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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.

Neighborhoods, USA Annual Conference

05/26/2010 - 05/29/2010

Neighborhood, USA (NUSA) and the City of Little Rock invite you to attend NUSA’s 35th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns on May 26-29, 2010.

Much effort is going into preparing for this conference, with the goal of making it an historic occasion for neighborhood activists, elected officials, practitioners and everyone interested in improving the quality of their neighborhoods.

With an expected 1300-1500 people in attendance, there will be much to learn and share. Networking and exciting activities are planned that will hopefully meet your needs and the needs of your neighborhood and community, and introduce you to new and innovative ideas and best practices.

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.

Kanrin Maru Symposium: The Future of the US-Japan Relationship

05/10/2010

The Japan Society of Northern California will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Japan’s first diplomatic mission to the United States with a major international symposium on the future role of the US-Japan partnership, and emerging regional and global common agendas.

Do not miss this important event, which will examine the outlook for this 150-year-old “indestructible relationship” in its diplomatic, business and civil society dimensions.

Location:
Hotel Nikko San Francisco
222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Time:
Monday, May 10, 2010
Keynote Luncheon: 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm
Kanrin Maru Symposium: 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Networking Reception: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

"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.

The Wisdom of the Survivor Conference

05/04/2010

A day-long conference on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 (9:30 am – 7:00 pm), free and open to the public, although an RSVP is requested for this event. To be held at Pace University, Schimmel Theater, 3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038.

Sponsored by The Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, The City University of New York.

A conference that will bring 100 Japanese and other international Hibakusha together with an equal number of survivors and family members of victims of the attack on the World Trade Center to address issues of the wisdom of the survivor.

The conference will also feature a panel of writers who have addressed nuclear weapons-related and 9/11 issues in their work including Ian Baruma, Edward Hirsch and Mohsin Hamid.

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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