Monday, November 14, 2011

Winter Exhibition:Hard and Soft

Experience the hard rugged beauty of the earth in pottery
by Takuro and Hitomi Shibata,
counterbalanced by the airy delicate shibori
by Susan Fennell.


Sat. Dec. 10 4-6 pm

Exhibition dates:
Dec.5, 2011 ~ Feb.29, 2012

NC Japan Center
705 Barbour Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

Presented by:
NC Japan Center

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tales of Now & Zen

Japanese Story Teller, Motoko

Mark your calendars! Award-winning Japanese storyteller Motoko is coming to NCSU! In a special, one-time appearance on October 25, Motoko will share her extensive repertoire of comical zen and rakugo tales, ghost stories, and her intimate personal stories as an immigrant, artist, and mother. Admission is free, but the seats are limited! For more information, please go to

Date: October 25, 2011 (Tuesday)

Time: 7:00~8:30 pm

Location: Daniels #214 North Carolina State University

Admission Free

Monday, September 12, 2011

Presentation for Japansese Green Tea

Please come to NC Japan center, if you are interested in Japanese culture.
Japanese Green Tea is the center of Japanese culture, and you can also enjoy iced Japanese green tea and some sweets. If you want to attend this session, please let me know your name by e-mail. (e-mail: Your response helps us to organize.

Date: 9/24/2011 (sat.) 4:00pm~5:30pm

Hiroshi Nishikawa (Shizuoka Prefectural Government, Tea and Agricultural Production Division)
Phone: 919-332-0452

NC Japan Center
705 Barbor Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Autumn Exhibition: Fantasy/Systems

Come see the ancient art of temari, Japanese thread balls, and contemporary paintings by artists Barbara Suess and Reiko Chosokabe.

Sat Sept 10 4-6 pm
w/live music by "Onju-kai" 音樹会

exhibition dates:
Aug 20 thru Nov 19, 2011

NC Japan Center
705 Barbour Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603

presented by:
NC Japan Center

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


日時:7月3日(日)7時~9時 (6時30分チェックイン)
場所: NCジャパンセンター
   705 Barbour Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603 

連絡先:長曾我部  (919) 515-3450

参加費:一人7ドル (南部スタイルBBQ)


Thursday, April 21, 2011

After the Wave: Japan's Tsunami Zone

After the Wave: Japan's Tsunami Zone

Photographs by Takaaki Iwabu

Takaaki Iwabu, photographer for Raleigh's
News & Observer, returned to Japan in the
weeks following the earthquake to chronicle
the disaster and challenges facing his homeland.

NC Japan Center

April 30 thru July 29, 2011

Saturday April 30 3-5 pm
w/slide presentation

special thanks:
JTA Inc.
Triangle Tshot!
Realty Triangle Inc.
US Remac
Sankaku Yokocho

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NC State Nuclear Engineering Experts to Discuss Events at Japanese Power Plants

Nuclear engineering experts at North Carolina State University will offer insight and analysis during a symposium on the recent events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The plant was damaged during the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami resulting in nuclear fuel damage and the release of radioactive material. Media coverage is invited.
A panel of four NC State nuclear engineering faculty members who have been closely following the events in Japan — Drs. John Gilligan, Joseph M. Doster, Paul Turinsky and Man-Sung Yim — will discuss technical issues related to the damage to the plant, as well as challenges officials face as they try to contain the radioactive material. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions during the event.
Wednesday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m.
Live stream available here, no login needed
Room 130 Park Shops
101 Current Drive on NC State’s North Campus (map)
Parking is available in the Cates Avenue (Coliseum) Parking Deck at 201 Jeter Drive on Central Campus (map). From the deck, visitors should walk north through the tunnel under the railroad tracks to reach North Campus and Park Shops.
The event is free and open to the public.
Media Contact:
Nate DeGraff, Engineering Communications, 919.515.3848

