Planning for Smart Cities in Japan...

Tuesday March 1,12:30-2.Room 120 UBC Institute of Asian Research, 1855 West Mall. Free event. Prof. Hidefumi Imura (Yokohama City University) will discuss shifting Japanese perspectives on energy management and smart technology investment, not only for the creation of low-carbon cities and a green economy, but also for disaster recovery.  ...

Simulating Survival

Wednesday, Feb 24. 1:30-2:30. Room 604,UBC Asian Centre. Free event. Sponsored by the Centre for Japanese Research,  this talk by Ben Whaley asks the question of whether a video game might help us better understand the trauma of another through an analysis of the PlayStation 2 game Zettaizetsumei Toshi (2002, Disaster Report, 2003). In the game, players must use limited resources to escape from an earthquake- and tsunami-stricken Japanese city, while rescuing other survivors and crafting tools for survival. Ian Bogost (2011) argues that if video games are to foster empathy for real-world situations, then players should be cast as the “downtrodden.” I introduce the idea of “limited engagement” or a form of operationalized weakness in which the game design intentionally subtracts in-game skills and items in order to communicate a sense of vulnerability and victimhood to the player. Drawing on a personal interview with the game’s creator, this talk discusses the real-world survival skills and techniques the game series is credited with teaching Japanese players. I conclude by discussing disaster photography within the video game and how its presence within a larger interactive framework might prompt a stronger empathetic engagement with representational...

Asahi Movie Screening...

Friday, Feb 20 5:30-9:00. 3440 West Broadway. RSVP Required. Join us for movie night on February 20th. We will meet at a nearby restaurant for dinner at 5:30 and start the movie about 7:00. You can come for dinner, or the movie, or both. You can bring snacks or drinks to enjoy during the film if you like. We will watch “The Vancouver Asahi”, a recent Japanese film: http://www.straight.com/movies/722821/viff-2014-japanese-blockbuster-tell-vancouvers-asahi-baseball-team-story  Please RSVP by Feb 18th to rsvp@mokuyokai.bc.ca Also indicate your full name, contact information, if you are Mokuyokai annual member or not, also if you will be joining for dinner, movie or...

Dialogue with Teresa Wat Feb04

Dialogue with Teresa Wat...

Thursday, Feb 4  12:30-2:30 Deloitte & Touche LLP Meeting Room, 26th Floor, Four Bentall Centre, 1055 Dunsmuir Street. Free event. Registration Require. Economic and Business Dialogue with Minister of International Trade in BC  On Feb 4, 2016, the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver is inviting Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade in BC to the event “Economic and Business Dialogue” sponsored by Asia Pacific Foundation, Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia and Deloitte & Touche LLP.  Discussion topics include (but are not limited to) trading between Canada and Japan, business environment in BC, visa/immigration issues, issues surrounding small/mid-sized corporations in BC, and TPP.  For more information, please refer to the official invitation letter from the Consulate General of Japan, attached to this email below. Registration is required.  Please respond directly to the Consulate General of Japan at (keizai.bc@vc.mofa.go.jp) by using the format below by February 1, 17:00pm.  Alternatively email to Nobunari Mano (nobunari.mano@gmail.com) by February 1,...

Open House Jan22

Open House

Friday, January 22. 4:30-6:00 pm. CK Choi Bldg, UBC. Free Event. UBC’s Centre for Japanese Research (CJR) is pleased to announce its Annual Open House Reception on Friday Jan 22 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. We welcome anyone interested in Japan to join us for light refreshments, traditional Japanese dishes, and a classical Koto demonstration while learning about the diverse events related to Japan that the CJR hosts throughout the year. The CJR is actively engaged in promotion of research on a wide variety of topics dealing with Japan and its place in the world community. We invite you to come and learn more about the many activities of the CJR and our work towards facilitating greater understanding between people of Japan and...