Studio Japan Open House


From October 3 to the 18, Studio Japan, a Japanese Tansu cabinetry and Mingei folk art museum located in Princeton, New Jersey will host an open house. Typically by appointment only, the daily 11 AM – 6 PM viewing times make it easier to see or purchase traditional Japanese furnishings, tansu cabinetry, pottery and decorative folk arts. The private museum is also the tea house of Ty and Kiyoko Heineken, authors of Tansu Traditional Japanese Cabinetry (1981), the first researched history of Japanese mobile cabinetry in any non-Japanese language. The collection is housed in a … Continue reading →

Old Novels Provide New Insight on Murakami


Frequently mentioned as a Nobel Literature finalist, few Japanese authors have garnered international acclaim the way Haruki Murakami has. Beloved by both literary elites and more casual readers, release of newest works have frequently been met with fanfare usually reserved for the likes of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. The relative quiet surrounding this most recent release might be because technically, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 1973 or Wind/Pinball are not new. Dubbed his “Kitchen Table Novels,” Wind/Pinball are Murakami’s first two novels (novellas, really) published in 1979 and 1980 respectively. Until August these titles were … Continue reading →

Working the First Ever Japan Day


Yesterday, Sunday September 20th the JASGP partnered with the Japanese House, (or Shofuso if you’re in the know) to put on a Japan Day festival. The aim was to promote education of common things in Japanese culture. It was a busy and successful day with a good turn out for a first time event. We weren’t really sure what to expect on how many will attend but by the end of the day there had been many people there and a lot of good times.   I was there manning the … Continue reading →

The Return of Maido!


Greater Philadelphia’s only Japanese market, Maido!, has finally reopened in Ardmore; only two train stops down from its former location in Narberth. The new location is very easy to find. It is literally right in front of Ardmore Station, on Lancaster avenue. This is also great spot for locals in the area since it is right in the heart of the town and next to Suburban Square. The official address is 3-5 E. Lancaster Ave. Maido! A Marketplace of Japan will be having its Grand Opening this Saturday, Sept. 19th Saturday, September 26th so … Continue reading →

Ways to Go to Japan Part 2 – Study Abroad

(Photo credit: Columbia College)

Its that time of the year again that we all dread, the start of a new school year. But going back to school doesn’t have to be so bad, it also brings you the opportunity to study abroad! It goes without saying that if you’re interested in Japanese culture and learning the language then studying abroad will be a great experience. Whether you’re in high school or college the best way to go abroad is to ask your school if they have any partnerships/connections to exchange programs, high schools, or … Continue reading →