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LANGUAGE: Conversation Café / New York, NY


The theme of the next JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café will be the cultural differences between East and West in Japan. Practice Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks! All levels are welcome. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

This event takes place on September 13, 6:30 PM, at the Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.  For more details, please visit Japanese-Language Education's Events' page.

FILM: Kusama - Infinity / New York, NY

09/07/2018 - 10/04/2018

Director and producer Heather Lenz's independent documentary, Kusama - Infinity, featuring famed Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama will be shown at the Film Forum in New York from September 7 to 18.  Film production was previsously supported under the Japan Foundation's former Program for Film and Visual Media Production on Japan.  The film premiered worldwide at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.  Magnolia Pictures will be distributing the film through the U.S. 

This film screening takes place from September 7 through October 4 at Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street New York, NY 10014. For more details, please visit Film Forum’s website.

PERFORMANCE: Asaba Trio in the Detroit Jazz Festival / Detroit, MI

09/01/2018 - 09/02/2018

The Detroit Jazz Festival is the world’s largest jazz festival, featuring world-class talent including Asaba Trio, who received Grand Prix at Yokohama jazz promenade competition in 2017. The group will perform in the festival through Yokohama Exchange Initiative, a cultural exchange program between the Detroit Jazz Festival and Yokohama Jazz Promenade. This event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

This concert series take place on September 1 at Marriott at the Renaissance Center Ballroom, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI and on September 2 at Wayne State University Pyramid Stage, 5104 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI. For more details, please visit the Detroit Jazz Festival’s website.

EXHIBITION: Critical Abstractions – Modern Architecture in Japan 1868 - 2018 / Philadelphia, PA

08/27/2018 - 09/24/2018

This architectural exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration that spawned the radical transformation of Japan’s architecture. It presents key buildings in Japan from 1868 to the present featuring analytical drawings, contemporary photography, models, rare books, woodblock prints, original videos and digital animation. Organized through the lens of architectural abstraction, the displays tell a story of Japan’s unique contribution to world architecture in the 20th century. This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. Admission is free.

This event takes place from August 27 through September 24 at Kroiz Gallery in the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, 220 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. 

[Image: Asakusa Tourist Information Center Tokyo, 2012 Kengo Kuma Architect Photo by Vincent D. Feldman]

CULTURAL EVENT: Tea Ceremony Demonstration

08/17/2018 - 08/20/2018

Miki Mita, practitioner of the Omotesenke school of tea, will host several tea ceremony sessions for students and the general public. More information about times and venues is forthcoming. This project is supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.

This event takes place from August 18th to 21st at the University of Iowa campus and downtown Iowa City, IA. For more details, please visit the University of Iowa’s website.

WORKSHOP: Exploring Waka Culture Across Genres, Media, and Periods

08/16/2018 - 08/18/2018

This workshop will explore classical Japanese poetry, or waka’s intersections with other arts, genres, and media throughout history. Topics include interactions between waka and the visual arts, performance, and religion. The workshop will result in an edited volume for classroom use. This project is supported in part by the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

This event takes place from August 16th to 18th at Levis Faculty Center in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL). For more details, please visit the University of Illinois’s website.

EXHIBITION: Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace / Boston, MA

08/11/2018 - 10/31/2018

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy welcomes to Boston and Brookline Fujiko Nakaya’s first extended citywide exhibition of multiple “fog sculptures,” marking her five decade career with works at five sites along the historic urban parks that link more than a dozen neighborhoods, and provide a natural, recreational and cultural conduit for the community. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

This exhibition takes place from August 11 to October 31 at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 125 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. For more details, please visit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s website.

[Image: Rendering - Fog x Island, island fog on Leverett Pond, Brookline, MA. Courtesy Fujiko Nakaya. Courtesy Processart Inc]

PERFORMANCE: Pacific Crossing - 150th Gannenmono in Concert

08/04/2018 - 08/05/2018

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 Pacific Crossing, Taiko master Kenny Endo, who is based in Hawai'i, will team up with a world-renowned shamisen artist Hiromitsu Agatsuma and Chieko Kojima, a distinguished folk dancer from Kodo, to push collaborative boundaries with traditional instruments. There will be more performances associated with 150th Gannenmono in Concert in September and November. This event is supported by Performing Arts Japan program.

This concert takes place on August 4th and 5th at Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814. For more details, please visit the museum’s website.


07/21/2018 - 07/25/2018

Lincoln Center will present NINAGAWA Macbeth, the legendary director Yukio Ninagwa's landmark interpretation of William Shakespeare's classic, during the 2018 Mostly Mozart Festival. This is the last production overseen by Ninagawa before his death in 2016. A free lecture on his work will be held on Opening Night in conjunction with the performance. Alexa Alice Joubin, the founder of Global Shakespeares and internationally recognized expert on Shakespeare in Asia, will explore the international influence of Ninagawa's productions and his achievements from a variety of perspectives. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place on July 21st, 24th, 25th 7:30 PM and 22nd 5 PM, at David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.  The lecture takes place on July 21st 6:15 PM at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 West 65th Street 10th Floor, New York, NY 10023.  For details, please visit Lincoln Center's website.

[Image: Photo by Takahiro Watanabe]

FILM: Japan Cuts 2018 / New York, NY

07/19/2018 - 07/29/2018

Japan Society presents the 12th edition of JAPAN CUTS, North America's largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema. Bringing a wide range of the best and hardest-to-see films made in and around Japan today - from blockbusters, independent productions and anime, documentaries, avant-garde works, short films, and new restorations. This year's line-up includes New York premier of Radiance (dir. Naomi Kawase, 2017) which won Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Beloved actress Kirin Kiki who has worked with established masters of Japanese cinema like Seijun Suzuki and Palme d'Or-winning Hirokazu Kore-eda, will attend the Intro and Q&A of Mori The Artist's Habitat (dir. Shuichi Okita, 2018) as a special guest. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This film festival takes place from July 19th to July 29th at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017.  For details, please visit Japan Society's website.

[Image:© 2017 "Mori, The Artist's Habitat" Production Committee]

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