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Performance: Bach Collegium Japan / Chicago, IL


The University of Chicago Presents brings Bach Collegium Japan, led by conductor Masaaki Suzuki, who is considered a leading authority on the works of Bach, and joined by soprano Joanne Lunn, to its Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music series. The concert will feature works by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

[Photo: Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve]

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Athens, GA

10/24/2015 - 01/03/2016

Drawing from the Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum, in Florence, Italy, this exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art features some 100 objects related to the legendary samurai warriors—full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts and saddles but also objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs that characterize the period in which Japan was ruled by the samurai military class.

[Image: Helmet, first half of the 17th century. Steel, wood (Japanese foxglove tree), papier-mâché, lacquer, Japanese deerskin, horsehair, silk. 35 x 40 x 30 centimeters]

Exhibition: Sōtatsu: Making Waves / Washington, DC

10/24/2015 - 01/31/2016

This exhibition at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  convenes for the first time more than seventy of masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States by Tawaraya Sōtatsu (ca. 1570 - ca. 1640), a fountainhead of Japanese painting and design, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Japan Foundation.

[Image: Tawaraya Sotatsu; Screen with Scattered Fans; Mounted on a Screen (part); Edo period, 17th century; color on paper; single six-panel screen; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1900.24.]

Performance: Enra / Memphis, TN


The Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School will present ENRA, a Japanese-based collective of dancers, choreographers, directors, animators, composers and actors. The group has pioneered a revolutionary entertainment experience, infusing projected light and images seamlessly with live dance and performance. The result is pure technologic and choreographic magic.This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

[Photo: © ENRA]

Film: "Made in Japan" - Closing Night Screening at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival / Hot Springs, AR


Made in Japan, a documentary film on Tomi Fujiyama the world’s first Japanese country music superstar, has been chosen as the Closing Night film for this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. There will be a post-screening Q&A with Fujiyama and the director Josh Bishop, and a musical performance by Fujiyama. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

[Photo: © Made in Japan 2015]

Performance: Shank's Mare / Sarasota, FL

10/16/2015 - 10/18/2015

Renowned puppeteer Tom Lee joins forces with Japanese Master Koryu Nishikawa V to create Shank’s Mare - a moving and magical exploration of life, death, and the power of tradition as told through the use of the traditional Kuruma Ningyo puppetry of Japan, video projection and live music. This preview performance is part of Ringling International Arts Festival, and is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Conference: Association for Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS) 24th Annual Conference / Urbana, IL

10/09/2015 - 10/10/2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host this year’s AJLS conference under the theme of “The Senses and Sensory Experience in Japanese Literature and Culture”. The event is partially supported under the JFNY Grant in Japanese Studies.

Film: Seijun Suzuki Retrospective / Washington, DC; Austin, TX; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Nashville, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Chicago, IL; Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, CA; Vancouver, Canada; Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Philadelphia, PA and more

10/09/2015 - 06/02/2016

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Seijun Suzuki amassed a body of work ranging from B movie potboilers to beguiling metaphysical mysteries. He remains a cult figure outside of Japan and has influenced a number of contemporary directors, such as Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, and Quentin Tarantino. This is the first retrospective of the filmmaker’s work in North America.

Tour Schedule
October 9 – December 20: Freer and Sackler Galleries (Washington, DC)
October 9 – November 18: Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)
November 6 – November 17: Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
November 14 – December 19: Cleveland Cinematheque (Cleveland, OH)
November 20 – December 7: Belcourt Theatre (Nashville, TN)
December 2 & 3: Japan Information Cultural Center (Washington, DC)
December 30, 2015  – January 21, 2016: Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington, NY)

January 1 – Jannuary 31: Trylon Microcinema (Minneapolis, MN)
January 2 – February 3: Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL)
January 30 – April 2: TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto, CANADA)
February 5 – March 13: UCLA Film and Television Archive (Los Angeles, CA)
February 20 – March 12: Vancouver Cinematheque (Vancouver, CANADA)
February 17 – March 16 : Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
April 2 - April 16: International House Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
April 8 - April 29: Northwest Film Center (Portland, OR)
April 9 - April 30: Grand Illusion Cinema (Seattle, WA)
April 13 - May 11: Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
May 7 - June 30: UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)
May 13 - June 2: Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)
May 18 - June 2: Brattle Theatre (Cambridge, MA)

(Dates are subject to change.)

This traveling retrospective is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the participating venues.

[Image: Kagero-za © 1981 presented by LittleMore Co., Ltd.]

Cultural Event: Masashi Kishimoto at New York Comic Con / New York, NY

10/08/2015 - 10/10/2015

Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of popular manga Naruto, will appear at this year's New York Comic Con.

October 8, 5:30pm, Jacob Javits Center
VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto, Creator of Naruto

October 10, 11:30am, Hammerstein Ballroom
VIZ Media Premieres Boruto: Naruto The Movie

The events are co-presented by The Japan Foundation, New York, New York Comic Con and VIZ Media.

[Image: NARUTO © 1999 by Masahi Kishimoto/SHUEISHA, Inc.]

Exhibition & Lecture: The Art of Japanese Urushi / New York, NY

10/06/2015 - 10/09/2015

Japanese Urushi is a natural lacquer that is hand-extracted from the sap of the Japanese sumac. The Nippon Club presents the exhibition which showcases the Joboji Urushi as the most celebrated for its highest quality and used on World Heritage sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Nikko Tosho-gu.

A lecture on Urushi and Sake will be held on October 8th. Please register from here.

This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

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