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PERFORMANCE: Kei Takei's Moving Earth Orient Sphere / New York, NY

01/25/2018 - 01/27/2018

On the opening night of LUMBERYARD In the City Winter Festival, Kei Takei’s Moving Earth Orient Sphere performs in the United States for the first time in 17 years in this two-part production featuring a solo from Light, Part 8 (1974) and the U.S. premiere of Light, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest). This performance is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The performance takes place from January 25 through January 27, 8pm at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011.

[Photo: Kei Takei - Bamboo Forest (2016) © Foumio Takashima]

EXHIBITION: Just Dandy: Japanese Gentlemen's Accessories°›Eugene and Susan Tosk Collection / New York, NY

01/25/2018 - 02/21/2018

This exhibition drawn from the Eugene and Susan Tosk Collection showcases personal accessories owned by Japanese men in the Edo and Meiji periods. Exhibits include netsuke (wearable miniature sculpture), inro (compartmented medicine or seal case), ojime beads, pipes, pipe cases, as well as sword guards and utility knives, some specially made by master artists of the time. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from January 25 through February 21 at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club, 145 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.

[Image: Sagemono set of sealife (inro, ojime and netsuke), © Susan Tosk]

EXHIBITION: TOHOKU°›Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers / Winston-Salem, NC

01/23/2018 - 03/13/2018

This exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation is comprised of photographs all from the Tohoku region of Japan, and taken by photographers from varying generations. The show does not attempt to document the damage or recovery from the great earthquake that struck the area in 2011, but to show the natural and cultural environment along with its people and their way of life. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

The exhibition takes place at two locations: from January 23 through March 17 at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, Wingate Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27109; from February 1 through March 17 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

[Image: Ichiro Kojima. Around Inagaki, Tsugaru-shi (1960). Courtesy of Hiroko Kojima.]

PERFORMANCE: Yamato: The Drummers of Japan - US Tour / Various cities

01/18/2018 - 03/19/2018

The acclaimed taiko drumming troupe Yamato will tour various cities in the United States this winter. With their mesmerizing and rhythmic sounds, Yamato brings new life to contemporary taiko drumming that stirs the hearts of people everywhere. This tour is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

For a full tour schedule, please click here.

[Photo courtesy of the artists]

LANGUAGE: Conversation Café / New York, NY


The next JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café will be on January 10, 2018 at The Nippon Club. Practice Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks! All levels are welcome! Space is limited and RSVP is required.

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Arts in Latin America: Erena Terakubo Trio / Santiago, Chile & Mar del Plata, Argentina

01/08/2018 - 01/15/2018

Alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo leads her trio with Kush Abadey (drum), and Noriko Ueda (bass) to Chile and Argentina for a series of performances and workshops. This event is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Chile and Argentina.

[Image for Erena Terakubo: © Y. Yoneda, Picture provided by Seven Seas Music, King International / Image for Noriko Ueda: © Eric Lang / Image for Kush Abadey: Courtesy of the artist]

EXHIBITION: Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise / New York, NY

10/20/2017 - 01/07/2018

In celebration of Japan Society's 110th anniversary, this exhibition charts the story of four Japanese boys, who were swept up in the tide of religion, commerce and politics during the first Global Age to become Japan's first emissaries to the Western world. Journey in their footsteps through Hiroshi Sugimoto's new monumental photographs of the sites they visited, and navigate the flowering of cultural exchange between East and West with classical masterpieces of visually hybrid (nanban) art from Japanese and American collections. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program. For more information, please click here

[Image: Hiroshi Sugimoto (b. 1948), Staircase at Villa Farnese II, Caprarola, 2016. Gelatin silver print. © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy of the Polo Museale del Lazio-Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Italian Tourism.]

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