Third Annual Ann Arbor Japan Week June 18-24
The Center for Japanese Studies proudly presents the third annual Ann Arbor Japan Week. Ann Arbor Japan Week will return in summer 2017 with special free kickoff movie screening events on June 11th and 18th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Last year’s kickoff screening of the animated film Only Yesterday offered in partnership with the Cinetopia International Film Festival attracted over 400 people.
Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017 will bring back some of the most successful events from previous years, including a taiko drumming performance, storytime and crafts at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, a martial arts demonstration, a sushi making lesson, and a shibori dyeing workshop. New events to look forward to this year include an ikebana demonstration with the Detroit Chapter of Ikebana International and the performance of a new arrangement of “Sakura” by Jeffrey R. Treviño on the Charles Baird Carillon.
The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan is the primary organizer of Ann Arbor Japan Week, and this year it celebrates its 70th anniversary. It is the oldest center in North America that promotes and disseminates interdisciplinary research on Japan and encourages new approaches to the understanding of Japan and its place in the world. This is the third year that the Center offers this week long series of Japan-related events, aiming to provide opportunities for all ages to enjoy and learn about Japanese language and culture.
The JBSD Foundation generously supports Ann Arbor Japan Week, making it possible for all of the events to be free and open to the public. Japan Week is also supported through collaborative programming with community partners including the Animania, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Cinetopia International Film Festival, the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, Godaiko Drummers, Ikebana International Detroit Chapter, Japanese Martial Arts Center, Michigan-Shiga Sister State Program, Michigan Theater Foundation, Nagomi Sushi, Slurping Turtle, Southeast Michigan Japanese Language Meetup Group, University of Michigan Museum of Art and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance.
“We are thrilled to be able to present the third Ann Arbor Japan Week,“ says Center for Japanese Studies Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui. “We have received so many positive responses about Ann Arbor Japan Week in the last two years, and we are delighted to bring back all the most popular events and add some exciting new ones. We hope that the Week will spark an interest in Japan for many residents of Southeast Michigan, young and old.”
For more details and updates about Ann Arbor Japan Week 2017, visit the Center for Japanese Studies website at www.ii.umich.edu/cjs.