Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Japanese-English Social Hour, July 15 at Pitt.

"Tokyo," by Marc Veraart.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a "Japanese-English Social Hour" on July 15.
Language social hour for Japanese and English language learners. To RSVP, please email Samantha at sas715@pitt.edu
The in-person event starts at 4:00 pm at the Posvar Patio, and is open to the Pitt community, though RSVP is required.

Friday, July 1, 2022

HCL Technologies hiring Bilingual Japanese Identity Analyst - Google Pittsburgh for position onsite at Google in Larimer.

HCL Technologies is hiring a Bilingual Japanese Product Identity Analyst - Google Pittsburgh for a position onsite at the Pittsburgh Google offices in Larimer.  From the Indeed.com posting:

Bilingual Japanese Product Identity Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America, Inc., for Google Pittsburgh.

This position requires performing in-depth research, analyzing product specification data, using highly technical internal tools and processes to manage and enhance a large repository of knowledge about products. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

Food delivery service Hungry Panda hiring Mandarin-speaking Marketing Specialist for Pittsburgh area.


Hungry Panda is again hiring a Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for the Pittsburgh area. As PennsylvAsia noted in Summer 2020, more Chinese delivery options, like Fantuan and Chowbus, have made their way to Pittsburgh.

Main Objective: Activate new users and increase orders for existing customers, promote online and outdoor market campaigns to increase the branding visibility, conduct customer surveys to increase customer satisfaction, Responsible for new users acquisition, customer retention and satisfaction, daily sales volume and revenue.

  • Utilize social media to attract new customers and increase engagement with existing customers
  • Work closely with the design and content teams to build effective marketing strategy
  • Conduct market research, design campaign cooperation with KOLs and related companies
  • Responsible for the planning and execution of local market campaigns to increase daily average users
  • Collect and analyze operational and marketing data collected from previous marketing campaigns, and adjust marketing strategies

2021 Japanese film The Deer King (鹿の王) in Pittsburgh, July 13 and 14.


The 2021 Japanese film The Deer King (鹿の王) will play in Pittsburgh on July 13 and 14. A synopsis from the distributor:
In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure.

The Deer King is a sweeping fantasy epic that marks the directing debut of Masashi Ando, whose work on such landmark films as Spirited Away, Paprika, and Your Name. helped shape the world of modern animation.
It is scheduled to play on the 13th in Japanese with English subtitles at the AMC Loews Waterfront, the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson, and the Luxury Phoenix 14 in Chartiers Valley; on the 14th it will be dubbed in English and play at the Waterfront and in Chartiers Valley. Tickets are available online . .

Thursday, June 30, 2022

芋见BAO to take over Lulu's Noodles spot in Oakland.


芋见BAO will move into the Lulu's Noodles spot in Oakland after the latter's owner sold the restaurant. 芋见BAO, opened at its current location at 114 Atwood St. in early 2021 and offers a menu of dim sum, noodle dishes, bubble tea, and more. A Pittsburgh City-Paper review last September wrote:
Dim sum are small dishes that originated in Guangzhou in southern China. The phrase typically calls to mind dumplings, buns, starchy or glutinous cakes, and light desserts, and 芋见BAO’s dim sum menu covers all of these. To try as wide a variety as possible, I ordered with my partner and we shared the dim sum dishes, which came with enough pieces for us to enjoy at least one or two of everything.

The name of the restaurant refers to 芋, or taro, a tropical root vegetable common in African, South Asian, and Oceanic cuisines. While 芋见 translates directly to “seeing taro,” it’s also a homophone for “meet” or “come across,” creating a secondary phrase “come across bao,” or “come across steamed buns.”

Living up to its name, 芋见BAO has several bao options, including Pork Buns 肉包, Vegetable Buns 菜包, and Pork and Dry Bamboo Buns 笋干肉包. Each comes with six buns and has the option between steamed or pan fried preparation. I opted for steamed Pork Buns 肉包, and the pillowy dough and subtle sweetness combined with a more robust savory flavor in the meat filling was an excellent start to the meal.
There is no timetable yet for Bao's opening. The Lulu's Noodles spot is located at 400 S. Craig St. (map).

Japanese guitarist Miyavi returns to Pittsburgh, October 15.


Japanese guitarist Miyavi will perform in Pittsburgh on October 15, part of his 20th anniversary North American tour.
MIYAVI is a musician, actor, and philanthropist, bridging cultures across the globe with his music and message. His unique style of guitar playing has taken him on 8 world tours in over 30 countries. Fans refer to MIYAVI as the “Samurai Guitarist.” He has released 13 studio albums.

