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Performance: Music for a Changing World / New York, NY

03/08/2013

Acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa joins Lower Manhattan's own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra to perform Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and the American Premier performance of Akira Nishimura's "A Sharman."  Also on the program, music by Bela Bartok and the world premier performance of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's Suite from Kurt Weill's "Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny."

This performance is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present

03/05/2013 - 04/12/2013

Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present is an overview of the diverse photographic expression that has emerged in Japan since the 1970s. The exhibit consists of two sections (excluding “Prologue” and “Epilogue” ). The first, A Changing Society, focuses on human being as members of society. The second, Changing Landscapes, looks at cities, the suburbs, and nature.  This traveling exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Consulate General of Japan in Miami.
Image: Risaku Suzuki, "Sakura N-6," 2002

Film: New York International Children's Film Festival 2013 / New York, NY

03/01/2013 - 03/24/2013

The mission of New York International Children's Film Festival is to encourage the creation and dissemination of passionate, intelligent, and compelling films for audiences ages 3-18.  This year, NYICFF presents over 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world, including Japanese featuer films, From Up on Poppy Hill directed by Goro Miyazaki and Wolf Children directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

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

Performance: The University of Tokyo Alumni Choir Concert / New York, NY

02/26/2013

Japan Stone Arts Inc. is pleased to announce the Japan Earthquake & Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert “The University of Tokyo Alumni Choir Concert.”

The 100-member choir group consists of 70 graduates and 30 current students of the University. Masahiro Sakai from the choir will conduct the opening number, “Hokke Senpo.”

Ralph Samuelson, a Shakuhachi-flute player who is active in Japan and NY, will perform with a young and popular Shakuhachi player Akihito Obama. The members of New York Noh and Kyogen performance group will also be performing. Giuseppe Bausilio from the musical “BILLY ELLIOT” is one of the members of this group and will be performing traditional Japanese Kyogen for Japan’s recovery.  Reona Ito, the conductor of the Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra will conduct the choir and the pianist Yoko Miki will play the organ for “Requiem in D minor” by Luigi Cherubini.

Hosted by former NHK announcer Seiji Kasai and assisted by Risako Arcari, a local high school student, this event will reflect the thoughts, hearts and minds of the many different people involved in its production.

Film: An Evening with Benshi Ichiro Kataoka / New York and Red Hook, NY

02/25/2013, 02/26/2013

Silent films screened in Japan in the 20’s and 30’s were always accompanied by a live narrator called Benshi. Some Benshi were regarded as stars and their popularity often affected attendance. Today, there are a few Benshi who continue to preserve one of the rare cultural assets of Japanese film history. We wish to welcome the young master Benshi Ichiro Kataoka, for a special event featuring a performance of Yasujiro Ozu's Passing Fancy (1933), Kenji Mizoguchi's Downfall of Osen (1935), and Charlie Chaplin's A Dog's Life (1918).

February 25: Film Forum (New York, NY)
Passing Fancy* | dir. Yasujiro Ozu |1933
* Live Piano Accompaniment with Makia Matsumura

February 26: Bard College (Red Hook, NY)
Downfall of Osen* | dir. Kenji Mizoguchi | 1935
* Live Piano Accompaniment with Makia Matsumura
A Dog's Life | dir. Charlie Chaplin | 1918

Performance: Tigertail Presents Tatsuya Nakatani, Percussion Solo & Nakatani Gong Orchestra / Miami, FL

02/23/2013

Tigertail will present Tatsuya Nakatani on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 8:30 pm, at Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On-Stage Black-Box, in a concert that includes a solo set by Nakatani and a collaborative set by the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, (N.G.O.), comprised of Tatsuya Nakatani and eight local musicians assembled by Miami-based Matthew Taylor and the ensemble Fridamusiq.

This event is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.

Film: Rituals in the Avant-garde: Film Experiments in 1960-70s Japan / New York, NY

02/20/2013 - 02/26/2013

This series brings together a wide scope of artistic activity that emerged from the outer limits of film expression in the most politically fervent period of Japan’s recent history. The program navigates rarely screened works from the 1960s and early 1970s that span genres including documentary, dance film, animation, softcore pink, and queer cinema. The program has been designed to coincide and resonate with the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Tokyo 1955-1970’ exhibition and ‘Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema 1962-1984’ film series.

Performance: Double Bill: Haptic + Holistic Strata / Columbus, OH, New York, NY

02/19/2013, 03/07/2013 - 03/09/2013

A composer, video artist, choreographer, performer, Hiroaki Umeda presents his most recent solo creations "Haptic" and "Holistic Strata"  will be presented at Wexner Center for the Arts.

February 19: Wexner Center for the Arts
March 7 -9: New York Live Arts

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

Exhibition: Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods / Boston, MA

02/16/2013 - 06/02/2013

This exhibition at McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College examines cultural exchanges from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries through the movement of goods on Portuguese ships. The seventy works in the exhibition have been drawn from institutions and private collections in the United States, Portugal, Great Britain, and Brazil.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.
Image:Nanban trade screen (nanban byo-bu), Japan, c. 1600-25
Six-panel screen (one of a pair); ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper
Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation

Performance: Hyakki Yumehina US Tour

02/15/2013, 02/21/2013

The Japan Foundation, New York is presenting performances of Hyakki Yumehina, featuring culturally unique puppeteer Michika Iida. The performances will take place on February 15, 2013 at the Asia Society in New York and on February 21, 2013 at Asia Society Texas Center.  The artist Michika Iida will perform her original story Nekohime Kugutsu Mai (cat princess dance) and Manjushaka (the equinox flower), both stories are inspired by Japanese traditional mythology.

February 15: Asia Society, New York (New York, NY)
February 21: Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

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