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Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Delegation, 1860

06/25/2010 - 10/11/2010

Museum of the City of New York 

Samurai in New York invites visitors to return to the New York of 150 years ago and to share the city’s excitement over the visit of a delegation of more than 70 samurai from Japan—the first Japanese to leave the closed island nation in over 200 years. The brash young city seized the opportunity to promote itself as the “Edo (modern day Tokyo) of the West” with a two-week whirlwind of parades and balls and moment-to-moment newspaper coverage of the delegation’s visit.

Jeff Shapiro and Norika Maeda: "Markings: Clay and Ink from the Japanese Tradition"


The Woodstock Arts Consortium (Woodstock, NY)

Opening Reception for exhibit, "MARKINGS: Clay and Ink from the Japanese Tradition," a collaboration between calligrapher Noriko Maeda & ceramic artist Jeff Shapiro.

Peace Shadow Summit

05/27/2010 - 06/19/2010

The Kitchen Gallery (NY, NY)

The Peace Shadow Summit is a hopeful and interactive art project that spreads the message of global peace. The project encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to express their faith that there can be a world without nuclear weapons. This project was invited for the UnderCurrents exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Studies Program curatorial team. It will be the first time for this work to be shown in the United States, and it is timed to coincide with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meetings that will take place in New York City in May 2010.

Eiko & Koma: Retrospective Project I: Regeneration

05/27/2010 - 05/29/2010

Danspace Project/Sanctuary (New York, NY)
The first New York engagement of the Retrospective Project will be presented at Danspace Project as Retrospective Project I: Regeneration. It will include unexpected juxtapositions of complementary elements excerpts from White Dance (1976) and Raven (2009), a showing of Eiko & Koma's videos including their most recent work, Dancing in Water: the Making of River.

Samurai Week in Washington D.C.: The 150th Anniversary of the First Japanese Diplomatic Mission to the U.S.

05/24/2010 - 05/28/2010

Washignton D.C.
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the U.S., who crossed the Pacific to ratify the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the two countries in 1860, a variety of events are to be held in Washington, D.C.

New Music Collective presents N-JP: Japanese-American Experimental Music

05/21/2010 - 05/23/2010

701CCA (Columbia, SC), Halsey Institute of Contemporary Arts & Outer Space Community Center (Charleston, SC)
This series of workshops and performances feature world-renowned experimental musicians/composers Gene Coleman (US), Toshimaru Nakamura (JP), Kenta Nagai (US/JP) performing new music for both traditional Japanese and contemporary Western instruments.

"Five Days In March" by Toshiki Okada, production by Witness Relocation

05/06/2010 - 05/23/2010

La MaMa Experimetal Theater (NYC)
Five Days in March by Toshiki Okada is set in the days in Tokyo before the US began its war against Iraq in March 2003. Oblivious to the imminent invasion of Iraq, these Japanese hipsters obsess over the details of their lives, perfectly capturing the irony and impotency of Generation Y in Japan today. The story unfolds through actors who slip in and out of character while also narrating and playing out scenes. The play, a winner of the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, is at once funny, sad, anticlimactic and devastating.

Exploring University of Michigan, Museum of Art's Japanese Art Collections

05/01/2010 - 08/08/2010

University of Michigan, Museum of Art (Ann Arbor, MI)

UMMA's new temporary exhibition galleries will showcase Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of Japanese Kimono of the 20th Century and Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the mid-20th Century, two exhibitions that highlight the Museum's outstanding collections of Japanese art. The installations will feature new scholarship in gallery interpretive materials and be paired with a series of educational programs to engage diverse audiences across southeast Michigan.

"The Legend Of Flowers" -Four New Short Musicals

04/23/2010, 04/25/2010

There are four new short musicals altogether each inspired by the Hanadensetsu Project by JAMSS (Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation) in which school children sent the seeds of flowers into space: a story between a father and his child finding about of the Hanadensetsu Project, a story of the moon landing from two teenagers’ points of view, a story based on a Japanese ghost folktale, and a story about Galileo Galilei and his daughter dealing with science vs church at that time. This 90 minute show is the world premiere of the musicals which meld science and art through children, flowers, space, and the mysteries of the solar system.

English Rakugo & Hojotei
(Japanese traditional comic story telling & Japanese variety hall)

03/29/2010 - 04/17/2010

Rakugo is a comic storytelling art that has been entertaining the Japanese for over 400 years and is still widely popular in Japan today. Wearing a Kimono, sitting on a small cushion, using only a "fan" and a "hand-towel" for props, the lone Rakugo storyteller single handedly creates the hilarious side of traditional Japan, playing any number of characters such as Samurai, Geisha, Merchant, Burglar, Child, Drunkard, ...etc.ĦĦHe can take you anywhere he wants you to go.ĦĦHe uses only two small props -a Japanese fan and a hand towel -plus the most important element, the audience's imagination.ĦĦEach character represents qualities within all of us, part of the human personality. Enjoy this unique narrative art with Kaishi Katsura, the king of English rakugo, who was appointed by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as an Ambassador for Cultural Exchange in 2007.

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