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EXHIBITION: Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama / Minneapolis, MN

03/04/2018 - 07/22/2018

Naoya Hatekayama's photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. The artist's first thematic exhibition organized by a U.S. museum features approximately 90 works created over the last 30 years. This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from March 4 to July 22 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404.

[Image: 05/02/2011 - Takatachô-Morinomae, from Rikuzentakata, 2011. Chromogenic print
17.48 x 21.65 inch (print); 20 x 24 inch (paper). Minneapolis Institute of Art]

EVENT: TOGETHER FOR 3.11 7th Anniversary Memorial / New York, NY


Marking the 7th anniversary of the March 11th disasters, the memorial TOGETHER FOR 3.11 will be held for Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami victims. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The memorial takes place on Sunday, March 4, 4:45PM – 6:15PM, at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 10 West 68th Street at Central Park West, New York, NY 10023.

FILM: New York International Children°«s Film Festival 2018 / New York, NY

02/23/2018 - 03/18/2018

The New York International Children's Film Festival has an outstanding lineup this year, including a wonderful array of films from Japan. For the opening night, they will show Lu Over the Wall, a story of a gloomy middle school student named Kai whose life changes after meeting Lu, a mermaid. They will also screen Horus, Prince of the Sun, a mythical tale from famed Studio Ghibli. This festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from February 23 to March 18 at various venues. For the complete lineup and tickets, please visit NYICFF's website.

PERFORMANCE: No Idea Festival 2018 / Austin, TX

02/22/2018 - 02/25/2018

No Idea Festival is an annual festival of improvised music. This year they will feature two inspirational Japanese artists. Tetuzi Akiyama, a unique experimental guitarist, will perform solo at the opening night. Japanese jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata and his trio will collaborate with local artists. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place from February 22 to Februrary 25. For more information, please visit No Idea Festival's website.

PERFORMANCE: Music From Japan 2018 / New York, NY

02/17/2018 - 02/18/2018

Music From Japan (MSJ) will present its third year of the Artist Residence Program to facilitate dialogue between composers, critics and music scholars from the U.S. and Japan. MFJ will also present two concerts: The Works of Tokuhide Niimi featuring three of the composer’s pieces, including one new work commissioned by MFJ, and Diversification of Japanese Contemporary Music, curated by Prof. Toshie Kakinuma, which features new work by Japanese composers. This event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

The concerts take place at Scandinavia House/Victor Borge Hall, 58 Park Avenue, New York (between 37th and 38th Streets).
February 17th, 8pm: The Works of Tokuhide Niimi
February 18th, 5:30pm: Diversification of Japanese Contemporary Music

PERFORMANCE: East Coast Taiko Conference 2018 / Stony Brook, NY

02/09/2018 - 02/11/2018

The 2018 East Coast Taiko Conference will be hosted by Stony Brook University's Taiko Tides. This year's theme, Unity through Diversity, will emphasize how each individual's unique story contributes to and improves the larger narrative of taiko in North America regardless of age, background, or skill level. By honoring the Japanese traditions and origins of taiko while celebrating its future as a way for people to connect and learn from each other, the conference will help to expand and strengthen the taiko community in New York, the East Coast, and beyond. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture

The conference takes place from February 9 to February 11 at Stony Brook University.

[Photo © Ryan Hazell]

PERFORMANCE: Arts Midwest World Fest °› Ondekoza / Red Wing, MN; Dubuque, IA; Prairie du Chien, WI; Pierre, SD

02/04/2018 - 03/03/2018

Renowned taiko group Ondekoza will tour in the Midwest as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest. In a performance that is as much dance as drumming, the thundering taiko style must be experienced live. The tour is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

For the full tour schedule, please click here.

[Photo courtesy of Manhu]

PERFORMANCE: International Sister City Jazz Ensemble / San Antonio, TX


The creation of a Sister City International Jazz Band is an innovative project for International Music Festival. The ensemble includes jazz pianist Tomoko Sonoda (Kumamoto, Japan); saxophonist Shlomi Kohen (Tel Aviv, Israel); guitarist Prasanna (Chennai, India); Mexican guitarist Oscar Zensei Gonzalez and bassist Vico Diaz; saxophonist and flutist Anke Schimpf (Darmstadt, Germany) and other accomplished, versatile musicians from San Antonio Sister cities. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

The performance takes place on February 3, 7:30pm at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Marys Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.

[Photo: Tomoko Sonoda. Courtesy of the artist.]

EXHIBITION: Hello from Japan! / New York, NY

02/02/2018 - 05/16/2018

Back by popular demand, this interactive traveling exhibit which has garnered great attention and praise during its 2016 run at the museum, transports families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other too cute for words. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from February 2 to May 16 at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY.

[Photo by Emily Munro]

PERFORMANCE: Reflecting Rhythms: From Taiko to Tap - Kazunori Kumagai and Kaoru Watanabe / New York, NY


The Japan Foundation co-presents a performance by the award-winning tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and the multi-instrumentalist and composer Kaoru Watanabe, with Asia Society. Each artist will perform a solo before coming together at the end for a rhythmic explosion. Kumagai, who was dubbed the "Japanese Gregory Hines" by The Village Voice, tours all over the world and won the Bessie Award 2016 for Outstanding Performer. Watanabe is acclaimed for his innovative approach to powerful Japanese drums. He has a passion for cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations, and has worked with Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, and Martin Scorsese. Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade. These outstanding artists have been devoting themselves to both traditional art forms and exploring innovative expressions. Their performances will bring a warm wind to freezing New York City. Don't miss this opportunity to see the special one-night-only performance!

The performance takes place on February 2, 7pm at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY. Admission is free.

[Photos: (top) Kazunori Kumagai © Makoto Ebi / (bottom) Kaoru Watanabe © Yuki Kokubo]

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