September Nihongo Night

“Thinking About Japan through Modern Music” by Scott Aalgaard (Asst. Professor, Wesleyan U, East Asian Study) Music is an important entertainment all of us can enjoy. However, music is also an important means which allows us to think about the society, history, agony, dream, as well as Japan and the world itself. Musical Study is a technique which can clarify criticisms, hopes, accusations, and protests expressed in many different ways from our ordinary life viewpoint. By listening to the modern >>Read More...

May Nihongo Night – Drug Abuse

The recent opiate epidemic in the US has affected Connecticut as well. Since 2012 over 5000 people died in Connecticut of an accidental opiate overdose. However, it is not well known that many of these deaths resulted from the combination of opiates and other drugs plus alcohol. While opiate addiction has been a major concern in recent years, drug and alcohol abuse have been with us since colonial times. We will present an overview of >>Read More...

Food, Agriculture, and Health – March Nihongo Night

Today the term “Organic” is quite a boon in America. Do you know then what sort of agricultural techniques are used in the “Organic Produces”? What are the differences? While Mr. J. I. Rodale proposed “Organic Agriculture” in post-war America, a theory of “Natural Agriculture” hatched in Japan. “Natural Agriculture” uses absolutely no chemical fertilizers and no pesticides. I practiced it for the past 27 years to grow vegetables, and through numerous occasions during that >>Read More...

Patent – October Nihongo Night

Patent – by Akisato Oshima Do you know what a patent is? A patent is a right of an inventor. A patent permits the inventor to exclude others from using the invention for a period of time. On the other hand, a patent publication enables us to know the detail of the invention. After the patent expired, we can also use the invention. All developed countries, including the US and Japan, have own patent system. They >>Read More...