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Exhibition: Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto / Charleston, SC

05/25/2012 - 07/07/2012

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. The exhibition will premiere in Charleston May 24-July 7, 2012, as a featured presentation of the Spoleto Festival USA. Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation, including stops in Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC, and Monterey, CA. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his two-week residency at the Halsey Institute.  This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.  Photo provided by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Event: Kobudo- The Secret Martial Art of the Samurai Workshop with Master Yoshinori Kono / Nashville, TN & Louisville, KY

05/25/2012 - 05/26/2012

Master Yoshinori Kono and his son, Harunori Kono, have traveled from Japan to present a series of workshops & lecture-demonstrations in the United States. This event is organized by the Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.

This is a special opportunity to learn martial arts techniques from Kono-Sensei who specializes in Kobudo "ancient martial arts".

The workshop is open to all and will be held Friday, May 25 from 6 pm - 8pm at the Nashville School of Dance & Music, Nashville, TN.

The lecture-demonstration will be held at the first floor "Tournament Ring" on Saturday, May 26 from 2 pm - 4:30pm at the Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY (admission fee to the museum required).

Registration is NOT required but feel free to click on the above links to RSVP so we will have an idea of how many participants to expect!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Consulate at 615-340-4300 x172 or info@nv.mofa.go.jp.

Film Screening: 2012 Asian American Film Festival / Pittsburgh, PA

05/11/2012 - 05/20/2012

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a multiple-day Asian American Film Festival held in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Event: The Art of Japanese Beauty: Past, Present and Future / New York, NY

05/11/2012

“The Art of Japanese Beauty: Past, Present and Future” will feature a presentation and discussion of ancient Japanese makeup and beauty techniques by a Kaoshi, master of Japanese makeup and beauty craft traditionally dedicated to the service of Kabuki actors and Geisha. The event will also include performances of modern dance set to traditional Japanese Koto music, food and sake tastings, and an exhibition of antique Japanese beauty implements and authentic ceremonial Kimonos.

Friday, May 11, 6 to 9PM
Audi Forum 250 Park Avenue (at 47th St), New York, NY, 10017
Admission is limited to 200 guests. RSVP required.
RSVP : press@j-collabo.org by May 6
Suggested minimum donation $20 at the door

Literature: PEN World Voices - Japan/America: Writers' Dialogue / New York, NY

05/06/2012

Asia Society will once again join with Monkey Business, the acclaimed English-language anthology of newly translated Japanese writing, to present an American-Japanese literary dialogue in conjunction with the PEN World Voices International Festival.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Kammerraku / New York, NY

05/05/2012 - 05/06/2012

Japanese masters Nami Kineie (shamisen), Yumi Kurosawa (koto), and James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi) perform Kammerraku with the dynamic Voxare String Quartet. Two New York City performances of Kammerraku,® a program of groundbreaking new chamber music for string quartet with Japanese instruments – koto, shakuhachi and shamisen – an evocative, exciting sound blending two timeless musical traditions. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

May 5: World Financial Center Winter Garden
May 6: Tenri Cultural Institute

Event: The 1st Annual Pittsburgh Sakura Festival / Pittsburgh, PA

04/29/2012

The first Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the centennial of the original gift of cherry trees from Japan to the US in 1912. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Bang on a Can: 25 Years / New York, NY

04/28/2012

Bang on a Can celebrates its 25th birthday with landmark three program: The Fire, Asphalt Orchestra, and Field Recordings. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

April 28: Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater

Performance: (glowing) / New York, NY

04/27/2012 - 04/28/2012

Inspired by great modern writer Jun-ichiro Tanizaki’s essay In-ei Reisan (In Praise of Shadows), Bessie award winner Kota Yamazaki re-examines his background and explores his own butoh with dancers from Senegal and Ethiopia and US contemporary performers. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

April 27 & 28, Japan Society, New York, NY
Photo © Ryutaro Mishima

Performance: The Crazy Cloud Collection / Arcata & Santa Monica, CA, etc

04/18/2012, 04/27/2012 - 04/28/2012, 05/01/2012, 05/05/2012, 05/12/2012

Crazy Cloud Collection, by Ko Murobushi and the inkBoat ensemble, is motivated by the life of 15th century Japanese Zen monk, Ikkyu Sojun and consummated in a transnational and trans-generational laboratory of butoh-esque rejection, conflict and renewal. The piece highlights the quest for spiritual enlightenment at the same time as it craves an addictive fix. It is a paradox that does justice to its source of inspiration. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

April 18, Arcata Playhouse, Arcata, CA
April 27 & 28 Highways PAC, Santa Monica, CA
May 1: CAVE, Brooklyn, NY 
May 5: Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA 
May 12: Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA 

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