In December 2018, MIYAVI released the groundbreaking collaborations album Samurai Sessions Vol. 3: Worlds Collide on Universal Music Group. The stellar list of U.S.-based collaborators included Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, Grammy nominated R&B artist Gallant, Grammy nominated Pop artist Mikky Ekko, Grammy winning producer RAC, Malaysian born R&B songstress Yuna, South Central LA rapper DUCKWRTH, “Hood EDM” rapper Bok Nero, “laptop punk” artist NVDES, and Australian born Pop artist Betty Who.

MIYAVI returned to his releasing solo albums with 2019’s NO SLEEP TILL TOKYO kicked off by a concert at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium followed by the 2020 release of Holy Nights. On September 15, 2021 MIYAVI released his latest album Imaginary with features from KPOP star Kang Daniel and Grammy winning pop artist Kimbra.
The concert takes place at the Thunderbird Cafe, and tickets for the 18+ show are available online. Miyavi last performed in Pittsburgh, at the Thunderbird Cafe, in October 2021. The Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall is located at 4023 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

2020 Japanese film True Mothers (朝が来る) free at Northland Public Library, July 20.


Northland Public Library will present the 2020 Japanese film True Mothers (朝が来る) as part of its next Movie Matinee.
After a long and unsuccessful time to get pregnant, a young couple decide to adopt. Six years after a young woman claims that she is the biological mother and wants him back. A deeply touching and compassionate celebration of two mothers.

So come join us. No registration required.
It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The library is located off of McKnight Road and Rt. 19 in McCandless Township (map).

Pitt (still) hiring Assistant Instructor in Korean Studies.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is still hiring an Assistant Instructor in Korean Studies.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures seeks an Assistant Instructor in Korean Studies to teach/instruct graduate and undergraduate courses. Will also be responsible for: (i) preparing for and teaching all levels of Korean classes as required, (ii) training and observing less experienced instructors, (iii) coordinating teaching and work with the Korean coordinator and other instructors, (iv) evaluating student performances and assign grades, (v) meeting with students as needed to advise study progress, (vi) assessing program performance, (vii) holding office hours, (viii) participating in department service and professional development.

Must have a master’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) in Korean Languages or a related field plus one (1) year of experience teaching Korean at the college level in a North American institution of higher learning.

Must also have any experience with or knowledge of: (i) Korean and foreign language pedagogy in American higher education setting; (ii) linguistic knowledge of the Korean language; (iii) pedagogical technology; (iv) excellence in teaching as measured through student evaluations; (v) research in the field of Korean as a foreign language; (vi) teaching courses related to the Korean language (e.g., hanja); and (vii) coordination and administrative.

Must also be fluent in Korean (speaking, reading, and writing).

Experience can be concurrent.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Pitt hiring professor with focus on East Asian media studies.

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring an appointment-stream (non-tenure track) professor focused loosely on East Asian media studies for a position shared among the School of Computing and Information, the Department of Communication, and the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures.
The School of Computing and Information and the Dietrich School of Arts and Science at the University of Pittsburgh invite applications for a joint Teaching Assistant Professor position, pending budgetary approval. This is a full-time, appointment stream position. The initial appointment is for three years and will begin on September 1, 2022. The course load is six courses per year, divided among the School of Computing and Information (3 courses), the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (1 course), and the Department of Communication (2 courses).

The ideal candidate will address the curricular needs in an interdisciplinary area of media studies in East Asia, including issues such as privacy, social, political, and ethical implications of data in today’s society, media and consumer culture, data privacy, and data-oriented courses that may use quantitative methodology.

Asian Lantern Festival returns to Pittsburgh Zoo, August 12 - October 30; tickets available from July 1 for members.


The Pittsburgh Zoo will host the second annual Asian Lantern Festival from August 12 through October 30.
Something big is roaring back to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium this fall: the Asian Lantern Festival will return with an all-new display!

Explore the Zoo at night among more than 50 glowing, larger-than-life handcrafted sculptures, featuring extinct and endangered animals. Learn about Asian culture and enjoy themed food and entertainment.

You won’t want to miss the all-new Asian Lantern Festival, select nights Friday, August 12 – Sunday, October 30.
Tickets for members are available July 1.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Japanese animated films Belle (竜とそばかすの姫), Paprika (パプリカ), The Deer King (鹿の王), Panda! Go Panda! (パンダ・コパンダ) at Row House Cinema, from July 15.


