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FILM: Everything Goes Wrong / New York, NY


Japan Society presents a screening of Seijun Suzuki's Everything Goes Wrong (1960). This film about a rebellious teen tapped into the restlessness, frustration and violent energy of Japan's postwar youth with a pronounced visual style that signaled the emergence of the Japanese New Wave. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

The screening takes place on May 11, 7pm at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.

[Image: © 1960 Nikkatsu Corporation]

PERFORMANCE: Time's Journey Through a Room / New York, NY

05/10/2018 - 06/10/2018

PlayCo presents an English production of Time's Journey Through a Room written by internationally renowned playwright/director and founder of the theater company chelfitsch Toshiki Okada. Marking PlayCo's third collaboration with playwright Toshiki Okada, translator Aya Ogawa and director Dan Rothenberg, this production continues their exploration of his work. This piece reflects the evolution of Okada's writing in the years since the 2011 earthquake in Japan. On May 12, Toshiki Okada will be in person for a post-performance conversation. On May 13, Okada will lead an intensive workshop for actors, choreographers, dancers and physical theater artists at Japan Society. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for the Arts and Culture. 

Get special discount tickets on PlayCo's website with the code JF30.

The performance takes place from May 10 to June 10, 2018 at A.R.T./New York Theatres, Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.

FILM: Dear Etranger / Chicago, IL


Yuko Mishima's Dear Etranger (2017) will be screened at the semi-annual film festival Asian Pop-Up Cinema. This film explores issues surrounding the growing number of mixed-marriage families in Japan. It is a touching meditation on love and marriage and what it truly means to be family. This screening is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on May 2, 2018, 7pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611.

CULTURAL EVENT: 2018 Biennial Ikebana Exhibit / Alexandria, VA

05/01/2018 - 05/06/2018

Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogetsu School for the 17th Biennial Ikebana Show. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibiiton is on view from May 1 through May 6, 2018 at The Art League, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

[Image George Miller, The Art League]

FILM: A Scene at the Sea / Chicago, IL


The Chicago Film Society presents a screening of Takeshi Kitano's A Scene at the Sea (1991). This minimalist film about a deaf garbage-collector who dreams of becoming a surf champions is one of the most poignant works Kitano made. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

This screening takes place on April 30, 7pm at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.

CULTURAL EVENT: Sakura Matsuri 2018 / Brooklyn, NY

04/28/2018 - 04/29/2018

Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 performances and demonstrations that showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment during the cherry blossom season. The tea ceremony programs at the Sakura Matsuri are supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The tea ceremony programs take place on April 28 & 29 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.

[Photo: Tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu, leaders of the Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.]

EXHIBITION: The Dolls of Japan: Shape of Prayer, Embodiments of Love / Miami, FL

04/25/2018 - 06/01/2018

This exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, showcases Japan's representative dolls, including Hina ningyo (Girls' Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys' Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like noh, bunraku; regional dolls from throughout Japan; and "creative dolls" produced by contemporary craftspeople. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

This exhibition is on view from April 25 to June 1, 2018 at the Miami Dade College North Campus Gallery, 11380 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami FL 33167.

[Photo: Fuji musume]

PERFORMANCE: Water and Tears / Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Burlington, VT

04/19/2018 - 04/20/2018, 04/27/2018 - 04/28/2018, 05/09/2018 - 05/10/2018

A contemporary choreographer based in Japan, Kaori Seki explores the possibilities of the live encounter, engaging the audience’s senses and evoking nostalgia and memories that are difficult to record. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Performance Schedule
April 19 & 20: Ground Floor Theatre (Austin, TX)
April 27 & 28: Links Hall (Chicago, IL)
May 9 & 10: Flynn Center (Burlington, VT)

[Photo by GO]

PERFORMANCE: The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance / New York, NY


The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York (JFDINY) presents The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance, a collaborative dance performance by JFDINY’s own dance ensemble Minbuza, accompanied by world renowned traditional musicians from Japan including Sukeroku Taiko and Katsuhiro Chiba. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on April 14, 7pm at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, New York, NY 10002.

[Photo: Katsuhiro Chiba. © Kenji Mori ]

CULTURAL EVENT: The 10th Annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival / Nashville, TN


This annual festival is a family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture that is free to the public. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 14, 10am - 5pm at 1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201.

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