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  • Japan Affinity House Dinner “Yaki-Yaki,” 15 May 2016
  • Japan Affinity House, DartmouthWhen midterms come crashing down all around you, and when the spring just can’t seem to get a foothold in the Upper Valley, there is nothing to do but gather with good-hearted, like-minded folks and enjoy good food and conversation (preferably in Japanese). The Dartmouth Japan Society and the Japan Affinity House gathered on this Sunday evening to make and eat yakisoba (fried noodles) and tai-yaki (fish-shaped crusts with custard or bean-paste filling). The ten or so people gathered cooked, washed, ate, and listened to an eccentric selection of Japanese pop music from the 1970s. It was an utterly delightful couple of hours. Thanks to the chefs and all who helped out.
  • Tangent (Ting Cheung) Cheng ’16, Senior Honors Thesis Presentation, 13 May 2015
  • Tangent Cheng, Senior Honors Thesis PresentationOn this Friday afternoon Tangent joined other soon-to-graduate seniors in presenting his research to a roomful of faculty and students. Tangent’s thesis, titled “Light in the Land of the Rising Sun: The Birth of the Light Novel Genre,” explores the genesis of a new literary genre. Working with the ideas explored by Ian Watt on the emergence of the traditional novel in the West and considering, too, the scholarship of Maeda Ai and Peter Kornicki on the Japanese version of that piece of global literary history, Tangent teases out the socio-economic, cultural, and technological roots of the contemporary “light novel,” making a very compelling case for its structure (episodic non-metanarrative) and characters (kyara as opposed to three-dimensional characters) being rooted in computer game and otaku culture. His advisor is Jim Dorsey.
  • Film & Food with Faculty (サン•エフ): Prof. Hori and The Great Happiness Space, 13 May 2016
  • Film Food with Faculty, May 2016Once again the Japan Living Learning Center and the Dartmouth Japan Club teamed up for this event, which was held in the large lounge of the Byrne II section of McLaughlin Hall. While enjoying curry rice (though of the Indian variety) students and faculty watched the 2006 film titled The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief, a documentary exploring the goings-on at a “host club.” Prof. Hori chose and introduced the film, providing some background on these sorts of establishments and encouraging those gathered to think open-mindedly about the issues faced by the hosts and their customers. The event was very well attended; we thank Sam Heath and Tangent Cheng for their hard work in bringing it about.
  • Alex Smith ’93, Lecture titled “Game Localization: Leveraging Culture to Bring Japanese Entertainment to the West,” 12 April 2016
  • Guest lecutre - Game LocalizationAlex, who resides in Kamakura, Japan, swung by the College for a lecture during his visit to the U.S. Cofounder of publisher Bento Books and the founder of the translation agency Kajiya Productions, Alex has worked as a game developer for Square-Enix’s Tokyo offices. He writes and has translated extensively for the gaming industry, including the Final Fantasy series. He also translates novels, including those by bestselling authors Keigo Higashino and Miyuki Miyabe. His most recent release, “A Midsummer's Equation,” by Keigo Higashino, is his 29th translated novel in publication. Alex drew a crowd of about fifty for this lecture, which outlined some amazingly creative solutions for seemingly insurmountable challenges in translation.
  • Kevin Ryu ’18 (Japanese modified with Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies), Taisho University, Winter 2016
  • Kevin RyuThis winter, I was fortunate enough to be the first Dartmouth student to travel to Japan on a Goldstein Internship. I spent my off-term at Taisho University in Tokyo and interned for Professor Ito, an expert in culture and gender. My work included giving presentations (In Japanese) to Professor Ito’s students on topics concerning race and gender. I also did translation work, taught English, and maintained a blog on the university website about my experiences in Japan and thoughts on various topics. Both academically and personally, Professor Ito has been an invaluable resource to turn towards. Thanks to her, I was able to meet many extraordinary gender scholars. Also, knowing that this was my first solo trip to the country, she went above and beyond to make me feel welcomed. Overall, I’d like to thank everyone I have met for giving me many precious memories to take back home with me. Towards the end of my internship, I began to conduct a bit of my own research: Japanese last names. With the Japanese Supreme Court recently ruling that married couples must share a last name, I thought it would be interesting to study how/why couples decide whose last name to use. (Photo: Kevin on the right. He is receiving a Japanese lesson from Togawa-sensei, a professor at Taisho University and a radio announcer)
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