Archive for June 2016

JUSFC Institutional Grant Application Deadline is July 1

June 29, 2016 – 

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is currently accepting applications for its 2017 grants cycle.  All applications must be received by the Commission no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 1, 2016.

Means of delivery are via regular mail, commercial delivery service, in person or via messenger. Fax copies will not be accepted.

Applicants may call the Commission at 202-653-9800 with specific questions. Please first refer to the FAQ section of this website.

JUSFC Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Okinawa

June 21, 2016 – 

In honor of its 40th Anniversary and of its historic ties to Okinawa, on June 15, 2016, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission hosted its annual business meetings in Okinawa. To further commemorate the anniversary, JUSFC also hosted a forum to highlight partnership and exchange opportunities between U.S. universities and institutions of higher learning in Okinawa. The forum entitled, Preparing a Global Workforce: The Role of Higher Education took place in Chatan, Okinawa on June 15, 2016 and explored additional opportunities for the United States and Japan to work closely together to build the next generation global workforce.

The forum featured senior educators and administrators from the University of California system, the University of Hawai’i system, the University of Oregon, and Carroll College, along with their counterparts from the University Consortium Okinawa as well as JUSFC Commissioners and staff. Participants discussed international experience offerings for their students; obstacles that institutions are currently encountering; and what they need to enhance their programs or create new programs.

As a practical follow-up to the discussions, on June 16 JUSFC arranged for the U.S. educators to visit three Okinawan institutions of higher learning – National Institute of Technology-Okinawa College (KOSEN), the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), and the University of the Ryukyus (Ryudai) where they had the opportunity to interact with students and faculty and discuss opportunities to work together in the future.

Filigree Pattern: Talk by and Collaborative Workshop with JUSFC Creative Artist Piper Shepard

June 1, 2016 – 

Piper Shepard’s contemporary investigations of traditional textiles speak to the interconnected ways in which textiles represent culture. She has shown her work extensively in national and international venues, and her work can be found in collections such as the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Since 1994, she has taught in the Fiber Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her work is a refined process of cutting whole cloth into lace-like patterns, considering fabric in relation to history and memory. She will talk about her art in light of her study of pattern dyeing and paste resist in Japan.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00 pm

Lecture Hall, International House of Japan, Tokyo

Language: English (with consecutive interpretation)

Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information, please visit the International House of Japan.


The following day, Piper will host a workshop, where she will teach her audience how to make hand cut patterns based on individual and collective contributions of all participants. Here, the sum of the parts is greater than one individual. Based on the idea of the Exquisite Corpse, each person will create a drawing or pattern. These patterns are linked together by collaborating with your adjacent neighbors in a method of adjoining your work through drawing and discussion. Once merged and joined, the participants will decide on what will be positive and negative space in their artwork. From there, everyone will work to create an integrated cut pattern… » READ MORE