Events and Programming

Upcoming Events

Voices of Fukushima: Art, Community, and Information after 3/11

February 27-28, 2017
A two-day event highlighting the grassroots activism by Fukushima residents after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters of March 2011, featuring the documentary film, Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima (2014, dir. Toko Shiiki, 90 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles). Free and open to the public.

Feb. 27, 5:00-8:00 p.m., UCC 2390 (Executive Board Room), light meal provided
Voices of Fukushima Workshop: An exploration of individual efforts to rebuild home and community in Fukushima Prefecture over the six years since the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011, as well as the challenges that its residents continue to face. Listed times are approximate; comments and questions from the audience are welcome and encouraged.

  • 5:00-5:50 pm. Toko Shiiki tells the stories of two women from Fukushima as they navigate the shifting landscapes of life in their home prefecture, from personal emotional reactions to responding to governmental regulations.
  • 6:00-6:50 pm. Dr. Leslie Mabon, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, examines the challenges of sifting through the science, politics, and conflicting narratives of public safety in Fukushima Prefecture.
  • 7:00-8:00 pm. Yoshikawa Akihiro, founder of Appreciate FUKUSHIMA Workers, recounts his experiences as an employee of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) before and after March 2011, and illuminates the changing relationship between the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the local community that hosts it.

Feb. 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Pomerantz Center C20
Film screening: Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima interweaves the stories of several Fukushima residents as they each turn to their love of music to help them adjust to life after the 2011 disasters. Director Toko Shiiki and Composer Erik Santos will host a Q&A session about their award-winning documentary film.

View a trailer for Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima at For more information, visit, or contact Kendra Strand

A Half-Century of Japanese Writers in Iowa: A Celebration of 50 Years of the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa

April 17-21, 2017
Events and participants to be announced

Past Events

Fall 2016

Bilingual readings with IWP writer Shibasaki Tomoka and student translators in the Japanese Program
October 17-18, 2016
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Conference: “Tradition in Search of a Rationale: The Future of Hunting in Japan and North America”
December 2-3, 2016
Illinois room (348), Iowa Memorial Union
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Fall 2015

Japan Foundation Grant Ceremony
Friday, October 16, 5:00 p.m. in 1117 UCC
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