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Lecture: Midwest Japan Seminar / Kalamazoo, MI

09/22/2012

The first MJS of the year will be held in conjunction with the Midwest Conference for Asian Affairs (MCAA) at Western Michigan University, MI. Presenters include Professor Jinhee Lee of Eastern Illinois University and Professor Akiko Yoshida at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. For more information, please click here.
This event is supported by JFNY Japanese Studies.

Performance: BUTOH BLOSSOMS, Rise and Fall of a White Flower / New York, NY

09/21/2012

"Butoh Blossoms" is an hour ensemble piece choreographed by Butoh dancer Vangeline. Part of Locating the Sacred Festival, the event will take place at BAAD! Bronx Academy Arts and Dance.

This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: Voices and Echoes / Portland, OR, etc.

09/16/2012 - 09/28/2012

A unique tour that features performances of sound artist Akio Suzuki, as well as a duo of poet Gozo Yoshimasu and Otomo Yoshihide.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Sep 16: Time-Based Art Festival, Portland, OR
Sep 20: CalArts - The Wild Beast, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 22: Vancouver New Music, Vancouver, CND
Sep 24: Nameless Sound, Houston, TX
Sep 27 - 28: Issue Project Room, New York, NY

Performance: Iwami Kagura Five-City U.S. Tour / Atlanta, GA, etc.

09/15/2012, 09/16/2012, 09/18/2012, 09/19/2012, 09/21/2012

Kagura (literally “god-entertainment”) is an art form with deep ties to the polytheistic Shinto religion indigenous to Japan. Hailing from Shimane prefecture in western Japan, Iwami Kagura is famous for its characteristic melodic rhythm and splendid costumes. Shimane prefecture is known as the land of gods in Japanese mythology, and many pieces in the repertory of Iwami Kagura is based on the heroic, lively, dream-like representations of Japan’s ancient myths and legends.

In this five-city tour, members of the Iwami Kagura Shinwa-Kai, an umbrella organization of thirteen different groups in Masuda-City, Shimane prefecture, will entertain American audiences with two of the most popular titles, "Ebisu" and "Orochi."  The Iwami Kagura tour is co-presented by the Japan Foundation and the Consulates-General of Japan in Atlanta, Nashville and Miami.

Sep 15: 14th Street Playhouse (Atlanta, GA), 7pm
Sep 16: Center for Puppetry Art (Atlanta, GA), 2pm
Sep 18: Murray State University (Murray, KY), 7pm
Sep 19: The University of Tennessee at Martin (Martin, TN), 11:30am
Sep 21: Florida International University (Miami, FL), 11am
Sep 21: The Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL), 7pm

Lecture: Japanese Prints and their Cultural Impact / Phoenix, AZ

09/15/2012

Three experts in the field of Japanese prints will discuss the production, prominent artists and how woodblock printmaking impacted Japanese culture and beyond at the Phoenix Art Museum.
This event is supported by JFNY Japanese Studies.

Performance: Fifty-Five: Music and Dance in Concrete / Seattle, WA, etc.

09/14/2012, 09/15/2012, 09/22/2012 - 09/23/2012, 09/28/2012 - 09/29/2012

"Fifty-Five: Music and Dance in Concrete" is a site-specific collaboration between composer Wayne Horvitz, choreographer Yukio Suzuki, video artist Yohei Saito and engineer and producer Tucker Martine which will combine music, video and live dance performance. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Sep 14: The Royal Room (Seattle, WA)
Sep 15: SEED Arts, Rainer Valley Festival (Seattle, WA)
Sep 22-23: Centrum (Port Tounsend, WA)
Sep 28-29: ASU Museum of Art (Tempe, AZ)

Lecture: Medicine Master Buddha: The Iconic Worship of Yakushi in Heian Japan / Los Angeles, CA

09/14/2012

Professor Yui Suzuki of the University of Maryland will give a talk as part of University of Southern California's Center for Japanese Religion and Culture's Lecture Series. For more information, please click here. This event is supported by JFNY Japanese Studies.

Performance: i.n.k. and white / Richmond, VA

09/14/2012

i.n.k. and White are two collaborations between choreographer Jessica Lang and Japanese visual artist Shinichi Maruyama, inspired by Maruyama's print and video series KUSHO. The performance will be held at Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond.

This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Lecture: Mixed-Race Japanese Marriages: Views on International Marriages from a Historical Perspective / Los Angeles, CA

09/10/2012

Professor Kamoto Itsuko of Kyoto Women's University will give a talk as part of University of Southern California's Center for Japanese Religion and Culture's Hapa Japan Project. This talk will be in JAPANESE only.For more information please click here. This event is supported by JFNY Japanese Studies

Performance: (glowing) / Portland, OR

09/09/2012

Inspired by the famous writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's Praise of Shadows, Kota Yamazaki's (glowing), featuring 6 dancers, examines Japanese aesthetics in terms of the search for beauty within darkness/shadow.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

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