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Friday, May 27, 2016

President Obama’s Historic Visit to Hiroshima

obama hiroshimaCULCON congratulates President Obama on his historic visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, 2016.  Established by President Kennedy and Prime Minister Ikeda in 1961, the binational advisory panel continues to promote understanding and cooperation between Japan and the United States through educational and cultural people-to-people exchange.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Internships Available for Spring 2016

The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), U.S. CULCON Secretariat and U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO spring 2016 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange.  Interns will be disseminating information via social media, helping to plan a Summit of U.S.-Japan related organizations, assisting with the JUSFC grant-making selection process, and supporting the Friendship Blossoms, TeamUp and other campaigns.  Applicants should have excellent research, internet and organizational skills and some knowledge of Japan and/or Japanese language (translation skills a plus).  16-40 hours/week in our Washington, DC office, flexible schedule.  JUSFC/CULCON/USJBF will reimburse local transportation costs.  Please see our website for further information about our activities and our excellent Internship Program:  http://culcon.jusfc.gov/about-us/internship-program

Please send a resume and cover letter to: culcon@jusfc.gov.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto Addresses CULCON Public Forum: Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020


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The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee convened a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  Co-sponsored by the Freer/Sackler Galleries, the Forum took place Friday, November 20, 2015, in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art.

Since the Games of the XVIII Olympiad in Tokyo in 1964, Japanese art and architecture have attracted wide international audiences.  This forum examined the rise in popularity of these art forms and explored the directions that Japanese art is taking as the country prepares for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

In addition to Mr. Sugimoto’s address, the agenda included a welcome by Dr. Louise Cort, representing the Freer/Sackler, remarks by Dr. Anne Morse and Mr. Masanori Aoyagi, co-chairs of the Arts Dialogue Committee; Dr. Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery, “Action and Reaction: Contemporary Art in Japan and the International reception since 1964.”; and Dr. Ken Tadashi Oshima,University of Washington, and President-elect, Society of Architectural Historians, “Architectural Dialogues between Japan and the United States.”

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee was established at the 2010 CULCON plenary session to examine obstacles to artistic exchange between Japan and the United States and explore new areas of cooperation among artists.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

CULCON Will Convene Public Forum: Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 1964/2020

The CULCON Arts Dialogue Committee will convene a Public Forum:  Curating Japan in the Olympic Era 2965/2020 with a keynote address by photographer and designer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  The Forum will take place Friday, November 20, 2015, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20560.  A reception will follow from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Seating is Limited and Complimentary.  Kindly reserve by November 10. Any unreserved seats will be available, first come first serve on November 20.  Please reserve at this link:  https://www.greenvelope.com/event/Curating-Japan-CULCON-Nov-20.


Monday, August 10, 2015

CULCON Convenes 5th Summit of U.S.-Japan Organizations

The U.S. CULCON Secretariat hosted a fifth summit on August 8, 2015, attended by more than fifty participants from thirty organizations involved with U.S.-Japan exchanges. The focus of the meeting was the next 70 years of public diploIMG_9296macy between the two countries. Mr. Joseph Young, Director of Japanese Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, discussed recent developments in U.S.-Japan relations and the significance of people-to-people exchanges. Deputy Assistant Secretary Robin Lerner, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, also joined the meeting and updated the gathering on an ECA initiative to establish an internship opportunity for Japanese youth in the U.S.

Of special note, among the participants at the summit were members of the newly formed board of directors of USJETAA, who were in Washington, D.C. to hold their first board meeting. Their contributions to the discussion and the information-gathering and interactions with other participants were all beneficial milestones in the quest to engage a younger constituency of U.S.-Japan specialists.

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