A Lasting Impact

A Lasting Impact

"I was greatly struck by the amount of respect and affection the community had for Monty and what a great teacher and community member he was. It made me realize how important one individual can be towards grassroots internationalization between our countries of Japan and America." - Steven Wilson, Former Coordinator for the Monty Dickson Center

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Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language & Culture


The mission of the Montgomery Dickson Center is to expand the instruction, appreciation, and enjoyment of Japanese language and culture, engage in public outreach, enhance existing and future international exchange activities with Japan, and serve the University of Alaska and the State of Alaska as a resource with respect to Japanese bilateral relations and understanding.

The Center's three main objectives are: 

  1. to encourage, complement, and expand Japanese Language instruction within UAA and throughout the State of Alaska,
  2. to provide opportunities for Alaskans to experience, appreciate, understand, and enjoy high-quality, significant, and culturally meaningful Japanese programs and events, and
  3. to serve as a locus within the university for facilitating student and faculty exchanges, programmatic collaborations, and enhanced cooperation between Alaska and Japan.
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Upcoming Events

Spring 2017 Japanese Tea Room Events

  • Kimono 101 - Sunday, February 26th from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Demonstration and try-on; silent auction
    Fee: $20 public, $10 students/members
  • Hina Doll Exhibition for Doll Day Festival - Friday, March 3rd from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Doll Festival Tea Ceremony - Friday, March 10th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Fee: $20 public, $10 students/members
  • Tea Ceremony 101 - Thursday, March 23rd from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (children), 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (public)
    Discover art through a bowl of tea
    Fee: $20 public, $10 students/members
  • Spring Tea Ceremony - Thursday, April 13th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Fee: $10 public, $5 students/members
  • Ikebana (Flower Arrangement) 101 - Saturday, April 22nd from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Fee: $20 public, $10 students/members

Capacity: 15
Reservations: RSVP to Hiroko Harada, Director of the Japan Center at hharada@alaska.edu 

  • Co-hosted events with Japan Alaska Association (JAA)
    Kotatsu Series: Sundays, February 26th, March 26th, and April 23rd from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Community discussions to honor, preserve, and reflect on our unique Japanese community.
    RSVP to Erika Ninoyu, JAA President at saikoro3@yahoo.com 

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

"Monty particularly cherished the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The Center's Japanese Tea Room helps to explore the profound depth and beauty of tea ceremony, to make it more accessible to a greater number of people, and to serve as a special tribute to Monty's spirit."

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