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The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies offers a variety of programs and funding opportunities that encourage continued collaboration between Japan Studies faculty and students at Duke, UNC-CH, and NCSU. The center also supports and promotes individual work in the field. Japan-related forums, conferences, lectures and film series that are open to students and faculty of all three universities, and often the general public, provide opportunities for the community to enhance their knowledge of Japan, explore new topics, and meet others who share their interests.

The Center brings Japanese Studies to the Triangle and North Carolina communities through involvement in outreach programs that introduce Japanese culture and history to K-12 schools and provide teachers with resources and curricula that help them incorporate Japanese Studies into their classrooms.

With the goal of becoming an organization that serves the needs of faculty and students throughout the Southeast, our center encourages faculty from other institutions to take advantage of the wealth of Japan-related materials offered by the three universities, with resources like Duke’s library and UNC’s collections of Japanese art. The Center also extends its reach beyond the Triangle by supporting major regional Japan studies conferences.

Triangle Japan Forum

This monthly seminar provides a venue for Triangle-area faculty and graduate students, and also scholars from institutions throughout the Southeast, to present and discuss their work. Forums are also held to celebrate and discuss recent publications.

Cross-Institutional Study Groups

The Center sponsors Duke, UNC, and NCSU faculty and student-led Japan-related study groups. These study groups must include members from at least two institutions.

Funding for Speakers

Funds are available to help faculty bring Japan Studies speakers to Duke, UNC, or NCSU to give lectures that are open to students and faculty of all three institutions.


The Center supports outreach to the Triangle and Southeast region through involvement in initiatives aimed at increasing the presence of Japan Studies in K-12 schools, two- and four-year colleges, and on the Duke, UNC, and NCSU campuses. Some examples of these programs include Japanese film screenings, teacher training workshops with interactive presentations on topics such as kamishibai storytelling and tea culture, and musical and theatrical performances at local schools.

Japanese Landscape