What we're about

This Meetup is for anybody who wants to learn Japanese language and culture, practice English and Japanese conversation. The venue is shared office space with relaxed atmosphere. We would like to plan activities such as short Japanese lessons and cultural presentations utilizing a projector, screen, and audio system.
The Encorepreneur Cafe, funded by Japan’s social welfare foundation, provides some other Japanese cultural activities such as Japanese film-watching and Mahjong. Please feel free to join if you are interested!

会場のEncorepreneur Cafeは、日本の社会福祉法人が出資している施設です。他にも日本映画上映会や麻雀など、日本文化のMeetupを開催していますので、ご興味のある方はぜひご参加ください!

Check out our other Meetup groups:

Portland Japanese Film Club (https://www.meetup.com/PDXWatchJPMovies/)

Portland Mah Jong Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Mah-Jong-Meetup/)

Portland Conversation Cafe (https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Conversation-Cafe/)

Portland Japanese Calligraphy Shodo Meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Shodo/)

Upcoming events (1)

Manga Lecture Series: My Brother's Husband

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Link for registration: https://my-brothers-husband-lecture.eventbrite.com Virtual lecture presented by Portland State University Center for Japanese Studies and The Encorepreneur Café. Dr. Jon Holt (Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Portland State University) will discuss Volume 1 of Tagame Gengoroh's manga My Brother's Husband (弟の夫,[masked]), a groundbreaking comic book that signaled a change in how Japanese people now think about LGBTQ+ identities, particularly gay marriage. In this beautifully rendered and masterfully paced story, Yaichi, a stay-at-home dad and single parent, must come to grips with the death of his twin brother and find acceptance of his brother's surviving husband. For this young Japanese family man, it is not easy to accept that his brother was gay -- almost as hard as it is to accept his new brother-in-law: a hairy, heavy, hunky, and affectionate Canadian gay man. Together with his young daughter Kana, who unconditionally loves her new "Kana-dian" uncle, Yaichi reflects on his own assumptions, biases, and homophobic fears in this moving manga that will destroy your preconceptions about comic books as MBH invites us to think between the comic panels, slow down and consider the other side, and imagine a brighter future for Japan and the world where everyone is counted, everyone is equally accepted. Dr. Holt will walk through parts of the graphic novel (volume 1 of the 2-volume series), employing the formal comic theories of Natsume Fusanosuke and Scott McCloud, in order to explicate the power of Tagame's storytelling art. Join us for a talk about the bright future of a new, more open Japan. ********************************************************************* This is a sliding-scale event. Please pay what you can and help us continue to provide culturally relevant community programming. Suggested ticket donation: $15 / $10 / $5 We will send you the Zoom link and password by email before the lecture. ********************************************************************* This lecture focuses on My Brother's Husband, Volume 1. You can purchase your copy here: Local source for physical copy: https://www.powells.com/book/my-brothers-husband-volume-01-9781101871515 Online source for eBook: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LY2A017/ ********************************************************************* If you have questions, please contact us at [masked] or (503)[masked]

Past events (24)

Virtual Farewell Party for Masaki!

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