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Performance: Eiko & Koma and Kronos Quartet: Fragile / San Francisco, CA

03/15/2012 - 03/23/2012

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will present performances of Fragile, a new collaboration between Eiko & Koma and Kronos Quartet. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Performance: Overcoming the Disaster: Gratitude from Japan to the World / New York, NY

03/06/2012

Join us on Tuesday March, 6th at 7:30pm in the Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, at Jazz at Lincoln Center for this special event.

In response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, a lot of sympathy and solidarity has been expressed from countries and regions around the world. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the US citizens for their tremendous support.

This performance is dedicated to the victims of disasters and conflicts all around the world, and also serves to show Japan’s firm commitment to support those people, thus sharing a heartfelt prayer for peace among all people.

The concert features Wakumizu Kagura, a traditional folk performance group from the Tohoku region affected by the disaster, and Ondekoza, a professional Japanese taiko drumming troupe. Performers also include some of the best of Japan’s contemporary musicians.

Exhibition: Serenity in Silk: World of Nuido Collection / Washington, D.C.

03/02/2012 - 04/05/2012

The Japanese Embroidery Center (JEC), in cooperation with Embassy of Japan, has been selected to exhibit a collection of Japanese embroidery during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, March 5 through the April 2012, at the Japan Information Culture Center (JICC)/Embassy of Japan. This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan / San Antonio, TX

03/01/2012 - 05/05/2012

This traveling exhibit on loan from The Japan Foundation to Blue Contemporary Art Center presents paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and video works by eleven contemporary Japanese artists who are responding in a similar way to the current state of the world. They take their subject matter from their immediate surroundings and make art that strongly reflects their own personal reality. Their work has a rich visual impact and reveals a strong interest in the process of making things.

Exhibition: The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love / East Lansing, MI

02/27/2012 - 03/31/2012

This traveling exhibit on loan from The Japan Foundation to Michigan State University introduces Japan's representative dolls, including Hina ningyo (Girls' Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys' Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like noh, bunraku and kabuki; regional dolls from throughout the country; and "creative dolls" produced by contemporary crafts-people.

Performance: Hoichi the Earless: from 'Kwaidan' Ghost Story / Asia Society, New York, NY, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

02/25/2012, 02/28/2012

The Japan Foundation is organizing a tour of the culturally unique production of Hoichi the Earless, which will feature a Biwa player Akiko Sakurai, a Butoh dancer Kumotaro Mukai from Dairakudakan, and a Saz (Baglama) player Kiyoshi Ohira. The group will perform the ghostly story of the same name, which first appeared in the book Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek born Irish writer who later became a Japanese citizen.

Co-presented with Asia Society and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Feb 25, Asia Society, New York, NY - world premiere
Feb 28, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Performance: Eiko & Koma and Kronos Quartet: Fragile / University of Maryland at College Park, MD

02/22/2012 - 02/23/2012

The University of Maryland at College Park will present the premiere performances of Fragile, a new collaboration between Eiko & Koma and Kronos Quartet. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Lecture: Flaten Lecture Series: Ayomi Yoshida / Northfield, MN

02/20/2012

Lecture by printmaker and installation artist Ayomi Yoshida, in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition “Yoshida Hodaka and Post-World War II Japanese and American Artistic Exchange.” Open to the public.

Exhibition: The Art of Gaman: Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942 – 1946 / Atlanta, GA

02/19/2012 - 05/31/2012

“The Art of Gaman” is an exhibition that showcases the arts and crafts made by Japanese Americans in U.S. internment camps during World War II. It is a universally uplifting story for its celebration of the nobility of the human spirit in adversity.

This exhibition is held at The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum and is supported by The Japan Foundation through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
(Image: Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San José, From "Art of Gaman" by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo.)

Performance: Music From Japan Festival 2012 / New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

02/18/2012 - 02/19/2012, 02/22/2012

Music From Japan Festival 2012, 37th season will present three different programs to be performed.
This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation, New York through its JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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