TUJ Times Online

May 21, 2008 (vol. 32)

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Upcoming Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies Events

On Surviving the Bataan Death March and More
Dr. Lester I. Tenney endured the infamous Bataan Death March and three years of slave labor at a Mitsui coalmine in Japan. He went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Southern California. Currently professor emeritus in Arizona State University's College of Business Administration, Tenney is also the commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, a national veteran's organization of former POWs held by the Japanese. He will describe how he managed to survive both trials when so many did not.
For more information on this event, please click here.

Date & Time
Thursday, May 29, from 7 p.m. (presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.)
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall 502 (Access)
Free (and open to the general public)
Registration closed.

Japanese Cinema Eclectics: Horrors of Malformed Men

At this month's Japanese Cinema Eclectics session, master filmologist Donald Richie introduces a seldom-seen cinematic vision called Horrors of Malformed Men. Based on the stories of Edogawa Rampo, the film portrays a young medical student mistakenly committed to an insane asylum who later escapes to confront his mad father on a mysterious island filled with malformed and mutilated men (and women). Horrors has been called disturbing, dreamlike and beautiful, but director Teruo Ishii saw his creation virtually disowned by the studio that made it. If you have any celluloid in your blood, grab this rare chance to see a cult classic. For more information, please click here.

Date & Time
Thursday, May 22, from 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
SuperDeluxe (Access)
1,500 yen (valid for one day/one screening)
Introduction and Q&A by Donald Richie in English (film in Japanese with English subtitles)
Registration closed.

TUJ Logo Towels

The newest addition to our lineup of TUJ branded-items is a 20 cm by 115 cm towel. Perfect for outdoor sports or daily use, the towel is now on sale at TUJ's Information Center for 1,000 yen.

You Never Graduate from Learning

Did you know that as a TUJ alumnus you can skip the 10,500-yen entrance fee on Continuing Education classes and also receive a 25 percent tuition discount? Continuing Education offers plenty of exciting courses and workshops geared for working professionals that will upgrade your skills and make you more marketable, so why not advance your career while recapturing the spirit of your TUJ days by taking a few? The summer semester starts the week of May 19, so register now by contacting contedinfo@tuj.temple.edu or clicking here to fill out an online application form.

Note: A PDF version of the course description guide listing all Continuing Education courses can also be downloaded here.


Students Launch Charity Foundation

This past January twenty full-time TUJ students hailing from more than 15 different countries launched the TUJ Student Charity Foundation. Their mission: reach out and help people in developing nations financially by holding charity events. The group set a fundraising target of 5 million yen for their kickoff project, which is to build a minimum of ten houses in Sri Lanka by May 2009. The foundation's first event was an international food festival held on March 12 at TUJ's Azabu Hall cafeteria featuring cuisine from a dozen different countries. A Charity Party and lottery followed. The events have been so successful that they've already raised enough money to build one house.

Foundation members have great plans for events during the upcoming semester, and they'll soon complete their portfolio and website so that everyone interested can participate and stay informed about their progress.

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