Featured Events

Saturday, April 4 2020

Midwest Japan Seminar at UWM!

The Critical East Asian Humanities Reading Group C21 Collaboratory and the Japanese Program are proud to host the spring 2020 meeting of the Midwest Japan Seminar. The Midwest Japan Seminar returns to Milwaukee for the first time in decades. This...

Monday, November 11 2019 3:30-4:45

Talking about Toilets and Japanese Culture

Come join us for a truly memorable and enlightening talk by Sharon Domier from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Learn more about the history of Japanese toilets and their appearance throughout the literary and visual history tradition of Japan! Free...

Monday, October 28 2019

An Evening of Kabuki

We are thrilled to welcome Nakamura Gankyo, kabuki actor of the most prestigious kabuki family in Japan, to perform a selection of kabuki dances from Musume Dojoji and Echigo Jishi. Nakamura-san will demonstrate how different interpretations of a dance play...

Friday, October 25 2019 12PM - 1PM

Divining the Past

Join us for a talk by Brigid E. Vance, Assistant Professor in the History Department at Lawrence University. In this talk, Professor Vance asks what happens to dreams after they are dreamed? How was such knowledge about dreams disseminated in...

Thursday, November 1 2018 12:30PM

“Material Form, Female Friendship, and the Making of a Love Novel”, talk by Luciana Sanga

The Japanese Program and the Asian Studies Certificate is pleased to welcome Luciana Sanga of Stanford University for her talk on the materiality of "ren'ai shosetsu" (love novel). Free and open to the public. Talk abstract: How does the material...

Thursday, March 15 2018 6:00PM-8:00PM

Japan Twang: An Evening of Tsugaru-jamisen with Sato Michiyoshi

Come enjoy an entertaining and educational concert with shamisen virtuoso Sato Michiyoshi on his second US tour! Sato is an award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen, a dynamic style of music played on a three-stringed Japanese banjo called a shamisen. Sato's performance...

Friday, March 24 2017 - Friday, May 5 2017 6PM - 8PM

Evening in the Land of the Rising Sun: Planetarium Series and Spring Festival Celebration

Join us for our Friday night series at the Manfred Olson Planetarium. This special event, running each Friday evening for seven weeks, will include Japan-related food, drink, entertainment by Japanese majors at UWM, and cultural activities starting at 6PM. These...

Wednesday, February 22 2017 3:30PM-4:30PM

Guest Lecture: “Rewriting the Modernist Encounter: ‘At the Hawk’s Well’ and the Dance Poem Movement in Japan”

Please join us for a talk by Tara Rodman of Northwestern University. Time and date: Feb 22 @ 3:30PM Location: Greene Hall 148 Abstract: In 1916, the modern dancer Itō Michio (伊藤道郎) collaborated with W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound on...

Wednesday, September 28 2016 12:30PM

Astrobreak at the Manfred Olson Planetarium

Join us for a Japanese edition of the Astrobreak at the Manfred Olson Planetarium on the UWM campus! We will look at the stars and talk about poetry and literature about the Tanabata story of two lovers separated by an...

Wednesday, March 9 2016 3:00 pm

Landscapes of the Unfamiliar: Tani Motokatsu and His Journey to Ezo in 1799

Tani Motokatsu was employed as a sketch artist along with some eight hundred fellow expeditioners on a shogunate-sponsored trip to Ezo (present day Hokkaido, Japan) in 1799.