The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will present a collection of Japanese animated films from July 15 as part of an Anime film series. Belle (竜とそばかすの姫), Paprika (パプリカ), and The Deer King (鹿の王) will play from July 15 through 21, while 1973's Panda! Go Panda! (パンダ・コパンダ) will play on the 21st only. Tickets are now available online.

The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Monday, June 20, 2022

2016 Japanese film One Piece Film: Gold (ワンピースフィルムゴールド) in Pittsburgh, July 24 and 26.


The 2016 Japanese film One Piece Film: Gold (ワンピースフィルムゴールド) will play in Pittsburgh on July 24 and 26. A synopsis from the distributor:
The glittering Gran Tesoro, a city of entertainment beyond the laws of the government, is a sanctuary for the world’s most infamous pirates, Marines, and filthy rich millionaires. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Captain Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a powerful king whose deep pockets and deeper ambitions spell disaster for the Straw Hats and the New World alike.
It plays locally at the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson, and tickets are available online. The July 24 shows are dubbed in English while the July 26 showa are in Japanese with English subtitles.

2022 Japanese animated film Fruits Basket: Prelude (フルーツバスケット-prelude-) in Pittsburgh, June 25, 28, 29.


The 2022 Japanese animated film Fruits Basket: Prelude (フルーツバスケット-prelude-) will play in Pittsburgh on June 25, 28, and 29. A synopsis, from the distributor:
Before there was Tohru and Kyo – there was Katsuya and Kyoko. Discover the turbulent beginning of Tohru’s mom’s dark past, and the man who breathed new hope into her. Watch the evolution of their love story and the birth of the Honda family, as this chapter completes the full adaptation of the heartwarming Fruits Basket story.
It will play locally at the Cinemark theater in the North Hills, and tickets are available online. The shows on the 25th and 29th are dubbed in English while the shows on the 28th are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

2002 Studio Ghibli film The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し) in Pittsburgh, June 26 and 27.


The 2002 Studio Ghibli film The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し) will play in Pittsburgh on June 26 and 27 as part of this year's Studio Ghilbli Fest. A synopsis, from the distributor:
In this sequel to Whisper of the Heart, a quiet suburban schoolgirl, Haru, is pitched into a fantastical feline world and must find her inner strength to make her way back home. Walking with her friend after a dreary day at school, Haru eyes a cat with a small gift box in its mouth attempting to cross a busy street. The cat fumbles the package in the middle of the road as a truck is rapidly bearing down. Haru manages to scoop the cat away to safety. To her amazement, the cat then gets up on its hind legs, brushes itself off, and thanks her very politely.

Strange behavior indeed, but this is nothing compared to what happens later that evening when the King of Cats shows up in a feline motorcade replete with vassals, maidens, and even Secret Service cats. In a show of gratitude for saving his son’s life, the king cat showers Haru with gifts – including a large supply of individually wrapped live mice – and decrees that she shall marry the cat prince and come to live as a princess in the secret Kingdom of Cats.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online. Please note, the June 26 show at 3:00 pm is dubbed in English, while 7:00 pm and June 27 shows are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Japanese films Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜) and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell (劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜) in Pittsburgh, June 16 and 30 (respectively).


The Japanese animated films Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜) and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell (劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜) will play in Pittsburgh on June 16 and June 30, respectively. A synopsis of 2009's The False Songstress:
It is the year 2059. Following the near destruction of the human race 50 years prior, humankind has embarked upon an interstellar emigration project. The Macross Frontier fleet is on its way towards the center of the galaxy when it encounters a hostile alien species known as the Vajra. A concert by touring popstar Sheryl Nome becomes ground zero of an attack where both flight school trainee Alto Saotome and aspiring singer Ranka Lee are caught up in the chaos. Shocked by the experience, Alto resolves to join a private military contractor, the Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.) to protect his friends and soon finds himself piloting the latest state-of-the-art variable fighter, the VF-25 Messiah. All the while, with both Alto and Sheryl’s encouragement, Ranka begins the rigorous pursuit of becoming an idol singer. As a budding love triangle starts to bloom between the three, suspicions are raised as to what the Vajra’s actual objective is and who is really behind the attacks. When Sheryl learns that her home, the Macross Galaxy fleet, has been attacked, she calls the S.M.S. into action and Macross Frontier becomes the stage for an epic showdown!
And 2011's The Wings of Farewell:
In the aftermath of the events of The False Songstress, Sheryl Nome remains aboard the Macross Frontier as her health begins to rapidly deteriorate. Meanwhile, Ranka Lee has become a singing sensation in her own right and prepares for her debut concert just as a joint military operation to hunt down the Vajra Queen gets underway. After losing his VF-25 variable fighter as a result of the skirmish, Alto Saotome is hospitalized and the two songstresses rush to his side. Just as their love triangle is about to reach its climax, the architects behind the Vajra attacks are uncovered and Sheryl finds herself behind bars, accused of treason. It’s now a race against time for Ranka and the Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.) to rescue their friend and stop the real conspirators controlling the Vajra, all while trying to protect their alien homeworld. The climactic finale of emotions, music and mecha action comes to a close as Alto must face one of the most important choices of his life.
They will play in Japanese with English subtitles at the AMC Loews Waterfront and Cinemark theater in Monroeville, and tickets for False Songstress and The Wings of Fairewell are available online.

