Armstrong to Host Free Japanese Culture Presentations, Workshops

(Nov. 2, 2013) – Armstrong's Office of International Education and Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Political Science will present a series of presentations and workshops focusing on Japanese culture, politics and history on November 18 and 19. The events, which are part of International Week at Armstrong, are free and open to the public.

All workshops will feature Ai Kataoka, a Japanese Outreach Coordinator for the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Laurasian Institute. A former Japanese Cultural Ambassador to Taiwan, Kataoka is based in the International Office at Valdosta State University and is a graduate of Hosei University in Japan.

Kataoka's presentations will focus upon various aspects of life in Japan including traditional culture, seasonal events, Japanese ceremonies and more. Highlights include demonstrations of origami, kirigami, calligraphy, cooking, chopsticks and furoshiki gift wrapping, as well as an exploration of contemporary Japanese culture, from fashion to animation.

Jim Anderson, Armstrong's director of international education, considers the workshops to be an ideal opportunity for Armstrong students and the community at large to learn about Japanese culture, history and life.

“Ai Kataoka will offer an insider's perspective, providing insight into Japanese history as well as more contemporary issues facing Japan today,” he said. “We invite everyone to learn more about Japan by attending these informative presentations and workshops at Armstrong.”

Dr. Nalanda Roy, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Political Science, organized the two-day series of events at Armstrong.

“Japan is a fascinating country making a major impact on 21st-century global politics and culture,” she explained. “These workshops and presentations offer the opportunity to dig deeper and to understand Japan from a variety of perspectives.”

The complete schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 18
9:30 a.m.-10:45 p.m. - Current Japanese Culture and History – Its Impact in World Politics and Introduction to Japanese Crafts (UH 157)

11a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Current Japanese Culture and History – Its Impact in World Politics and Introduction to Japanese Crafts (UH 157)

1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. - Japanese History, Life and Traditional Culture (Ogeechee Theater)

Tuesday, November 19
11a.m.-12 p.m. - Presentation on Contemporary Japanese Fashions (Fine Arts 203)

2-4 p.m. - Workshop on Kirigami - open to Armstrong students only (Fine Arts 203)