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May 20, 2010

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Curry Night 2010

September 30, 2010

Anxious to meet back up with JUSA members after Fall Break? Want some great food as a bonus?

Then come out to
Curry Night 2010!!
on October 16
at 7PM
at 202 College Ave!

Curry? Wait a sec….I thought curry is Indian…Why is JUSA serving it?
To most Americans, yes, India is the country that is most well-known to have curry as a part of its cuisine. In fact, curry was introduced to Japan by the British who were importing it from India. However, the Japanese added their own twist to this popular Indian dish.

Japanese curry typically consists of rice served with curry sauce served on top. Varieties of Japanese curry include katsu karē (カツカレー) (with pork cutlet), dorai karē (ドライカレー) (with mince meat sauce), and maze karē (混ぜカレー) (curry rice with sauce and rice already mixed).

Curry (カレー), Japanese style

Great! What do I have to do to take part in this?
All you have to do is pay our treasurer Alex Yu $5 once you arrive at Leo’s home (same address as above), and you’re on your way to a good time with great food and even greater friends!

I think I might get lost. I also have a few questions I want to ask before coming to this event…
You can easily find 202 College Ave. using Google Maps. As for other questions, be sure to drop our Social Chair Menu Grullon an e-mail at

This week’s Trivia: Moon-Viewing Festival in Japan: Otsukimi, お月見

September 28, 2010

Tsukimi: chestnut and taro dumplings are offered along with Japanese pampas grass // image: katorisi

At the end of September, on the night of the full moon, people gather together and prepare a table of fresh fruits, vegetables and rice cakes to celebrate the year’s harvest. This celebration is called Otsukimi, or “Moon Viewing”.

Otsukimi first appeared in China and came to Japan in the Heian Period. Unlike today, simply gazing at the natural landscape was considered in that time to be entertainment. Nobles would gather to gaze at the moon and improvise short poems in competition with one another while enjoying luxurious banquets.

During Otsukimi, areas are decorated with pampas grass and clovers to protect against evil spirits. Sacred sake and moon viewing dumplings are offered as charms to bring health and happiness.

Otsukimi is more than simply moon viewing; it is a time to give thanks and celebrate what you have been given.

For more information: click here!

Boston Career Forum 2010

September 19, 2010

Are you English-Japanese bilingual?

Are you interested in working with some of the biggest companies?

Are you bilingual, interested in working with some of the biggest companies, and interested in working in Japan?

Then come to the
Boston Career Forum 2010!
At the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
From Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24, 2010

Participating companies include, but are not limited to:
-Amazon Japan
-Abercrombie and Fitch
-Bandai Namco Group
Over 100 companies will attend the Forum!

Coming to the Boston Career Forum could very well turn out to be the best decision you will make in your professional life.

Ok, I’m at the Forum. Now what?

The Boston Career Forum is not your typical job fair in that you can get hired by companies right on the spot. Companies are already under the assumption that you wish to give an interview when you visit their booths, so dressing to impress and being prepared to give an interview goes without saying.

Event hall booths where you can conduct an interview with a company and get recruited right on the spot!

Wow! This sounds really cool! What do I have to do if I want to attend the Boston Career Forum?
If you are interested in attending, contact our treasurer Alex Yu ( or our vice president Leo Ikenaga ( for more information.

For more information, be sure to see the Boston Career Forum webpage.

Brought to you by the Career Forum: Job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals.

Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon Welcome Reception

September 11, 2010

The Smithsonian Institute brings you:

Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon
….and it’s coming to Ithaca!

Come to the Rothschild’s Building, 215 E. State St. at the Ithaca Commons to see the Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon Welcome Reception on September 25 at 6 PM!

At the end of the Vietnam War, many Vietnamese were forced to flee as a result of their ties with the South Vietnamese and American anti-communist forces, thus Exiting Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) and Entered Little Saigon in the United States. Not only did Vietnamese people come to the United States, but a rich Vietnamese heritage came as well.

Exiting Saigon....

Exiting Saigon....

...and Entering Little Saigon!

The Smithsonian Institution created the Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon exhibit to showcase images of the Vietnamese-American experience in the years since 1975.

Brought to you by the Smithsonian Institution

For more information, see the Smithsonian Institution’s page.
Be sure to RSVP at our Facebook event!

Sunday Brunch with Doctor Franklin Odo

September 11, 2010

Come have Sunday Brunch with Japan – United States Association and Doctor Franklin Odo!

Community Center Program’s Paul Hyams’ Sunday Brunch Series presents:
Brunch with Dr. Franklin Odo
September 26, 2010
11:00AM, Appel Commons

Meet at 1st Floor Fireside Lounge at 10:50AM

Doctor Odo is co-Curator of the Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon Exhibit and the former Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Facilitated by Paul Hyams, the brunch topic will include the Asian and Pacific Islander population in the United States, representation at the Smithsonian, and more!

Be sure to RSVP at our Facebook event!

  • Paul Hyams’ Sunday Brunch Series is a brunch facilitated by Dr. Paul Hyams where students get a chance to meet faculty members, and get-to-know them on a personal level. For more information regarding Dr. Hyams, click here!
  • Brought to you by: Community Center Programs and Japan – United States Association

Ennichi 2010: A Japanese Summer Festival

September 9, 2010

Come out for a night of fun with traditional Japanese food and games!

Japan – United States Association presents…

Ennichi 2010: A Japanese Summer Festival!
September 18, 2010(Sat)
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Appel Commons

rain location: 1st Floor Lounge, Robert Purcell Community Center

Price of admission: FREE!
Food and Game booths will cost tickets at the low price of $0.50/ticket

Takoyaki mountain ~ Ennichi 2009

Menu items includes…

  • 焼き鳥, Skewered chicken
  • 焼きそば, Japanese Fried Noodles (v)
  • お好み焼き, Japanese Pancakes (v)
  • ソーセージ, Grilled Sausages
  • たこ焼き, Fried Octopus Dumplings
  • カキ氷、Shaved Ice

(v) = vegetarian option available

We’ll have games like…

  • 金魚すくい、Goldfish Scoop
  • ボール投げ, Ball Toss
  • けんだま, Kendama
  • 習字, Calligraphy

Featuring performances by…

YAMATAI, Cornell University’s one and only taiko team!!

Yamatai at their 2009 Fall Concert (photo courtesy of Yamatai website)

KEY ORANGE, a Japanese/English-song-covering band!!

Key Orange

KEY ELEMENTS, Cornell’s Most Dangerous Sound Machine, as well as Cornell’s first and only vocal rock group!


Elementropy, newly released CD by The Key Elements

  • Sponsored by CCP, Amnet, ISB, ALANA, SAFC, Funded in part by SA and GPSA
  • We strive to make our events accessible to everyone. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact us by phone at 408.621.0291 or by email at Please attempt to make your service request with as much notice as possible.
  • A noise permit has been acquired for this event due to use of soundspeakers and performance groups.

Be sure to RSVP at our Facebook event!

Cornell Cinema :: Kurosawa at 100

August 20, 2010

Kurosawa at 100 :: from Cornell Cinema

“Cornell Cinema is celebrating the centennial of Kurosawa’s birth with a semester-long series featuring eighteen of his greatest films, many as new and restored 35mm film prints. In this calendar, the series begins with a new 35mm print of his underappreciated detective noir Stray Dog (1949), and recently restored prints of Rashomon and Seven Samurai (1954). In the Late Fall calendar, look for new prints of Dodes’ka-den (1970), Kurosawa’s first color film; Dersu Uzala (1975) and Kagemusha (1980), and a restored print of Ran (1985).” – Cornell Cinema

For more information, check out the website:!