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Rakugo, Japanese humorous storytelling


Mr. Kyouraku Sanyutei performs the traditional Rakugo, Shibahama, and his new production at the University of Memphis. English translation will be provided through the PowerPoint screen. The workshops of Rakugo and of the drawing and calligraphy will be also held.

The 25th Annual International Center of Photography Infinity Awards


The Infinity Awards reccogrnize major contributions annually in the fields of Photojournalism, Art, Fashion Photography and more. Each year, this program brings recognition to an international array of accomplished individuals in a presentation that is widely recognized as the most coveted honor in photography.
In 2009, the Selection Committee chose two photographers from Japan to receive Infinity Awards: Leiko Shiga for Young Photographer (under the age of 30) and Rinko Kawauchi for Art.

Voices from Hiroshima

05/11/2009, 05/18/2009, 05/25/2009

Crossing Jamaica Avenue is presenting a series of readings of three Japanese plays, translated from Japanese to English, by three renowned authors on the subject of post-atomic-bomb experiences: The Head of Mary by Chikao Tanaka (1959), The Elephant by Minoru Betsuyaku (1962), and The Face of Jizo by Hisashi Inoue (1994). This is a related project to "I have been to Hiroshima Mon Amour," the Japan Foundation's Performing Arts Japan Program's Award winning play. Free of charge on Monday evenings.

2009 CGP Japan America Society Workshop

05/09/2009 - 05/10/2009

CGP, with the cooperation of NAJAS, will host "Success Strategies for the Smaller JAS," a workshop led by consultants, targeted to meet the challenges facing smaller Japan America Societies. The workshop is part of CGP's three year (2008-2010) JAS Iniatiive and will be held at the Hotel Derek in Houston, TX.


05/08/2009 - 05/30/2009

World-premiere of a new American play by Chiori Miyagawa; directed by Jean Wagner.
A young Japanese love is shattered by war. Fourteen years later, a passionate French/Japanese affair is haunted by a ghost of Hiroshima. Lust and longing bind strangers in this city of memories. Part of the Hiroshima Project, a four-week event reexamining the 1945 atomic bombings with theater, a documentary film and public forums.

Workshop on Using Japanese Visual Images to Support Teaching, Research and Publications in Japan Studies


In commemoration of the launching of the Image Use Protocol (IUP) Website, the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) will hold its first IUP Workshop at University of Maryland.

PEN World Voices Festival

04/27/2009 - 05/03/2009

PEN America Center will be kicking off its 5th annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York. One of the largest events of its kind, the event is a celebration of international literature, bringing together 160 authors from over 40 countries from around the world. The Japan Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the participation of Mr. Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a pioneer in gekiga, a form of manga that is marked by its mature and realistic style and themes.

Midwest Japan Seminar


The Midwest Japan Seminar is an ongoing conference that provides a forum for Japan Studies scholars of varying disciplines to present and discuss their research. The fifth and final host institution of 2008-2009 will be the University of Mississippi.

The Journey of Chanoyu: An International Symposium on the Tea Culture of Japan, Past and Present

04/17/2009 - 04/18/2009

Yale University Art Gallery is hosting this two-day symposium on tea culture that will bring toegther International tea practitioners, scholars, curators, and art dealers discuss the content and aesthetics of Japanese tea culture.

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