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This year’s conference agenda includes a limited number of optional offsite trips to a few destinations in the local Toyko area and beyond. These are scheduled to begin at different times starting on Saturday, November 10. A full list of destinations, trip leaders and descriptions of each offsite trip can be found below. After signing up, you will later be contacted by the trip point of contact (POC) with further instructions. Pre-arranged transportation between the hotel and the offsite destinations will be limited -- participants will work with the trip POC on all travel and other logistics. Some trips may include a fee to participate, which will be handled with the trip POC or directly with the offsite destination.
Please register for the event on the form below. Signup will close after October 26.
1. teamLab Planets Tokyo

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One of the newest, must-see museums in Tokyo, the TeamLab Planets digital art museum contains a group of artwork that forms borderless worlds in amazing light displays. The artwork moves in and out of the rooms freely, forms connections and relationships with people, and communicates with and influences other artwork. You can create new experiences with others by immersing yourself in the digital art and exploring the colorful world reflected on and through your body. The museum is housed in a vast complex, three-dimensional area spread out over 10,000 square meters. A truly unique experience in Japan, the digital art museum has quickly become a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

teamLab is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects.
Address: Toyosu 6-1-16, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Date/Time: Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 am

Meeting Place: TBD

USJC POC: Grant Tanabe, 2018 USJC Annual Conference Host Committee Vice Chair

Onsite Tour Guide: Jordan Ozaki, MBA Candidate, University of Hawaii – Shidler College of Business

Number of participants allowed: TBD, approximately 10-15

Entrance fee: Adults 18 and older: JPY 3,200; Junior ages 13-17: JPY 2400; Children 4-12: JPY 800

Other relevant information: Wear sneakers that can be easily removed. Sandals and heels are not permitted. You should also avoid wearing skirts or dresses since the museum uses mirrored flooring. Water levels can rise up to knee height for adults, so shorts are suggested. The site features an area with strong stimulating lights, and a dark area.
2. Yamatane Museum of Art

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The Yamatane Museum of Art was founded in 1966 by Taneji Yamazaki who has donated his numerous collections of Japanese art. The museum is well-known for its very high quality nihonga collections, which are Japanese-styled paintings from the 1900s and onwards that have been made in accordance with traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and materials such as mineral pigments on silk or paper.

USJC members will have the timely opportunity to view an exhibition that celebrates the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Japan Art Institute, which has consistently exercised leadership in the world of nihonga. The exhibition will focus on four artists: Yokoyama Taikan; Hishida Shunsō, Kobayashi Kokei; and Hayami Gyoshū; and will include all eight paintings from “Scenes from the Legend of Kiyohime”, the masterpiece for which Kokei was highly acclaimed from its showing at the Japan Art Institute exhibition (the “Inten”), and a special viewing of Gyoshū’s “Camellia Petals Scattering”, the first painting from the Showa period to be designated an “Important Cultural Property” (October 26 to November 11).

Ms. Taeko Yamazaki, Director of the Yamatane Museum of Art, the granddaughter of the museum founder, will give a special Gallery Talk in the exhibition hall for the USJC group. This is an occasion for art lovers that cannot be missed.
Address: 3-12-36 Hiroo Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Date/Time: Saturday, November 10, at 3PM (20 minute Gallery Talk by Ms. Taeko Yamazaki, Director of the Yamatane Museum) followed by individual gallery visit.

Meeting Place: Entrance of the Yamatane Museum at 2:45PM

USJC POC: Grant Tanabe, 2018 USJC Annual Conference Host Committee Vice Chair

Onsite Tour Guide: Junko Tsuda, Executive Director, Japan, USJC

Number of participants allowed: 5

Entrance fee: Adults: 1000 yen; university and high school students: 800 yen; middle school and younger children: free of charge

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3. Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

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If you’re looking for a casual and fun offsite visit that will leave your stomach full and satisfied with some of the best ramen in the world, then look no further. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum houses a collection of nine very popular ramen shops (some legendary), mostly from different regions of Japan, but a few from abroad. The types of ramen range from the lighter-flavored shio and shoyu varieties to the richer-flavored miso and tonkotsu versions, along with the different types of noodles (thin, thick, wavy, etc.) which complement the variations of soups. You can also take a step back in time as the ramen shops are built in an area that is a recreation of the late 50s when instant ramen was invented. Mini events such as magic shows are performed in center of the main area and traditional dagashi-ya (candy stores) sell old-fashioned sweets and toys which may be nostalgic for some of you.

The Ramen Museum also contains a newly renovated historical gallery which depicts the history of ramen and the transformation of the cuisine from the Muromachi and Meji eras to the modern day varieties that exist today. Still, it is somewhat misleading that the Ramen Museum is called a “museum” as it is mostly just a place where one can eat some of the best ramen they’ve ever eaten – which is just fine by me!
Address: 2-14-21 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City

Time: Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 – 2:00 (including commute time)

Meeting Place: TBD in Tokyo

USJC POC: Grant Tanabe, 2018 USJC Annual Conference Host Committee Vice Chair

Onsite Tour Guide: Grant Tanabe

Number of participants allowed: 15

Entrance fee: Adults (13 and older): 310 yen; younger children (6 to 12): 100 yen; seniors (60 and over): 100 yen.

Other relevant information: Please come with an empty stomach.
4. Inside Tokyo 2020

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Are you interested in learning about and/or attending the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan. The 2020 Games are set out to be one of the most innovative ones in history.

Join us on an intimate, insider pre-Games tour that will showcase the technologies, culture, and preparation for the Games.

Hosted by ZI—Zelek International, a travel company specializing in Japan. Visit

Address: TBD (tour locations are currently being finalized)

Time: Saturday, November 10 (time TBD)

Meeting Place: TBD


Onsite Tour Guide: TBD

Number of participants allowed: 25

Entrance fee: TBD

Other relevant information: TBD
5. WIT Tohoku Trip 2018: U.S.-Japan Collaboration for a Resilient Civil Society

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Are you interested in making a difference and contributing to the U.S.-Japan relationship? In the Tohoku Trip hosted by WIT - World in Tohoku, a Japanese nonprofit - you can spend a weekend to meet with mission-driven entrepreneurs who are tackling social issues, and exchange ideas and resources to solve and overcome challenges. Join us to get inspired by how local communities and entrepreneurs have been transforming the adversity into opportunity seven years after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Date/Time: November 10 - 12, 2018.
You must sign up separately for this trip -- do not use this form. Click here for more information and to sign up. Signup closes on October 7.

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* 1. Please provide your name, email address, and phone number so we can contact you regarding details of the visits.

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* 2. Which location visit would you like to sign-up for?