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LANGUAGE: Manga + Translation 101 by Dr. Mari Morimoto / New York, NY


Interested in what goes on behind-the-scene of manga translation? Don't miss our special evening with Dr. Mari Morimoto, one of the foremost manga translators in North America. Session 1 ,“Manga in Japan and in the US 101”, will briefly trace the history and evolution of manga in Japan and its path across the Pacific, and explore the cultural differences between the two countries through manga. Session 2, “Manga + Translation 101”, will focus on the act of translation itself and provide a deeper understanding of this craft through her personal experiences of working with renowned manga titles. The lecture will be in English. Space is limited and RSVP is required. 

This lecture takes place on October 2, 6:30pm at the Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. For more details, please visit the Japanese-Language Education page in Japan Foundation New York’s website.

CULTURAL EVENT: Baltimore Japan Art Festival / Baltimore, MD

09/28/2018 - 09/29/2018

This annual event showcases Japanese culture through traditional and contemporary art, film, music and food. Featured guest and illustrator Yusuke Nakamura will hold a lecture with a Q&A session and a reception featuring his original work titled Blue | Now | New. Other events include a Japanese short film festival, and an outdoor festival that features all-ages educational workshops, games and more. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place from September 28 through 29 at Station North Arts District, Baltimore, MD.  For more details, please visit Baltimore Japan Art Festival 2018's website.

[Image: artwork by Yusuke Nakamura]

EXHIBITION: When East Meets West - Three Centuries of Artistic Discourse / Atlanta, GA

09/28/2018 - 12/09/2018

This exhibition will illustrate the rich cross-cultural influences between Japan, European and American artists from the late 17th to 19th century. Works include numerous examples of Japanese porcelain from the late John Lesh Jacobs Collection drawn from the permanent collections of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art and the High Museum. These works will be juxtaposed against exquisite examples of Meissen porcelain from the Warda Stout Collection, borrowed from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition takes place from September 28 through December 9 at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4 Lowry Hall 3rd Floor 4484 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.  For more details, please visit Oglethorpe University Museum Art's website.

[Image: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892), Chilly: the appearance of a concubine of the Bunka era, 1888 Woodblock print on paper]

EXHIBITION: Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life - / New York, NY

09/27/2018 - 12/12/2018

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present the exhibition, "Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life", which showcases some of the unique practices for tackling disaster-related issues with the use of creative design and innovative ideas. Examples from Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are introduced. This exhibition is co-organized with Parsons School of Design, The New School, in cooperation with Design and Creative Center Kobe (KIITO) and Plus Arts.

This exhibition takes place from September 27 through December 12 at Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center/Parsons School of Design in The New School at 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011. For more details, please visit Parson's website.

[Image: "Lost Homes" Model, Osamu Tsukihashi, Courtesy KIITO]

PERFORMANCE: Chichinagami Shinbu In the Light of the Full Moon / Honolulu, HI


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 Chichinagami Shinbu, Kazue Higa, founder of Ryuseikai Honryu Ryūkyū Dance School in Okinawa—and Atsuko Tamagusuku, founder of the Udui Fukura Okinawan Dance School—join the Ukwanshin Kabudan, a Ryukyu performing arts troupe based in Hawai`i, to present traditional and original performances. There will be one more performance associated with the 150th Gannenmono in Concert in November. This event is supported by the Performing Arts Japan program.

This performance takes place on September 24, 7pm, at Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814. For more details, please visit Honolulu Museum of Art's website.

[Image: Courtesy of Kazue Higa]

SYMPOSIUM: Demographic Aging in Japan and Beyond / Syracuse, NY


Scholars from Japan, the U.S. and Canada will present their research on topics of aging in Japan from a comparative perspective. This event is free, open to the public, and supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.

This event takes place on September 22, 10am, at 500 Hall of Languages in Syracuse University, 900 South Crouse Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244. For more details, please visit Syracuse University’s website.

SYMPOSIUM: Philadelphia and Meiji Japan International Symposium / Philadelphia, PA

09/20/2018 - 09/22/2018

University of Pennsylvania, Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will collaborate on a series of commemorative events to celebrate the historical ties between the city of Philadelphia and 19th century Japan. Events include exhibitions, cultural and educational events, and an international symposium. This symposium is free, open to the public, and supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small grant program.

This symposium take place from September 20 through 22 at Mayerson Hall Lower Gallery in University of Pennsylvania, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, 19130. For more details, please visit University of Pennsylvania’s website.

SYMPOSIUM: Rethinking Japan's 1960s through Film / Dahlonega, GA


Dr. Ryan Cook, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University, will present a lecture titled “The Promise of Popular Culture: Rethinking Japan's 1960s through Film, from the Tokyo Olympics to the Osaka World Expo” as part of the guest lecture series at University of Georgia. This event is free, open to the public, and supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.

The lecture takes place on September 20, 5 PM, at Library Special Collections Room in University of North Georgia, 82 College Cir, Dahlonega, GA 30597.  

CULTURAL EVENT: JapanFest Atlanta 2018 / Atlanta, GA

09/15/2018 - 09/16/2018

The annual JapanFest will provide multicultural educational opportunities for students and families in the greater Atlanta area featuring various programs on Japanese arts and culture. New programs this year include performances by Nomura Kyogen and Iwami Kagura, and K-12 workshops in partnership with Georgia Council for Economic Education (GCEE). This event is supported by the Center for Global Partnership Education Grant. 

This event takes place from September 15 through 16 at the Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. For more details, please visit JapanFest Atlanta’s website.

PERFORMANCE: Satoko Fujii Trio North American Tour / Philadelphia, PA; Cambridge, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles, CA

09/15/2018 - 10/08/2018

Satoko Fujii Trio is touring various cities in North America this fall. Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer Satoko Fujii as one of the most original voices in jazz today. This tour is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

The concert takes place on September 25 at House Gallery 1816, 1816 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, on September 26 at the Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139, on September 29 at IBeam, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, and on October 4 at the World Stage, 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, NY 90008. For more details, please visit the artist's website.

[Image: Photo by Mai Kawai]

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