Japan Outreach Initiative interest meeting Friday

The School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University will host local community leaders at an informational meeting this week to introduce its Japan Outreach Initiative.

The meeting will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday [Jan. 17] in room 210 of the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building on the Starkville campus.

Faculty members or student organizations interested in introducing Japanese culture through classes and activities are invited to attend the session presented by Mari Maruyama of the Laurasian Institution.

Maruyama will provide details about the Japanese coordinator who will volunteer for two years at Mississippi State should the university be selected to host the program. The coordinator will be available to share information about Japanese culture, society, daily living and language. Examples of activities include calligraphy, brush ink painting, paper cutting, tea ceremony rituals, fashion, martial arts, business etiquette and making sushi.

Maruyama, along with director Michael Newman and assistant professor JuYoung Lee of the School of Human Sciences at MSU, will be available immediately after the meeting to answer questions about the program.

For more information, please contact Lee at jlee@humansci.msstate.edu.

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