of modern capitalism.
  • On Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Asian Cultural Association at Seton Hall will host a karaoke night, one of the most popular pastimes in Japan, in the Beck Rooms in Walsh Library. Attendees will be able to get together, sing songs of their choice and enjoy refreshments.
  • On Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., there will be a free taste test of the different types of miso soup in Room 110 of the Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Building. Learn about the foundation of Washoku, traditional Japanese food. Hear about the conceptual differences of miso soup in Japanese and American cultures and Umami, which is considered the fifth taste.

All events are open to the public and are free of charge. For more information and for a complete list of events, visit www.shu.edu/japan-week or contact Shigeru Osuka at shigeru.osuka@shu.edu.

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