JASGP Goes to Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ!

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

On Tuesday of last week, fellow staff member Erin and I visited Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (located at 19th & Callowhill) for a chat with the general manager, Karen Tancrede. We wanted to get a sense of what the Gyu-Kaku experience is all about. Our visit started with an enthusiastic "Irasshaimase!" which was a nice throwback to the time that Erin and I both spent in Japan. The decor is also appropriately Japanese, with a modern flair mixed with traditional woodworking patterns. We were seated at a table and began perusing the menu while we waited.

Abe Makes Historic Visit to US

Earlier this month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington for a conference with President Barack Obama. Abe made history by being the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a session of the Joint Houses of Congress. Abe also met with Obama to discuss a number of international topics, ranging from strengthening historically strong ties, to the updated defense treaty between the two nations, to the hotly contested issues surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

Phila-Nipponica: An Historic Guide to Philadelphia & Japan

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin has Japanese descendants? What about that the only Quaker school in Japan was founded by Philadelphia's long-standing Quaker community? Or how about that the tiny locomotive that kicked off Japan's legendary railway developments was built here in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has always been central in American history. As one of the oldest cities in the nation, you can't throw a stone without hitting a spot where something important happened. Blue signs mark historic businesses and residences across Center City, showing a who's who of Founding Fathers among the city's preeminent early population. You may also be surprised to know that Philadelphia also has a long history with Japan and the Japanese people.

Wig Tutorial: Irene wig

I had a few questions asking how I made my Irene wig, so I thought I’d write up a guide as to how I did it. While it seemed fairly complicated, it was a lot easier then I thought it would be, my process was fairly easy, it was more time consuming then difficult. This guideline would work pretty well for anyone who would want to cosplay Jolyne, or anyone else with an odd bun style hairstyle.

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Science Challenge 2015)

Last week, I was fortunate enough to learn about science and research at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) during the graduate school’s Science Challenge Program! 

There, I met the twenty one other undergraduates as well as master’s program students attending the program and together, we embarked on a weeklong journey of learning about OIST and graduate school life.    

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