• Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series

  • About the Series

    The Getting to Know Japan webinar series is designed to assist Americans living in Japan as a part of the U.S. military presence to learn about and gain greater appreciation for their host nation’s culture and society. World-class specialists will deliver engaging lessons on introductory-level topics related to Japanese culture and society. While tailored for the needs of the US military community in Japan, the webinars are open to all interested in learning more about Japan. This series is being implemented in full partnership with The United States-Japan foundation.

  • Getting to Know Japan Webinar Schedule

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    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    9 February 2023 – 19:00 (Japan)

    Taiko, or kumi-daiko, has been an integral part of Japanese culture for centuries now. Taiko performances have made their way into military demonstrations, the imperial court, religious rituals, festivals, and have even found a place overseas, as a way for the Japanese diaspora to connect with their culture. Join us for an introduction to taiko drumming: our speakers will give a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.
     

    Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

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    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    14 February 2023 – 10:00 (Japan)

    Guest speaker Tim White is stepping up to the plate to chat about the history of baseball in Japan, and how it’s brought the US and Japan together through the years. Join us to learn about everything from Babe Ruth’s whirlwind 1934 Japan tour, to modern-day MLB stars like Shohei Ohtani. Mr. White’s presentation will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

     

    Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

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    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    28 February 2023 – 09:00 (Japan)

    Dr. Sheila Smith, the Senior Fellow for Japan at the Council on Foreign Relations, will provide an introductory-level overview of how the U.S. and Japan may respond in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. During the talk, Dr. Smith will analyze the historical evolution of Japan’s positions, posture, and policies relevant to a possible conflict across the Taiwan Strait, including the potential roles of the U.S.-Japan security alliance and the Japan’s Self-Defense Forces before we transition to Q&A.

     

    Registration for the Zoom session can be found here.

  • Past Events

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    17 January 2023 – 10:00 (Japan)

     

    People have gathered around the ring to watch sumo, Japan’s national sport, for ages. But a changing media landscape catapulted sumo from the small ring to the big screen. How has sumo, a sport steeped in tradition, changed through its relationship with modern mass media? Our guest speaker, Dr. Lee Thompson, will take us on a journey through time: from the advent of sports columns in newspapers, to the early days of televised tournaments, and beyond.

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    26 January 2023 – 19:00 (Japan)

     

    Live in Japan long enough and you’ll see plenty of news articles about North Korea’s missile testing. Perhaps you even heard the emergency alert system sound off earlier this year. How worried should we be about this unruly neighbor country? What does the political relationship, or lack thereof, look like between Japan and North Korea, and how has it changed over time? Dr. Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi, an expert in Indo-Pacific security issues and North Korean military affairs, will share his research with us. His presentation will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

    Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series (via Zoom)

    31 January 2023 – 10:00 (Japan)

     

    Join us as we learn about the history of Japanese feminism from guest speaker Barbara Molony. Professor Molony will touch on the early days of women’s movements such as Ichikawa Fusae’s New Women’s Society, the women’s suffrage movement, and the other effects World War II had on women’s rights in Japan. She will also speak on the issues Japanese women face today, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session

  • More Webinars to Be Announced Soon!

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