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We are no longer updating this Japan House blog. We are busier than ever though....so please join us on our website or on facebook! Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Only at Japan House
With only two weeks of school left in this semester, it is easy to forget sometimes that Christmas is in only 19 days! So if you still have a lot of people to check off on your list, stop by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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I can’t believe it, it’s the last week before Fall Break! Time sure does fly by fast when you’re preoccupied. My last round of midterms will come to a close this friday, and the start of Finals preparation will begin,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Only at Japan House
I can't believe that it's the beginning of November already! It seems like school only started a few weeks ago, and now we're nearing the end of our last rounds of midterms (YES!). If any of the students are like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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Ahh it's that time of the year again where college students dress up in costumes and go party while children dress up to go trick-or-treating for mountains worth of candy. Today, I didn't see anyone dressed up during class. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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November is approaching and we're more than half-way done with the Fall semester. Midterms are already over for some while midterms seem to be never-ending for others. I can't imagine all the stress you would accumulate over the semester from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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With two weeks left to go, the Japan House is in full gear for Nick Offerman Week! We’re so excited for everything that is going on with the Japan House and it’s been so much fun preparing for such a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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Every week I feel like it's been the busiest week I've ever had to deal with - thinking to myself that I'll get a break on the weekend. And then something new comes up, or something old that's been forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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Midterm weeks are upon us here at Illinois. I can tell by how many friends I’ve had respond to my dinner invitations with a “No, I have a midterm to study for.” Now I, myself, have been subjected to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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"In my opinion, not enough people have looked their dinner in the eyes and considered the circle of life. This is your dinner. His name is Tom." (Parks and Recreation, Season 5, Episode 1) Nick Offerman, an Illini alumni and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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It’s been three weeks in since the first day of school started here at UIUC. The chaotic frenzy of the first few weeks have started to settle as freshmen FINALLY learn when –and when not- to get on the bus,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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We have waited, waited and waited. While pictures of amazingly beautiful cherry blossoms and people enjoying o hanami (cherry blossom viewing) were flooding our newsstream from Japan, we had a snow day here at Central Illinois. But no need to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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Thank you all who attended our Setsubun Festival! I think we successfully banished the demons and welcomed happiness, and spring, inside! Thank you all who came out and celebrated Setsubun with us last Sunday. Over 150 people attended! We were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Only at Japan House
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Join us for our Fall Open House on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be two free 30 minute performances by the acclaimed Ho Etsu Taiko group from Chicago. If you have never seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Only at Japan House
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Japan House exists because of shared visions....a vision by Founding Director Shozo Sato to share the culture of Japan by teaching its traditional arts, and then a vision by Associate Professor Emeritus, and former Director, Kimiko Gunji, to further those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Only at Japan House
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It's hard to believe that the busy spring season here at Japan House is going to wind up next month. Despite the peace found here at Japan House, there has still been a whirlwind of activity this semester! Our series... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Only at Japan House
Hello everyone! I’m Riki Bongen, a junio... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Only at Japan House
I am happy to introduce Erika Bongen to the readers of this blog. Erika is a junior majoring in biology, but also taking classes in Japanese language. She's from Batavia in the western suburbs of Chicago. Her interest in Japan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Only at Japan House
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Walking up to Japan House this morning was breathtaking---the fog floating around the frosted branches in the garden---just stunning. I could barely see Japan House from a distance and a group of geese were honking from the center of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at Only at Japan House
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On Saturday, January 21, 2012 we held our first Saturday afternoon tea and welcomed 16 guests to enjoy the warmth and peace of the Japanese tea ceremony. We will continue, on the third Saturday of each month, to offer these... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Only at Japan House
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I attended the annual meeting of the University of Illinois Arboretum Board of Advisors last Thursday afternoon. Perhaps a two hour meeting doesn't sound like a pleasure...but it was! It was a great feeling to be with others that care... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at Only at Japan House
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Our Fall Open House is coming up next Saturday, November 5, 2011. These events are always memorable and this one looks particularly great! You will have a chance to participate in a tea ceremony and take a tour of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Only at Japan House
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Tsukimi, or moon-viewings, are celebrations held in Japan to honor and view the autumn moon. Last night at Japan House we welcomed guests who have been particularly generous in supporting Japan House. Without private donations we would not be able... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Only at Japan House
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We are delighted to announce that Kimiko Gunji will be the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement ACE Award from 40North/88West, Champaign County's art, culture, and entertainment council. CONGRATULATIONS KIMIKO! The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 4,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at Only at Japan House
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Japan House is looking a little bare as we ready the interior for a fresh coat of paint. It hasn't been painted since it opened in 1998. It's hard to believe that it's been so long and also hard to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Only at Japan House