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Exhibition: Modern Twist – Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art at Florida Institute of Technology / Melbourne, FL

01/31/2015 - 04/25/2015

This exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century. Curated by Dr. Andreas Marks, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and organized by International Arts and Artists, Modern Twist features a stunning selection of works from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Uematsu Chikuyu, Sound of Wind, 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer; Photo © Susan Einstein.]

Performance: Pinocchio / Boston, MA

01/30/2015 - 02/22/2015

The world premiere of an original adaptation influenced by Japanese theatrical traditions, Pinocchio’s adventures are told through mystical creatures, live musicians, and gymnastic choreography, making the transformation of an animated puppet into a real live boy, a magical, dynamic, and deeply moving experience. This program is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Conference: The Civil Wars of Japan's Meiji Restoration & National Reconciliation / Winston-Salem, NC

01/30/2015 - 01/31/2015

An international and interdisciplinary conference exploring, in a global perspective, internal conflicts surrounding Japan's modern revolution: the Meiji Restoration (1868). This conference, held at Wake Forest University, is supported under the JFNY Grant in Japanese Studies.

Exhibition: Splendors of Shiga: Treasures from Japan at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park / Grand Rapids, MI

01/30/2015 - 08/16/2015

With the partnership with Shiga Prefecture, the sister state of Michigan, this exhibition will display more than 60 Japanese historical works of art from the 17th century to the present day, including Shigaraki pottery, delicate scrolls, screens, kimono, and functional objects. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Kimono“Flowers,”Yuzen style dyeing by Moriguchi Kakō (1909-2008)1983. Silk; Photo courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan]

A Poetry Reading with Suga Keijiro / Los Angeles, CA


A poetry reading held at the University of Southern California’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures, which is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Performance: Miwa Yanagi's Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape / New York, NY; Washington, DC; Towson, MD; Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, CA

01/29/2015 - 02/28/2015

Stranded in Japan during WWII, a young Japanese-American woman was forced to serve as a radio broadcaster for a propaganda program controlled by the Japanese Imperial Army, and was subsequently tried for treason. Seventy years later, this historic incident is brought to life through a visually stunning whodunit, conceived, written and directed by internationally renowned visual artist Miwa Yanagi. Brimming with iconic imagery from her rich body of photographic work, Zero Hour tells the multi-layered story of a woman caught between two nations during the war. 

[Tour Schedule]
Jan 29 - 31: Japan Society (New York, NY)
Feb 6 -7: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
Feb 13: Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University (Towson, MD)
Feb 21: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto, Canada)
Feb 26 - 28: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)

This tour is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo: © Miwa Yanagi]

Conference: Transpacific Visions: Religion, Spirituality and the Invisible Connections Between Asia and the Americas / Los Angeles, CA


A day-long conference examining ways in which many new religious and spiritual phenomenon are simultaneously produced on both sides of the Pacific, through a form of dialogue which is both cosmopolitan and localized. Held at the University of Southern California’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures, which is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Exhibition: Ancient to Modern: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and their Sources at San Antonio Museum of Art / San Antonio, TX

01/17/2015 - 04/04/2015

Featuring the work of several leading artists like Takahiro Kondo, Eiko Kishi and the late Yasukage Kato, this exhibition will survey ancient tradition as well as new techniques in contemporary ceramics. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Miyashita Zenji, Ki no jooshoo; Rising Air, 2004. Stoneware and colored clay bands with clear overglaze. 19 ¼ x 12 ¼ x 6 7/8 inches. C.J. and Susan L. Peters Collection. Photograph by Richard Goodbody.]

Exhibition: Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns at Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Piedmont College / Demorest, GA

12/01/2014 - 01/31/2015

This traveling exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, is a masterful survey of diverse ceramic works from leading and up-and-coming-artists from Japan. This exhibition is co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

[Image: Atsushi Miyanishi: Blue-glazed vase with wave motif]

Exhibition: Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture 1920 – 1945 at the Dayton Art Institute / Dayton, OH

11/15/2014 - 01/25/2015

With nearly 200 works, this exhibition reveals the widespread and particular impact of Art Deco on Japanese culture through a wide range of mediums - sculpture, painting, prints, ceramics, lacquer ware, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and graphic ephemera. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Hisamaro (dates unknown), Songbook for “From Nihonbashi” (Nihonbashi kara), 1931, Color lithograph, inks on paper, Published by Hakubi Shuppansha, Printed by Kishimoto Fukutaro-, Tokyo, 26.2 x 19.1 cm (1015/16 x 7½ in.), Signed: H Hisamaro

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