2012 Kaneko Day Camp Successful

altFifty-nine local kids attended this year's Kaneko Day Camp (KDC) in August and it was a big success!  KDC is a 4-day cultural camp put on by students in the American Studies Program at TIUA who serve as camp counselors and teachers.  They spend many hours planning out the class content and activities and creating the necessary accompanying materials. The hallways were decorated, as well as the various classrooms. The camp started August 6 with check-in and soon all the campers had met their teachers and were having fun getting to know about Japan.  There were classes in origami, songs, games, language, calligraphy, and dance.

On Thursday, the last day of camp, parents and other family members came to walk around and visit the classrooms to see the work that the campers had done, enjoy bento lunches, and watch the campers perform some dances.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the camp!



Name(s) and age(s) of campers

WU/TIUA Reunion June 30, 2012 in Tokyo!


The 2012 Reunion was held in Ikebukuro on Saturday, June 30. Over 60 attendees were there as well as 10-12 children.  Alumni from the American Studies Program at TIUA as well as some Willamette University alums were in attendance.  Along with a buffet and drinks, there was a bingo game and the prizes were goods from Willamette University.

Guests attending from Willamette and TIUA were: 

*TIUA: Gunnar Gundersen, Executive Vice President; Masaki Shimada, Director, Campus Life & Academic Services; Toru Tanabe, Business Manager; Barby Dressler, Director, University Relations/Special Programs; and Tomoko Harpster, Associate Director Campus Life & Academic Services.

*WU: Luis Rosa, Assistant Dean of Campus Life; and Miho Fujiwara, Associate Professor of Japanese.

Click here for a photo gallery.

The Lessons of Fukushima Symposium

altAs we are approaching the one-year anniversary of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan, a two-day symposium at Willamette University’s College of Law gathered people to identify and learn from the global lessons of Fukushima.

“The Lessons of Fukushima” was Feb. 24-25 in Salem and featured first-hand accounts from survivors, who – along with scholars, community advocates and students – discussed the global and environmental repercussions of the successive meltdowns and malfunctions at the Fukushima nuclear plants.

To read an article from the Salem Statesman Journal, click here.


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