1964 film Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ) at Row House Cinema, June 9.


The 1964 Japanese film Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ) will play at Row House Cinema on June 9.
Journalists Ichiro Sakai and Junko cover the wreckage of a typhoon when an enormous egg is found and claimed by greedy entrepreneurs. Mothra’s fairies arrive and are aided by the journalists in a plea for its return. As their requests are denied, Godzilla arises near Nagoya and the people of Infant Island must decide if they are willing to answer Japan’s own pleas for help.
The show is in Japanese with English subtitles, and tickets for the 7:25 pm show are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Taiwanese baseball player Yu Chang (張育成).


The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Taiwanese baseball player Yu Chang (張育成) from the Cleveland Guardians today for cash considerations. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes of the infielder:
Chang, 26, was designated for assignment on Thursday. He has played parts of four years in Cleveland, hitting .208 with a .637 OPS in 131 games, with his best year coming in 2021.

Chang played 89 games that season and hit .228 with a .693 OPS, compiling 14 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 39 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
. . .
He’s been worth 8 Outs Above Average, per Baseball Savant, and is capable of playing all four infield positions.
Assuming he plays for the Pirates he will be the second Taiwanese player in team history, after Wei-Chung Wang in 2019, though there have been numerous Taiwanese prospects in the minor league system over the last two decades.

Kpop Dance Workshops at Yanlai Dance Academy, July 31, August 7, 14, 21.


Yanlai Dance Academy will once again offer Kpop Dance Workshops, with this summer's sessions scheduled for July 31, August 7, 14, and 21.
Join us for an hour-long class where you will learn a popular K-pop dance! Or join us for all 8 classes!
Ages 10 and up. All dance levels welcome!
Drop-in $15. All 8 classes $100.
Specific song schedule will be released June 10.
Class 1: July 31 | 3:45-4:45pm | TBD
Class 2: July 31 | 4:45-5:45pm | TBD
Class 3: Aug 7 | 3:45-4:45pm | TBD
Class 4: Aug 7 | 4:45-5:45pm | TBD
Class 5: Aug 14 | 3:45-4:45pm | TBD
Class 6: Aug 14 | 4:45-5:45pm | TBD
Class 7: Aug 21 | 3:45-4:45pm | TBD
Class 8: Aug 21 | 4:45-5:45pm | TBD
Follow Yanlai Dance Academy on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date-information
Yanlai Dance Academy is located at 2260 Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills (map).

2021 Japanese film Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (漁港の肉子ちゃん) in Pittsburgh, June 2.


Showtimes were just announced for the 2021 Japanese film Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (漁港の肉子ちゃん), which will play in Pittsburgh on June 2. A synopsis, from the distributor:
From acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4℃ (Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game, Animatrix), Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama about an unconventional family, based on the popular novel by Kanako Nishi.

Nikuko is a brash, jolly, scattered, and passionate woman in an otherwise sleepy seaside town in northern Japan. She’s also the single mother of 11-year-old Kikuko, who is her opposite in many ways. Kikuko is a string-bean of a young girl, pensive, quietly curious, and methodical in how she approaches life in this small harbor town.

Nikuko embarrasses Kikuko as any mom of a preteen would, but Nikuko’s bold spirit makes her especially well-known in a town where Kikuko herself wants nothing more than to simply blend in. As Kikuko navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school, enhanced with touches of magical realism from her ever-present imagination, a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair’s tender relationship.

This one night event will feature an exclusive introduction by director Ayumu Watanabe and Executive Producer Sanma Akashiya.
It will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark Theaters in McCandless, Monaca, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Free Korean Learning Circle classes for beginners and intermediates continue at Carnegie Library in Oakland in June.


via the Republic of Korea's Flickr page.

