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International Education Consortium°«s "Japan in the Classroom: Japanese Tradition and Modernity: The Film Version"


January 27, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Marvin Marcus, Washington University
Japanese Tradition and Modernity: The Film Version

Our session will concern the manner in which Japanese film makers have depicted Japan, in both 'traditional' and 'modern' aspects, over the past sixty years. Through excerpts of representative films by noteworthy directors such as Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kobayashi, and Itami, we will consider the range of interpretations that can be applied to our cinematic materials.

Take advantage of this unique new series of programs on Japan for k-12 teachers. You will come away with information and resources that will help you teach the culture of Japan in your classroom. Whatever your teaching level, you and your students will benefit from this fun and informative mini-series.

These late-afternoon Thursday sessions include a light supper. Register for all four or one, two or three. Registration online. For more information or to pre-register, contact Sheila Onuska at sonuska@csd.org or 314-692-1208.

"Kutaniyaki: A Tribute to Tokuda Yasokichi III" Pottery Exhibit

01/26/2011 - 02/15/2011


The Nippon Gallery is pleased to host the Kutaniyaki Exhibition in tribute to the late Tokuda Yasokichi III° 1933-2009), one of the most famous Kutani potters. He was designated as a Ningen Kokuho (Living Natioal Treasure) for his mastery of his Saiyu glaze (glaze with graduation of colors) in 1997.

Yasokichi III has made great efforts to develop his Saiyu technique based on old Kutani color glaze enameling techniques handed down from his grandfather. Saiyu is characterized by delicate shading and beautiful contrast of enamel glazed colors. Using this original technique, Yasokichi III has created his own world.

What has distinguished Yasokichi III is his ability to bring the beauty of Aote Ko-Kutani (old green Kutani) to life in a contemporary setting and the way he explores new possibiities for Kutani glaze enamels.

He previously held a solo exhibition at The Nippon Club in 1991.

At this exhibition to be held January 26 - February 15, 2011, twenty five of his works from after he was designated a Living National Treasure will be on display.

Date: 01/26/11 °Ń 02/15/11
Time: Mon.-Fri. 10:00 -18:00 Sat. 10:00-17:00 Closed on Sundays
Location: The Nippon Gallery
Fee: Free
Contact: info@nipponclub.org/(212) 581-2223

"Run, Salaryman, Run!": A Retrospective of Sabu's Film Works

01/26/2011 - 02/05/2011

Japan Society (NYC)

If you're looking for high speed, high style, hard luck, and the quirky lusts and lunacies of post-Bubble Japan, Sabu's your man.

Born Hiroyuki Tanaka (1964), Sabu is the cult auteur of "punk n' roll," alternative comedies, often imitated, never equaled, and far too rarely shown in the U.S. since his 1996 feature debut, Non-Stop a.k.a DANGAN Runner (included in our line-up). In a world of hazards and happenstance, Sabu zeroes in on blue and white collar everymen tossed into dangerously absurd situations from which they desperately try to run. As things speed along, Sabu brings a fresh and frantic twist to traditional film genres (the yakuza film, the thriller, etc.), giving their lean and clean-cropped premises the electroshock treatment and über edgy music scores. The Japanese filmmaker has drawn comparisons with Buster Keaton, Johnnie To and Doug Liman, but his satirical jamborees, more than just friendly black comedies, are truly unlike anything else on the silver screen: they are stamina tests, survival riffs, victory rolls.

"World Heritage Photo Panels from Japan: Two Thousand Years of Legacies" at Institute of Texan Cultures

01/15/2011 - 03/13/2011

(San Antonio, TX)

The Institute of Texan Cultures and UTSA’s East Asia Institute are co-hosting this exhibition, bringing more than 60 photos of Japan’s World Heritage Sites to Texas.

As of July 2008, 14 sites in Japan have been deemed World Heritage Sites under UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. These include the Shirakami-Sanchi Mountain Range, Yaku-shima Island, Himeji-jo Castle, and the Buddhist monuments of the Horyu-ji Temple area.

Japan is one of 168 countries that signed the World Heritage Convention, pledging to the world that they will preserve the legacies within their lands for future generations and accept the obligation and responsibility to cooperate with other countries in protecting common World Heritage legacies of mankind. Today, there are 851 World Heritage sites in 135 nations.

HOGAKU: New Sound of Japan 2011 at Asia Society


Re-envisioning Japanese traditional music (hogaku) in a modern context, this Hogaku Concert series feature exciting artists who have taken the contemporary music scene by storm.

The sixth in this series of hogaku music, this year's showcase will feature Yumi Kurosawa on koto (Japanese zither) Akiko Sakurai on satsuma biwa (short-necked fretted lute), and the duo SANSHI on hosozao shamisen (long-necked lute).

These artists portray the latest trend of Japanese hogaku music, from timeless classics to cutting edge originals.

2011 Abe Fellowship Retreat

01/07/2011 - 01/10/2011

(Amelia Island, FL)

The Abe Fellows Retreat is designed to enable Abe Fellows to get to know each other in a relaxed environment, to facilitate intellectual exchange among Fellows and Abe Fellowship Program Committee members, and to share advice on problems fellows are facing in the conduct of their research. To that end, the retreat agenda includes carefully designed research presentation sessions and discussion groups.

°»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

Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool

09/09/2010 - 01/02/2011

Asia Society (NYC)

Asia Society, New York devotes its entire exhibition space to a major retrospective of Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara, one of the most influential Neo-Pop artists working today. The exhibition comprises 20 years' worth of paintings, sculpture, drawings, and large-scale installations.

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