Resource: Tezuka Collection on Google Cultural Institute

Tezuka Productions Co. has created a collection on Google Cultural Institute, an online resource of images and information from museums and archives all over the world, about Tezuka Osamu’s contributions to anime.


The collection has three exhibits. The first is Tezuka Osamu: The Dawn of TV Animation (1961-67), a collection of images, facts, and quotes about Tezuka’s canon, his relationship with Walt Disney, and his contributions to the medium of animation. The second is a content tour of the Tezuka Museum in Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo; and the final one is a street-view tour of the museum.

This is a great resource for students and fans of early Japanese animation and manga, and it’s a nice online introduction to Tezuka and his works. Hopefully Google Cultural Institute will feature more collections on Japanese history and pop culture in the future!

Thanks to The Manga Critic for the link!

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Book Announcement: To Hallow Genji: A Tribute to Noh

To Hallow GenjiThis tribute to the Noh theater includes eighteen plays and four essays. Among the plays are five non-repertoire that survive in Zeami’s own hand. The eighteen are Genji kuyo, Akoya no matsu, Funabashi, Furu, Genjo, Hakozaki, Higaki, Kuzu, Matsura Sayohime, Naniwa, Nishikigi, Nomori, Saoyama, Tadatsu no Saemon, Togan Boto, Toru, Tsunemasa, and Unoha. The essays are entitled “The Sword of Furu,” “Matsukaze and the Music of the Biwa,” “The Jewel of Shidoji,” and “A Note on the Theme of Wholeness and Rupture.”

Publish-on-demand from Amazon, 328 pages, $14.25.

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Job Opening: Director of Development, U.S.-Japan Council

job opening - 5Institution: U.S.-Japan Council
Location: Washington, DC
Posted on April 14, 2014
Education requirements: BA required, MA preferred
Languages: English (fluent), Japanese

The U.S.-Japan Council ( is a Japanese American-led non-profit organization fully dedicated to strengthening ties between the United States and Japan in a global context. By promoting people-to-people relationships through its innovative programs in networking and leadership, the Council serves as a catalyst to inspire and engage Japanese and Americans of all generations. It develops the next generation of leaders committed to a vibrant and dynamic relationship. The Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo.

We seek a candidate who is committed to the goals of the organization and can bring experience in fundraising, primarily with corporate and major donors that have vested interest in U.S.-Japan relations. We seek a candidate who will serve as a key member of the leadership team to develop mid- to long-term strategies in fundraising and work closely with staff and board leadership in the implementation of development plans.

The U.S.-Japan Council is the official administrator and public-private partner to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for the TOMODACHI Initiative (, and the candidate will work with a cross-functional team in Japan and the United States to support the fundraising and partnership development activities.

This position offers an opportunity to make an impact in a growing non-profit and an opportunity to network with prominent leaders at the forefront of U.S.-Japan relations. Fluency in English is required and Japanese language proficiency is desirable.


  • Plans, coordinates and implements development strategies in close consultation with the President and Board Development committee, primarily in the area of corporate and major donor fundraising.
  • Maintains and grows relationships with existing donors through relationship building, development of marketing opportunities and annual renewals.
  • Expands and diversifies the Council’s donor base and prospect base to secure funding for new initiatives.
  • Works with Board members, Council members, donors and others who assist in introducing the Council to new potential supporters.
  • Explores new funding sources including but not limited to Japanese and U.S. corporate sponsorships, individuals, grants from private foundations and grants/contracts from the public sector.
  • Staffs development committee meetings and works closely with the committee chair.
  • Oversees the administration of donor recognition including but not limited to acknowledgement processing and event marketing.
  • Works in collaboration with program staff on current and potential future programs to effectively communicate internally and externally about programs and donor recognition and to identify potential donors. Works with program staff to write grant proposals and prepare reports to funders.
  • Helps establish performance measures, review donor experience, monitor results and record best practices to evaluate the effectiveness of the fundraising process.
  • Oversees the donor database and develops the existing system.
  • Provides input in the annual budget and maintains development reporting system in coordination with the finance staff.
  • Some travel and/or regular calls with key donors and potential donors in select U.S. regions and Japan.


  • Substantial professional experience in fundraising and building partnerships with business and major donors.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work under deadlines, manage multiple priorities, and delegate effectively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work effectively in teams with VIPs, Board members, staff members, and volunteers.
  • High degree of initiative, positive attitude, attention to detail and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and on a team.
  • Minimum of 5 years fundraising experience (required).
  • Experience in U.S.-Japan relation activities (preferred).
  • Bachelor’s degree (required); Master degree (preferred).
  • Experience with fundraising database – Raiser’s Edge,Salesforce, etc. (preferred).
  • Fluency in English (required) and Japanese (preferred).

