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"Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses" - Celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial

10/01/2011 - 10/16/2011

The Japan Foundation New York and the Film Society of the Lincoln Center will co-present, “Velvet Bullets and Steel Kisses”, celebrating the Nikkatsu Centennial as part of the New York Film Festival.

The series will kick-off with the 7:30 pm show of "Retaliation" on Saturday, October 1, and will be joined by star actor Shishido Joe.

The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn in New York

09/30/2011 - 10/14/2011

Lafkadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) is an influential author who has written “The Story of Mimi-nashi-Hoichi” and “Yuki-onna.”  In this exhibition 24 pieces of works of art will be on display by both Japanese and international artists who express their interpretation of Lafcadio Hearn’s Open Mind through art. Other pieces on display include over 20 beautifully bound first editions of Hearn’s books mostly published by New York publishing houses such as Harper & Brothers, Houghton, Mifflin & Co. and Macmillan & Co. as well as 2 pieces of Hearn’s cherished personal items from the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in Matsue City.

Five by Eight: New Art From Japan

09/23/2011 - 10/30/2011

Five by Eight is an exhibition of 40 works by eight contemporary potters from Japan, coordinated by Makiko Maki, a Curator and Gallery Owner from Tokyo, Japan. The artists included in this exhibition represent an overview of the contemporary art world in Japan, with some of the makers working within the confines of tradition, while others are pushing those boundaries, with the remaining artists in the group abandoning it all together.

Minor Musics: Japan

09/16/2011 - 09/17/2011

ISSUE Project Room will present Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami, Takahiro Kawaguchi, and Moe Kamura, collaborating with Annette Krebs and Radu Malfatti. Three Japanese musicians are associated with the Onkyo group in Tokyo, exploring the role of silence in shaping and subverting the musical event.

Listen to some tracks from the Annette Krebs/Taku Unami collaboration on the Free Music Archive: Here

Offsite Dance Project: Edges

09/14/2011 - 09/17/2011

Japan-based Offsite Dance and Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts (PICA) are to present collaboration between Japanese choreographers/dancers Yoko Higashino, Mika Arashiki, Yukio Suzuki, and Mari Fukutome and U.S.-based artists Corrie Befort and Wayne Horvitz at PICA’s 2011 Time Based Art Festival.

7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series: Young Starlets of Japanese Cinemas

09/13/2011 - 11/19/2011

Organized by Japan Foundation’s New York office, this year’s film series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from the film released in the 2000’s: Harmful Insect, Kamikaze Girls, Yunagi City Sakura Country and One Million Yen Girl. The series will progress on a round-robin format among six institutions (Washington University in St. Louis, Ball State University, University of Iowa, Cornell University, Middlebury College, and Wesleyan University).

CICADA SUMMER: Common Sight Dance Performance Workshop Intensive

08/13/2011 - 08/20/2011

Workshop on August 13th – August 20th with performances on August 19th and 20th.
Solo and ensemble performances featuring Mana Hashimoto (Japan/NY), Tom Belic (AZ), Kyla Katz, Noriko Oka (Toronto), Ari Rudenko, Monica Pratz (MEX). Live original music by Renee Baker’s Chicago Modern Orchestra Project.

Summer 2011 Film Series (Ann Arbor, MI)

07/29/2011 - 08/19/2011

Co-organized with Japan Foundation, University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies offers four films featuring Takeshi Kitano from July 29 to August 19. All films are free and open to the public.

Kaneto Shindo Retrospective (Cleveland, OH)

07/22/2011 - 08/13/2011

The Cleveland Cinematheque presents four Kaneto Shindo works, including the Cleveland premiere Children of Hiroshima (on August 5 and 6).

Voices from the Ground: The Latest Report from the Japanese Civil Sector, Post 3/11 (New York, NY)


The devastation of the March 11, 2011 (3/11) earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan triggered overwhelming support from the US, with over $300 million raised for disaster relief. Now that the humanitarian aid is underway, what has happened in terms of recovery and rebuilding the disaster afflicted areas?

What is the current status of the Japanese disaster areas? What are the needs for mid and long-term reconstruction? How is Japan's civil society collaborating with the international community in the recovery process? These critical questions will be addressed in a panel discussion hosted by the Asia Society and co-presented with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). The event will feature speakers from key Japanese civil society organizations working on restoration efforts.

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