TUJ Times Online

December 17, 2008 (vol. 39)

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Coax Success Your Way With TUJ's Little Cat

Meet the newest addition to our lineup of TUJ-branded goods: a 5-centimeter-tall manekineko (beckoning cat). Sitting with one paw upraised-the customary Japanese gesture used to call someone over-these felines are thought to attract fortune and business success. There's a bonus, too, in the form of an omikuji (paper fortune) inside the cat.

TUJ's manekineko are now on sale for 850 yen. You can find them at the Information Center (first floor of Azabu Hall), which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Showtime—TUJ Student and Faculty Winter Art Exhibitions

Several TUJ art students and faculty members are holding exhibitions during the winter season.

TUJ faculty members Kaoru Sakurai & M. J. Song - "Cranbrook in Japan 2008" group exhibition

Dates & Time
Through Tuesday, December 23, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Living Design Center Ozone in Shinjuku (Access)

TUJ student Christine Suzuki - solo exhibition

Saturday, December 20 through Thursday, December 25
Sunday, December 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Box Island Gallery in Ebisu (Access)

TUJ faculty member Shinya Watanabe (aka shin-ya b.) is performing at an event called U.V. in Kyoto. Please click here for more information.

Date & Time
Sunday, December 28, 5 to 11 p.m.
Kyoto Seika Art University Gallery (Access)

TUJ student Mariko Kawashima - solo exhibition

Tuesday, February 3 through Sunday,
February 8
Le Decco in Shibuya (Access)


Alumni Reunion 2008 Entices the Masses

Alumni and faculty mingle to the sounds of jazz vet Mike Price and his quartet

Sampling the cuisine of chef Paul Bocuse

If you weren't at the National Art Center's Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée restaurant on November 15 for the 2008 reunion, you missed one fantastic night. People came from all over Japan, and we doubled last year's attendance. The night's highlights included gourmet food and an open bar, invigorating jazz from the Mike Price Quartet, and the unveiling of Red Owl Ale, created especially for TUJ by the Baird Brewing Company. We gave away great prizes, too, including dinner and a night at the Miyako Hotel. HOOT!

We hope to see you at our next monthly mixer or history-making affair. Check the website (http://www.tuj-aa.org/) for details on upcoming events as well as discount coupons for food and entertainment.

Super Sonic - TUJ Chorus Performs at Azabu Juban Festival

TUJ Chorus members (from left to right, standing) James Gaspard, Remi Bauer, Kiei Ogata, Tomoko Hasegawa, Emi Nishimura, Haruka Nomura, with Prof. Horton; (kneeling left to right) Tina Brunner, Suna Kim, Danielle Joh. Not pictured: Maiko Luckow

The TUJ Chorus produced some powerful harmonies on October 25 at Azabu Kumin Center during a performance that was part of the two-day Azabu Juban Festival. Under the direction of Professor Leonard Horton, the 12-member group (including a pianist) sang nine songs, including Peter, Paul and Mary's "Gone the Rainbow," the spiritual "Little Innocent Lamb," Benjamin Britten's "Country Girls," and "Sora wa maru de," which featured a solo by James Gaspard. The group's performance helped reinforce TUJ's ties to the Minato community, and Minato City's citizens clearly enjoyed the music.

Fall Career Fair Draws Diverse Employers

The Fall 2008 Career Fair on October 29 attracted nearly a dozen companies from various industries, including finance, consulting, hospitality, trading, fashion, retail, IT, accounting and recruiting. Reps from firms such as AXA Life Insurance and KPMG expressed strong interest in the diverse specialties, bilingual skills and positive attitude TUJ students possess. The students made the most of this chance to meet high-profile companies and explore possibilities in other industries.

TUJ'S Career Development Office, which puts on this event, will be conducting individual seminars during the spring 2009 semester, giving companies about an hour each to meet students. We welcome inquiries from TUJ alumni looking to hire new graduates about participating in this new event as well.

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