The Carnegie Library Main Branch in Oakland will continue to host "We Learn: Beginner Korean Learning Circle" and "We Learn: Intermediate Korean Learning Circle" in June.

The beginners' class runs every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
In this beginner-level class, we will use the textbook published by the Korean government for foreigners who learn Korean as a secondary language. We will start from writing/reading Korean characters, ‘Hangul’, and learn how to organize sentence structures. Register for the event here.
And the intermediate class runs every Saturday from 11:00 to 12:00 pm.
In this intermediate-level class, we will cover the textbook published by the Korean government for foreigners who learn Korean as a secondary language. We will cover basic Korean grammar and vocabulary, and practice how to speak and write using what we’ve covered in each lecture.
Registration is required for the intermediate class as well.

The library is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. (map) and is accessible by buses 28X, 54, 61C, 61D, 67, 69, 71A, 71B, 71C, 71D, and 93.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Onigiri (Rice Ball) Workshop with Ginger Brooks Takahashi, June 17 in Oakland.

via 5th Luna

The JADED public art programming series will present an Onigiri (Rice Ball) Workshop with Ginger Brooks Takahashi on June 17. From the JADED Instagram page:
Learn how to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls, perfect for taking on picnics or in a lunch box) with various fillings and wraps! The workshop will be limited to 20 people maximum.

After the workshop, we will convene outdoors with a picnic open to the wider public community (open to AAPI allies as well) from 5-7PM! Bring other dishes to share with others!
The workshop will be held at Phipps Conservatory in Oakland (map). Registration is required and can be made online.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Full video release of Pittsburgh Opera's In A Grove, based on short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, now available online through summer.


In case you missed the May 15 release, Pittsburgh Opera's video of In A Grove, the opera based on short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa that played in Pittsburgh this past February and March, is now available online through the summer.
If you missed our world premiere run this past February, this is your chance to see what onStage Pittsburgh calls "an all round, world-class collaboration," and what the Wall Street Journal dubs "alluring and dramatically hypnotic."

Music by Christopher Cerrone, libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, based on the short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. Antony Walker conducts; Mary Birnbaum directs.

Izakaya coming soon to Bakery Square.


An izakaya from the Richard Deshantz Restaurant Group and Chef Michael Taylor of Gi-Jin is coming soon to Bakery Square, NextPittsburgh writes. As the Bakery Square Instagram page says, an izakaya is "a type of Japanese bar that serves alcoholic drinks and snacks." Bakery Square is a mixed-use development in Larimer, across from Mellon Park and a block from the East Liberty Target (map).

2021 Japanese film The Deer King (鹿の王) in Pittsburgh, July 13.


The 2021 Japanese film The Deer King (鹿の王) will play in Pittsburgh on July 13. A synopsis from the distributor:
In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure.

The Deer King is a sweeping fantasy epic that marks the directing debut of Masashi Ando, whose work on such landmark films as Spirited Away, Paprika, and Your Name. helped shape the world of modern animation.
It is currently scheduled to play at the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monaca, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online . The movie is also set to play in select theaters around the country on July 14 and 15, though information is not yet available.

"We Learn: Japanese Learning Circle" hybrid meetings continue at Carnegie Library in East Liberty (and online), Thursdays in June.


"Osaka, Japan" by Pedro Szekely (Creative Commons).

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch in East Liberty, which resumed its Japanese classes in April with "We Learn: Japanese Learning Circle" meetings, will continue them Thursdays in June (and perhaps beyond). The events will be hybrid, both in-person and remote.
Join us for interactive Japanese language learning. We will cover basic, intermediate, and advanced topics based on students’ experience and interest. We are happy to share cultural knowledge from Japan as well. Register on the P2PU website: https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en/signup/carnegie-library-of-pittsburgh-east-liberty-2006/
The classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The library is located at 130 S. Whitfield St. (map).

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

2022 Summer Kung Fu Culture Camp at Win-Win Kung Fu in Squirrel Hill, July and August; May 31 registration deadline for discounted rates.

Squirrel Hill's Win-Win Kung Fu Culture Center will host a 2022 Summer Kung Fu Culture Program this July and August.

2022 Summer Intensive Program

 

Week 1. July 25 – 29

Week 2. August 1 - 5

Week 3. August 8 - 12

Week 4. August 15 - 19

 

 

Squirrel Hill Studio

2705-2707 Murray Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15217

 

Learn kung fu with champion masters!

Learn Chinese language, Chinese culture and more!

 

 

Register Now!

