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Performance: Emerging Japanese Jazz Artist Series / Washington, DC

04/01/2014 - 04/02/2014

Blues Alley Jazz Society will feature emerging Japanese Jazz musicians on the occasions of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival. The concerts spotlight professional Jazz performers who are studying in the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the Berklee College of Music.

This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.


Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America Program: Ryu Goto / La Paz & Cochabamba, Bolivia

03/26/2014 - 03/29/2014

World renowned violinist Ryu Goto will visit the city of La Paz to perform Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op.35 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia. He will also conduct master classes at Man Cesped Music Academy in Cochabamba as well as perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the students at the Academy.

This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Bolivia.

(c) Universal Music

Exhibition: Takashi Horisaki and Nina Horisaki-Christens: Metabolic Morphology at Recess / New York, NY

03/25/2014 - 05/16/2014

Takashi Horisaki and Nina Horisaki-Christens will be working on Metabolic Morphology as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Inspired by Soho’s signature architectural form - the cast iron building - the main component of the exhibition will take the form of a semi-modular installation of cast colored latex and vacuum-formed plastic elements that will be rearranged and expanded upon over the course of the project.
This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Photo by Takashi Horisaki

Lecture: Kotaro Iizawa Discusses "TOHOKU¡İThrough the Eyes of Japanese Photographers" / Troy, AL

03/19/2014

Photography critic and historian of photography Mr. Kotaro Iizawa will discuss his selection of works for the concurrent traveling exhibition "TOHOKU" on loan from The Japan Foundation, which he curated.

This event is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

Exhibition: Design and Disaster: Kon Wajiro's Modernologio at Parson's The New School for Design / New York, NY

03/13/2014 - 03/27/2014

This exhibition explores Kon Wajiro's (1888-1973) visual observations of material practices in Tokyo after the devastating 1923 Earthquake, particularly drawing from his work Modernologio (kogengaku) and from his surveys of "barracks" (makeshift structures for earthquake recovery), by emphasizing Kon's urban ethnography, as well as its significance as a design-based methodology of recording material change in post-disaster conditions. The exhibition also looks at Kon's methodology as an educational resource, presenting student work produced in classes at Parsons and Aoyama Gakuin University. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Kon Wajiro, Index of the Report of Ginza Fashion Survey, Modernologio, 1925

Film: A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 2: RICHIE'S ELECTRIC EIGHT: THE BOLD & THE DARING / New York, NY

03/13/2014 - 03/29/2014

Donald Richie (April 17, 1924 - February 19, 2013), was instrumental in introducing Japanese arts and culture to the world. To honor his life and works, the Japan Foundation and Japan Society are pleased to co-present a film series A Tribute to Donald Richie at the Japan Society. The second series will feature works of Shusuke Kaneko, Yoshitaro Nomura, Kazuhiro Soda, Kohei Oguri, Shohei Imamura, Makoto Shinozaki, Kazuo Hara, and Nagisa Oshima.

Performance: The Tokyo Philharmonic 100th Anniversary World Tour / New York, NY

03/11/2014

Internationally renowned Japanese conductor Eiji Oue will lead the Tokyo Philharmonic, which has the longest history and tradition of any orchestra in Japan, to make U.S. debut in New York as part of 100th anniversary world tour. The performance will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City - the day marks the third anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation.

Exhibition: Samurai: Beyond the Sword at the Detroit Institute of Art / Detroit, MI

03/09/2014 - 06/01/2014

This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to experience the world of the Japanese Samurai. Moving beyond the stereotype of the warrior, the exhibition explores the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual, and art worlds of their time.

This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image:
Tosei gusoku armor with multi-colored lacing and solid-colored cuirass, 18th century. Iron, silk, lacquer, gold, boar fur and boar bristle. Courtesy of a private collection.

Performance: A New Generation of Jazz from Japan Featuring Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and Ensemble / New York, NY

03/08/2014

Japan Foundation, New York will present "A New Generation of Jazz from Japan featuring trumpeter Takuya Kuroda and Ensemble" on Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. at Asia Society. This is a special one night performance by trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, the first Japanese performer to make a debut with Blue Note Records, and his ensemble. This event is co-presented with Asia Society.

Japan has been brought many remarkable jazz musicians into the world. They enjoy a well-deserved reputation for their exquisite interpretation and fine technique. Takuya Kuroda, ascendant trumpeter and composer, who is joined by guest artists from New York and Japan in this exciting new jazz ensemble, will introduce the richness of the Japanese jazz scene to the New York audience. This special ensemble consists of Takuya Kuroda (trumpet), Corey King (trombone), Takeshi Ohbayashi (keyboard), Rahsaan Carter (bass), Keita Ogawa (percussion), and Adam Jackson (drums).

To purchase tickets, for more information, please visit Asia Society website.

Listen Takuya Kuroda’s “Afro Blues”

Exhibition: How Did Architects Respond Immediately after 3/11 (The Great East Japan Earthquake)? at Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University / Detroit, MI

03/06/2014 - 03/23/2014

This traveling exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation introduces the diverse range of projects launched by architects throughout the region affected by the devastating earthquake of March 11th. It also includes a number of restoration proposals submitted by foreign architects. The exhibits consist of drawings and photographs in addition to related materials such as videos, models, and furniture. Cardboard shelters that were actually used in the evacuation shelters will also be displayed.

This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit.

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