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Performance: Little Raindrop Songs / Atlanta, GA

12/27/2013 - 01/18/2014

Puppeteer Michael Haverty and the Japanese "pajama-pop" duo Lullatone collaboratively create a whimsically theatrical and imaginative journey through an anything-but-normal day, especially for preschool age children and their caregivers that nurture creative thinking and imagination. This fully interactive theatrical performance will connect with the very young and invite them into the wonder of this artistic experience.

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

Exhibition: TOHOKU through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers at Japan Information Center in Chicago / Chicago, IL

12/16/2013 - 02/07/2014

This traveling exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation features over 120 photographs from Tohoku. Curated by Japanese photography critic Kotaro Iizawa to mark the second anniversary of the great earthquake, the show does not attempt to document the damage or recovery but instead uses photography to show the natural and cultural environment of Tohoku along with its people and their ways of life.

Image: Statue of Osawabutsu, Ourani Sanpou Koujin, Dewa Sanzan, Masatoshi Naito 1981-82

Performance: Linked Verse / Stanford, CA

12/07/2013 - 12/08/2013

Stanford Live will present the world premiere of Linked Verse, a new evening-length work by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and OpenEndedGroup, on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 in Bing Concert Hall. This multimedia concerto, commissioned by Stanford Live, will bring together two renowned musicians-shō master Ko Ishikawa and cellist Maya Beiser-in a visually immersive performance environment featuring live 3D stereoscopic video. The soloists will exchange musical passages while sounds and images recorded in Japan and the U.S. undergo an evolving, interlinked transformation.

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

Exhibition: Karatsu Ceramist Takashi Nakazato at STARworks Ceramics / Star, NC

12/05/2013 - 01/05/2014

Noted Japanese Karatsu ceramist Takashi Nakazato, the fifth son of the late Living National Treasure Nakazato Taroemon Muan, will be conducting his month-long residency at STARworks. During his residency, there will be an exhibition of his work as well as workshops and demonstrations. For details please go to http://www.starworksnc.org/starworks-ceramics.html.
This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Yumi Kurosawa Koto Concert: Tradition to Contemporary - with two different traditions from Japan and India / Recife and Brasilia, Brazil

11/21/2013 - 11/29/2013

Japanese Kotoist Yumi Kurosawa is joined by guest artist and tabla master Deep Singh for an innovative musical performance emphasizing both tradition and modernity.

Click here for more on Ms. Yumi Kurosawa and Mr. Deep Singh.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Brazil and Consular Office in Recife.

Performance: Our Planet / New York, NY

11/20/2013 - 11/24/2013, 12/05/2013 - 12/08/2013

New York-based OBIE award-winning director Alec Duffy (Hoi Polli Theater Company), together with Japanese cutting-edge motion graphics designer Nobuyuki Hanbusa, develop Japanese playwright Yukio Shiba's Our Planet into a multidisciplinary theatrical production, which juxtaposes the everyday life of an ordinary family with the galactic events of the earth’s birth and death. The production makes its world premiere at Japan Society in New York.

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

Exhibition: CHiKA / Quito, Ecuador

11/18/2013 - 11/24/2013

Interactive visual artist CHiKA will be in Ecuador to give performance of her 'mapping' installation. She will also offer workshop and lecture on her art making.

Click here for more on CHiKA.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Ecuador.

Performance: Faifai's Anton, Neko, Kuri / Cedar Rapids, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA

11/15/2013 - 11/16/2013, 11/21/2013 - 11/24/2013, 12/01/2013 - 12/08/2013, 12/12/2013 - 12/14/2013

Anton, Neko, Kuri, a multidisciplinary performance by Faifai, a Tokyo-based theater group, will tour the U.S. in November and December. This will be Faifai's first tour in the States. The story is based on autobiographical experience and follows Anton, a stray cat suffering from leukemia, while documenting events and conversations in its neighborhood.

Nov 15 - 16: Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Nov 21 - 24: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
Dec 1 - 8 : DiverseWorks (Houston, TX)
Dec 12 - 14: Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans, LA)

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

Film: Alex de Grassi: A Story of Floating Weeds / Oswego, NY


Windham Hill recording artist Alex de Grassi was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to create an original score for Yasujro Ozu's classic silent film. "A Story of Floating Weeds". In an engaging multi-media event, he accompanies the film live on the Waterman Theatre Stage, Oswego, New York.

This event is supported through a JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Event: Celebratory Rituals for Children: Shichigosan (7-5-3) Ceremony at Japan Society / New York, NY

10/26/2013 - 10/27/2013

Celebrate and appreciate the growth and good health of children ages 3, 5 and 7 through the Shinto ritual of Shichigosan ("seven-five-three" in Japanese). Three- and 5-year-old boys and 3- and 7-year-old girls of all nationalities and religions, with parents or accompanying adults, are invited to participate.

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