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January

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The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership presents a "Face Mask Contest" open to amateur creators from all ages. Participation is free. The winning designs will be printed on masks and distributed to interested medical institutions and nonprofit Japan-related organizations such as Japan-America Societies and Japanese Gardens. Winners will receive 25 of their designed face masks. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2021.

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2021 marks the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between China and the United States. There have been ups and downs in the bilateral relationship, but the comprehensive engagement between Washington and Beijing in the past four decades has served as an anchor for global peace and prosperity. However, more recently, in response to the rise of China and its perceived aggressive expansion in trade, technology, and global influence, what began as a “pivot” to Asia.

February

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Observe Japanese sado, an ever-changing demonstration rich in seasonal subtleties. Your involvement in the true spirit of sado — harmony (wa), reverence (kei), purity (sei), tranquility (jaku) will help you bring a calm perspective into your busy life. This event is presented by the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens. Click here for the full schedule and to register for this event.

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This virtual Meet Up session is open to all FIU students interested in Japanese. Join us this Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 1:00 PM-1:50 PM. Click on the flyer for the Zoom meeting details. For questions, please contact Komura sensei (komuran@fiu.edu).

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Join us online for this year's Southern Japan Seminar titled, "Research Strategies for East Asian Studies in the time of Covid" on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6:00 PM-7:15 PM via Zoom (ID 714 179 7621). This panel will include presentations by Dr. Paula Arai (Louisiana State University) and Dr. James Mark Shields (Bucknell University). Click on the flyer for more details!

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We invite you to our next Colloquium series featuring Katie Rainwater on Friday February 26th at 3:30pm! Katie Rainwater is a visiting instructor in FIU’s Global Sociocultural Studies department where she teaches Societies in the World and Research Methods. She is interested in labor and food systems in South and Southeast Asia. Her current research project explores the incorporation of small farmers and workers into the export-driven shrimp industries of Bangladesh and Thailand.

March

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The Association of Florida Teachers for Japanese welcomes students to participate in the Spring 2021 Contest! The categories include: Speech Video, Manga, Karaoke Video and Promotional Video. The deadline to register is March 6th, 2021. For more information please email: shimoura@fsu.edu

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Join us on Friday, March 12th from 6-7:15 pm (EST) for an interactive virtual colloquium designed for interdisciplinary Asian Studies students to learn about the different travel experiences in studies of Japan. The panel will include a discussion with insightful commentary on Japanese travels through literary analysis in global and pedagogical perspectives, with presentations by Elisa Romulo Borges, Matías Chiappe Ippolito, and Marcela Lopez Bravo. Click here to for more details.

April

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Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture and techniques in how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class. These special workshop sessions are presented by the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens. Click on the link for more info!