Friday, March 18, 2011

Message from NC Department of Commerce in Tokyo

A number of people have asked us if we can recommend any way to help the victims of last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, several specifically asking if we can suggest organizations that can make good use of donations. Here are some suggestions and a bit of background on one organization that we are involved with.
  • The Japanese Red Cross Society is an integral part of relief efforts in the current crisis as they are in disasters around the world (
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan has set up a disaster relief fund (
  • Second Harvest Japan is fully engaged in getting food and other essential supplies to the victims ( The website accepts credit card contribution denominated in Japanese yen. For reference 10,000 Japanese yen equals approximately US $120.00. (
We have been volunteering with Second Harvest Japan for a number of years. Leland wrote and maintains the current business plan, made the financial models we use, and serves on the Professional Advisory Board. Carolyn volunteers in fundraising activities. We can personally vouch for the integrity, frugality, and efficiency of the organization and its operations.
Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) is Japan’s first and largest food bank. In 2010 we distributed 800 tons of food to over 500 agencies all across Japan. This food goes to orphanages, women’s shelters, single mothers, low-income elderly, and anyone in need of emergency food supplies. Regular operations include food banking, food pantry, and hot meal programs. But in a crisis such as this, 2HJ shifts to providing emergency food and supplies to emergency shelters in the worst affected areas.
Some of you in Japan may know the organization and some of its key people. Shortly after the earthquake, Charles (2HJ’s Executive Director) was heading into the hardest hit areas to assess needs and set up distribution operations. Akimoto-san started calling on companies in Tokyo to secure emergency supplies beyond our normal food sources. Now our trucks are moving food and supplies to the emergency shelters and we are using our infrastructure to supply other organizations that can provide transport. I could tell you that the more you donate, the more we will deliver during this crisis but those of you who know Charles understand that at a time like this, he is going to go full speed ahead and worry about paying for it all later. That mindset is in the DNA of the organization and, though worrisome from a fiscal point of view, it is part of what makes 2HJ a valuable community resource.
With continued contributions, 2HJ will continue to support the victims after the crisis subsides. So many people have lost their homes and their livelihoods that their needs will not go away when the emergency shelters are finally closed. 2HJ will be there to assist through regular food banking and food pantry operations.
If you are not familiar with food banking, the basic premise is that food companies dispose of vast quantities of perfectly good food. The most common reasons are packaging or labeling problems or a variety of issues that in no way impacts the quality of the food inside. These companies incur significant costs for disposal and the food goes to waste. Food banking rescues these food resources, saves companies money on disposal, and channels the food to people in need. We do not buy food. Instead we invest in the infrastructure to collect and redistribute available food and in so doing, we create significant leverage. For every dollar invested in 2HJ, we strive to deliver 10 dollars worth of food.
Japan is a wealthy country and most people are well provided for; however, a growing number of people are caught in the gaps within the system. Japan is a thoroughly developed country in nearly every way except in the non-profit sector. As a result, Japan lacks the social safety net usually provided by non-profits in other countries to meet the needs of the growing number of people that do not fit neatly in the existing system. 2HJ strives to set an example in Japan of what an NPO can be –a business-friendly, professionally-managed, reliable, value-creating business partner fully invested in the business success of our contributors and food company partners.
If you would like to donate, your contribution will be put to good use. If you are in Japan and you feel your company would like to be involved with 2HJ in some way, please let us know and we will facilitate a meeting sometime after the situation here has stabilized.
Please feel free to share this message with anyone you think would have interest.
Thank you for your concern and for allowing us to make this pitch for an organization near and dear to us.
Carolyn & Leland Gaskins

Launching Project Kokoro

A meeting will be held at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 22nd, at the NC Japan Center, 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, for Project Kokoro, whose objective is to identify an affected community in Japan and to work toward enriching and rebuilding the lives of those who live and work there.

Who's involved: North Carolina Japan Center, Southern Bridge International, the Triangle Business Community, NCSU Center for Student Leadership, and selected public and private schools.

We welcome your participation as well. Come be a part of our team!

The NC Japan Center is located at 705 Barbour Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603. If you would like us to know you are attending Tuesday’s meeting, please email or call 919-515-3450.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vigil of Silence to be held Monday, March 21

Join us in learning how you can support the campus response to recent events in Japan.

Date: Monday, March 21, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wolf Plaza (near the Free Expression Tunnel)

Hosted by:
  • Origami Wishes-Japan Disaster Relief
  • CSLEPS & Student Government
  • NCSU Japan Club
  • NC Japan Center

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UNC 日本語ボランテア募集のお知らせ

UNC の日本語プログラムでは4月13日(水)に日本語のクラスでUNCの学生と50分間
荒竹由美 (919)967-3735

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Zealand Earthquake Tragic for Durham’s Sister City, Toyama

The Durham‐Toyama Committee of Sister Cities of Durham is initiating a three week campaign to raise funds to support the families of the Toyama quake victims. Please help us to support these families as they grapple with the devastating consequences of this disaster. Please give what you can; any sums are appropriate. Funds collected by March 25 will be donated directly to the Japanese Red Cross / Toyama Earthquake Victims Fund.

Quick relief really matters – please help now and be generous.

Chris Boyer and Mavis Mayer Co‐Chairs, Durham‐Toyama Sister City Committee

Make checks payable to Sister Cities of Durham
Memo line: Toyama Relief
Fund Questions: Contact Mavis Mayer at (919) 489‐1870

Address: Sister Cities of Durham, Inc.
P.O. Box 767
Durham, NC 27702

Bunraku at Wake Forest University

Event: Asian Spring Festival
Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. (5:00-5:30 performances by student groups,
5:40-6:40 Performance by Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe
Location: Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Free and open to the public

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Japanese and English Language Table

Japanese Language Table- Setsubun Night

(Bean-Throwing Ceremony)-

There is a major change at Language Table this year. Please read it carefully.

