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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

Lecture & Performance: Japan Immersion Day: "¡Viva Japón! Taiko & Etc. " Performance & Workshop

12/16/2013

A “¡Viva Japón!” Taiko Performance in the morning will be followed by a lecture on Contemporary Kogei Styles in Japan by artist Mr. Tanabe Shochiku and a Japan Immersion Day Workshop in the afternoon. Hosted by Florida International University, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and funded through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

Workshop: Dharma Effects: Buddhism in Japanese America / Los Angeles, CA

12/07/2013

A workshop at the University of Southern California discussing papers-in-progress investigating various aspects of Japanese American Buddhism. Presented by the CJRC Japanese America Religion and Society Project and funded through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

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: EMAJIN Initiative Semester-End Concert of Japanese Sacred and Salon Music / New York, NY

12/04/2013

The Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies/Institute for Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives and the Columbia University Music Performance Program present this night of music at Saint Paul's Chapel on Columbia's Morningside Campus. This event is funded through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

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.

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