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Film: Naomi Kawase / New York, NY

06/25/2016 - 07/14/2016

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the films of Naomi Kawase, one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese filmmakers. Kawase’s films are often based in her native Nara Prefecture, the woodsy, rural area of one of the ancient capitals of Japan. Japanese culture, traditional ritual, and music are also significant elements in her films, and she often works with a combination of professional and non-professional actors. This series is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Still the Water. 2014. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase.]

Conference: AAS-in-ASIA 2016 Kyoto / Kyoto, Japan

06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016

The Japan Foundation will host an event at this year's AAS-in-ASIA Conference:

Special Panel Session: Bridging Japanese Studies between the U.S. and Asia
(Sun., June 26, 1:00pm-2:50pm in " Shikokan" at Doshisha University)

Four professors who participated in the Japan Foundation’s 2015 Summer Institute will discuss the current state and future outlook of scholarly exchange and collaborative projects in Japanese Studies between Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asia. The panelists are William Bodiford (Professor of Religion at University of California, Los Angeles), Keller Kimbrough (Associate Professor of Japanese at University of Colorado, Boulder), Phan Hai Linh (Professor of History at Vietnam National University), and Susy Ong (Professor History at University of Indonesia).

Please also visit us at our Exhibition Booth, where we will provide information on the Japan Foundation’s many funding opportunities around the world (Sat., June 25 — Sun., Jun. 26, Doshisha University).

Performance: Ten Thousand Leaves / New York, NY

06/24/2016 - 06/25/2016

Ten Thousand Leaves is a collaborative project by American vocalist-composer Becca Stevens, Japanese composer/producer Aya Nishina, and Japanese photographer/video artist Shimpei Takeda, producing a series of live audiovisual performances, recordings, and one-of-a-kind educational outreach programs for local youth. Inspired by Japanese culture that came to light during the country's classical period (ca. 550-1185) such as women's literature, imperial court music, and the origins of which later became Japanese traditional tea ceremony - Ten Thousand Leaves renders a cross-cultural bridge to connect people from the past and the present, through songs of timeless human emotions, and reverence for nature. Their Audio-Video Concerts will take place on June 24th and 25th at the Jazz Gallery. This project is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

Exhibition: Hirado Egg-Shell Ware & Mikawachi Porcelain of Japan – 400 Years and Beyond – / New York, NY

06/23/2016 - 07/20/2016

This exhibition showcases both past and present works of Hirado / Mikawachi ware, a group of porcelains from Nagasaki prefecture known for its intricate designs and extremely thin and lightweight finish. The exotic wares fascinated the Europeans and led to the rise of Japonisme in 19th Century. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Photo: Egg Shell Kinran-Karako coffee cup & saucer by Hirado Tousyo.]

Film: New York Asian Film Festival 2016 / New York, NY

06/22/2016 - 07/09/2016

More than 10 Japanese feature films will be presented at the 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's largest Asian film festival. The lineup includes Tetsuo: The Iron Man (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto), Creepy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Twisted Justice (dir. Kazuya Shiraishi), A Bride for Rip Van Winke (dir. Shunji Iwai) and more. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Radical Seafaring / Water Mill, NY

05/08/2016 - 07/24/2016

This exhibition features twenty-five artists with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities on the water. Works by Cesar Harada and a Japanese collective The PLAY are among those included in the show. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: The PLAY (Japanese, founded 1967), VOYAGE : Happening In An Egg, 1968. Photograph of performance, dimensions variable. © The PLAY.]

Exhibition: Impressions of the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collection Division / Newark, NJ

04/18/2016 - 08/06/2016

The exhibit of woodblock prints and ehon (illustrated books) at the Newark Public Library will feature a selection of kachō-ga ("pictures of birds and flowers") by artists such as Hiroshige, Koson, Utamaro, Bairei, Yoshida, and many others. The show coincides with the celebrated Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park and the 350th Anniversary of the City of Newark. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 6:00-7:30pm. These events are supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) -Small Program Grant.

[Image: Hoitsu Sakai, et al. Illustration from Flowers of the Four Seasons (Shiki no Hana), Volume 1 (Spring), 1908. Woodblock. Special Collections Division, The Newark Public Library.]

Exhibition: A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond / New York, NY

03/13/2016 - 07/04/2016

A Japanese Constellation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) focuses on the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA. Providing an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the exhibition presents recent works by internationally acclaimed designers in Japan. This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995-2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama]

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