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PERFORMANCE: 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival / Washington, DC

03/23/2018 - 03/26/2018

The Opening Ceremony has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 25 at 5 PM, due to anticipated crowds expected in downtown Washington, DC for the March for Our Lives event.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and appreciate your understanding.

Spring is just around the corner! The Japan Foundation, New York is delighted to announce exciting Japanese artists performing at the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony in Washington, DC on March 25. The artists will include J-pop star T.M. Revolution, luminary pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano, and Japanese High School Shodo performance group Shodo Girls from Fukuoka Prefectural Yahata Chuo High School. These performers will make additional appearances throughout the festival. So, come enjoy the stunning cherry trees along the Potmac and celebrate spring while discovering contemporary and traditional Japanese culture during the festival. The events are co-organized by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, and The Japan Foundation.

Performance Schedule

Gundam SEED Screening
March 23
Door opens at 8:30 PM, event starts at 9 PM
Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University (Washington, DC)
Please note that due to the rescheduling of the Opening Ceremony T.M. Revolution will not be able to attend the screening. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

SAAM Cherry Blossom Festival
March 24, 11:30 AM - 3 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
March 25, 5 - 6:30 PM
Warner Theatre (Washington, DC)

Shodo Girls Performance
March 25, 12 PM
Tidal Basin ANA stage (Washington, DC)

Japanese Jazz Series: Akiko Yano
March 26, 8 PM & 10 PM
Blues Alley (Washington, DC)

[Photo: (left) T.M. Revolution, (right, top) Akiko Yano, Photo by Kazuhiro Fujita, (right, bottom) Shodo Girls]

PERFORMANCE: Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence / New York, NY

03/16/2018 - 04/01/2018

Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures. This event is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place from March 16 to April 1 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY.

[Photo by Paula Court]

EXHIBITION: A Colossal World: Japanese Artists and New New York, 1950s - Present / New York, NY

03/06/2018 - 04/14/2018

Curated by Kyoko Sato, this exhibition aims to show the cultural contributions and enduring influence of Japanese artists who have immigrated to New York City to pursue their careers. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from March 6 to April 14 at WhiteBox, 329 Broome Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Masaaki Sato, Subway No. 24, 1978. Serigraph. 17 x 23 in. (43.2 x 58.4 cm) ]

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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