Cal Japan Day

DATE: Saturday, May 17, 2008, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PLACE: Various locations - see Schedule

SPONSORS: Center for Japanese Studies


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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley!

UC Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) is one of the oldest Japanese Studies centers in the United States, with internationally recognized strengths in Japanese history, literature, political science, religion, anthropology, and art history. CJS has hosted numerous historic conferences and visiting scholars from Japan and other countries, funded our best-in-the-nation Japanese collection in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, distributed research grants to hundreds of graduate students and faculty, and sponsored a wide range of events to introduce Japan to Berkeley and the larger community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are inviting Cal alumni and others with an interest in Japan back to campus for Cal Japan Day. This will officially launch a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with exciting events such as a reading by the novelist, Murakami Haruki, coming up in the Fall.

These events are open to people who make a donation to the Center for Japanese Studies. Information about donation levels is available on the donations tab.


Saturday, May 17
C.V. Starr Library
Tour of the newly-opened C.V. Starr East Asian Library
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Yuki Ishimatsu, Head Librarian, Japanese collection

Back to School with Cal's Japan Studies Faculty
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Berkeley Art Museum
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Featured lectures:
Japanese Business Then & Now: Will Japan Remain a Global Economic Powerhouse?
Jim Lincoln, Professor and Associate Dean, Haas School of Business

The Japanese Economic Model: New & Improved?
Steve Vogel, Professor of Japanese Politics, Department of Political Science

Japanese History at Cal, Japanese History in Japan
Mary E. Berry, Professor of East Asian History and History Department Chair

Camp Dharma: Buddhism & the World War II Japanese American Incarceration
Duncan Williams, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism and Center for Japanese Studies Chair

Cocktail hour
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Berkeley Art Museum

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Rakugo Performance
7:00 pm
Location: Gaia Theater, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley
Cost: $15 - General public; $10 - Students

Note: Cal Japan Day donors will be admitted to this event free of charge. Please see the donations tab for more information.

Please send a check payable to UC Regents or your credit card information to: Center for Japanese Studies; University of California; 2223 Fulton Street; Berkeley, CA 94704-2318

For VIP Donors
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant, San Francisco

Note: This event is open to VIP donors only. Please see the donations tab for more information.

  • Exclusive dinner menu prepared by Executive Chef, Shotaro "Shô" Kamio
  • Dynamic performance by the world renowned Tsugaru-Shamisen duo — The Yoshida Brothers

Please contact CJS for information on this VIP event. Suggested donation is $250/ticket. We will send you an individual invitation upon your request.



Donations for Cal Japan Day events are as follows.

Cal Campus Event

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A donation of $100 per person to the Center for Japanese Studies will entitle you to attend all of the events on campus, plus the Rakugo performance by Katsura Kaishi. Please make your check out to "UC Regents" with a notation at the bottom of the check that it is for the CJS 50th Anniversary.

To donate to the Center for Japanese Studies and participate in all of the Cal Japan Day events, please click here to download the RSVP card. Print the card, fill it out, and return it to the Center for Japanese Studies. If you have any questions please send email to, or call 510-642-3156.

VIP Event

A donation of $250 per person will entitle you to attend a special VIP Donor event at Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco. The event will feature an exclusive dinner menu prepared by Executive Chef Shotaro "Shô" Kamio, a dynamic musical performance by the world-renowned Tsugaru-Shamisen duo, The Yoshida Brothers, and a ceremony honoring distinguished alumni and major donors. Please contact the Center for Japanese Studies for more information about this VIP event. Contact information is noted below.

Please return the RSVP card or send an inquiry on the VIP event to:

Center for Japanese Studies
University of California, Berkeley
2223 Fulton Street
Berkeley, CA 94704-2318
Phone: (510) 642-3156
Fax: (510) 643-7062

All gifts are tax-deductible as provided by law. The information you provide will be used for university business only and will not be released unless required by law. A portion of the gift will be used to help defray costs of raising and administering funds.



Cal Japan Day events will be held at various locations around the Berkeley campus. Please see the maps below for the locations of each event.

C.V. Starr Library

The C.V. Starr library is located in the middle of the Berkeley campus, across from Doe Library. See section B4 on this large campus map.

C.V. Starr Library

Berkeley Art Museum

The Berkeley Art Museum is located at 2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. See section E5 on this large campus map.

Berkeley Art Museum

Gaia Theater

The Gaia Theater is located at 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. See section D1 on this large campus map.

Gaia Theater


There are various public parking lots and facilities near campus and in downtown Berkeley. This list includes municipal and privately owned parking lots and garages open to the public. Please consult signs for hours and fees prior to entering the facilities.

Other lots:

  • Berkeley Way near Shattuck
  • Center Street near Shattuck
  • Allston Way near Shattuck
  • Kittredge Street near Milvia

More information is available on the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation page.