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PERFORMANCE: Taiko Legacy 15 & Reduction 6 / Chicago, IL

12/08/2018 - 12/10/2018

Taiko (Japanese drum) is typically heard at seasonal festivals and temples all throughout Japan. The more esoteric and theatrical expression of taiko is a less frequent and more difficult endeavor, but at the core of Tsukasa Taiko's artistic and musical vernacular. Tsukasa Taiko will present two performances, Taiko Legacy 15 and Reduction 6, as well as a special workshop. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Schedule]
Reduction 6: December 8, 7:30 PM
Taiko Legacy 15: December 9, 2 PM
Workshop: December 9, 5:30 PM

The events take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago at 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611.

PERFORMANCE: The Heart of Bunraku: New York, NY

12/01/2018

Noh Society will present one of the most famous Bunraku (Japanese puppetry) scenes, Datemusume Koi no Higanoko - Hinomi Yagura no Dan. The performance will be accompanied by a presentation and demonstration led by master puppeteer Kanya Yoshida from the National Bunraku Theater in Osaka. This is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about this beautiful traditional art form from Japan. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This performance takes place on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 7:30pm at the Theater at St. Jean, 184 E. 76th Street, New York, NY 10021.

[Photo © Tomoko Ogawa]

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Arts in Latin America: Ryu Goto / Cochabamba, La Paz, Bolivia & Bogota, Colombia

11/23/2018 - 12/04/2018

World-renowned violinist Ryu Goto will perform in the cities in Bolivia and Colombia. In Colombia, he will be performing with the National Orchestra to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Colombia. This performance tour is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Bolivia and Colombia.

[Photo: Ryu Goto © Ayako Yamamoto]

PERFORMANCE: Gannenmono: Un Yamada and Taimane / Honolulu, HI

11/17/2018

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants who arrived in Hawai'i. In tribute to the special date, the Gannenmono in Concert series will feature unique collaborations between local and Japanese artists that highlight distinct narratives within Japanese immigration history. For the last performance of this series, World-renowned choreographer and dancer Un Yamada is slated to perform an original choreographed dance piece in collaboration with ukulele virtuoso Taimane. This performance is supported through the Performing Arts Japan program.

This performance takes place on Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm, at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania, Honolulu HI 96814.

[Photo: Un Yamada © Anthony Thoen]

FILM: Remembering Isao Takahata / New York, NY

11/17/2018

In remembrance of Isao Takahata, a key figure in the history of Japanese animation and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, The Japan Foundation, New York and Japan Society present a commemorative screening of My Neighbors the Yamadas. Derived from a popular newspaper cartoon strip about an average middle-class Japanese family, Yamadas mines the comedy and unexpected profundity of life's everyday moments. There will also be a panel called Remembering Isao Takahata as part of Anime NYC. Dr. Shige (CJ) Suzuki and Dr. Kathryn Hemmann will unravel some of the enduring themes of Isao Takahata's films and his inspirations.

The panel takes place on Saturday, November 17, 2:15pm at the Javits Center, Panel Room 4, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001; The screening takes place on Saturday, November 17, 7pm at Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017.

[Image © 1999 Hisaichi Ishii - Hatake Jimusho - Studio Ghibli - NHD]

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Arts in Latin America: Drumspeak - Los Angeles Taiko Ensemble / Panama City, Panama & Loja, Ecuador

11/14/2018 - 11/20/2018

LA-based taiko performer Isaku Kageyama leads a trio with David Wells and Doug Sakamoto for a series of performance in Panama and Ecuador. In Ecuador, the ensemble will participate in the International Live Arts Festival of Loja to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Ecuador. This performance tour is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Panama and Ecuador.

LECTURE: Earth Manual Project / New York, NY

11/13/2018 - 11/14/2018

In conjunction with the exhibition Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life, which is currently on view at Parsons School of Design, The Japan Foundation will host two public lecture events:

Tackling Disaster Issues Creatively: Cases in Thailand and Indonesia
November 13, 6 PM
The New School, University Center, UL105 (63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY)

Speakers: Ruttikorn Vuttikorn (Design Director, Club Creative), Ikaputra (Architect, Urban Designer, Associate Professor of Gadjah Mada University)

This event is co-organized with the Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility


This Could Save Your Life - Collective Wisdom for Disaster Response
November 14, 7 PM
Japan Society, Murase Room (333 East 47th Street, New York, NY)

Speakers: Hirokazu Nagata (President, Plus Arts, Vice Director, Design Creative Center Kobe), Ruttikorn Vuttikorn (Design Director, Club Creative), Ikaputra (Architect, Urban Designer, Associate Professor of Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Moderator: Robert Kirkbride (Dean, School of Constructed Environments & Associate Professor, Architecture and Product Design, Parsons School of Design)

This event is co-organized with Japan Society, coinciding with the World Tsunami Awareness Day (November 5).


Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life is on view at Parsons' Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery through December 12. For more information on the exhibition, please click here.For more information on the Earth Manual Project programming in the U.S., please click here.

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Playwrights Project 2018 / New York, NY

11/12/2018 - 11/13/2018

The Segal Center will present readings of works by the brightest Japanese playwrights chosen by Japanese and American performing arts professionals as part of the Japanese Playwrights Project 2018. Selected pieces were translated into English and will be presented by New York-based directors and actors. The titles include A Question of Faeries and Favonia's Fruitless Fable by Satoko Ichihara, Isla, Isla, Isla! by Yudai Kamisato, Avidya - No Lights Inn by Kuro Tanino and Sokonaizu by Jun Tsutsui. This project is supported through the Performing Arts Japan program.

This event takes place on Monday, November 12, 2pm & Tuesday, November 13, 4pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

[Kuro Tanino's Avidya - No Light's Inn / Photo by Shinsuke Sugino]

FILM: The Morikami Film Series: The Mohican Comes Home / Delray Beach, FL

11/10/2018

The Mohican Comes Home will be screened as part of The Morikami Film Series. The Mohican Comes Home, directed by Shuichi Okita, is a bittersweet family drama set on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. This series will screen one or two films a month through March 2019. The lineup includes Your Name. by Makoto Shinkai, Close-Knit by Naoko Ogigami and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya by legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who passed away in April 2018.This series is co-presented by The Japan Foundation and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

The screening takes place on Saturday, November 10, 1pm, at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Please visit the Morikami Museum's website to see the full lineup.

[Image: © 2016 "The Mohican Comes Home" Production Partners, LLC]

LECTURE: Darkness in a Different Light: The Nighttime in Early Modern and Modern Japan / Dahlonega, GA

11/05/2018

Dr. Laura Nenzi is a Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include the social and cultural history of early modern Japan. She will present a lecture titled Darkness in a Different Light: The Nighttime in Early Modern and Modern Japan at the University of North Georgia, as part of a guest lecture series supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

This lecture takes place on Monday, November 5, 4 - 5pm at Library Special Collections Room at the University of North Georgia (Dahlonega, GA)

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