Archive for January 2016

Join JUSFC and NEA for Twitter Chat Tonight at 6pm ET for Creative Artists Fellowship

January 19, 2016 – 

Calling all artists! Join us for a Twitter chat tonight (January 19, 2016) at 6pm Eastern Time with the National Endowment for the Arts to discuss the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Connect with program alumni, learn how to apply and get tips and advice during tonight’s chat! Applications are due February 1, 2016.

Follow us on Twitter @J_USFC and hashtag #JUSFC.


Internship Opportunities

January 15, 2016 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC seek TWO interns on a rolling basis to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange.  Interns will be handling digital media, conducting database management, assisting with the planning of events in the United States and Japan, and supporting other program and campaigns.  Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (translation skills a plus).  16-30 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule.  JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse transportation costs.  Please click here for further information about our activities and our excellent Internship Program:

Please send a resume and cover letter to: culcon[at]jusfc[dot]gov

JUSFC40 – JUSFC Supports the Arts from Coast to Coast

January 14, 2016 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is delighted to support two dynamic exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

New Stories from the Edge of AsiaTabaimo: Her Room at the San Jose Museum of Art will run from February 6 through August 21, 2016. This is the first major museum exhibition in the United States of the work of world-renowned Japanese artist, Tabaimo.

International Pop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art runs February 24 through May 15, 2016. The exhibition chronicles Pop art’s emergence as an international movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan.

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is marking its 40th anniversary through 2016. The Commission has spent the last four decades supporting the U.S.-Japan relationship through public policy, arts, culture, and educational exchanges. 

JUSFC40: JUSFC Prizes for Translation of Japanese Literature Announced

January 11, 2016 – 

Three outstanding scholars are the recipients of the 2015 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, recently awarded during a ceremony at the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University.

Since its establishment in 1975, on of the ways in which the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission has supported and sustained the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan, is by encouraging scholarship related to Japan.

Steven Carter, The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays Stephen D. Carter brings together samplings from the particularly hard-to-categorize genre of the zuihitsu, or random jottings. The Columbia Book of Japanese Essays is a readable, carefully produced volume of this and that, from Sei Shōnagon’s classic sentiments about the four seasons, to Matsudaira Sadanobu on cherry blossoms, to Mukoda Kuniko’s thoughts on winter gloves. The translation was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. Carter is the Yamato Ichihashi Chair in Japanese History and Civilization at Stanford University. His Waiting for the Wind: Thirty-Six Poets of Japan’s Late Medieval Age (Columbia University Press, 1989) previously won the JUSFC Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature in 1989.

Stephen Miller and Patrick Donnelly, The Wind from Vulture Peak Stephen Miller, and Patrick Donnelly, give us brilliantly fresh translations of waka (5-7-5-7-7 syllable Japanese poems) in his The Wind From Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asian Series, 2013), a study of the Heian-period Buddhification of the genre. In the words of Laurel Rasplica Rodd, also… » READ MORE