Japanese Program {Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures}

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THE 3rd OCHA ZANMAI CONFERENCE IS COMING ON MAY 1, 2016!    第3回お茶三昧会議は2016年5月1日に開催!

Humanities Auditorium (HUM 133) , San Francisco State University

Guest Lectures 特別講演:

Mr. Seiwemon Onishi, "Cha-no-yu-Kama: Beauty and Appreciation"










Dr. Kunio Kirisako, "Tea Rooms in Momoyama Era (late 16th century) and Yamanoue no Soji ki"

桐浴邦夫博士 (建築史家)「山上宗二記と桃山の茶室」










For further questions please contact mmckeon@sfsu.edu.



CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2016 Ocha Zanmai Conference

Who: All are invited to apply, including (but not limited to) scholars, students, artists, museum curators, tea practitioners, and tea manufacturers.

What: Any subject matter related to the Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) will be considered.  Chanoyu touches broad aspects of Japanese life and culture.

How: Send an English abstract (250~500 words) for a 20~30-minute presentation with a separate cover sheet.  The cover sheet must contain the title of the paper, applicants’ full name, position, institution, email address, street address, and telephone number.  Please write the title on the top of the abstract page but do not write your name or the institution that you belong to. The cover sheet and the abstract will be separated for a blind peer review.

Where to send: Send the abstract with the cover sheet by email attachment to mmckeon@sfsu.edu

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015



English Rakugo by Kanaria Eiraku and Company August 12 and 13, 2015

Free Admission!!!

  • August 12, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at San Mateo Japanese American Community Center
    RSVP by August 5, 2015
    (650) 343-2793
  • August 13, 2015 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
    (415) 567-5505


  • 鹿鳴家英楽





    His stage name Eiraku means
    English is fun’.
    He wants Japanese learners of English to enjoy studying English.
    He also sings Japanese songs in English with ukulele.

    His real name is Tatsuya Sudo and he teaches at Kanda University of International Studies and Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages.

    His brief history is as follows.

    ・Graduated with Bachelors in English at Sophia University, Faculty of Foreign Studies, in 1981
    ・Graduated with Masters in TESOL at Temple University in 1994
    ・Participated in Rakugo Tatekawa-ryu founded by Tatekawa Danshi in 1984
    ・Started Japanese Rakugo classes in 1991
    ・Started English Rakugo classes in 2007

    Eiraku performs Rakugo in English at international organizations such as JICA and foreign embassies and at educational institutions at all levels from elementary schools to colleges. He believes Rakugo is quite beneficial in life and English Rakugo will help people acquire English language, develop a sense of humor, and improve presentation skills.

    The following is the web page where you can find information about his English Rakugo classes and English Rakugo recitals.



    What is Rakugo? See English Rakugo.


J-POP SUMMIT, August 8 (Sat) and 9 (Sun), 2015

The J-POP SUMMIT is a Japanese cultural festival held every summer, that introduces the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, and food. The summit organizes many attractions that are great opportunities for students and teachers alike to experience and engage with Japanese culture. This year, the festival will be held at the Fort Mason Center for the first time on August 8th and 9th. More details can be found at:

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