NC Japan Center Blog, News/Activities

NC Japan Center Blog:

The NC Japan Center regularly sponsors a variety of events that are announced on our blog. In addition, you will find updates on Japan-related activities of other organizations, as well as announcements of conferences, guest lectures, and the arrival of delegations and other visitors from Japan.

NC Japan Center Blog!


Ongoing/Upcoming Activities:

Please check out the following link to see the ongoing cultural activities at the
NC Japan Center, including “ikebana” (flower arranging) and the “Daruma Club”
(cultural exchange), as well as upcoming one-time activities!

Miniature Ikebana Workshop:

On Friday, May 10th, 2019, the NC Japan Center shall be hosting a very special “Miniature Ikebana Workshop” with two wonderful ikebana instructors. “Ikebana” is the ancient Japanese cultural art of flower arranging, and this workshop in particular shall introduce participants to a fun, miniature version of this!  The participation fee is only $20, and that includes all materials!  To reserve your spot, please contact Ms. Reiko Chosokabe at  Don’t wait – this will fill up, very quickly!!


NC Japan Center / Raleigh Sister Cities Japanese Anime Night:

On Friday, May 4th, 2019, the NC Japan Center and the Raleigh Sister Cities “Japanese Sister City Exploratory Committee” shall co-host a Japanese Anime Film Night at NC State’s Witherspoon Campus Cinema.  This is the first of four such planned events, and this first showing is sponsored by the Honorary General Consul of Japan in North Carolina, Mr. David Robinson!  Please check out the flyer below, and join us to watch a wonderful anime, “Summer Wars!”

Recent Activities:


March 5th, 2019:

On March 5th, 2019, at Talley Student Union at NC State University, Nagoya University-affiliated
high school students from Japan made wonderful presentations about their experiments regarding “Mathematics and Society.” The English skills these students exhibited when presenting were very impressive, as was their enthusiasm to show their work! Chancellor Woodson was kind enough to stop by and take a photo with these exceptional students!  Otsukaresamedeshita!

February 9th, 2019:

The 2019 Lunar New Year Event, organized and run by the Confucius Institute at NC State,
took place this past Saturday at Crabtree Valley Mall. Celebrating the “Year of the Pig (or Boar)”
in the Chinese Zodiac, there were many wonderful activities for people to participate in, and
wonderful performances to watch! The NC Japan Center had a table at this event, and we also
had the honor of bringing in the very talented Ms. Kanako Ford to grace us all with her
incredible shamisen and koto performances. It was a great event, and we hope to see you next
year (the “Year of the Rat!”).


January 19th, 2019:

The 2019 Triangle Area Shin-Nen-Kai, hosted by the Triangle Japanese Business Association,
took place this last Saturday. The event was a bit hit with the Japanese-American community
in the Triangle area, with many attendees celebrating the new year at the beautiful Sarah P.
Duke Gardens.  The event program included wonderful musical performances, raffles, and
games, as well as delicious o-bento and Japanese sake!  The event was attended by the
Honorable Takashi Shinozuka, the Consul-General at the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta,
as well as many other leaders and members of Japan-related companies and organizations in
North Carolina.  Please be sure to reserve your tickets early when they go on sale in December,
2019, for the next Shin-Nen-Kai!

Honorary Consul David Robinson!
NC Japan Center Jonathan Brewster
Kenya Inoue playing classical guitar!
TJBA President and Shin-Nen-Kai Organizing Committee Head Mr. Noriyoshi Inoue
Shamisen and koto musician Kanako Ford!


January 11th, 2019:

Happy New Year 2019, everyone! 今年もよろしくお願いします。
We kicked off the new year with a wonderful “ikebana” (Japanese flower arranging)
workshop with the very talented Mrs. Emiko Suzuki, master of the “Ikenobo” style
of ikebana.  Everyone had a wonderful time and as “Suzuki-Sensei” has this work-
shop on a regular basis here at the Japan Center, please contact us if you are
interested in attending!


December 15th, 2018:

The Nippon Club of the Triangle’s annual “Year-End Mochitsuki Event” was a hit!
It was wonderful to see so many people from the community make it to Carolina
Pines Park to come together and participate in this Japanese cultural activity.
There were a number of delicious, seasonal dishes to try, like “o-den,” “anko,” and
of course, freshly pounded “mochi,” or gluttonous rice!  There were also some
great “taiko” drum performances, and an instructional class for the little ones!
If you were unable to attend this year, please do mark your calendars for next year,
as this is an event you’ll want to bring your family to participate in! 良いお年を!

Honorary Consul David Robinson pounding mochi!
A taiko drum class for the kids!


December 7th, 2018:

Director Brewster, along with the Office of Global Engagement’s Associate Vice
Provost of External Relations and Development Ingrid Schmidt, attended the Japan
America Society of North Carolina’s Annual Dinner Meeting, held at the Carolina Country
Club, last Friday evening. The event was a wonderful experience, with a beautiful koto and
shamisen performance and silent auction, as well as a number of awards and a speech by
the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta’s Consul General Shinozuka-san. We’re looking
forward to next year’s event!

With Nomura-sensei's (RJLS) family
Koto and shamisen musician Kanako Ford
With Consul-General Shinozuka-san


November 7th, 2018:

Director Brewster visited our academic partner Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe.
This, like his on-site visits to Waseda University and Sophia University last month,
was to strengthen and grow NC State’s exchange programs with our partner institutions.
Please check back soon to see our Japan-based academic partner descriptions!


October 18th – 19th, 2018:

Director Brewster participated in the annual joint meeting of the Southeast-U.S. /
Japan and Japan-U.S. Southeast Association (“SEUS”), held at the New Otani Hotel
in Tokyo.  This conference, held alternately in Japan and in the southeast U.S. since
1976, is paramount for successful economic and business development between
Japan and the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi,
Alabama, and Tennessee.  Director Brewster was attached to and helped facilitate the
delegation from North Carolina, headed by Chief Deputy Secretary of Commerce Elizabeth
Crabill.  The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Mr. William F. Hagerty, was also in attendance.
The conference was a resounding success, with a great deal of new information
shared and connections made.  SEUS 2019 shall be held in Savannah, Georgia.


October 15th – 17th, 2018:

Director Brewster visited two of NC State’s academic partner institutions in Tokyo:
Sophia University and Waseda University, to further strengthen and expand our
exchange program relationships. Be on the lookout for NC State Japan-based academic
partner institution descriptions here on the NC Japan Center website!


September 28th, 2018:

Director Brewster was able to come and participate in final presentations
and the graduation ceremony for the Nagoya University student group at GTI.
Great job and congratulations to all the students! お疲れ様でした!


September 23rd, 2018:

The NC State Japan Club welcomed the Nagoya University student group studying at
GTI here at the Spring Hill House! Lots of fun was had and friendships made!


August 28th, 2018:

Director Brewster was on-hand to help facilitate the Dowa Thermotech
delegation from Japan for the official announcement of the construction
of a new facility in Central Carolina Enterprise Park, bringing in a $22.5 million
investment and 109 jobs into North Carolina.
Read more about it here:

(With Dowa Thermotech President Tsuji)