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Performance: Celebrating the Genius of Michio Miyagi (1894-1956) / New York, NY


Free and open to the public. Please register at www.medievaljapanesestudies.org.

Performer, composer, and instrument innovator, Michio Miyagi, blind since childhood, was the father of the modern koto. He grew up just as recordings and radio were changing the nature of “audience.” The first traditional musician to record with Victor Records and broadcast on radio, his music was acclaimed in Europe as well. New York and Tokyo artists present Miyagi’s works and those by composers influenced by him. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: © Miichio Miyagi Memorial Hall]

Exhibition: Crafting the Elements: Ceramic Art of Modern Japan from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz / Fairfield, CT

09/29/2016 - 12/16/2016

The exhibition at the rebranded Fairfield University Art Museum presents a choice selection of contemporary Japanese ceramics from one of the most distinguished private collections in America. Seen together, the more than thirty works on view highlight the creative dynamism and innovation that enlivens this most traditional art form as practiced by Japanese ceramic artists today. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Suzuki Gorō, Box #3, Yachishida, 2009, Oribe ware. Photo by Ben Bocko.]

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: ¡ÈDouble Violin Fireworks¡É Ray Iwazumi and Amy Iwazumi in El Salvador and Costa Rica

09/28/2016 - 10/05/2016

The brother-sister violin duo will tour parts of Central America for a series of performances and workshops. This program is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

[Photo: Amy I Productions]


09/23/2016, 09/24/2016

"Gozo's poems often explore, like Basho's, moments in journeys that are at once physical and spiritual. His work sprawls, expanding and contracting like the universe."
- Forrest Gander, editor of Alice Iris Red Horse

Critically acclaimed Japanese poet Gozo Yoshimasu will make a rare public appearance in New York for his new book of poetry, Alice Iris Red Horse, which is scheduled for release in the US on September 27. The following two events are co-presented by The Japan Foundation, New York and New Directions Publishing.

The Poetry Project presents Gozo Yoshimasu
September 23, 8pm: The Poetry Project at St Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York 10003

Gozo Yoshimasu: marteau
Blank Forms presents Gozo Yoshimasu at Off Vendrome Gallery
September 24, 6pm: Off Vendrome, 254 W 23rd Street, New York 10011

Seminar: Investment Opportunities in Japan toward the New Asia-Pacific Era / New York, NY


JETRO will hold a seminar to promote foreign direct investment from the US to Japan in New York, home to a substantial concentration of leading global companies. This will be an opportunity for Japan to make its case for why investors should have confidence in the Japanese economy, by inviting speakers from among leaders of US companies with a large presence in Japan and experts in the field to publicize Japan’s advantages as a destination of FDI.
This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Exhibition: Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle / Long Island City, NY

09/19/2016 - 01/02/2017

SculptureCenter will present Aki Sasamoto's first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Working at the intersection of performance and sculpture, Sasamoto creates object scenarios out of narratives and actions. For this exhibition, Sasamoto will create a new body of work in relation to the site. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Aki Sasamoto, preliminary research image, 2016. Courtesy the artist.]

Performance: About Kazuo Ohno - Reliving the Butoh Diva's Masterpieces / New York, NY; Hudson, NY; Burlington, VT; Iowa City, IA; Amherst, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Pittsburgh, PA

09/16/2016 - 10/13/2016

Takao Kawaguchi, one of Japan's most sought-after dancers and former member of Dumb Type, challenged himself to literally "copy" the dances of the late butoh master and co-founder Kazuo Ohno, from archival recordings. What results is a hauntingly beautiful illusory duet between Kawaguchi and Ohno. Presented just weeks before what would have been Ohno's 110th birthday, About Kazuo Ohno attempts to reconstruct Ohno's timeless masterpieces, including Admiring La Argentina (1977) and My Mother (1981), phrase by phrase. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Tour Schedule]
September 16 & 17: Japan Society (New York, NY)
September 24: Hudson Opera House (Hudson, NY)
September 27 & 28: Flynn Center for Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)
September 30 & October 1: University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
October 5: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Amherst, MA)
October 7 – 9: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
October 13: The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)

[Image: © bozzo]

Performance: Jinta-la-Mvta: From Chindon-ya to Klezmer

08/28/2016 - 08/31/2016

Japanese music group Jinta-La-Mvta will make rare appearances in Connecticut and Massachusetts during their US/Canada tour. The group is a unique ensemble that combines its own roots in Japanese Chindon-ya style with influences from Jewish, Greek, Balkan and American musical traditions. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Tour Schedule:
August 28:  Mandell Jewish Community Center (Hartford, CT)
August 30: The Burren (Somerville, MA)
August 31: The Rose Kennedy Greenway (Boston, MA) 

[Image: Courtesy of the artists]

Exhibition: Tokyo-Ga / Miami, FL

08/24/2016 - 02/28/2017

Originated as a response to the disasters in Japan in 2011 that brought about an awareness of the global connectedness of not just the Japanese people but of all humanity, 51 photographs featuring the city of Tokyo will be on display at MIA Galleries at Miami International Airport. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Yukinori Tokoro]

Exhibition: Abstract Traditions: Postwar Japanese Prints from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection / Greencastle, IN

08/24/2016 - 12/09/2016

This exhibition at  at the Peeler Art Center, DePauw University features a pivotal moment in Japanese printmaking history in which artists broke away from centuries of workshop method of making prints and embraced the flexibility and spontaneous creativity by sketching, carving, and printing on their own. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image:  Iwami Reika, Winter Composition No. 2, 1959, Woodblock print on paper, 17-5/16 x 12-1/4 inches, DePauw Art Collection: 2016.5.3, Gift of David T. Prosser, Jr. '65.]

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