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FILM: Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections / Chicago, IL


A co-production of the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, the film Asian Three-Fold Mirror 2016: Reflections will be screened at Illinois Institute of Technology as part of Asian Pop-up Cinema Season Seven. This is the North American Premier for this film, which brings together three globally acclaimed directors: Isao Yukisada (Japan), Brillante Ma. Mendoza (Philippines), Sotho Kulikar (Cambodia) to co-create omnibus films with a common theme. Under the theme of “Living Together in Asia”, crew and cast joined forces across national borders to depict the lives of characters who journey between Japan and Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia. This screening is co-organized with the Japan Foundation New York.

The screening takes place on Saturdya, Novermber 3, 6pm at Stuart Hall* at Illinois Institute of Technology, 10 W 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60616.

Please note that the venue was listed incorrectly in the October issue. The correct venue is Stuart Hall at IIT.

[Photo © 2016 The Japan Foundation]

LITERATURE: Prize-winning Author Sayaka Murata: North American Debut Tour / Iowa City, IA; New York, NY

10/30/2018 - 11/04/2018

Sayaka Murata, the 2016 Akutagawa Prize winner and one of Japan's most exciting contemporary writers, will visit Iowa City and New York City this fall. Her novel Convenience Store Woman portrays contemporary Japan through the eyes of a single woman who fits only too well into the rigidity of its work culture. This is her first book to be translated into English, and it quickly caught the eye of critics from major newspapers such as The New York Times. The translator of the book, Ginny Tapley Takemori, will also participate in the events and share interesting anecdotes of Japanese-to-English translation.

The events take place on October 30 at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242; on November 1, 7pm at McNally Jackson Bookstore Williamsburg, 76 North 4th Unit G, Brooklyn, NY 11249; on November 3, 2pm at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017; on November 4, 2pm at Kinokuniya New York, 1073 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10018. For more details, please visit Grove Atlantic’s website.

[Image: Courtesy of Bungeishunju Ltd]

LECTURE: Making Waves: Audio-Visual Pedagogy and Cinematic Modernism in Postwar Japan / Baltimore, MD


Dr. Takuya Tsunoda, Assistant Professor of Japanese Film and Media at Columbia University, will give a talk on postwar Japanese film. The guest talk is preceded by two screenings of post-war films by director Ichikawa Kon at Loyola University last spring. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

The lecture takes place on October 25, 6pm at Loyola Notre Dame Library Ridley Auditorium, 200 Winston Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212.

FILM: The Morikami Film Series Season Opening : Tokyo Story and Seven Samurai / Delray Beach, FL

10/25/2018 - 10/27/2018

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL) and The Japan Foundation are pleased to co-present the Morikami Film Series. The opening week features two classics: Tokyo Story directed by fabled Yasujiro Ozu and Seven Samurai directed by revolutionary Akira Kurosawa. Tokyo Story surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. The series will screen one or two films a month until March 2019. The line-up 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.

The event takes place on October 25, 7pm for Tokyo Sotry and on October 27, 1pm for Seven Samurai , at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33446. For more details, please visit Morikami Museum’s website.

[Image: Courtesy Toho Co. Ltd.]

FILM: Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: Japanese War Brides / New Orleans, LA


Hosted by the Japan America Society of New Orleans, this film features three Japanese war brides who recall their lives in 1950s America, where they were often the first Japanese encountered by the locals. Living in mostly isolated communities and scattered across the country, the women were left largely to their own devices as they tried to navigate a racially segregated society. The screening will be followed by a discussion with one of the directors, Kathyrn Tolbert. Tolbert is a journalist and editor who worked for the Associated Press, Boston Globe and Washington Post. This event is supported under the Center for Global Partnership Discretionary Grant.

This screening takes place on October 25, 6:30pm at University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148. For more details, please visit the Japan America Society of New Orleans’s website.

EVENT: BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award Toshiko Akiyoshi / Washington DC


Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The award honors living jazz masters from the Mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education. Toshiko Akiyoshi is a Japanese jazz pianist, composer / arranger, and bandleader who has received many honors, including The Japan Foundation Award (2004) and the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters (2007). This event is supported in part by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on October 19, 7pm at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566. For more details, please visit Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation‘s website.

[Image: Courtesy of the Artist]

PERFORMANCE: Falling Out / Nashville, TN

10/12/2018 - 10/13/2018

Phantom Limb Company and Dai Matsuoka of Sankai Juku will perform Falling Out at Oz Arts Nashville. Blending puppetry with the distinct Japanese art of Butoh, the performance explores the shared language of Butoh and puppetry to express loss and life afterwards. There will be performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November and at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in April. This event is supported by the Performing Arts Japan program.

This performance takes place on October 12, 8pm and On October 13, 7pm at OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville, TN 37209. For more details, please visit OZ Arts Nashville’s website.

[Image: Courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center]

FILM: Asako I & II / New York, NY

10/06/2018 - 10/11/2018

Asako I & II which competed at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, will be screened at the 56th New York Film Festival. Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who previously garnered attention for his film Happy Hour, returns with a beguiling and mysterious film that traces the trajectory of love. Based on a novel by Tomoka Shibasaki, Asako I & II is an enchanting yet unnerving paean to the notion of love as a trance state. There will be a Q&A with Director Hamaguchi on October 6. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on October 6, 3pm at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 and on October 11, 6pm at Water Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023. For more details, please visit New York Film Festival‘s website.

[Image: Courtesy of New York Film Festival]

LANGUAGE: Travel Japanese at Anime Fest @ New York Comic Con / New York, NY


The popular and practical Japanese course "Travel Japanese" is back! This time, the venue will be the Academy Stage at Anime Fest @ New York Comic Con, the largest pop culture convention on the East Coast.  

This event takes place on October 6, 11am at the Academy Stage in Pier 94, 711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019. For more details, please visit Anime Fest @ New York Comic Con’s website.

CULTURAL EVENT: Folding Workshop by Origamido / Memphis, TN

10/05/2018 - 10/06/2018

As a part of the larger celebration of Origami in the Garden, which features a traveling exhibition of origami sculptures, Memphis Botanic Garden will be holding a workshop and an exhibition. The workshop will be guided by origami experts from the Origamido Studio, Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture as well as contemporary uses of origami in STEM fields. The exhibition will be open to children and members of the community. This event is supported by the Center for Global Partnership Education Grant.

This event takes place from October 5 through 6 at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN. For more details, please visit Memphis Botanic Garden’s website.

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