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Event: Promoting Shogi in the US / Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Paramus, NJ; Montclair, NJ; Old Tappan, NJ; Demarest, NJ

04/08/2015 - 04/16/2015

Professional shogi player Madoka Kitao will be on tour to promote awareness of the game of shogi, or Japanese chess. She will also be demonstrating Dobutsu Shogi, a game she invented for children and beginners. This project is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture

Tour Schedule
April 8: Workshop at Japan Information and Culture Center, Washington, DC
April 9-10: Workshop at Japan Bowl, Washington, DC
April 11: Shogi Booth at National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC
April 12: Shogi Booth at Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Philadelphia, PA
April 13: Workshop at Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
April 14, 2:45-4:00pm: Shogi/Dobutsu Shogi Lecture and Hands-on @ Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 104, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ (open to public)
April 15: Workshop at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan
April 16: Workshop at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/05/2015 - 05/03/2015

Blue Note and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This Brunch series will take place on five consecutive Sundays from April 5 through May 3 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule
(Two show times at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day)

April 5, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Mika Mimura Group
April 12, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda
April 19, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Martha Kato Trio
April 26, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Sumie Kaneko
May 3, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio

Symposium: Manga at a Crossroads Symposia II at The Ohio State University / Columbus, OH


Following the first symposium on March 6, the second of the two symposia will examine the development and globalization of manga. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Matsumoto, Akira (Reiji). Aoi Hanabira (Blue Petals) (Tokyo: Showa Manga Shuppansha, 1958).]

Exhibition: The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi / Washington, DC

04/03/2015 - 08/30/2015

The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the career of one of America’s great modernist painters and reveals the unique vision of an extraordinary artist. The exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Kuniyoshi’s work by a U.S. museum in more than 65 years and traces his career though 66 of his finest paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Strong Woman with Child, 1925, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation. © Estate of Yasuo Kuniyoshi/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.]

Symposium: The Naoshima Symbiosis for the Future: Art, Architecture and Nature / New York, NY


Japan Society will hold a symposium about  the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, starting at 6pm. For the first time at a symposium in the U.S., Soichiro Fukutake of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima will speak about the history and philosophy behind this unique cultural landscape. Three of the architects involved - Pritzker Prize recipients Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa as well as Hiroshi Sambuichi - will be present to showcase their much acclaimed on-site realizations. An introduction will be made by curator Akiko Miki and followed by a panel discussion, conducted by Eve Blau, Professor of the History of Urban Form at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Teshima Art Museum © Noboru Morikawa]

Lecture: Royal Daughters from Classical to Medieval Times: Changing Gender Roles / Los Angeles, CA


A presentation at the University of Southern California by Dr. Akemi Banse (University of Tokyo), who investigates how the meanings of gender assigned to royal daughters developed from the 7th to 14th centuries in relation to contemporary institutional frameworks. The University of Southern California’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Exhibition: Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl / Los Angeles, CA

03/29/2015 - 06/07/2015

This exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents 450 years of Raku ware. It comprises 94 works from the serene, monochromatic tea bowls of founder Chōjirō, which most directly reflect the wabi tea ceremony ideals of legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu, to the strikingly original innovations of the current Raku master. This exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, the Raku Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

[Chōjirō, red Raku tea bowl named Tarōbō (an Important Cultural Property of Japan) photo: Masayuki Miyahara]

Association for Asian Studies Conference 2015 / Chicago, IL

03/26/2015 - 03/29/2015

The Japan Foundation will host two events at this year’s AAS Conference:
The Japan Foundation Reception (Fri., Mar. 27, 7:30-9:30pm in “Sheraton 3”)
Japanese Studies Grant Programs Information Session (Sat., Mar. 28, 1:00-2:30pm in “Ohio” Meeting Room)

Symposium: Tawaraya Sotatsu / Tokyo, Japan


This symposium will examine the art of Tawaraya Sotatsu with the curators of the exhibition of the artist to be held at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. this coming fall.  The symposium will be streamed live in Japanese and in English:

Time & Date: 00:00-03:00am on March 22, 2015 EST
(Japan time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm on March 22, 2015)

Venue: The University of Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

Ryo Furuta, Associate Professor, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
James Ulak, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Freer | Sackler Gallery
Keiko Nakamachi, Professor, Jissen Women's University
Shunroku Okudaira, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
Yukio Lippit, Professor of Japanese Art, Harvard University

Guest Panel:
Akira Yamaguchi, Artist

For English streaming:

For Japanese streaming:

For more information in Japanese:

For more information on Tawaraya Sotatsu exhibition in Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery:

Exhibition: Divergent Currents: The Ripple Effect of Japan on American Ceramic Artists at Clay Art Center / Port Chester, NY

03/21/2015 - 05/09/2015

The exhibition, curated by master potter Jeff Shapiro, explores the Japanese culture and its extraordinary influence on 14 contemporary American ceramic artists who have ties to Japan through heritage, life experience or creative influence. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Akio Takemori, Sleeping Woman in Pink Dress, 2013, stoneware with underglazes, 10x27x15”]

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