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PERFORMANCE: Arts Midwest World Fest - Ondekoza / Flint, MI; Marietta, OH; Corydon, IN; Sterling, IL / Viroqua, WI

02/03/2019 - 02/09/2019, 02/10/2019 - 02/16/2019, 02/17/2019 - 02/23/2019, 02/24/2019 - 03/02/2019, 03/03/2019

World-famous Japanese taiko ensemble Ondekoza will tour in the Midwest as part of Arts Midwest World Fest. Fusing incredible athleticism, pounding rhythms, and peaceful melodies, Ondekoza's performances inspire and energize audiences. The tour is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.

Tour Schedule
February 3 - 9: The Whiting (Flint, MI)
February 10 - 16: Peoples Bank Theatre (Marietta, OH)
February 17 - 23: Main Street Corydon (Corydon, IN)
February 24 - March 2: Woodlawn Arts Academy (Sterling, IL)
March 3: Historic Temple Theatre (Viroqua, WI)

EXHIBITION: Kasama Pottery with Free Style: Living National Treasure Kosei Matsui and Modern Ceramic Artists - Hiroyuki Onuki, Koji Toda and Akio Nukaga / New York, NY

01/31/2019 - 02/27/2019

Kasama-yaki, a ceramic style from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is known for its expressive style free, from many traditional restrictions on form and methodlogy. This exhibition features six of the legendary potter Kosei Matsui's "neri-age" (kneaded) works along with work by three artists, Hiroyuki Onuki, Koji Toda, and Akio Nukaga. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

This exhibition is on view from January 31, 2019 through February 27, 2019 at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

FILM: Sanrizuka: Heta Village / Chicago, IL


South Side Projections, in partnership with the University of Chicago's Center for East Asian Studies, presents a screening of Shinsuke Ogawa's Sanrizuka: Heta Village (1973). From the late 1960s to the mid 1970s, Ogawa and his production company made a series of documentaries about the movement protesting the construction of Tokyo's Narita Airport. Sanrizuka: Heta Village is the sixth film and, in some ways, the climax of the series. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

This screening takes place on Saturday, January 26, 7pm at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

FILM: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time / Cambridge, MA


The Harvard Film Archive presents a screening of Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). This film is about a 17-year-old girl, Makoto Konno, who accidentally acquires the ability to "leap" backwards through time and somehow alters the fate of those around her. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

The screening takes place on Saturday, January 26, 3pm at the Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

FILM: The Morikami Film Series: A Story of Yonosuke / Delray Beach, FL


Shuichi Okita's A Story of Yonosuke will be screened as part of the Morikami Film Series. This film is a coming-of-age drama based on a serialized newspaper novel by Yoshida Shuichi. This series screens one to two films each month through March 2019. The rest of the lineup includes Close-Knit by Naoko Ogigami and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya by legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who passed away in April 2018. This series is co-presented by The Japan Foundation and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

The screening takes place on Friday, January 25, 7pm at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Fl 33446. Please visit the Morikami Museum's website to see the full lineup.

EXHIBITION: Celebrating Japanese Cultural Traditions: Beauty in Use / Pensacola, FL

01/22/2019 - 06/27/2019

The exhibition features Masayoshi Shimizu, a master potter from Wakayama, Japan and Taisan Tanaka, a calligrapher originally from Wakayama and currently living in New York City. The artists will conduct workshops, art talks and demonstrations. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from Janaury 22 through June 27 at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504.

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