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PERFORMANCE: 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival / Washington, DC

03/23/2018 - 03/26/2018

The Opening Ceremony has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 25 at 5 PM, due to anticipated crowds expected in downtown Washington, DC for the March for Our Lives event.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your understanding.

Spring is just around the corner! The Japan Foundation, New York is delighted to announce exciting Japanese artists performing at the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony in Washington, DC on March 25. The artists will include J-pop star T.M. Revolution, luminary pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano, and Japanese High School Shodo performance group Shodo Girls from Fukuoka Prefectural Yahata Chuo High School. These performers will make additional appearances throughout the festival. So, come enjoy the stunning cherry trees along the Potmac and celebrate spring while discovering contemporary and traditional Japanese culture during the festival. The events are co-organized by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, and The Japan Foundation.

Performance Schedule

Gundam SEED Screening
March 23
Door opens at 8:30 PM, event starts at 9 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Please note that due to the rescheduling of the Opening Ceremony T.M. Revolution will not be able to attend the screening. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

SAAM Cherry Blossom Festival
March 24, 11:30 AM - 3 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
March 25, 5 - 6:30 PM
Warner Theatre (Washington, DC)

Shodo Girls Performance
March 25, 12 PM
Tidal Basin ANA stage (Washington, DC)

Japanese Jazz Series: Akiko Yano
March 26, 8 PM & 10 PM
Blues Alley (Washington, DC)

[Photo: (left) T.M. Revolution, (right, top) Akiko Yano, Photo by Kazuhiro Fujita, (right, bottom) Shodo Girls]

PERFORMANCE: Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project / Scottsdale, AZ


A Dance and Aging Project brings together dance artists, scholars and musicians from Japan and the United States to explore the implications of aging as a woman in the field of contemporary dance. In an evening of unique interdisciplinary collaboration, these works challenge the audience to rethink notions of the aging body and to celebrate the endurance of the human spirit. This performance is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on March 23, 8pm at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

[Photo © Sean Deckert]

EVENT: Kuniko Yamamoto - Schools n Stage

03/18/2018 - 03/19/2018

Kuniko Yamamoto tells Japanese stories and folk tales using music, masks, and mime in a program that explores themes of diversity and global awareness. This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on March 18 and 19, at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts,  1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754.

[Photo © Jon LeClair]

WORKSHOP: Readings and Workshops with Poets Kanie Naha and Nagae Yuki, with Translator Dr. Jordan Smith / Iowa City, IA

03/18/2018 - 03/21/2018

Translator Dr. Jordan Smith (Josai International University) and two prominent early-career Japanese poets Kanie Naha and Nagae Yuki will lead a series of workshops and readings of their works. These are part of the University of Iowa's Artists and Scholars events, which bolster ties with Cinema Studies, the Master of Fine Arts in Literary Translation and the International Writing Program. The events are supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program. Free and open to the public.

The events takes place at the University of Iowa. The schedules and venues are TBA. Please check The University of Iowa Japanese Program's Facebook page for updates.

PERFORMANCE: Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence / New York, NY

03/16/2018 - 04/01/2018

Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures. This event is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place from March 16 to April 1 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY.

[Photo by Paula Court]

EVENT: Japan Week 2018 / New York, NY

03/14/2018 - 03/17/2018

Japan Week is coming back to Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. Organized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Week is a promotional tourism event in New York City that celebrates Japan as a premiere travel destination. Visitors are invited to discover exciting locales all across Japan and to experience the art, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The event takes place from March 14 to March 17 in Vanderbilt Hall at Grant Central Terminal in New York City.

PERFORMANCE: Shamisen Concert / Kalamazoo, MI


Award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen (three-stringed Japanese banjo) Michiyoshi Sato will return to Western Michigan University on his second United States tour. Sato’s performance glides between traditional and modern, classic and popular modes, and incorporates improvisation, singing, and comedy. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. Free and open to the public.

The performance takes place March 12, 7:30pm at the Dalton Center Lecture Hall, Western Michigan University, Van De Giessen Rd #3001, Kalamazoo, MI 49006.

FILM: Capone Cries in His Sleep / Chicago, IL


Capone Cries in His Sleep, directed by Seijun Suzuki, will be screened at Doc Films at the University of Chicago. In a career spanning nearly five decades, Suzuki amassed a body of work ranging from B-movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries. One of Suzuki's most bizarre films, Capone Cries in His Sleep is full of pop-culture references, amounting to a surreal vision of American culture. This screening is co-presented by the Japan Foundation.

The film is screened on March 6, 7pm at the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago, 1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

[Image: © 1985 Global Entertainment Promotions, Inc.]

EXHIBITION: A Colossal World: Japanese Artists and New New York, 1950s - Present / New York, NY

03/06/2018 - 04/14/2018

Curated by Kyoko Sato, this exhibition aims to show the cultural contributions and enduring influence of Japanese artists who have immigrated to New York City to pursue their careers. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from March 6 to April 14 at WhiteBox, 329 Broome Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Masaaki Sato, Subway No. 24, 1978. Serigraph. 17 x 23 in. (43.2 x 58.4 cm) ]

TALK: Food, Fiction, and Film in the Devouring Japanese Empire / Dahlonega, GA


Dr. Noriko Horiguchi (Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, University of Tennessee - Knoxville) will give a talk related to her second book (in progress), Devouring Empire: Food Narratives and Memories in Modern Japan. The talk is part of a visiting speaker's series supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program. Free and open to the public.

The talk takes place on March 5, 5 - 6pm, at Young Hall 203, The University of North Georgia, 56 College Circle,Dahlonega, GA.

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