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PERFORMANCE: TAIKOZA: Voice of the Earth Tour 2018 / Delray Beach, FL


Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Give voice to traditional and new compositions with powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on April 13, 7pm at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446.

[Photo courtesy of Taikoza]

PERFORMANCE: Junko Ueno Garrett Piano Concert: Tango, Soul and Passion / Iowa City, IA


Japanese pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will give a piano concert entitled Tango, Soul and Passion. The program includes works by contemporary Japanese composers along with music from Europe and South America.This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This concert takes place on April 12, 7:30pm at Voxman Music Building, the University of Iowa, 93 East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.

[Photo courtesy of the artist]

FILM: Perfect Revolution / Chicago, IL


Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents Perfect Revolution (2017) as a midwest premiere. Director Jumpei Matsumoto will be in person for Q&A. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on April 11, 7pm at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

FILM & SYMPOSIUM: Godzilla as Harrier and Harbinger: Rethinking the Post-Atomic Pacific / Brunswick, ME

04/11/2018 - 04/13/2018

Bowdoin College's Asian Studies Department will host a screening of Japanese anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and a symposium concerning how the popular figure of Godzilla can spark global awareness and conversations regarding the uses and abuses of atomic energy in the Pacific region. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on April 11 - 13 at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.

FILM: Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer / New York, NY

04/11/2018 - 04/29/2018

The Museum of Modern Art and Japan Society present the first major U.S. retrospective of Kazuo Miyagawa, the most influential cinematographer of postwar Japanese cinema. Working intimately with directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa on some of their most important films, Miyagawa pushed Japanese cinema to its highest artistic peaks through his lyrical, innovative and technically flawless camerawork. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

This series takes place from April 12 to 29 at the Museum of Modern Art and from April 13 to 28 at Japan Society.

[Image: Odd Obsession © 1959 Kadokawa Pictures]

WORKSHOP: Public Reading and Translation Workshop with Takako Lento / Iowa City, IA

04/10/2018 - 04/11/2018

Translator Takako Lento will visit The University of Iowa for a reading, workshop, and discussion of her experiences with the early years of the International Writing Program (IWP), which started in 1967. The University will record a conversation with her regarding her work with early Japanese participants in the IWP, which will be made publicly available on a new portion of the IWP website. This event is partially supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

This event takes place on April 10 & 11 at The University of Iowa. The venue is TBA.

PERFORMANCE: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/08/2018 - 04/29/2018

Enjoy brunch with the playful sounds of Japanese jazz musicians at our East Meets West Brunch series! Presented by the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation, this series will take place on Sundays in April at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule
April 8, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Yasushi Nakamura Trio
April 15, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Ai Murakami Quintet
April 22, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio
April 29, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Mikarimba ft Richard Stoltzman w/ Guests

PERFORMANCE: DBDT: Encore! - Rising Excellence / Dallas, TX

04/06/2018 - 04/07/2018

DBDT: Encore! presents a world premiere from Japanese choreographer Takehiro Ueyama. In the Sea of Heaven was created as an ode to the victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and the recent 2017 hurricanes. It’s a powerful work featuring DBDT: Encore! dancers exploring a variety of global aesthetics.This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

This performance takes place on April 6 & 7, 7:30pm at Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

[Photo courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre]

PERFORMANCE: The "Atsumori" Project / Hempden-Sydney, VA

04/05/2018 - 04/13/2018

An English-adaptation of the noh play Atsumori, developed and presented by Hampden-Sydney College's Fine Arts Department, will be premiered as part of a symposium entitled The Arts of Civil War. The English-original noh play Gettysburg will be performed by Theatre Nohgaku as a dramatic counterpoint. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The events take place at Johns Auditorium, Hampden-Sydney College from April 5-13. For detailed schedule of this event, please click here

FILM: Forbidden Colors: The Transgressions of Nagisa Oshima / Austin, TX

03/30/2018 - 04/22/2018

The Austin Film Society will present a series of films directed by Nagisa Oshima. Using radical cinematic techniques, Oshima brought themes of political and sexual radicalism to the screen. Inspired by the deconstructive experiments of the French New Wave, Oshima created a cinema that epitomized the boundary-pushing zeitgeist of young Japan. The series is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film series takes place from March 30 to April 22 at the Austin Film Society, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752.

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