The U.S.-Japan Council does not sponsor visas to work in the United States or fund relocation. It is preferable that the candidate reside in the greater Washington, D. C. area but consideration will be given to candidates that reside in another part of the United States.

Full application details on

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Fun Link Friday: Letter from Sakamoto Ryoma Discovered in Tokyo Home

I think the quote says it all here. Wow!

Totsugeki Atto Home (突撃!アッとホーム) airs every Saturday at 8:00pm. Each week the family-themed show revolves around several households across Japan and the small, intimate inner workings that make them function. One of the segments is called “Family Treasure Hunting,” a sort-of-reverse Antiques Roadshow in which hosts randomly go up to strangers and ask them what their household’s most prized possession is….“I have a letter from Sakamoto Ryoma,” offered Yuko Hata, a middle-aged Japanese woman.

Via Spoon & Tamago.

Via Spoon & Tamago.

Read the whole story at Spoon & Tamago.

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Job Opening: Executive Assistant to the Consul General and the Deputy Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco

Via JETWit Jobs mailing list

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Institution: Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, CA
Deadline: April 25, 2014
Education: n/a

We are seeking a mature, experienced, well organized, detail oriented individual with the ability to provide executive assistance to the Consul General and the Deputy Consul General of Japan.


  • Native English speaker with a professional demeanor, discretionary and diplomatic skills
  • Experience in working with high level executives required
  • Knowledge of Japanese language and culture helpful but not required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, excel and outlook


  • Maintain and coordinate complex schedule
  • Take and screen incoming calls
  • Greet visitors
  • Handle mail
  • Maintain excellent filing system
  • Assist to write letters
  • Other task upon the request of Consul General and other officers

Full application details on the Consul-General’s website.

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Job Opening: Program Assistant, Asian Studies Program and Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia, George Washington University

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Institution: George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Posted: 04/12/2014
Type: Full Time
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
Education: Associate or higher

Ad Statement:
Founded in 1821, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, to include ten academic units, with a full-time equivalent enrollment of a little over 20,000 students and approximately 11,000 full-time and part-time employees (faculty and staff). The George Washington University is a community dedicated to learning, communication,respect, service and teamwork. As one of the largest private employers in the District of Columbia, the university seeks employees who support the teaching, research, and public service mission of the university.

Job Description Summary:
This position provides administrative and programmatic support to the BA and MA Asian Studies academic programs; Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA); and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University. In particular, this position involves academic scheduling, event and seminar planning, budgeting, student advising, making travel arrangements, and managing social media and communications tools.

Minimum Qualifications:
Associates degree, or higher, plus 0-2 years of relevant experience. Degree requirements may be substituted for a combination of education, training and experience.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of a modern Asian language
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in Asia and international affairs
  • Excellent writing, editing, and public presentation skills
  • Experience using social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, and blogs) for outreach, targeted campaigns, and fund-raising
  • Prior professional experience in either project or program management
  • Experience with marketing, outreach, and academic recruiting
  • Experience with website design and management
  • Cross-cultural experience and/or working in an international environment
  • Excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks while meeting multiple deadlines
  • Familiarity with word processing, database management, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work with little supervision, but also teamwork skills


  • Provides day-to-day administrative and operational activities, as well as managing budget and expenditures/reimbursements.
  • Serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, other departments, and/or the general public on various issues.
  • Tracks and collects various records/data; prepares reports; and maintains records.
  • Assists faculty, students, and staff engaged in the implementation and administration of activities.
  • Updates outreach and communications resources and tools.
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
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Job Opening: Japanese Studies, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Monash University

job opening - 5Institution:   Monash University
Location:   Australia
Position:   Tenure Track Faculty; Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Japanese Studies

Monash University is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Japanese Studies Program, School of Languages, Literature, Cultures and Linguistics. Your area of specialisation may include one or more of: contemporary or 20th Century Japanese studies, cultural, literary, or film studies, applied linguistics, language pedagogy, social sciences, or other relevant fields related to the study of Japan.

You will be required to teach units in Japanese and English, undertake supervision of research students, engage in original and innovative research, be prepared to collaborate in research, team teaching, and curriculum development as well as undertake a share of administrative tasks within the program and/or school.

You will have a dynamic research and teaching profile and a strong track record in Japanese studies and language teaching experience. At Senior Lecturer level you will have a demonstrated track record in teaching, research supervision, success in grant applications and a national and/or international publication profile.

Appointment will be made at a level appropriate to the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.

As the successful candidate, you will ideally be able to commence in January 2015 or sooner.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs”

NOTE: Monash University uses Australian / British academic titles: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer correspond to the US or Japanese titles Assistant and Associate Professor.

Contact: Professor Carolyn Stevens
Phone: +61 3 9902 0456




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