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Conference: Global Japan Forum 2015: Cultures of Migration / Los Angeles, CA


The third Global Japan Forum examines the spread of Japanese culture outside of Japan, exploring different aspects of its circulation, transmission, and adaptation across the globe. This event is part of UCLA’s grant project supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Event: Japan Day @ Central Park / New York, NY


Since its establishment in 2007, this family-friendly event that celebrates Japanese culture has captured the interest of New Yorkers with over 50,000 people attending each year. The day kicks off with the Japan Run, and provides food and activity tents as well as a stage program displaying a wide range of Japanese culture, including both traditional and contemporary performances. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Event: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival / Stamford, CT


The fourth annual Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese arts and culture with Taiko drummers, samurai sword performers, and musicians, as well as cultural workshops such as kimono dressing, origami and lantern decorations. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Literature: Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers°« Dialogue in Words and Pictures / New York, NY


The Japan Foundation and Asia Society will once again co-present an American-Japanese literary dialogue, curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of the Tokyo-based literary journal Monkey Business with writers who are featured in this latest edition of Monkey Business (#5). This year rising star Japanese novelist and translator Aoko Matsuda, whose stories in the wake of Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami have been published in English, most notably in Granta, will be paired with American short story fabulist Kelly Link and award-winning Japanese graphic novelist and cartoonist Satoshi Kitamura will be in dialogue with award-winning American cartoonist and author Ben Katchor. Moderated by Monkey Business editor Roland Kelts and the editors and co-founders of Monkey Business, Ted Goossen and Motoyuki Shibata.

[Image: (Left) cover of Monkey Business 5. (Right): From L to R (clockwise), Ben Katchor; Satoshi Kitamura; Kelly Link, and Aoko Matsuda.]

Exhibition: Jecoration – Decorative Expressions of Japanese Art and Their Influences / Brooklyn, NY

05/02/2015 - 05/17/2015

This exhibition explores the relations between the history and concepts of the decorative expression in Japan and actual artworks of the New York-based contemporary artists who inherited such expression. Curated by Youki Ideguchi, exhibiting artists include Masaaki Sato and Tomokazu Matsuyama. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Masaaki Sato “No.100” 42 x 40 inches]

Peace Exhibit: °»70 Years After the Atomic Bombs°… / Indianapolis, IN

04/27/2015 - 08/09/2015

The University of Indianapolis will display posters from the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation through August 9, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The exhibit is part of UIndy’s grant project supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant program.

Performance: The Hot Springs Concert Band's Spring Concert / Hot Springs, AR


The 2015 Spring Concert performed by the Hot Springs Concert Band will highlight Japanese composer Masao Yabe. Yabe will lead the band in the US debut of three of his original compositions. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: Miho Hazama at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival / New York, NY


Miho Hazama is one of the musicians featured at Cutting Edge Concerts New Musicl Festival 18th Season. Miho Hazama's m_unit jazz ensemble, joined by saxophone soloist Steve Wilson, will perform Hazama's "Journey to Journey" as well as compositions by composer/trombonist Scott Ninmer and composer/reed player Chris Reza. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Lecture: Japan Foundation Grant Workshop / Miami, FL


Research will be presented by faculty and grad students supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant at Florida International University.

Lecture: Naitō Julia and the Miyaco Bicuni / Los Angeles, CA


Haruko Nawata Ward (Associate Professor of Church History, Columbia Theological Seminary) will share her research on the religious figure Naitō Julia in Japan. The University of Southern California’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

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