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October 22, 2008 (vol. 37)

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Alumni Reunion 2008 - Gourmet Food, Live Jazz, Prizes and More

Does an evening featuring an all-you-can-consume smorgasbord of gourmet food and drink, live jazz, and awards and amazing prizes sound good to you? We thought so. That's what the Alumni Association has planned for the 2008 alumni reunion on November 15, so come join other TUJ alumni and teachers at Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée to celebrate 26 years of TUJ's presence in Japan. Sign up now so you can party in style and reconnect with friends and favorite instructors from TUJ.

Date & Time
Saturday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée
6,000 yen per person, including a gift!
RSVP by November 5 via e-mail to reunion-rsvp@tuj.ac.jp. Be sure to include your name, number of guests, and the names of any faculty members you would especially like to see there. For more information, please contact the Alumni Association at tuj.alumni@gmail.com

Get Festive at the Azabu Fureai Matsuri!

The organizers of the Azabu Fureai Matsuri are inviting everyone at TUJ to join the festivities again this year. A TUJ choir will be singing songs from all over the world on Saturday from 4 p.m., and TUJ communication majors will be broadcasting live at entrance to the Azabu Civic Center (time TBD). Come enjoy the weekend with our neighbors, and if you've got the time and the inclination please consider volunteering to help out as well.

Date & Time
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Azabu Civic Center

For more details, including what you might do as a volunteer, please contact Tatsuo Nitta (nitta@tuj.ac.jp) in External Relations.


Sizzling Times at the Alumni Riverside Barbecue

It was tabehodai and nomihodai down by the riverside, and attendees took full advantage

Around seventy TUJ alumni, family and friends gathered for a long and lazy Sunday afternoon barbecue beside the Tama River on September 7. Among the attendees was Prof. Hiroko Sumikura, who organized the first of what has become an annual affair while she was still a student at TUJ. People obviously enjoyed the unlimited food and drink on hand, and the weather was spectacular. Special thanks go to all the alumni who helped make this year's barbecue a winner, particularly Yuichi Takahashi and James Moen, who had three grills going nonstop; Federico Clulow, who found a prime spot for us; and Antonio Canales, who handled the logistics. If you missed this event, btw, don't worry—plenty more are in the works!

Edutainment Works for Minato's Elementary School Students

Thirty-three fifth and sixth graders from 11 different Minato City elementary schools enjoyed learning English through games, quizzes, songs and other activities with teachers and international students from TUJ during a three-day session in late August. Organized by the Continuing Education program, this project was the first in the 2006 cooperative agreement between TUJ and Minato that was designed specifically for elementary schools. The students showed off the results of their training on the final day, acting and singing in English and dancing for an audience of forty parents, grandparents, teachers, and Minato City Board of Education officials. The grasp of English they displayed surprised and impressed the guests. The kids received certificates recognizing their accomplishment during the closing ceremony.

TUJ Sponsors First "Peace and Creativity Salon"

The first "Peace and Creativity Salon" took place on September 26, attracting over two hundred people. TUJ sponsored the event, which was organized by the United Nations University (UNU) and the Global Lives Project, an international collaborative effort by filmmakers, designers, architects, activists and institutions to capture the diversity of our planet's population by documenting a day in the lives of ten people. The first four documentaries—made in Zomba in Malawi, Brazil's Sao Paulo, San Francisco, and Tokyo—were screened at the UNU campus.

TUJ Communications professors Ron Carr, Irene Herrera, Hiroko Sumikura and their students have participated in the Global Lives Project since May 2007. Irene and Hiroko visited Anren—part of Chengdu, China—in September to help produce the fifth shoot.

You Say Tomato, I Say Delicious

TUJ students Tori Greco and Amber Kahn show their elementary school visitors how to prepare the Italian appetizer bruschetta

Eight second grade students and two teachers from Akabane Elementary School visited TUJ on September 19 to sample some delicious tomato-based dishes from various countries. TUJ staff member Sepalika Wijekoon served up Sri Lankan bitter gourd curry, student Amber Kahn made an Indian-style tomato chutney, and student Tori Greco and staff member Holly Helt prepared Italian bruschetta. "Bruschetta is yummy and would be great for a barbecue!" exclaimed one student.

This visit was one of the several joint projects between TUJ and Minato City. The students planted tomato seeds last spring, and had a bumper crop this summer. They have been studying various ways of cooking tomatoes, and what they learned at TUJ should provide added inspiration.

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