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:
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 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.


· 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.


· 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: