Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Taiwanese restaurant Lucky Nine 好運來 coming to Squirrel Hill.



Signage just went up for Lucky Nine (好運來), a new Taiwanese restaurant coming to Squirrel Hill. It's located in the basement of 5824 Forbes Ave. (map), what was most recently The Mediterranean Grill. Though "Grand Opening" posters are up, it is not yet open. Lucky Nine will join two other Taiwanese restaurants, Rose Tea Cafe and Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33, in the neighborhood.

Three events with Samir Lakhani, Eco-Soap Bank Founder and University of Pittsburgh alumnus, February 9 at Pitt.



The University of Pittsburgh will host alumnus and Top 10 CNN Hero of 2017 Samir Lakhani for three events on February 9 as an "Race, Gender and Leadership Series: Health & Entrepreneurship in Asia" series. Lakhani will give a keynote address from 12:00 pm at Alumni Hall. From 3:00 to 4:30 pm is an "Healthy Global Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship: How to work responsibly with/as an international NGO?" discussion in the Willian Pitt Union.
An informal dialogue between Pitt students and Mr. Lakhani on best practices when seeking employment with non-profits or developing new NGOs to serve the needs of developing countries.
And from 5:00 to 7:30 pm, the Katz Graduate School of Business will host his "Fireside Chat: Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship".
Pitt Business is proud to host a fireside chat with University of Pittsburgh alumnus Samir Lakhani, founder of Eco-Soap Bank and a Top 10 CNN Hero of 2017. In this special discussion, Lakhani will highlight the power of social entrepreneurship to make positive health, economic, and environmental impacts on the developing world. Pitt Business Associate Dean Audrey J. Murrell will serve as moderator, as issues of ethics, leadership, health, and global entrepreneurship in the 21st century are discussed.
The events are free and open to the public, but both the keynote address and the Fireside Chat require advance registration.

WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring Chinese-speaking online Spanish tutor.



Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) announced today an opening for a Chinese-speaking online Spanish tutor (西班牙语辅导老师).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mazinger Z: Infinity (劇場版 マジンガーZ / INFINITY) in Pittsburgh, February 11 and 12.



The 2017 film adaptation of the 1970s manga and TV series Mazinger Z: Infinity (劇場版 マジンガーZ / INFINITY) is getting a limited theatrical release in the US next month, and will play at several Pittsburgh-area Cinemark theaters on February 11 and 12.

WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring for three Mandarin-speaking IT positions.



Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has new openings for three Mandarin-speaking IT positions: 大数据平台高级架构工程师, Hadoop高级工程师, and NLP高级工程师. WholeRen is headquartered at 3434 Forbes Ave. 2nd Floor in Oakland (map).

"State Fictions and the Friction of Frontier Terrain: Songpan and the Huanglong Pilgrimage Since Ming Times," January 19 at Pitt.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Donald Sutton of Carnegie Mellon University and his talk "State Fictions and the Friction of Frontier Terrain: Songpan and the Huanglong Pilgrimage Since Ming Times" on January 19.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2017 Japanese animated film Mary and the Witch's Flower (メアリと魔女の花) at Cinemark theaters January 18, Row House Cinema January 19 through 25.



The 2017 Japanese animated film Mary and the Witch's Flower (メアリと魔女の花) will play at Pittsburgh-area Cinemark theaters on January 18, 2018 and at the Row House Cinema as part of it's New Animated Films series from January 19 through 25. The distributor provides a summary:
From Academy Award®-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world.
Tickets for both the dubbed and subtitled versions at Cinemark theaters are currently available online; Pittsburgh-area Cienmark theaters showing the film are Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills. Tickets for the Row House Cinema's screenings are available online as well.

2017 Japanese movie Gintama (銀魂) in Pittsburgh, January 20.



The 2017 Japanese movie Gintama (銀魂) will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on January 20.
Based on the best-selling action comedy manga by Hideaki Sorachi, GINTAMA takes place in an alternate Edo-period Japan, where an Alien race has taken control, forcing Samurai to lay down their swords. Once feared as the “White Demon,” former samurai Gintoki Sakata now works as an everyday handyman – until a master swordsman tasks Gintoki and his friends with finding the cursed sword Benizakura to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. Packed with the sword- swinging sci-fi action and offbeat humor that have made the manga a classic, GINTAMA is bound to delight both fans and anyone looking for a journey to a visually-stunning universe where fantastical action lurks just around every corner.
Released in Japan in July, Gintama is the third-highest grossing domestic film in Japan this year. Tickets for the two screenings, 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm, are available online.

The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

MEPPI Japan Lecture Series - Tokyo, One of the Safest Cities in the World, January 18.


"Tokyo" by kalcul (Creative Commons).

The first MEPPI Japan Lecture Series of 2018, "Tokyo, One of the Safest Cities in the World" will be held at Carnegie Mellon University on January 18. The lecture series is presented by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Why is Tokyo so safe? After devoting 15 years to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Police Inspector Naruomi Ebitani now works at Carnegie Mellon University researching information security. From his experience in both countries and his police officer’s perspective, he will address the differences between policing and crime in Japan and the United States.
The lecture runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall and is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed online.