Animation Artist in Residence Program for Young Animation Creators: A-AIR Tokyo 2015

HT to Art Radar.

Sponsor: Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho / Government of Japan)
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2014
Program dates: 70 days between January 7th and March 17th 2015
Number of fellowships available: 3


1. Aims of the project

This project, organised by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunka-cho / Government of Japan), is an artist in residence program which aims to provide three outstanding young animation artists from around the world with an opportunity to come to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese animation culture. In doing so, we aim to promote both the creation of excellent works of animation and a better understanding of Japanese culture.

2. Target field

Animation production

3. Number of applicants accepted


4. Duration of the program

70 days between January 7th and March 17th 2015

5. Support provided

  1. Travel expenses
  2. Living allowance
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Rental accommodation (including workspace)
  5. Location: Tokyo
  6. Expert assistance
  7. Opportunity to present work done during residency
  8. Opportunities to interact with Japanese creators

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Announcement: Chin Music Press Opens Storefront in Seattle

Via Chin Music Press blog, courtesy of PNWJETAA.


Indie Book Publisher Opens Office/Retail Space in Seattle’s Pike Place Market
Press Release
July 16, 2014

Local independent book publisher Chin Music Press today opened a new office and retail/exhibit space in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market. The retail space, open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, will feature all Chin Music titles as well as related posters, zines, chapbooks, stationery, broadsides and other artwork.

“It’s a great privilege for a small publisher like us to be able to obtain space at Pike Place Market,” said Chin Music Press Publisher Bruce Rutledge. “We now have room to give all of our titles the shelf space and attention they deserve. But more importantly, we can add to the literary ecosystem in Seattle. We look forward to connecting with other presses, bookstores, artists and lovers of literature to make our space a vibrant part of the community.”

“The Pike Place Market is very pleased to have Chin Music Press join the market community,” said Kelly Lindsay, director of programs and marketing for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. “We believe the Seattle community, as well as visitors from around the world, will enjoy Chin Music’s first retail store and the opportunity to directly engage with featured artists, writers and photographers. Now home to five independent bookstores, the Pike Place Market is a destination for people who love to read. ”

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Fun Link Friday: The real-life shrines of Sailor Moon

If you’re revisiting classic Sailor Moon or watching Sailor Moon Crystal, check out Rurousha’s post on the Tokyo shrines that appear in the manga and anime.

Image by Rurousha.

Image by Rurousha.

The shrine is written 火川 in the manga, but it’s 氷川 in real life. Interesting difference: 火 is fire, 氷 is ice, both can be pronounced hi. The kanji 川, kawa, is river. Sailor Mars’s element is fire, hence that change.

Check the full post out here.

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Job Opening: Program Officer, East Asia for International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)

Position: Program Officer
Company: East Asia for International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)
Location: Arlington, VA
Type: Full-time
Education: BA required; MA in relevant subject area preferred.
Position Overview:

ISEP is currently seeking a full-time Program Officer for East Asia located in our central office in Arlington, VA (10 minutes from Washington DC). Founded in 1979, ISEP is a nonprofit membership organization with over 300 partner institutions in 50 countries around the world. ISEP provides exchange and study abroad opportunities to over 3,400 students annually.

Under the general supervision of the Regional Director for Asia Pacific and the Great Lakes, the Program Officer administers student exchanges between ISEP member institutions and those in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan; serves as principal liaison with institutions in these countries; handles all applications to and from institutions in these countries; assists the Regional Director in outreach to US members in the Great Lakes region; conducts outreach and engagement activities with students and coordinators for recruitment and retention of applicants


  • Service to coordinators
  • Conducts advising and outreach activities to increase application numbers
  • responds to inquiries from coordinators at member institutions regarding programs and availability of space
  • informs coordinators when candidates cannot be placed within the anticipated time frame, sets realistic expectations and points out other options
  • participates in coordinator training and workshop
    serves as primary point of contact for coordinators from member institutions in their countries
  • Service to students
  • Conducts advising, outreach and engagement activities with students to increase application numbers and retain participants throughout the placement process
  • reviews applications from and places students at member universities in the US and abroad; documents significant transactions in the student’s electronic record
  • follows up on outstanding confirmations, makes appropriate adjustments, and provides post-placement communication
    maintains support services during and following exchange period and responds to crisis situations


3. Member Relations/Program Development

  • reviews Institutional Information Sheets from designated non-US countries and follows up as needed.
  • reviews student evaluations of programs and initiates/implements appropriate follow-up activity
  • develops knowledge of member institutions for program advising to coordinators and students
  • Assists Regional Director in development of new programs at designated member institutions

4. Outreach and Marketing

  • participates in outreach and engagement to coordinators and students for marketing of designated institutions
    provides input for and reviews ISEP publications, materials and website information
  • conducts site visits
  • participates in professional conferences

5. Other projects related to Annual Plan as assigned


Education: BA required; MA in relevant subject area preferred.

