Thursday, January 27, 2011

William Farrell's Black Ships talk canceled due to weather

Thursday 27 January 2011

We've just learned this morning that this evening's presentation by Dr. William
Farrell is canceled. Dr. Farrell is snowed in; no flights are leaving New England.

We're sorry to learn of the cancellation. If and when the event is rescheduled,
we'll let you know.

Stay warm!
Steve Rindsberg

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Free Lecture: Kabuki – Japan’s Outrageous Dramatic Tradition

The Cincinnati Asian Art Society is pleased to announce

Kabuki - Japan´s Outrageous Dramatic Tradition
An Illustrated Presentation by Helen Rindsberg

Kabuki began as a riverside variety show in the early 1600s and grew into THE pop
culture phenomenon of the 1800s.

Its outrageous actors became the rock stars of Edo Era Japan complete with rabid fan
clubs. Their fame was spread near and far by woodblock prints of exciting bold
design that Ms. Rindsberg will use to illustrate her talk.

Sunday, February 20, 2011
2:00 PM

Cincinnati Art Museum Auditorium
Reception to follow in the Castellini Room

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Invite your friends to join us!

Steve Rindsberg

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Japanese Language Contest

For high school and university students who are studying Japanese -- Meet other
Japan-o-philes and win great prizes!

How:  Write an original speech (under 3 minutes), tape it and send in with
application by January 28, 2011.  

Finalists will present on Sat., Mar. 5, 2011 at the OSU Campus in Columbus.

More information and application forms are availble here:
Steve Rindsberg

Travel to Japan

Japan Travel Opportunity!

The 21st America-Japan Grassroots Summit will be held June27-July 4 in Kochi Pref.
in Japan.

The trip is open to all and has four features you do not normally find on trips to

1)  Interesting, rarely visited location; Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku, with locally
organized events

2) Home stays for 3 nights arranged by the summit organizers with local families

3) Great price- $2200 (depending on departure city) including airfare, 6 nights
stay, most meals

4) A chance to participate in the 5-day grassroots summit activities

NAJAS (National Association of Japan-America Societies) is a partner of the Center
for International Exchange, the organizer of these summits for 20 years. It´s a
great tradition of grassroots contact and a terrific opportunity to see Japan

You can find the electronic brochure on the NAJAS website:  

Steve Rindsberg

GANTZ - a live action movie based on Anime

Coming to Cincinnati on Thursday, January 20 at 8:00pm!

NEW PEOPLE and NCM Fathom are bringing the world premiere of GANTZ to Deerfield Town
Center and Springdale Showcase Cinemas for a one night live event on Thursday,
January 20th at 8:00 pm ET.  This live-action feature, based upon the popular
Japanese manga and anime series, is the ultimate survival game. It will be English
over-dubbed exclusively for this big screen event.  

Following the feature, the two stars, Kazunari Ninomiya and Kenichi Matsuyama will
participate in an exclusive live interview.

View the announcement poster at

Learn more and purchase tickets at

Steve Rindsberg

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

From Black Ships to a Black President

On Thursday January 27, the Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati (JASGC) will
present a lecture by Dr. William R. Farrell, "From Black Ships to a Black President
(Images and Reality in US-Japan Relations).

Thursday January 27, 2011
5:30 pm
The Taft Center, 425 Waltnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Open to all
Admission: $10.00 ($5.00 for students)

Register at

From the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the Black Ships in 1853 to the
historic election of America's first African-American president, Japan and the US
have looked at each other through stereotypical lenses. If cultural misconceptions
were commodities, each nation would have run a surplus.

Using woodblock prints, postcards (the internet of the 1890s) and political
cartoons, Dr. Farrell takes us on a lively tour through history, viewing events such
as Perry's arrival, the Road to Peral Harbor, World War II, the Occupation, trade
wars and the current international situation. Cultural observations that influenced
domestic and international policy in the past remain with us today, so now is a good
time to journey back and place today's actions in perspective.

Steve Rindsberg

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tea Tasting and Lecture at Essencha

On Wednesday, 5 January from 6:30 to 7:30pm there will be an open lecture and tea
tasting given by Akihiro "Akky" Kita, president & farmer at Kyoto Obubu Tea
Plantations, a 4-person agricultural social venture in the Wazuka valley of Southern
Kyoto that has made education consumers about Japanese tea and tea farming its

Each year, the president and vice president of this group travel the world to
demonstrate how to make Japanese tea, talk about tea farming, and introduce farm-
fresh Japanese tea to those living outside of Japan.

This event is expected to be very popular, so reservations are
strongly recommended if you want a seat! Please call 513.533.4832 to
make your reservation.

10% off Obubu Japanese teas for participants!

Wednesday, January 5 · 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Essencha Tea House & Fine Teas
3212 Madison Rd
Cincinnati OH 45209


Steve Rindsberg