 

Register by May 31st to get $30 off weekly tuition!

 

 

HCL Technologies hiring Bilingual Japanese Product Classification Analyst - Google Project for position onsite at Google in Larimer.

HCL Technologies is hiring a Bilingual Japanese Product Classification Analyst - Google Project for a position onsite at the Pittsburgh Google offices in Larimer.  From the Indeed.com posting:

Bilingual Japanese Product Classification Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America for a Google, Pittsburgh Project. This position enhances users’ online shopping experience by performing in-depth research, determining product taxonomy expansion, and improving machine learning classification using highly technical internal tools and processes. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

Responsibilities:

· Quickly learn and build expertise in new processes and technical applications.

· Deeply analyze data relationships to determine cause and effect of classification.

· Build product expertise on a large quantity of diverse products through thorough research and analysis of data from multiple channels.

· Review data to determine taxonomy expansion and target areas in the taxonomy which require additional training.

· Collaborate with cross-functional teams on project initiatives to enhance Google’s user experience.

· Manage time effectively and adapt to frequently changing processes and requirements.

Requirements:

· Excellent reading ability in both Japanese and English.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Pitt (still) hiring Assistant Instructor in Korean Studies.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is still hiring an Assistant Instructor in Korean Studies.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures seeks an Assistant Instructor in Korean Studies to teach/instruct graduate and undergraduate courses. Will also be responsible for: (i) preparing for and teaching all levels of Korean classes as required, (ii) training and observing less experienced instructors, (iii) coordinating teaching and work with the Korean coordinator and other instructors, (iv) evaluating student performances and assign grades, (v) meeting with students as needed to advise study progress, (vi) assessing program performance, (vii) holding office hours, (viii) participating in department service and professional development.

Must have a master’s degree (or foreign equivalent degree) in Korean Languages or a related field plus one (1) year of experience teaching Korean at the college level in a North American institution of higher learning.

Must also have any experience with or knowledge of: (i) Korean and foreign language pedagogy in American higher education setting; (ii) linguistic knowledge of the Korean language; (iii) pedagogical technology; (iv) excellence in teaching as measured through student evaluations; (v) research in the field of Korean as a foreign language; (vi) teaching courses related to the Korean language (e.g., hanja); and (vii) coordination and administrative.

Must also be fluent in Korean (speaking, reading, and writing).

Experience can be concurrent.

Maya Sushi opens in Squirrel Hill at former Mr. Egg's Kitchen spot.


Maya Sushi has recently opened in Squirrel Hill at 2101 and 2103 Murray Ave (map), the home of Mr. Egg's Kitchen from July 2020 to April 2022. Maya Sushi is running a specia from May 23 through June 23: 20% off online orders through the QR code on the window.

Mr. Egg's Kitchen relocated down the street in April to share a storefront with Teppan-BBQ.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Commonwealth Charter Academy hiring High School World Language- Japanese Teacher for 2022-2023 school year at Homestead Family Service Center.

Commonwealth Charter Academy is hiring High School World Language- Japanese Teacher for 2022-2023 school year. The online position will be based out of Homestead. From the job description:
High School World Language- Japanese Teacher
Position Description
Working from one of our Family Service Centers, the Secondary Teacher will “virtually” manage instructional programs.  Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program
In order to be successful in any role at CCA, employee must carry out all responsibilities in such a way that demonstrates and models the values of CCA, abides by all standards and behaves in a professional and engaged manner at all times. 

Pittsburgh Pirates and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo host visitors from Pittsburgh Japanese School.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hosted students and families from the Pittsburgh Japanese School on Saturday, May 21, for a pregame "press conference" with students and on-field recognition. From the Pirates Twitter:

Friday, May 20, 2022

Food delivery service Hungry Panda hiring Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for Pittsburgh area.


Hungry Panda is again hiring a Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for the Pittsburgh area. As PennsylvAsia noted in Summer 2020, more Chinese delivery options, like Fantuan and Chowbus, are making their way to Pittsburgh.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be fluent in Mandarin and English
  • Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree and above
  • Experience in business negotiation, sales and marketing management is preferred
  • Working experience in Internet companies is preferred
  • Strong time management and project management skills
  • High sensitivity on market trend, high sensitivity on data
  • Strong commercial acumen and a desire to work with restaurants, not afraid to be refused, have top-notch people skills
  • Excellent teamwork ability, cooperate with different teams to promote business cooperation, and be able to efficiently complete business negotiations independently
  • Have a valid driver licence and a vehicle

Everything Everywhere All at Once at Row House Cinema, from May 27.


