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Japan is the focus of MSU International Education Week, Nov. 12-16

October 16, 2012

Japanese food, culture, art and film will be celebrated during MSU's International Education Week 2012, set Nov. 12-16. Photo courtesy of Mitsuko Kamimoto.   High-Res Available

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The art, culture and enterprise of Japan, the location of some of Montana State University's longest-standing educational partnerships, will be celebrated during MSU's International Education Week 2012, set Nov.12-16. All events are free and open to the public.

Activities during the week will include lectures about Japan, food, stories, demonstrations and a story hour at the Bozeman Public Library, all focusing on Japan.

"International Education Week - Japan will celebrate the hundreds of Japanese students and faculty who have come to MSU to study and teach--and the hundreds of MSU students who have studied in Japan," said Yvonne Rudman, MSU's Office of International Program's director of academic and technical programs. "There is a great line-up of interesting, free events throughout the week. I hope everyone on campus and in the Bozeman community is able to attend at least one event."

The week kicks off with a demonstration of how to make sushi scheduled at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Bozeman's Watanabe Restaurant. The cost of the class is $14, and it is limited to 25 participants. To register, email

Tomomi Yamaguchi, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will speak on "The war on women in contemporary Japan" at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in room 233 of the SUB.

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Japanese students attending MSU will present an evening on Japanese culture, including pop culture, the Japanese educational system and the four seasons in Japan. The evening will open with Montana Taiko, a Japanese-style drumming ensemble at 6:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A followed by the students' presentation.

The MSU SUB Union Market will feature a lunch special with food from Japan from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Sub's menu that day will feature chicken yakitori, rice, cold soba noodle salad and hot tofu udon noodle bowl for $6.95.

Tadamitsu Kamimoto, visiting professor from Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan, will speak on "The inside story of Japanese politeness," at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, in room 233 of the SUB.

The Japanese film "Tokyo Sonata," will be shown at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the SUB Procrastinator Theater. The 2008 drama about the implosion of a modern Tokyo family was a Cannes Film Festival winner.

Robert Bargatze, chief security officer of the Bozeman-based company LigoCyte, will speak on "LigoCyte as a model for biotech development in Montana - An international journey."

MSU students from Japan will read the traditional Japanese children's story, "Girl from the Snow Country,"
at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the children's room of the Bozeman Public Library. A chopstick demonstration will follow.

Throughout the week, the MSU Library will display objects from Japan.

MSU International Education Week is sponsored by the Office of International Programs.

For more information about International Education Week, please contact the MSU Office of International Programs at 994-4031 or click here for a complete schedule of events.

Yvonne Rudman (406) 994-4032,