Benjamin turns into a Japanese manga!

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The Brown University Club of Japan’s Cultural Chair, Benjamin Boas ‘06.5, is coming out with a book next month…a Japanese comic! Benjamin’s book, “Everything I ever needed to learn about Japan I learned through comic books and games,” (日本のことは漫画とゲームで学びました)is a collection of comic essays written with artist Chika Aoyagi. It chronicles Benjamin’s history with Japanese culture from the tender young age of 4 when he learned how to handle both chopsticks and Nintendo controllers. The book includes episodes about petitioning his high school to allow Japanese classes, learning salaryman etiquette through anime, pontificating on the “Japanese James Bond” Golgo 13 and many more!

The book is an enjoyable ride through the world of Japanese popular culture as seen through the eyes of a colorful American.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 14:00 ~ 18:00 Place: Half Moon Hall (nearest Stn:  Shimokitazawa) Address:    4-10-4 Kitazawa

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

The Brown University Club of Japan

Inter-University Event: Winter Alumni Mixer



This event will be a winter gathering organized exclusively for the alumni of UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cal-Tech, and Harvard.

Date: Feb 18th (Wed), 2015 Time: 19:00 – 23:00  Venue: Shag in Omotesando [] FESTAE Omotesando Shinkan Bldg. 2F, 3-18-19, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo Price: 1,000 yen (includes drinks) Registration: * This event is only open to alumni of the  eight universities mentioned, along with their close friends. Please do not forward this invitation via other mailing lists.


日付:2015年2月18日(水) 19:00 – 23:00 会場:Shag・表参道 [] 東京都港区南青山3-18-19 FESTAE表参道ビル新館 2F 参加費:1,000円 (DRINK 込み) 申込: *このイベントは上記8校の卒業生並びに卒業生のご友人の方たちを対象としています。上記8校同窓会以外のメーリングリストにこの案内を配信しないようお願い致します。

“Japan and the American Embrace” by R. Taggart Murphy

Thanks for your ongoing support of Harvard Club of Japan’s events. We are pleased to invite your members to a talk “Japan and the American Embrace” by R. Taggart Murphy, Professor of International Political Economy at the MBA Program in International Business at the University of Tsukuba. A former investment banker and author of many books and articles on Japan (including an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times on the eve of the recent Japanese elections), Murphy will draw on his most recent book, Japan and the Shackles of the Past, published by Oxford University Press.

The event will be held at Roppongi Hills Club on Monday February 9 and includes a standing buffet dinner with cash bar for all beverages. The cost per person is 5,000 yen. Details including registration can be seen in the announcement below or at  We hope you and some of your members can attend.

Best wishes,

Harvard Club of Japan


Since 1945, Japan has been enfolded – voluntarily or otherwise – in an American embrace, to borrow John Dower’s term. In his recent book Japan and the Shackles of the Past, R. Taggart Murphy identifies this embrace as one of the shackles that serves to block the transformation Japan needs. In his talk, Murphy will discuss the origins of the American embrace and its perpetuation. He will also argue that a shoulder-to-shoulder alliance of fully sovereign states would be better for both the US and Japan than the suffocating, paternalistic embrace that now characterizes relations between the two countries.

Of added interest is that the Harvard community has produced some of the leading architects of the embrace Murphy describes as well as some ardent critics.

DATE and TIME: February 9th, Monday, 7:00 – 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

VENUE: Roppongi Hills Club

Admission 5,000 yen includes standing buffet at Roppongi Hills Club with cash bar.

REGISTRATION: Please use the form on the page

SPEAKER BIO:  Taggart Murphy is Professor of International Political Economy at the MBA Program in International Business at the Tokyo campus of the University of Tsukuba. He is the author of award-winning books on modern Japan including the Weight of the Yen (Norton, 1996) and, with Akio Mikuni, Japan’s Policy Trap (Brookings, 2002).  His articles have appeared in publications from The New Republicto the National Interest, The New Left Review and  the London Review of Books  and he has contributed a number of op-eds for the New York Times, most recently on the eve of the Dec. 14 election.  A former investment banker, he has also taught at the university’s main campus, was a Non-Resident Senior Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and was a coordinator of the web’s leading clearing-house for serious writing on Japan, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.  He will be discussing his most recent book, Japan and the Shackles of the Past, published at the end of 2014 by Oxford University Press.


Chozenkai Zen Meditation at Engakuji in Kamakura (ongoing series)

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The Chozenkai series organized by the Harvard and Brown Clubs is a great opportunity to experience the Zen meditation experience at one of Japan’s most storied Zen temples. No previous meditation experience is necessary.

The afternoon begins with an explanation of sitting technique, followed by three meditation sessions of approximately ten minutes each. The meditation will be followed by a Q&A conducted in English and Japanese with interpretation. Afterwards, there will be an optional tea session held at Ryuinan, a picturesque tea-house with a breathtaking view of the temple grounds.

Participants are welcome to tour Engakuji before the session.

Date & Time: Sunday, January 18, 12:20 at Kita-Kamakura station, EAST EXIT (please be punctual)

Participants are welcome to leave anytime after 15:00 but are welcome to stay at Ryuin-an until it closes shortly before 17:00. The train back to Tokyo takes approximately one hour.
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PLACE: JR Kita-Kamakura Station East Exit (at end of platform of trains coming from Shinjuku)  [MAP]
ADMISSION: 2,000 yen
REGISTRATION: Please register by e-mail to address below.