The Daniel Kwan movie Everything Everywhere All at Once, starring Michelle Yeoh, will play at the Row House Cinema from May 27 as part of its "In Case You Missed It" series.
A24’s new film stars Michelle Yeoh as an aging Chinese immigrant who can’t seem to finish her taxes… until she is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save what’s important to her by connecting with the lives she could have led in other universes. It’s part sci-fi, part comedy, part action flick, and completely unique. We love it and hope you do too!
It plays through June 3 and tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Japanese band Boris (ボリス) in Pittsburgh, September 6.



Japanese experimental rock band Boris (ボリス) will perform at Mr. Smalls Theater on September 6, it was recently announced. They've played in Pittsburgh several times before, most recently in 2017. Tickets go on sale May 20 at 10:00 am. Mr. Smalls Theatre is located at 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale (map).

Eduling Speak app launches.



Linh Phung of Chatham University and Eduling International has recently launched Eduling Speak, an app "to connect English learners to talk in pairs while completing communicative tasks." More information about the app and the company, from its press release:

Chinese Cemetery & Squirrel Hill Photo Tour with Leo Hsu & Lena Chen, May 21.

From Journey of the Hungry Ghost by Lena Chen.

Leo Hsu and Lena Chen will offer a Chinese Cemetery and Squirrel Hill Photo Tour on May 21, part of this spring's JADED public programming. This event is free and open to the public. It runs from 11:00 to 12:30, and those interested in joining should meet at the parklet at Murray and Darlington Aves. in Squirrel Hill (map).

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

"Japanese-English Social Hour," May 24 at Pitt.

"Tokyo," by Marc Veraart.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a "Japanese-English Social Hour" on May 24.
Japanese-English language social hour with students studying foreign language (English or Japanese)
The in-person event starts at 4:00 pm at the Global Hub on the first floor of Posvar Hall, and is open to the Pitt community.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Director's cut of 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale (バトル・ロワイアル) at Row House Cinema, from May 20.


The director's cut of the 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale (バトル・ロワイアル) will play at the Row House Cinema from May 20, part of its Y2K film series. A summary from Row House's 2019 Pittsburgh Japanese Film Festival:
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.

Battle Royale became a cultural phenomenon, and has been highly influential in global popular culture. Since the film’s release, the term “battle royale” has been used to refer to a fictional narrative genre and/or mode of entertainment inspired by the film, where a select group of people are instructed to kill each off until there is a triumphant survivor. It has inspired numerous media, including films, manga, anime, comics, visual novels, and video games; the battle royale game genre (including Fortnight), for example, is named after the film.
It plays from the 20th through 25th, and tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Thursday, May 12, 2022

1999 Zhang Yimou film Not One Less (天上有个太阳) free at Northland Public Library, May 18.


Northland Public Library will present the 1999 Zhang Yimou film Not One Less (天上有个太阳) in its next Movie Matinee event on May 18.
In a remote village, a teacher barely older than her students, must go to the city to bring back one of her students or she won’t get paid.
It runs from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and is free and open to the public. The library is located off of McKnight Road and Rt. 19 in McCandless Township (map).

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Japanese films Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜) and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell (劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜) coming to Pittsburgh in June.


The Japanese animated films Macross Frontier: The False Songstress (劇場版 マクロスF 虚空歌姫 〜イツワリノウタヒメ〜) and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell (劇場版 マクロスF 恋離飛翼 〜サヨナラノツバサ〜) will play in Pittsburgh on June 16 and June 30, respectively. A synopsis of 2009's The False Songstress:
It is the year 2059. Following the near destruction of the human race 50 years prior, humankind has embarked upon an interstellar emigration project. The Macross Frontier fleet is on its way towards the center of the galaxy when it encounters a hostile alien species known as the Vajra. A concert by touring popstar Sheryl Nome becomes ground zero of an attack where both flight school trainee Alto Saotome and aspiring singer Ranka Lee are caught up in the chaos. Shocked by the experience, Alto resolves to join a private military contractor, the Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.) to protect his friends and soon finds himself piloting the latest state-of-the-art variable fighter, the VF-25 Messiah. All the while, with both Alto and Sheryl’s encouragement, Ranka begins the rigorous pursuit of becoming an idol singer. As a budding love triangle starts to bloom between the three, suspicions are raised as to what the Vajra’s actual objective is and who is really behind the attacks. When Sheryl learns that her home, the Macross Galaxy fleet, has been attacked, she calls the S.M.S. into action and Macross Frontier becomes the stage for an epic showdown!
And 2011's The Wings of Farewell:
In the aftermath of the events of The False Songstress, Sheryl Nome remains aboard the Macross Frontier as her health begins to rapidly deteriorate. Meanwhile, Ranka Lee has become a singing sensation in her own right and prepares for her debut concert just as a joint military operation to hunt down the Vajra Queen gets underway. After losing his VF-25 variable fighter as a result of the skirmish, Alto Saotome is hospitalized and the two songstresses rush to his side. Just as their love triangle is about to reach its climax, the architects behind the Vajra attacks are uncovered and Sheryl finds herself behind bars, accused of treason. It’s now a race against time for Ranka and the Strategic Military Services (S.M.S.) to rescue their friend and stop the real conspirators controlling the Vajra, all while trying to protect their alien homeworld. The climactic finale of emotions, music and mecha action comes to a close as Alto must face one of the most important choices of his life.
They will play in Japanese with English subtitles at the Cinemark theater in Monroeville, and tickets for False Songstress and The Wings of Fairewell are available online.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

