#3 University of Tsukuba & International Christian University

Would you like to know more about the Japanese college experience? Would you like to chat with Japanese students living in Japan? On July 14th and 15th, we invite you to join us for the third installment of our Japanese College Information Session Series. You can join us for either night one, two, or BOTH!

During the first night, Wednesday, July 14th, you will have the opportunity to speak with current Japanese students. No Japanese language skill is required, but if you do know some Japanese, feel free to practice with them!

On the second night, Thursday, July 15th, we will introduce the University of Tsukuba and the International Christian University, followed by mini-lectures from each university. You will also have a chance to win a prize after the Q&A session, so be sure to stay till the end!

For more information regarding the universities:
University of Tsukuba
International Christian University

Please note that participation is free, but space is limited.
Deadline to register is Saturday, July 10th.

If you have any questions, please contact us at sja2018sja@gmail.com.

Tanabata Festival

We invite you to join us for our first hybrid virtual and in-person event!

Tanabata is a well-known Japanese festival that originates from a Chinese love story between two stars. They are forced to separate from each other and can only meet once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month – July 7th. Come join us as we celebrate this year’s Star Festival!

Virtual Art Seminar | 07/10/21 (2pm EDT)

On Saturday, July 10th, Carol Morland will host a virtual art seminar and guide us through Tanabata’s rich history and the ways it has been represented in Japanese art – from ancient to modern.

Carol Morland Bio:
Carol Morland, PhD, has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Asia. She has served as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on tours to Japan and has taught at a variety of institutions, including the University of Hawaii and Temple University-Japan. Most recently, she has been an instructor for Encore Learning in Arlington, VA. At present, she is editing a Japanese-English dictionary of art terms to be published this summer.

In-Person Festival | 07/11/21 (2pm-4pm EDT)

The following day, on Sunday, July 11th, all are welcome to join us from 2pm-4pm at our in-person Tanabata Festival. It will be full of family-friendly activities such as:

Yukata Dressing
Tanzaku Wish Writing
Sticker Passport

We will also have a mini-bazaar of manga/anime books and Japanese related items etc. We will be accepting cash, card, or checks with all proceeds from the mini-bazaar will go towards Study Japanese in Arlington’s free programs.

SAN-J has generously supported us with their bottles of SAN-J Japanese Gluten Free Soy Sauce which will also be offered for a suggested donation of $5 for 2 bottles.

If you have any items you wish to donate, please contact us at sja2018sja@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 30th.

We will be distributing this user-friendly booklet at the in-person Tanabata Festival. Feel free to download and print it in advance. It includes more information about Tanabata, a coloring section, a word search, and more. 

For more information about Tanabata, click here!

If you have any questions, please email us at: sja2018sja@gmail.com.

Japan Day 2021

Mark your calendars; SJA’s Japan Day 2021 is on its way! This year’s Japan Day will be completely virtual, and everyone is welcome to join. All activities are free; we just ask that you sign up in advance.

For additional information, including event details and registration, please refer to https://sjastudy.org/japan-day-2021/. We can’t wait to see you!



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