CWAJ College Women's Association of Japan


Luncheon and Monthly Meetings

May 2018 Luncheon

2018 Scholarship Recipients and Presentation on Milton in World Literature

by Professor Hiroko Sano, Professor Emerita Aoyama Gakuin University and 1978 CWAJ SA Scholar

This year we once again have incredible scholars studying various disciplines, which are all very interesting and exciting. CWAJ’s core mission is to grant scholarships, which are only made possible by the Print Show and our generous donors such as the TAC Women’s Group. Please look at the Scholarship page on our website to see who the scholars are and their study program. We look forward to seeing you at the special May Scholarship Luncheon!

Our guest speaker will be Ms. Sano, a Professor Emerita at Aoyama Gakuin University and 1978 SA Scholar. She obtained her B.A and M.A degrees in English Literature from Aoyama Gakuin, and finished her doctoral coursework at Sophia University. She was selected as a 1978 CWAJ SA scholar, and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Hiroko Sano

Professor Sano’s area of expertise is Early Modern English Literature, centering on Milton. She was President of the Milton Center of Japan (now, the Milton Association of Japan) from 2004 to 2007. She has served on the standing committee of the International Milton Symposium and was the organizer of the tenth symposium held in Tokyo in 2012. She translated Milton’s dramatic poem Samson Agonistes into Japanese (Shichō-sha, 2011) and produced New Noh Samson for the symposium at the National Noh Theatre. She is on the editorial board of Milton Quarterly.

John Milton (1608-74) has been valued as highly as William Shakespeare in the canon of English literature. Compared with Shakespeare, however, Milton is largely unread chiefly because of his image as a sublime Puritan poet. He is not only the author of the epic Paradise Lost, but also the modern thinker who first maintained freedom of speech in Areopagitica. In the Meiji Period, he attracted Protestant believers, evangelists and journalists, substantively influencing on the Jiyū Minken [Liberal Democratic] Movement and the Mukyōkai [Non-Church] Movement.  Milton’s influence is universal, and Milton’s scholarship has never been more multicultural and multinational than it is now. Professor Sano will talk about the significance of Milton and literary studies in present day Japan.

Luncheon Invitation
Date: May 9, Wednesday

Venue: Tokyo American Club

Time: 11:30 Social Gathering   11:50 Luncheon

Fee: ¥4,000 members    ¥4,500 guests

RSVP by 12:00 on April 29

~Seabass Carpaccio with Yuzu Jelly


  ~ Seared Petite Filet Mignon with Celery Root Puree and Green

Vegetable, Bordelaise Sauce

  ~ Vegetarian Option : Eggplant Steak with Sweet Miso Sauce and Tomato



~ Cranberry Coffee Cake

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Luncheon Program Coordinators:
Joan Rodgers Doi and Shigeko Nagaoka