1964 film Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ) at Row House Cinema, June 9.


The 1964 Japanese film Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ) will play at Row House Cinema on June 9.
Journalists Ichiro Sakai and Junko cover the wreckage of a typhoon when an enormous egg is found and claimed by greedy entrepreneurs. Mothra’s fairies arrive and are aided by the journalists in a plea for its return. As their requests are denied, Godzilla arises near Nagoya and the people of Infant Island must decide if they are willing to answer Japan’s own pleas for help.
The show is in Japanese with English subtitles, and tickets for the 7:25 pm show are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

HCL Technologies hiring Bilingual Japanese Product Classification Analyst - Google Project for position onsite at Google in Larimer.

HCL Technologies is hiring a Bilingual Japanese Product Classification Analyst - Google Project for a position onsite at the Pittsburgh Google offices in Larimer.  From the Indeed.com posting:

Bilingual Japanese Product Classification Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America for a Google, Pittsburgh Project. This position enhances users’ online shopping experience by performing in-depth research, determining product taxonomy expansion, and improving machine learning classification using highly technical internal tools and processes. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

Responsibilities:

· Quickly learn and build expertise in new processes and technical applications.

· Deeply analyze data relationships to determine cause and effect of classification.

· Build product expertise on a large quantity of diverse products through thorough research and analysis of data from multiple channels.

· Review data to determine taxonomy expansion and target areas in the taxonomy which require additional training.

· Collaborate with cross-functional teams on project initiatives to enhance Google’s user experience.

· Manage time effectively and adapt to frequently changing processes and requirements.

Requirements:

· Excellent reading ability in both Japanese and English.

2021 Japanese animated movie Eureka: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (交響詩篇エウレカセブン ハイエボリューション) in Pittsburgh, May 17 and 18.


The 2021 Japanese animated movie Eureka: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (交響詩篇エウレカセブン ハイエボリューション) will play in Pittsburgh on May 17 and 18.
Humans and Scub Coral (intelligent coral-like lifeforms) have been in conflict on Earth. The Scub Coral created Eureka, a humanoid Coralian, to help bring the two races together. Eureka becomes a combatant in the U.N.’s Acid unit and is ordered to protect a girl named Iris who has the ability to control scub coral. With the world in crisis, Eureka must find a way to protect Iris and the world.
It plays locally at the Cinemark in Robinson, and tickets are available online. The May 17 showing is dubbed in English, while the May 18 show is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Japanese choreographer and artist Hiroaki Umeda at Wood Street Galleries, December 28 - 30.


Japanese choreographer and artist Hiroaki Umeda will perform at downtown Pittsburgh's Wood Street Galleries from December 28 through 30, it was announced recently.
Hiroaki Umeda is a choreographer and a multidisciplinary artist recognized as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. Since the launch of his company S20, his subtle yet violent dance pieces have toured around the world to audience and critical acclaim. His work is acknowledged for the highly holistic artistic methodology with strong digital background, which considers not only physical elements as dance, but also optical, sensorial and, above all, spatiotemporal components as part of the choreography. Based on his profound interest in choreographing time and space, Umeda has spread his talent not only as a choreographer and dancer, but also as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.

Join us at Wood Street Galleries for special, small group performances of Hiroaki Umeda’s high intensity solo work, Intensional Particle. The piece showcases Umeda’s signature style of mixing digital imagery, minimal soundscape, and extremely potent corporeality.
Tickets go on sale August 5. Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street, atop the Wood Street T Station (map).