Center for Japanese Studies 50th Anniversary Events — Hybrid Japan

50th Anniversary

2008 marked a critical moment for the Center for Japanese Studies as we celebrated our accomplishments over the past fifty years, and planned the continued development of Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley throughout the twenty-first century. The Center for Japanese Studies' 50th Anniversary year and a half long program of events featured prominent Japanese studies scholars, politicians, artists, and celebrities. These included Haruki Murakami (literature), Sadako Ogata (international relations), Kazuo Inamori (business), Toyo Ito (architecture), Hayao Miyazaki (film), and Norman Mineta (Japan and Japanese America). Symposiums were hosted on Japan's international relations, U.S.-Japan baseball, Japanese Buddhism, Japanese food culture, and the past, present, and future of Japanese studies in the United States, among others. The Center for Japanese Studies also inaugurated the Berkeley Japan Prize and the Berkeley Japan New Vision Award during the 50th Anniversary year.

As Japan's role in today's polyglot culture has widened and deepened in the United States and across the globe through economic and "soft" cultural power, the Center for Japanese Studies has maintained its vital commitment to the integrated, interdisciplinary study of Japan, a commitment necessary to best understand Japan's place in the world. With its internationally acclaimed faculty, scholarly resources, and densely populated East Asian student body, Berkeley has come to be recognized throughout the world as the premier site for innovative Pacific Rim and Japanese research and studies. We celebrated this important anniversary year to demonstrate the continued significance of Japan as East Asia rises further in prominence over the course of this century.

2008 Program of Events

May 50th Anniversary Kick-Off: Cal Japan Day
September Anime Masters and Masterpieces: Grave of the Fireflies
October Haruki Murakami in Berkeley
  The Inaugural (2008-2009) Berkeley Japan Prize: Haruki Murakami
  Haruki Murakami: A Conversation
  Japanese Literature on the Global Stage: The Murakami Symposium
November Berkeley in Japan I: The Inaugural Berkeley-Todai (University of Tokyo) Forum
  Sadako Ogata and Japan's International Relations: Diplomacy and Foreign Aid
December U.S.-Japan Baseball: History and Prospects

2009 Program of Events

January The Pacific War Revisited
  Letters from Iwo Jima and Clint Eastwood in Person – film screening and comments from the director
  A Scholar's View of Letters from Iwo Jima – symposium
  The Inaugural (2009-2010) Berkeley Japan New Vision Award: Clint Eastwood
February Kazuo Inamori: A Conversation on Business Innovation and Philosophy
April Toyo Ito: A Conversation on Japanese Architecture
May Kazuo Hara: Documentary Film Making
  Kazuo Hara's Documentary Films – film screenings and comments from the director
  Kazuo Hara and Japanese Film Studies – symposium
June Berkeley in Japan II: The Berkeley-Nichibunken Dialogue
July Hayao Miyazaki in Berkeley
  San Francisco Bay Area Premier of Ponyo
  The Hayao Miyazaki Symposium
  The 2009-2010 Berkeley Japan Prize: Hayao Miyazaki
  Hayao Miyazaki: A Conversation
September Tracing Japanese Buddhism: An International Conference
October Japan and Japanese America
  Norman Mineta: "U.S.-Japan Relations: A Japanese American Perspective" – keynote lecture
  Japan and Japanese America: Connections Across the Pacific Rim
November Japanese Food Culture on the Global Stage
  The History and Contemporary Forms of Japanese Food Culture – symposium
  The Longest California Roll: A World Record Attempt
  Washoku and Wine: A Benefit Gala Dinner
December Japanese Studies at Berkeley and the U.S.: Past, Present, and Future