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Japanese Cultural Events Coming to APSU this Fall

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two upcoming Global Govs Passport Series events at Austin Peay State University will give students and area residents an intimate taste of Japanese culture this fall.

            At 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, the Japanese Consulate in Nashville will host a music and dance performance by the group Global Culture Nasu in the campus’ Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two upcoming Global Govs Passport Series events at Austin Peay State University will give students and area residents an intimate taste of Japanese culture this fall.

            At 5 p.m. on Sept. 28, the Japanese Consulate in Nashville will host a music and dance performance by the group Global Culture Nasu in the campus’ Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

            “The performers will be in full blown kimonos and playing traditional Japanese instruments,” Dr. David Nelson, assistant professor of history and Asian studies at APSU, said.

            Then on Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m., the famed sushi chef Yanagihara Masahiko will stop by the Morgan University Center, room 303/305, for a presentation on Japanese cuisine.

            “He’s the owner of a Tokyo restaurant, and he’s traveling to several cities in the United States,” Nelson said. “He’ll be doing a demonstration of preparing Japanese cuisine using local ingredients, with limited samples for the audience.”

            Chartwells, APSU’s dinning services contractor, is generously providing kitchen space for the chef. The demonstration is funded by the Japanese Foundation, a large organization in Japan that promotes Japanese culture abroad.

Both events, co-sponsored by the Office of International Education and Student Life and Leadership at APSU, are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 221-6851 or internationaled@apsu.edu or Nelson at 221-7920 or nelsond@apsu.edu.