Archive for June 2012

Former Commissioner Senator Daniel Inouye

June 27, 2012 – 


Former Commissioner Senator Daniel Inouye speaks at the lei draping ceremony for King Kamehameha at the Capitol Visitor’s Center on Sunday, June 24.

U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship Finalists for 2013 Announced

June 15, 2012 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship:

Karl Burkheimer, Visual Artist, Portland, Oregon John Alberto Jesurun, Playwright, New York, York Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Writer, Jackson Heights, NY Bruce Holland Rogers, Writer, Eugene, Oregon William Thomas Roper, Composer, Altadena, California

Karl Burkheimer is a visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon who plans to travel through Japan and create a tactile outcome of his journey through the creation of small carvings and assemblies. He works mostly in wood. His latest work “In Site,” an site-responsive object shown at the Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center in Portland, suggested an unknown or esoteric use and was constructed in a style inspired by Japanese tea houses.

John Alberto Jesurun is a playwright living in New York, New York who will explore the world of writer Ihara Saikaku. The playwright plans to explore the world of Saikaku in his native Japan, by visiting sites and locating cultural references in the 17th century writer’s work. Mr. Jesurun will spend most of his time in Osaka and Kyoto, where much of Saikaku’s stories took place. 

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is a writer based in Jackson Heights, New York. During her stay in Japan, she plans to visit important cultural locations and events associated with Japan’s tradition of death and disaster. These locations include Osorezan, the site of a yearly festival during which mediums communicate with the dead, and Kashima Jinja, a shrine in which the great catfish Namazu, believed to cause earthquakes, is said to… » READ MORE

*NEW* U.S.-Japan Resources (a clearinghouse of information on Japan)

June 12, 2012 – 

CULCON and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission are pleased to introduce U.S.-Japan Resources: A Clearinghouse for Information About Japan

U.S.-Japan Resources is generally designed for a United States audience, but in some cases also highlights opportunities for both U.S. and Japanese participants.  Information about Japan is listed in four major categories:

  • Exchanges and Fellowships;
  • Professional and Volunteer Opportunities;
  • U.S.-Japan Related Organizations; and
  • Guides to Japan.

Please visit for listings of non-profit, educational or government-sponsored programs and organizations.   Occasionally, free private sector databases are also included.   CULCON provides this list as an informational resource only; inclusion on this list is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation of any specific organization or program.

 Please forward this announcement to others who might benefit from this useful new resource!