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Japan Society – Japan Cuts (New York, NY)

07/07/2011 - 07/22/2011

JAPAN CUTS has become the world’s largest showcase of contemporary Japanese film. In its fifth consecutive year, JAPAN CUTS 2011 includes 32 new titles – the biggest line-up in the festival’s history with (almost) nothing but premieres and one-day only shows, including 10 co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale at Japan Society’s website.

Kaneto Shindo: Islands within Islands (Chicago, IL)

07/02/2011 - 08/03/2011

The Gene Siskel Film Center presents Kaneto Shindo: Islands Within Islands, a ten-film retrospective of one of Japan’s most distinctive and durable filmmakers. Co-organized with the Japan Foundation, the series includes prints of rarely seen films imported from Japan, as well as recently struck prints of his best-know classics.

New York Asian Film Festival 2011 (New York, NY)

07/01/2011 - 07/14/2011

New York Asian Film Festival July 1 – July 14
At Film Society of Lincoln Center (July 1 -14), Japan Society (July 7 – July 10)

10th New York Asian Film Festival presents Takashi Miike World Premiere, the long-awaited animated epic based on Osamu Tezuka’s life of Buddha, the international premiere of the new movie from Johnnie To, and much more to celebrate the tenth birthday. The New York Asian Film Festival 2011 is presented in association with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Japan Society’s Japan Cuts: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema.

Pilobolus Performances at American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)

06/30/2011 - 07/02/2011

Thursday – Saturday, June 30 – July 2 at 8pm
Children’s Saturday Matinee: July 2 at 1pm

Known for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus will celebrate its 40th anniversary with one of their classic works and three world premieres, including Korokoro in collaboration with Japanese Butoh artist Takuya Muramatsu.

New Work is commissioned by the ADF with support from the SHS Foundation and Japan Foundation, New York.

The Guggenheim presents Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity

06/24/2011 - 09/28/2011

The Guggenheim presents the first U.S. retrospective of the artist, philosopher, and poet Lee Ufan, charting the artist’s creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical language that has expanded the possibilities for sculpture and painting. For Lee, each artwork mediates a dynamic encounter between the viewer, object, and site that opens up “a realm of infinity where one can continuously bring one’s self back to nothingness.”

Supported by Samsung, Korea Foundtion, Japan Foundation, and the E. Rhoades and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

"Voices Together" Choral Performance at Japan Day

05/22/2011

(Central Park, NYC)

Three New York based chorus groups will join Circus as Voices Together at the finale of Japan Day to send a message of "GANBARE! JAPAN!"

Voices Together creates the opportunity for the Japanese participants to share knowledge of their culture with the youth from Harlem. Through this experience with a professional chorus quartet from Japan, all participants will deepen the understanding of each other and learn how to collaborate. Participating groups are:

1) Tanyard Musical Ambassadors Kids Choir
2) Nippon Club Female Chorus Group
3) Keio Academy of New York Chorus Group

Hikashu & Tomoe Shinohara Live in Concert

05/13/2011

(Japan Society, NYC)

Rockin' Evening of J-techno Pop on Friday, May 13, 7:30 PM

Champion of J-techno pop, the ‘forever-young’ band Hikashu makes their North American debut. Formed by vocalist Makigami Koichi, Hikashu has made a splash in various music scenes by combining, rock, pop and techno, whereby taking listeners on unparalleled musical journeys. The group’s members are Mita Freeman (guitar, sampler), Sakaide Masami (bass, electronics), Shimizu Kazuto (piano, synthesizer, bass-clarinet) and Sato Masaharu (drums, voice).

For this high energy concert, Hikashu is joined by special guests, the beyond kawaii, hyper and flamboyant Japanese singer, actress, TV personality and fashion front-runner Tomoe Shinohara (aka Shinorer, Υ顼) and Steve Eto (percussion). Popular in the West as a singer for the anime series Kodocha, Shinorer’s distinguished voice will contend with Makigami’s “super vocals” for the first time ever in North America.

Word From Asia: Contemporary Writing from Japan

04/30/2011

(Asia Society, NYC)

JF and Asia Society will co-organize the event, WORD FROM ASIA:
Contemporary Writing from Japan, part of the PEN World Voices Festival
2011.

The discussion will be led by famed critic and translator, Motoyuki
Shibata, who will be joined by contemporary novelist Hiromi Kawakami,
haiku poet Minoru Ozawa, novelist Rebecca Brown, and poet and translator Joshua Beckman. These eminent writers will discuss their Japanese-American influences, ranging from science fiction to manga and renga.

Cherry Blossom Film Festival

04/28/2011 - 05/05/2011

(City College of New York, NYC)

The Cherry Blossom Film Festival is sponsored by CCNY Libraries & the Japan Foundation, with funding by the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-US Friendship Commission.

THURSDAY APRIL 28 2:00-3:30 p.m.
"Monochrome Terror - Black Rain, the Japanese Novel and the Film"
Professor Akemi Reeves
Talk, clips, and Q&A

TUESDAY MAY 3 12:00-1:30 p.m.
"Postwar Japan and Asia as Seen in The Burmese Harp"
Professor Barbara Brooks
Talk, clips, and Q&A

WEDNESDAY MAY 4 2-4:30 p.m.
“‘Osaka Story’: A ‘Korean’ AND ‘Japanese’ Family Saga”
Professor Youngmi Lim
Introduction, full screening, and Q&A

THURSDAY MAY 5 12:00-2:00 p.m.
“Shinjuku Boys and Queer Tokyo Today” Professor John Treat
Introduction, full screening, and Q&A

The Urge for Survival: Kaneto Shindo Film Retrospective

04/22/2011 - 05/05/2011

(BAM, NYC)

JF and BAMcinematek co-present, The Urge for Survival: Kaneto Shindo, an 11-film retrospective by famed Japanese director, Kaneto Shindo.

The series will kick-off the 6:50 pm show of "The Naked Island" on Friday, April 22, the director's 99th birthday, and will joined by actor Benicio Del Toro, a longtime fan of Shindo's work, and Jiro Shindo, the filmmaker's son.

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