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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]

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]

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

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.

EXHIBITION: Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama / Minneapolis, MN

03/04/2018 - 07/22/2018

Naoya Hatekayama's photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. The artist's first thematic exhibition organized by a U.S. museum features approximately 90 works created over the last 30 years. This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from March 4 to July 22 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404.

[Image: 05/02/2011 - Takatachô-Morinomae, from Rikuzentakata, 2011. Chromogenic print
17.48 x 21.65 inch (print); 20 x 24 inch (paper). Minneapolis Institute of Art]

EXHIBITION: Hello from Japan! / New York, NY

02/02/2018 - 05/16/2018

Back by popular demand, this interactive traveling exhibit which has garnered great attention and praise during its 2016 run at the museum, transports families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other too cute for words. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from February 2 to May 16 at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY.

[Photo by Emily Munro]

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