On Monday, October 27, 2014, UW Oshkosh was honored with a visit by Vice Consul Ayako Yamada of the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago. She attended the Opening Reception of the Provost’s Summit on Teaching and Learning in order to make a formal presentation of a salary grant award from the Japan Foundation to our Japanese Program.
Our taiko group participated in Multicultural Night at Oshkosh West High School on Friday, May 9. We performed two songs.
Our taiko group participated in Oaklawn Diversity Night at Oaklawn Elementary School on Friday, April 4. We performed four songs and gave bilingual presentations.
Our taiko group participated in Asian Heritage Month Kick-Off hosted by Asian Student Association on Wednesday, April 2. We performed three songs.
In May 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan provided funding to send 23 UW Oshkosh students and 2 UW Oshkosh professors to Japan for 10 days. In return, UW Oshkosh hosted 23 Japanese students and 2 Japanese escorts from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. The inbound group was also fully funded by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The title of the program under which students exchanged was “Kakehashi Project (The Bridge of Tomorrow)”. Kakehashi means “bridge” in Japanese.
Our taiko group participated in the World Language Fair at Menasha High School on Friday, March 7. We performed four songs and gave bilingual presentations.
Our taiko group participated in a MEC-sponsored cultural event, namely, 2013 Holidays Around the World, on Tuesday, December 3. In front of more than 100 audiences, we performed three songs and gave bilingual presentations.
As part of 2013 International Education Week, a taiko drumming event was held in Reeve Union Titan Underground on Friday, November 15, 2013. This was a public event and approximately 40 people came to enjoy taiko drumming.
From May 14 – 24, 2013, 23 students from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh participated in the Kakehashi Project study tour in Japan, which was sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A Japanese Studies major, Ms. Catherine Wrucke, defended her Japanese honors thesis, entitled "Search for the Origin of the Japanese Language from the Perspective of Lexicostatistic Glottochronology and the Comparative Method,"at the Spring 2013 Thesis Symposium.
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures hosted the annual student award ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Pollock Alumni House. While a Japanese Studies major, Ms. Catherine Wrucke, was awarded a book prize for her excellent academic achievement, four students from the first-year Japanese gave a bilingual presentation on taiko accompanied by a performance.
As the last event of 2013 Japan Week (April 8 to 12), a special taiko gathering was held in Albee Hall 201 on Friday, April 12, 2013. This was a public event and 20 students participated.