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°»Amanogawa°… by Kitsune Ensemble


Amanogawa, a multidisciplinary collaboration with theatre-director Tomi Tsunoda, will premiere Friday, December 17 at 8 pm at the New York Center for Art & Media Studies (44 W. 28th St. 17th Floor, NYC). $10 at door.

UC Berkeley Writers Workshop: °»Linking Trade, Traditional Security, and Human Security: Lessons from Europe and the Americas and Implications for Asia°…

12/16/2010 - 12/17/2010

The first writers workshop for the project "Linking Trade, Traditional Security, and Human Security: Lessons from Europe and the Americas and Implications for Asia” will be held December 16-17, 2010 at the University of California, Berkeley.

°»Peter & the Wolf°…at the Guggenheim Museum

12/11/2010 - 12/19/2010

Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s classic. New York City Opera’s George Manahan will conduct the Juilliard Ensemble. A newly commissioned visual art installation by artist Rei Sato of Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., the art production company of Takashi Murakami, will bring the story to life.* The audience is invited to view the artwork following the program.

*Presented in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s Japan festival, JapanNYC.

The performance takes place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater. No reception. Enter via ramp at 5th Ave and 88th St. $35, $30 members

"Motoyuki Shibata in Conversation with Paul Auster" at Asia Society


Join acclaimed American author Paul Auster, (The Book of Illusions and The Brooklyn Follies) together with his Japanese translator Motoyuki Shibata as they explore the mutual influence of Japanese and American popular culture expressed in the work of such contemporary artists as Yoshitomo Nara, who widely read contemporary American fiction in Japanese translations.

Midwest Japan Seminar


University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK)

Michael Bathgate, St. Xavier University and Patti Kameya, Kent State University will present their research at University of Oklahoma on December 4.

Biwa Performance and Lecture on "Tales of the Heike°…


University of Florida, 170 Pugh Hall (Gainesville, FL)

Yoko Hiraoka will play the five string biwa, a lute like instrument that dates back to medieval times, and perform “Tales of the Heike” at the University of Florida on Wednesday, December 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

US-Japan Journalism Fellowship Program

11/20/2010 - 12/02/2010

10 graduate journalism students from across the US will embark on a 13-day study-tour of Japan starting on November 20, 2010. This second cohort of students, along with Emerson College and CGP staff, will visit Tokyo, Okinawa, Kobe and other cities during their stay in Japan.

°»Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan°…Exhibit

11/03/2010 - 01/09/2011

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)

Extraordinary examples of kimono created during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the most dynamic periods in the history of Japan's national costume, comprise Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan.

Included are formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono worn by men, women, and children. Some of the garments reflect historical continuity, while others show how Western visual themes began to eclipse Japanese motifs.

Comprised of kimono from the internationally- renowned Montgomery Collection in Switzerland, the show is presented by Art Services International.

November 3, 2010 - January 9, 2011
opening reception: November 3, 6 - 8 pm

°»Light of the River°… Screening at Chicago International Children's Film Festival


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago, IL)

Light of the River (Japan 75 min) Trailer A unique family of rats sets out on a long journey to find a safe place to call home. Forced out of their peaceful riverbank by construction, the country rat family encounters many challenges, but also kindness from new city animal friends. Told through gorgeous animation, Light of the River celebrates the splendor of untouched nature, the freedom of embracing new challenges, and the joy of discovering kindred spirits.

Screenings take place Friday, October 22 at 9:45am & 11:45am, and Saturday, October 30 at 9:30am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Unmetered street parking available.

KUBO SHU Kirié: PAPER JAPONISM Workshop and Exhibition

10/29/2010 - 10/30/2010, 11/01/2010 - 12/03/2010

Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

Japanese paper artist Kubo Shu will introduce his traditional Japanese medium "Kami" (paper) through the masterful and creative image making technique of "Kirié" (paper cutting) during a weeklong residence that will kick off Paper Japonsim. Mr. Kubo's work includes an impressive number of cut paper reliefs using traditional Japanese rice paper mixed with non-traditional materials.

Kubo's visit coincides with the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese delegation visit to the United States and the exhibit will celebrate "Bunkanohi," Culture Day in Japan. The Japan Foundation has provided support for the visit of Shu and his workshop and lecture activities. The 150th anniversary is being celebrated across the country in the cities where this delegation visited, including Philadelphia. Kubo's unique and creative approach to image-making deals with materials, construction, and angles and light. Participants and students will experience paper in innovative ways and will discover how to incorporate these techniques into their own design processes.

The opening reception and artist's lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd at 6 p.m. in Stein Auditorium in Nesbitt Hall, followed by a Japanese reception in Chapman Court. The month-long exhibition at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, located in Nesbitt Hall (3215 Market St.) begins Monday, November 1 and ends Friday, December 3rd. Kubo will also hold a two-day workshop featuring his techniques and process in "Kirie." The workshop is free for anyone to observe, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 29 & 30. The workshop will take place in the first floor lobby of the Drexel Recreation Center (3301 Market Street).

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