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Cultural Event: Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido / Washington, DC

10/28/2016 - 12/02/2016

Gallery tour: October 28, 4:30pm / Lecture: November 30, 5pm
(exhibition dates August 24 - December 2)
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University (Washington, DC)

Utagawa Hiroshige's artistry is recorded in a brilliant woodcut series portraying scenic views along the famous "Eastern Road" that linked Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. Gallery tours, a lecture on kimono by Ann Marie Moeller, and ikebana demonstrations are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University. Gallery tours and other programming are supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: The Heart of Kyogen: Lecture - Demonstration - Performance / New York, NY

10/21/2016 - 10/22/2016

Noh Society will present a Kyogen performance by Daijiro Zenchiku and Noriyoshi Ōkura. Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese comic theater that developed as an intermission between Noh acts. The performance will be preceded by a lecture and demonstration about masks and costumes. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: © Shinji Inoue]

Performance: Sayaka Shoji / Cleveland, OH

10/19/2016 - 10/23/2016

The world renowned Japanese classical violinist Sayaka Shoji will be returning to Cleveland, Ohio to perform with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Shoji will perform Dorman's After Brahms, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

October 19, 7:30pm: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (Beachwood, OH)
October 20, 7:30pm: Lakewood Congregational Church (Lakewood, OH)
October 21, 7:30pm: St. Noel Church (Willoughby Hills, OH)
October 22, 8pm: Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus (Cleveland, OH)
October 23, 5pm: St. Jerome Church (Collinwood, OH)

[Photo: Courtesy of the artist]

Cultural Event: Otsukimi / Dallas, TX


Celebrate the full autumn moon at Klyde Warren Park with an evening picnic, calligraphy, tea ceremony, ikebana, and haiku poetry. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: Japanese Prints of Kabuki Theater from the Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art / Ann Arbor, MI

10/15/2016 - 01/29/2017

This exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features woodblock prints of Kabuki actors, who were superstars in eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Japan. These prints include off- or backstage portrayals of the actors, fantasy scenes of actors in unlikely groupings, and even death portraits of especially famous actors, created by major artists such as Utagawa Toyokuni, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Toyohara Kunichika. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyohara Kunichika, Twelve Hours of Magic, Hour of the Sheep: Iwai Hanshirō VIII as Shōden from The Heroic Tales of Jiraiya, Meiji era (1868-1912), 1877, color woodblock print on paper. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. James Hayes, 2003/1.416.]

Performance: Hansel and Gretel / Queens, NY


Opera Pomme Rouge will bring Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel, to life at the Queens Museum. This interactive opera production of Hansel and Gretel, conceived and arranged by Anna Etsuko Tsuri, will integrate the audience and performers for a multi-sensory experience.This is a free admission event. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Koko Lanham]

Film: Asian Pop-Up Cinema / Wilmette, IL

10/09/2016, 11/13/2016, 12/04/2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema presents twelve award-wining Asian films, including three Japanese films, starting September 17 through December 4:

October 9, 2pm
When the Curtain Rises   - CHICAGO PREMIERE
Directed by Motohiro Katsuyuki
(2015 |  119 min |  DCP | Japanese w/ English subtitles)

November 13, 2pm
The Actor
Directed by Satoko Yokohama
(2016 | 123 min | DCP | Japanese w/ English subtitles)

December 4, 4pm
Round Trip Heart   - CHICAGO PREMIERE
Durected by Yuki Tanada 
(2015 | 97 min | DCP | Japanese w/ English subtitles)
The director will be in attendance for Intro and Q&A!
Followed by Closing Night Reception.

Festival trailer: http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/movies-meet-up/

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

All the screenings take place at Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL.

[Image: Round Trip Heart © NIKKATSU Corp.]

Cultural Event: Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden / Bronx, NY

10/08/2016 - 10/30/2016

Kiku, or the chrysanthemum, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants. Hundreds of kiku returns to the New York Botanical Garden accompanied by the weekend programs such as ikebana demonstrations and taiko drumming. The weekend programs are supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Cultural Event: Yusei Matsui at New York Comic Con / New York, NY

10/07/2016 - 10/08/2016

Yusei Matsui, creator of the beloved Assassination Classroom manga, is making his first North American appearance at NYCC, and will discuss his career and creative process behind his global hit. The panels are co-presented by The Japan Foundation, New York, New York Comic Con, VIZ Media, FUNimation and Japan Society. For details please click here.

Please note: Tickets to New York Comic Con are required. Tickets to New York Comic Con are sold out.

Performance: Rōkyoku Workshop by Keiko Haruno / Queens, NY


LaGuardia Community College will host a Rōkyoku workshop by Keiko HarunoRōkyoku is a style of traditional Japanese narrative singing accompanied by Shamisen, three-stringed Japanese banjo. Keiko Haruno, award-winning Rōkyoku performer, was a popular TV personality when she discovered Rōkyoku and got instantly fascinated. She became an apprentice of master Yuriko Haruno II. Keiko now performs over 200 stages a year as a professional Rōkyoku artist.

The program includes an English introduction to Rōkyoku, interactive demonstrations with the audience members, and a traditional Rōkyoku piece performed in Japanese with English subtitles. This workshop is free but RSVP at bit.ly/lagccEventReg

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

An additional performance will take place at Globus Washitsu on Saturday, October 8.

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