Oct 11

Japan America Society Roundup 10.11.10

Gail Cetnar Meadows (ALT, Hiroshima-shi 2007-10), co-founder of Hiroshima JET webzine the Wide Island View, shines a light on some of the upcoming events of various Japan America Societies… 

JAS of Boston 

  • Japanese Buddhist Fire Ceremony — Join a group of Tendai Buddhist monks from Japan as they present sacred chants and perform the dramatic, traditional outdoor goma (fire) ceremony. Discover the meaning behind the ceremony, and participate by writing prayers for sanctification. Curator Anne Nishimura Morse will discuss Buddhist images acquired for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts by three benefactors.
    • Date: Sunday, Oct. 24
    • Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Place: Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston
    • For more information, click here.

Heart of America JAS 

  • History of Christianity in Japan – This program provides a unique opportunity to learn about the multifaceted history of Christianity in Japan from its beginning until the present. Dr. Leroy Seat, who lived in Japan from 1966 to 2004 and taught at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka for 36 years, will give a presentation of Christian history in Japan from the time of Francis Xavier’s arrival in 1549 until Dr. Seat’s own last visit to Japan last May.
    • Date: Tuesday, Oct. 26
    • Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
    • Place: Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri
    • For more information, click here.
JS of the UK 

  • Restless Spirits and Bewitching Transformations! – Get your skin crawling learning about a whole world of Japanese goblins and ghosts. What is that clattering in the kitchen in the still dead of night? Where does she go wandering so mysteriously in the hours of darkness, that beautiful young wife? As Halloween spirits return to their spectral world, this creepy program will explore the Japanese tradition of yokai and yurei.
    • Date: Tuesday, Nov. 2
    • Time: 6:30 p.m.
    • Place: Lodge Room No. 11, The Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen St., London WC2
    • For more information, click here.

Does your Japan America Society have an upcoming event that you’d like to share with JetWit readers? Email Gail Cetnar Meadows the info. 

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