Experience: 2-3 years relevant work experience

Skills: Foreign language skills in Japanese preferred; study abroad or work experience in the Asia region; understanding of the cultures and educational systems of Asian countries and of U.S. higher education.

Excellent communication and organizational skills, strong customer service and student relations ability, ability to handle detail and prioritize workload; ability to work as a team member as well as independently

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Job Opening: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature and Culture

job opening - 5Institution:    University of California – Davis, East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC)
Location:          California, United States
Position:           Associate Professor, Full Professor in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) at UC Davis invites applications for a faculty position, at the Associate Professor or Professor level, in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, effective July 1, 2015. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in teaching, research, and service in EALC with a distinguished faculty and a culturally and ethnically diverse student body. Candidates must demonstrate national and international distinction in research, excellence in teaching and mentoring, native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English, and a strong commitment to service at the university and in the profession. Teaching responsibilities will likely include Japanese literature courses, introductory culture courses, and courses in the candidate’s primary area of research.

A PhD in Japanese literature, popular culture, cultural studies, film studies, cultural or intellectual history, cultural anthropology, fashion studies, design, media studies, gender and sexuality studies, comparative literature or East Asian Studies with a Japan focus, or any other related field is required. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014; the position will stay open until filled.

To receive full consideration, please submit applications online at including: 1) a letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) one or more published papers or chapters, 4) teaching evaluations from the past three years, and 5) the contact information for three references.

The University of California at Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff. It is also a smoke-free campus.

Contact:            Lorene Von Eschen:

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Book Announcement: Beyond Ainu Studies: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives

HudsonCOVER4.inddVia University of Hawai’i Press.

Editors: Mark J. Hudson, Ann-Elise Lewallen, Mark K. Watson
272pp. January 2014
Cloth – Price: $52.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-3697-9

In 2008, 140 years after it had annexed Ainu lands, the Japanese government shocked observers by finally recognizing Ainu as an Indigenous people. In this moment of unparalleled political change, it was Uzawa Kanako, a young Ainu activist, who signalled the necessity of moving beyond the historical legacy of “Ainu studies.” Mired in a colonial mindset of abject academic practices, Ainu Studies was an umbrella term for an approach that claimed scientific authority vis-à-vis Ainu, who became its research objects. As a result of this legacy, a latent sense of suspicion still hangs over the purposes and intentions of non-Ainu researchers.

This major new volume seeks to re-address the role of academic scholarship in Ainu social, cultural, and political affairs. Placing Ainu firmly into current debates over Indigeneity, Beyond Ainu Studies provides a broad yet critical overview of the history and current status of Ainu research. With chapters from scholars as well as Ainu activists and artists, it addresses a range of topics including history, ethnography, linguistics, tourism, legal mobilization, hunter-gatherer studies, the Ainu diaspora, gender, and clothwork. In its ambition to reframe the question of Ainu research in light of political reforms that are transforming Ainu society today, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in Indigenous studies as well as in anthropology and Asian studies.

Contributors: Misa Adele Honde, David L. Howell, Mark J. Hudson, Deriha Kōji, Ann-Elise Lewallen, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Hans Dieter Ölschleger, Kirsten Refsing, Georgina Stevens, Sunazawa Kayo, Tsuda Nobuko, Uzawa Kanako, Mark K. Watson, Yūki Kōji.

14 illus.

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Job Opening: Artistic Staff, Portland Taiko [part time]

job opening - 5Company: Portland Taiko
Location: Portland, OR
Education: no requirement
Deadline/start date: Sept. 8, 2014
Posted Aug. 17, 2014
Type: part time with benefits

Position Overview

Portland Taiko seeks an Artist Staff member to join this nationally recognized, nonprofit taiko company. This new staff will join a dynamic, exciting performing group to assist with performances, school assembly programs, outreach projects, classes, workshops, and composition projects.

Now celebrating its 20th year, Portland Taiko (PT) is a nationally recognized leader in the emerging art form of taiko (Japanese drum). As one of a handful of professional taiko groups in the country, PT seeks a candidate with energy, motivation, and eagerness to learn about our organization. Portland Taiko is comprised of a community-based performance ensemble centered on a powerful, culturally specific art form. A dedicated group of Board, staff and volunteers works to achieve Portland Taiko’s mission: “Through innovation and excellence in taiko, Portland Taiko affirms Asian American pride, inspires audiences, builds community, and educates about our heritage and culture.”


Applicant should have excellent taiko skills and background (3 years min. experience preferred), extensive taiko performance and teaching experience, cooperative work skills, an openness to new artistic influences and collaborations, a passion for the art form and a deep commitment to building a professional community-based taiko group.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, and benefits will include medical/dental coverage and a SEP retirement plan. Portland Taiko is an equal opportunity employer.


  • Provide artistic leadership and perform with PT community performing group
  • Conduct educational school assembly program(s) and local bookings, including community outreach performances
  • Provide instruction in adult classes, children’s classes, and workshops as assigned
  • Contribute to development of artistic vision and direction of organization

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