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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Regime and The Scene: Or, What Difference Did the Tokugawa Shogunate ​Make to the Visual World of Early Modern Japan?

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | October 28 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Women's Faculty Club, Lounge

Mary Elizabeth Berry, UC Berkeley; Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania; Matthew McKelway, Columbia University; Timon Screech, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Kären Wigen, Stanford University; Marcia Yonemoto, University of Colorado

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

“Visual World” is spongy shorthand for the physical, representational, and conceptual space of the Edo period. It can conjure the imagery of painting, prints, cartography and other texts. It can conjure urban planning and cityscapes, architecture and infrastructure, and the “look” of the built landscape (from the scale of construction to the universe of night). It can conjure interiors and...   More >

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Neutrality in the Pacific War, 1941-1945

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 3 | 12 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

Florentino Rodao, Associate Professor, Complutense University, Madrid

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of History

The role of neutral countries during World War II is increasingly being considered in the historiography of the conflict. Neutrals were crucial in trading strategic materials, exchanging currencies, espionage, representing interests in enemy countries, providing legitimacy in occupied territories or diplomatic negotiations. Their role is being increasingly studied in the European scenario but...   More >

Friday, November 4, 2016

Women in Leadership: Kaori Sasaki, CEO, UNICUL International and ewoman Inc.

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 4 | 4 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

Kakul Srivastava, VP Marketing, GitHub; Angie Chang, VP Business Development, Hackbright Academy

Kaori Sasaki, Founder & CEO, UNICUL International, Inc.; Jon Metzler, Lecturer, Haas School of Business

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco

UC-Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies and Haas are happy to announce a special session with business pioneer Kaori Sasaki. Ms. Sasaki founded UNICUL International, which offers executive media training and translation and interpretation in seventy languages, in 1987. In 1996, she launched ewoman, Japan’s first Internet portal for women in 1996, and that same year started the...   More >

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

China-Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War, 1949-1971

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 9 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Dr. Amy King, Australian National University

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

In this seminar, Dr. Amy King examines the rebuilding of the China-Japan relationship after World War Two. Drawing on rare archival sources, she explains why and how, even in the immediate aftermath of their bitterest war and the onset of the Cold War divide, China’s leaders were willing to rely on Japanese technical assistance in building the new Communist state, and Japan could become China’s...   More >

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ORIAS Speakers Bureau Open House

Presentation: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies | November 10 | 5-8 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center), 5th floor, Institute for East Asian Studies conference Room

Professional Development for Educators

Over a dozen UC Berkeley doctoral students have each developed a single, polished presentation for delivery to k-12 students, k-12 teachers, or community college students. ORIAS and participating local teachers have worked with them to help them meld their scholarly expertise and passion with good teaching practices, age-appropriate content, and standards alignment.

Local teachers are now...   More >


Additional teacher colleagues are welcome! Please feel free to bring fellow teachers with you. Register online, or by calling Shane Carter at 510-643-0868, or by emailing Shane Carter at

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Computationally Designing Origami Structures

Colloquium: Center for Japanese Studies | November 16 | 5 p.m. | 250 Sutardja Dai Hall

Tomohiro Tachi, The University of Tokyo

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), UC Berkeley Department of Mathematics, The University of Tokyo

Paper is a material that can neither stretch nor shrink, but can easily bend or fold. The behavior of paper is governed by “folding.” The geometric pattern of origami is self-organized when a sheet material breaks. The interactions between panels and folds exhibit stiffness and strength, which can lead to structures at the architectural scale. Different folding patterns can yield flexible...   More >