Week Two of Shofuso Summer Camp focused on the celebrated animation production company Studio Ghibli. Campers worked on projects involving the studio’s beloved characters, such as the forest spirt Totoro. In addition, the camp’s CIT Ambassadors put together a short documentary about Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki.
Men Without Women is the latest of Haruki Murakami’s works to get an English translation (original publication 2014: translation 2017). Focusing on primarily on past relationships, this collection of short stories shares the grounded approach taken in Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki more than the heightened magical realism of Murakami’s earlier acclaimed works. The 7 stories in Men Without Women span the gamut of emotions, though there is a sense of loss and pathos, teetering on regret that permeates many of the pieces. The men at the heart of each story take … Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will be offered again on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The government sanctioned test is open to all non-native speakers and is offered around the globe – Philadelphians will have a local option at Villanova University. If you’re not familiar with the JLPT, it’s broken into 5 levels with N1 being the most difficult and N5 being the most accessible. There’s a pretty handy summary of each level as well as a self evaluation tool on the JLPT website. … Continue reading →
As one of their video projects, the Shofuso Summer Camp CIT Ambassadors put together a pair of interviews with Eli, a long-time camper, and Olivia, a new camper. They hope that the interviews will provide a useful introduction to the camp and its activities! … Continue reading →
Festivals in the summer are as ubiquitous as warm weather, and nearly every culture has a major celebration that you can take part in while wearing shorts. In Japan, Obon is a festival that combines spiritualism with communal fun. It is a three day festival based on the Buddhist belief that ancestors’ spirits visit the world of the living. The story goes that a disciple of the Buddha managed to see the spirit of his deceased mother, and saw that she was suffering. He then asked the Buddha what he could … Continue reading →