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Event: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival / Stamford, CT


The fourth annual Sakura Matsuri celebrates Japanese arts and culture with Taiko drummers, samurai sword performers, and musicians, as well as cultural workshops such as kimono dressing, origami and lantern decorations. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Literature: Monkey Business: Japan/America WritersˇÇ Dialogue in Words and Pictures / New York, NY


The Japan Foundation and Asia Society will once again co-present an American-Japanese literary dialogue, curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of the Tokyo-based literary journal Monkey Business with writers who are featured in this latest edition of Monkey Business (#5). This year rising star Japanese novelist and translator Aoko Matsuda, whose stories in the wake of Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami have been published in English, most notably in Granta, will be paired with American short story fabulist Kelly Link and award-winning Japanese graphic novelist and cartoonist Satoshi Kitamura will be in dialogue with award-winning American cartoonist and author Ben Katchor. Moderated by Monkey Business editor Roland Kelts and the editors and co-founders of Monkey Business, Ted Goossen and Motoyuki Shibata.

[Image: (Left) cover of Monkey Business 5. (Right): From L to R (clockwise), Ben Katchor; Satoshi Kitamura; Kelly Link, and Aoko Matsuda.]

Exhibition: Jecoration – Decorative Expressions of Japanese Art and Their Influences / Brooklyn, NY

05/02/2015 - 05/17/2015

This exhibition explores the relations between the history and concepts of the decorative expression in Japan and actual artworks of the New York-based contemporary artists who inherited such expression. Curated by Youki Ideguchi, exhibiting artists include Masaaki Sato and Tomokazu Matsuyama. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Masaaki Sato “No.100” 42 x 40 inches]

Performance: The Hot Springs Concert Band's Spring Concert / Hot Springs, AR


The 2015 Spring Concert performed by the Hot Springs Concert Band will highlight Japanese composer Masao Yabe. Yabe will lead the band in the US debut of three of his original compositions. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: Miho Hazama at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival / New York, NY


Miho Hazama is one of the musicians featured at Cutting Edge Concerts New Musicl Festival 18th Season. Miho Hazama's m_unit jazz ensemble, joined by saxophone soloist Steve Wilson, will perform Hazama's "Journey to Journey" as well as compositions by composer/trombonist Scott Ninmer and composer/reed player Chris Reza. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Event: Promoting Shogi in the US / Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Paramus, NJ; Montclair, NJ; Old Tappan, NJ; Demarest, NJ

04/08/2015 - 04/16/2015

Professional shogi player Madoka Kitao will be on tour to promote awareness of the game of shogi, or Japanese chess. She will also be demonstrating Dobutsu Shogi, a game she invented for children and beginners. This project is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture

Tour Schedule
April 8: Workshop at Japan Information and Culture Center, Washington, DC
April 9-10: Workshop at Japan Bowl, Washington, DC
April 11: Shogi Booth at National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC
April 12: Shogi Booth at Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Philadelphia, PA
April 13: Workshop at Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ
April 14, 2:45-4:00pm: Shogi/Dobutsu Shogi Lecture and Hands-on @ Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 104, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ (open to public)
April 15: Workshop at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan
April 16: Workshop at Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/05/2015 - 05/03/2015

Blue Note and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This Brunch series will take place on five consecutive Sundays from April 5 through May 3 at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule
(Two show times at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day)

April 5, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Mika Mimura Group
April 12, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda
April 19, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Martha Kato Trio
April 26, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Sumie Kaneko
May 3, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio

Symposium: Manga at a Crossroads Symposia II at The Ohio State University / Columbus, OH


Following the first symposium on March 6, the second of the two symposia will examine the development and globalization of manga. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Matsumoto, Akira (Reiji). Aoi Hanabira (Blue Petals) (Tokyo: Showa Manga Shuppansha, 1958).]

Exhibition: The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi / Washington, DC

04/03/2015 - 08/30/2015

The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the career of one of America’s great modernist painters and reveals the unique vision of an extraordinary artist. The exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of Kuniyoshi’s work by a U.S. museum in more than 65 years and traces his career though 66 of his finest paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Strong Woman with Child, 1925, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation. © Estate of Yasuo Kuniyoshi/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.]

Symposium: The Naoshima Symbiosis for the Future: Art, Architecture and Nature / New York, NY


Japan Society will hold a symposium about  the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, starting at 6pm. For the first time at a symposium in the U.S., Soichiro Fukutake of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima will speak about the history and philosophy behind this unique cultural landscape. Three of the architects involved - Pritzker Prize recipients Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa as well as Hiroshi Sambuichi - will be present to showcase their much acclaimed on-site realizations. An introduction will be made by curator Akiko Miki and followed by a panel discussion, conducted by Eve Blau, Professor of the History of Urban Form at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Teshima Art Museum © Noboru Morikawa]

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