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FILM: The 17th New York Asian Film Festival / New York, NY

06/30/2018 - 07/15/2018

More than 10 Japanese feature films and 5 special guests from Japan will be presented at the 17th New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema. The lineup includes Sekigahara (dir. Masato Harada, 2017), The Third Murder (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda, 2017), and Inuyashiki (dir. Shinsuke Sato, 2018). This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from June 30 to July 15 at Film Society of Lincoln Center & the SVA Theater in New York, NY. For details, please visit Subway Cinema's website

[Image © 2018 Movie "Inuyashiki" Production Committee © Hiroya Oku/Kodansha]

EXHIBITION: Miniature Edo-style Toys from Japan / New York, NY

06/28/2018 - 07/25/2018

This exhibition showcases some of the finest examples of crafts from the Edo period (1603 - 1868) in Japan. Included in the exhibition are the intricate miniature figures and toys depicting life in Edo, such as hagoita (wooden paddles) with zodiac animals, hanten coats worn by fire-fighters, among others. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

This exhibition is on view from June 28 through July 25, 2018 at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

[Image: Daimyo's Procession from the Sukeroku Collection]

PERFORMING ARTS: New York State Puppet Festival / Perry, NY & Buffalo, NY

06/20/2018 - 06/23/2018

The New York State Puppet Festival is a festival showcasing performances of nationally and internationally-recognized puppet artists, curated exhibitions of puppet arts, as well as educational programming offered by these artists. Koryu Nishickawa V, who is the fifth-generation headmaster of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, will present traditional performances and workshops in Kuruma Ningyo style. This festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for the Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place from June 14 to June 24, 2018 in Perry, NY and Buffalo, NY. For details, please visit the festival's website

Koryu Nishickawa V's performance takes place on June 21 - June 23, 6pm at Theatre@37, 37 S. Main Street, Perry NY 14530. WorkShops with Koryu Nishickawa V on June 20, 6pm at Theater@37 (Perry, NY) & June 23, 2pm at Buffalo and Erie County Central Library (the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203.


EXHIBITION: Noh Theatre in the Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927) / New London, CT

06/16/2018 - 10/14/2018

Featuring over 50 Japanese color woodblock prints by artist Tsukioka Kogyo along with several masks, this exhibition explores the art of woodblock prints and the history, stories, and costumes of Japanese Noh theater at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition is on view from June 16 through October 14 at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320.

[Image: Image: Kumasaka (Kumasaka the Robber), 1897 from Nogaku Hyakuban (One Hundred Noh Dramas), woodblock print, 15 x 10 in. Collection of Richard J. and Mae J. Smethurst.]

EXHIBITION: Objects of Use and Beauty: Design and Craft in Japanese Culinary Tools / Brockton, MA

06/02/2018 - 10/28/2018

This exhibition demonstrates the beauty of design and use in Japanese cooking and reveals the artistry of craftsmanship in such tools as knives, whisks, ceramic kama, and other important items. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from July 2 through October 28 at the Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301.

[Image: Chopstick Rests (Hashi-oki), Origami Crane (Orizuru), Photo Credit: Joanne Rathe Strohmeyer]

PERFORMANCE: Reflecting Rhythms: From Taiko to Tap with Kazunori Kumagai and Kaoru Watanabe / Houston, TX

06/01/2018

This special collaboration that was well received by New Yorkers will come to Houston. The Japan Foundation and Asia Society Texas Center will co-present a performance by the award-winning tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and the multi-instrumentalist/composer Kaoru Watanabe. Kumagai, who was dubbed the "Japanese Gregory Hines" by The Village Voice, tours all over the world and has won the Bessie Award 2016 for Outstanding Performer. Watanabe is acclaimed for his innovative approach to powerful Japanese drums. Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade. Both of these outstanding artists have devoted themselves to both traditional art forms and to exploring innovative expressions.

The performance takes place on June 1, 7pm at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX 77004. 

[Photos: (top) Kazunori Kumagai © Makoto Ebi / (bottom) Kaoru Watanabe © Yuki Kokubo]

EXHIBITION: Silk Canvas -- Digital Effects, Craft Techniques / Lincoln NE

06/01/2018 - 06/30/2018

Chie Hitchner is a textile artist working in a variety of media including silk, linen and wool, using natural materials as dyes whenever possible. This exhibition will showcase examples of her work, which is a modern reinterpretation of Japanese weaving and dyeing techniques that are hundreds of years old. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from June 1 through June 30, 2018 at LUX Center for the Arts, 2601 N 48th St, Lincoln, NE 68504. The First Friday reception will be held on June 1, 5 - 8pm.

EXHIBITION: 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition / New York, NY

05/30/2018 - 06/05/2018

Winning works of the 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition will be displayed at The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club. This annual competition encourages and honors the creativity of ceramic artists in New York and its sister city Tokyo. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from May 30 through June 5, 2018 at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club, 145 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.

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