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Image is totally unrelated as I failed to find one ^^. I got a random email yesterday about a seminar called  Anime and Contemporary Japanese Society which will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at Ryerson University. More details as below which I copied and pasted from the email I got.
Dear Saku,
I apologize if you already recieved this message, but we are urgently trying to get more people to attend this free event.
The Japan Foundation, Toronto in cooperation with The Digital Value Lab at Ryerson University are pleased to present a seminar called “Anime and Contemporary Japanese Society”. The seminar will introduce the audience to Japanese Society today through multi-disciplinary perspectives (Including design, Akihabara, Otaku and Anime) At the conclusion there will be a Q + A and response from the discussant, Dr. Eric Cazdyn of University of Toronto. The seminar takes place on Wednesday March 4th, 2009 6:00 pm at Ryerson University, George Vari Engineering & Computing Centre ENG103 on 245 Church Street.

POST-CRITICAL ANIME: Observations on its ‘Identity’ within contemporary Japan by Jaqueline Berndt, Associate Professor of Art and Media Studies at Yokohama National University.

OTAKU CULTURE: Personality, space and city of anime fans by Kaichiro Morikawa, Associate Professor of Contemporary Culture at Meiji University.

DISCUSSANT Dr. Eric Cazdyn, Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at University of Toronto

We would truly appreciate it if you could help to promote this seminar by letting your members and colleagues know about it. Please find attached a PDF of the flyer and also more details of the event below. You can also check the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131119670062&ref=nf

If you or anyone has questions about the seminar, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you again for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

Warm regards,

Nobi Nakamura

The Japan Foundation, Toronto

I already RSVPed since the topic peeks my interest greatly ^^ and it should be interesting to hear what they are going to talk about.

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