This invitation is strictly limited to Japanese language learners and native speakers of Japanese.

Date: Friday, February 25, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Place: Japan Center

705 Barbour Dr, Raleigh, Nc 27603

Email: (English) or (Japanese)

Participation fee: $1.00

Our original purpose of having language table was to provide an opportunity for our students to practice speaking Japanese with native speakers of Japanese. However, recently eating and English conversation have gained a greater focus than speaking Japanese or participating in language activities.

This year we will switch our focus back to Japanese conversation and cultural learning. We will invite more native speakers of Japanese so that two or three students can have the conversation with one Japanese speaker. Japanese teachers will sit together with students instead of serving food. Every gathering, a conversation worksheet based on FLJ 102 contents will be provided to help carry on a Japanese conversation.

For food, we will serve simply onigiri (rice balls) and tea, and will lower the participation fee to $1.00. If you want to eat something else, you can bring your own dinner or eat your dinner before language table.

Every month, we will have one cultural presentation, its follow up activity, and language activities. The following are our plans for this semester.

Februrary: Setsubun night

March: Hinamatsuri (girl’s festival), Japanese speech and Japanese parody song night

April: “Are you ready for the Final Exam ? “ activities and the end of the semester party!

(Japanese dinner will be provided!)

The following is our program this month.

Onirigi and conversation time: 6:00~7:00pm (no more food after 7:00pm.)

(A worksheet to help your Japanese conversation will be provided.)

Presentation on Setsubun in Japanese and English by Nihongo Club 7:00~

Activities: learn how to make origami boxes for soybeans.

: “Demons out! Luck in!" outside of Japan Center

: eat soybeans

: Fun Japanese game time: acchi muite hoi!

Additional notes:

(1) We use real plates and chop sticks. Please help us wash them after language table.

We have a sign-up sheet for cleaning. Please take turns sign up for this volunteer work.

Do not throw chopsticks away.

(2) Use only the kitchen trash can. Do not throw any trash in any other trash cans in the Japan Center.

(3) We will make onigiri starting from 4:30 on Language table day at Japan Center. If you can help us or want to learn

how to make it, please contact me at

Are you willing to practice speaking Japanese, participating activities and learning Japanese culture? Join us! If you have any questions, please contact me. See you at Language Table!

Keiko Ueda Lecturer of Japanese, NCSU

Tuesday, February 22, 2011



日時:3月4日(金)11時半より場所:12 Porters Glen Durham


申し込み:荒竹 山岸



時間:10:0011:302-3歳児   12:3014:004-5歳児

場所:12 Porters Glen Durham



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Art Show Reception: Saturday, February 5

“Spring Dream”
Paintings by

Location: NC Japan Center
705 Barbour Drive Raleigh, NC 27603
Dates: 1/15 ~ 4/22/2011

Reception: 2/5/2011 (Sat.), 3~5 pm
Koto performance @3:30pm
Sushi by Waraji Restaurant

Special thanks to
JTA (Japan Travel Advisor)
Realty Triangle Inc., US Remac, Sankaku Yokocho
Presented by: NC Japan Center

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Japanese and English Language Table
Late Japanese New Year’s mochi(rice cake) party

Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00pm
Place: Japan Center
705 Barbour Dr, Raleigh, Nc 27603 (English) or (Japanese)
Participation fee: $ 3

You are cordially invited to Japanese & English Language table, which will be held on Friday, January 28th at Japan Center. We welcome Japanese students, NCSU, Duke and UNC students studying Japanese and Japanese people living in this area who want to practice speaking English. The purpose of this gathering is for American students to meet Japanese people to practice Japanese, for Japanese people to meet Americans, and to make friends. Home style food made by volunteers will be provided. Enjoy this informal and cultural meeting! Language table is sponsored by Dept of Foreign Lan and Lit at NCSU.

January plan:
(1) We will play Japanese traditional card games “karuta” and “hanagaruta” which
Japanese play on New Year’s Day.
(2) Special New Year Calligraphy: Write your resolution of the year in Japanese.
(3) We will talk about our winter break. Please bring your short essay in

Any donations such as a bottle of water, food, chips or fruit, cookies are fully appreciated.

We use real plates and chopsticks for dinner to reduce trash and to save our resources. We will take turns and wash them after Language table. Please help us!

Now we have our language table website. Please visit it! Thank you, Sera-sensei!

If you have any questions, please contact me at or 515-9298.
Hope to see you there! Keiko Ueda

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


日時:1月21日(金曜日)11時半~ (遅刻、早退もちろんOK)
場所:Durham, NC