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PERFORMANCE: No Idea Festival 2018 / Austin, TX

02/22/2018 - 02/25/2018

No Idea Festival is an annual festival of improvised music. This year they will feature two inspirational Japanese artists. Tetuzi Akiyama, a unique experimental guitarist, will perform solo at the opening night. Japanese jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata and his trio will collaborate with local artists. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place from February 22 to Februrary 25. For more information, please visit No Idea Festival's website.

PERFORMANCE: Arts Midwest World Fest ¡İ Ondekoza / Red Wing, MN; Dubuque, IA; Prairie du Chien, WI; Pierre, SD

02/04/2018 - 03/03/2018

Renowned taiko group Ondekoza will tour in the Midwest as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest. In a performance that is as much dance as drumming, the thundering taiko style must be experienced live. The tour is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

For the full tour schedule, please click here.

[Photo courtesy of Manhu]

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]

EXHIBITION: TOHOKU¡İThrough the Eyes of Japanese Photographers / Winston-Salem, NC

01/23/2018 - 03/13/2018

This exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation is comprised of photographs all from the Tohoku region of Japan, and taken by photographers from varying generations. The show does not attempt to document the damage or recovery from the great earthquake that struck the area in 2011, but to show the natural and cultural environment along with its people and their way of life. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

The exhibition takes place at two locations: from January 23 through March 17 at the Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, Wingate Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27109; from February 1 through March 17 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 750 Marguerite Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

[Image: Ichiro Kojima. Around Inagaki, Tsugaru-shi (1960). Courtesy of Hiroko Kojima.]

PERFORMANCE: Yamato: The Drummers of Japan - US Tour / Various cities

01/18/2018 - 03/19/2018

The acclaimed taiko drumming troupe Yamato will tour various cities in the United States this winter. With their mesmerizing and rhythmic sounds, Yamato brings new life to contemporary taiko drumming that stirs the hearts of people everywhere. This tour is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

For a full tour schedule, please click here.

[Photo courtesy of the artists]

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