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Performance: Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery / Brooklyn, NY

03/19/2015 - 03/21/2015

The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo in their BAM debut with Mystery. Led by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, Kabuki theater giant and a national treasure of Japan, the troupe showcases its legendary drumming alongside virtuosic dance and instrumental performance. This performance is supported by supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: © Takashi Okamoto]

Exhibition: For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Houston, TX

03/07/2015 - 07/12/2015

This exhibition surveys photographs, photo books, paintings, sculpture, and film-based installations by 29 Japanese artists during the political and social turmoil of 1960s and early 70s, and demonstrates how the artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of such radical societal change. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Photo: Daidō Moriyama, from Accident, 1969, gelatin silver print, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Shadai Gallery. © Daidō Moriyama]

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

03/06/2015

This is the first of two symposia (March 6 and April 4, 2015) that will examine the past, present, and future of manga. The origin of manga and future directions of this unique art form that started in Japan will be reexamined. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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

Film: New York International Children's Film Festival 2015 / New York, NY

02/27/2015 - 03/22/2015

New York International Children’s Film Festival 2015 showcases Japanese films including When Marnie Was There (dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014 / North American Premiere) and Jellyfish Eyes (dir. Tanashi Murakami, 2013.) This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: When Marnie Was There © 2014 GNDHDDTK]

Lecture: Southern Japan Seminar 2015 / Miami, FL

02/27/2015

This annual day-long seminar promotes the research and educational activities of Japan-related scholars in the Southeastern United States. The seminar is held at Florida International University, which is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Lecture: Worlds in Boxes and on Paper / Los Angeles, CA

02/27/2015

 A lecture with Dr. Amy Stanley that explores what can be learned about Tokugawa households from their lists of possessions. Held at the University of Southern California’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures, which is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Performance: Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery / Germantown, TN

02/26/2015

Kodo, the taiko drumming pioneers from Japan, have powerful mastery over their instruments. It’s a power that can be tender or explosive, delicate or thunderous. Though steeped in tradition, Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a stunning spectacle and a vibrant expression of artistic excellence. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: courtesy of the artist]

Rakugo Teaching and Performance / New York, NY; Boston, MA; Middlebury, VT

02/24/2015 - 03/03/2015

Two rakugo performers, Sankyo Yanagiya and Kyonosuke Yanagiya, will visit institutions in three states to perform and teach the art of rakugo. Rakugo is Japanese traditional story-telling art in which a single performer sits in front of the audience and tells stories that are generally humorous but can also be moving or frightening. 

Schedule:
Feb 24: New York University (New York, NY) [For more information about the event at NYU, please contact Prof. Kazue Kurokawa (Language Lecturer)]
Feb 27: Boston University (Boston, MA)
Mar 3: Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Sankyo Yanagiya © Middlebury Japanese School]

Workshop: Historical Perspectives on Multiethnic Communities in Japan / Los Angeles, CA

02/22/2015

A day-long panel workshop held at the University of Southern California’s Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Cultures, which is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Workshop: Radical Landscapes of Japan 2: Media Theory, Art, and the Genealogy of the 1970s / New York, NY

02/21/2015

A follow-up to NYU’s 2012 workshop “Radical Landscapes from 1960’s Japan: the Emergence of Landscape Theory”, this workshop is supported under the JFNY Grant in Japanese Studies.

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