Haenicke Institute
for Global Education

1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, Michigan
49008-5245 USA
Phone (269) 387-5890
(269) 387-0630

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2425 Ellsworth Hall
WMU Mail Stop 5245

Michitoshi Soga Japan Center

Building Bridges and Creating Opportunities

Mission Statement:

The Soga Japan Center at Western Michigan University commits itself to making fundamental advances in our knowledge of Japanese history, culture, business, science and technology. In so doing, it serves as a generative force in international education.


Soga Japan Top Story

Yoko Tawada to read at WMU April 21

Called "magnificently strange" by "The New Yorker" and frequently compared to Kafka, Pynchon and Murakami, Yoko Tawada is one of the most creative, theoretically provocative, and unflinchingly original writers in the world. She will present a reading of her prose and poetry at WMU form 5 to 6:15 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 in 3025 Brown Hall.

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Soga Japan Center Events


"Kabuki and Buddhism"
Kanji Tamura, Rissho University.
1 p.m.,
Friday, Feb. 21
3301 Friedman Hall, write.
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Lectures--Thursday, Feb. 13
"Following in Haiku Footsteps:
Taneda Santōka & the Haiku
Life in Translation"
Emiko Miyashita, poet and director-JAL Foundatio
4 to 5 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall
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"Japanese Aesthetics since the
Founding of the Tea Ceremony,"
Susumu Miyashita, expert in tea related antiques
5 to 6 p.m.
3025 Brown Hall
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FALL 2013

Tea Time
Discussion about ESL in Japan
Friday, Nov. 22
4 to 5 p.m.
Bernhard Center Faculty Dining Room
Hosted by CELCIS director and faculty

"Keeping Up Appearances: Gender and Theater in Premodern Japan"
Dr. Maki Isaka, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24
2500 Knauss Hall
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Film screening
"Kagura for the Wrathful Deities of Hiba"
with Director Dr. Koichi Matsuo
6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
2008 Richmond Center
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Jet Programme info session
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 30
3025 Brown Hall
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Japanese Language Club
Parchment Community Library
6 to 7 p.m.
Tuesdays (Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 5 and 19)
Ages 12 to adult
Drop in any date

"Crossing Centuries"
Bilingual poetry reading and discussion
Mutsuo Takahashi
Hiromi Itō
6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
3025 Brown Hall


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