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Exhibition: Lethal Beauty at Katonah Museum of Art / Katonah, NY

10/12/2014 - 01/04/2015

With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, this exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats, as well as a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by Forrest Cavale and Zach Niles]

Lecture: KAKEHASHI Project: "New Japanese Animation Talent" Panel at New York Comic Con / New York, NY


Five up-and-coming animators Saki Muramoto (It’s time for supper.), Ryo Okawara (A Wind Egg), Saori Shiroki (Woman Who Stole Fingers), Aya Suzuki (The Illusionist, The Wind Rises), and Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Billiards, Kill la Kill) will introduce their latest works. Moderated by Justin Leach, Rigging Supervisor at Blue Sky Studios, with a special guest Natasha Allegri, creator of Bee and PuppyCat, who is participating in the KAKEHASHI Project reciprocally from the US to visit Japan.  For more information, please click here.

This program is part of the "KAKEHASHI Project - The Bridge for Tomorrow -" within the Youth Exchange Program with North America promoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

Lecture: Takeshi Obata at New York Comic Con / New York, NY

10/09/2014 - 10/10/2014

Best known for All You Need Is Kill, Death Note and Bakuman., Takeshi Obata will be appearing in this year’s New York Comic Con in two panels:

Oct 9, 6:00-6:45pm (Room 1A10 at Javits Center)
The Future of Weekly Shonen Jump

Oct 10, 5:00-5:45pm (Room 1A10 at Javits Center)
Weekly Shonen Jump Presents: Takeshi Obata, Artist for Death Note and All You Need Is Kill

For more information, please click here.  Tickets to New York Comic Con are required, limited in number, and available at newyorkcomiccon.com while supplies last.  These panels are co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation, New York, New York Comic Con and VIZ Media. 

[Image: DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.]

Conference: "The History of the Early Modern Japanese Family" / Berkeley, CA

10/03/2014 - 10/05/2014

An international interdisciplinary conference co-organized by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California, Berkeley.

Performance: A Body in a Station / Philadelphia, PA

10/03/2014 - 10/24/2014

Under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Eiko Otake will present A Body in a Station, a series of durational solo performance at the Amtrak 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on four consecutive Fridays (the first starts at midday and the last ends at midnight.) This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts Japan program.

[Photo by William Johnston]

Tokyo 1964: Exhibition and film screenings of "ALWAYS - Sunset on Third Street - 3" / New York, NY

10/03/2014 - 10/31/2014

The Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation New York celebrates the historic 50th anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics with a display of memorabilia and original material. Curated by Senior Vice President of The Korea Society and former Waseda University Visiting Professor Stephen Noerper, this display of materials includes tickets, programs, press photos, medals, and popular tokens by which the world knew and remembered this historic Olympiad: Asia's first, the first Fall games, and the first broadcast globally via satellite.

There will also be film screenings of ALWAYS - Sunset on Third Street - 3 set in Tokyo at the time of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and a brief pre-movie lecture given by Dr. Noerper at the October 3 screening. These screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles. Admission to the screening is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to kanako_shirasaki(a )jfny.org (please change (a) to @) two days prior to each screening.

Time and Date Exhibition: Friday, Oct 3 to Friday, October 31, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (**closed on weekends & holidays)

Screenings: Friday, Oct 3 at 12 Noon, Friday Oct 17 and Friday, Oct 24 at 6pm

[Image: © "Always3" Film Partners]

Performance: Reconstructing and Creating a New Japanese Silent Film Experience: Benshi, Music and Film / Clinton, NY


This project focuses on benshi, live performers who narrated and acted alongside silent films in the 1920s. A contemporary benshi, Ichiro Kataoka and musicians including Gabriel Thibaudeau and Otowa-za will give a work-in-progress performance with a Japanese silent film OROCHI ("serpent," 1925) at Hamilton College. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Invest Japan Seminar: Corporate Growth Opportunities and Japan”Ēs Economic Agenda


Join JETRO for networking and discussion with senior Japanese local governmental officials and business leaders on opportunities for partnerships and investments with their local communities on Tuesday, September 23 at New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY 10019).

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe will be making an appearance for this event.

This conference aims to inform U.S. companies and organizations on one of the important measures prompted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, doubling the amount of direct investment in Japan to 35 trillion yen by 2020. Government officials and successful industry leaders will give an insight on opportunities for new and existing foreign companies that look to expand or build their presence in Japan.

This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Exhibition: The Ohi Inheritance Exhibition: As the Legend Continues Ohi Chozaemon X and Ohi Toshio XI / New York, NY

09/23/2014 - 10/08/2014

This exhibition presents 17 pieces of chadogu (tea wares) by Ohi Chozaemon X, recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit, and his successor, Ohi Toshio XI, Visiting Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. "Ohi Yaki," a pottery technique, originated in 1666 in a village in Ishikawa Prefecture, and was developed for use in tea ceremonies. Made of soft clay and fired at low temperatures, Ohi pieces are prized for their beautiful shapes and luster.

This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Conference: Japan Today Conference / Syracuse, NY


A day-long symposium with speakers Dr. Brett de Bary of Cornell University, Dr. Carol Gluck of Columbia University, Dr. Masaaki Kamiya of Hamilton College, and Dr. Kyoko Omori of Hamilton College.

This event is supported under the JFNY Grant in Japanese Studies.

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