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Performance: The Legend of Oni / New York, NY

08/12/2016 - 08/17/2016

OZmate, a musical theater company based in Japan, will present The Legend of Oni with an all female cast at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). The Legend of Oni is a musical about two Oni, ogres in Japan, in the pre-Samurai Heian period. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Photo: © Musical Company OZmate]

Performance: Quiet, Comfort / Brooklyn, New York

08/11/2016 - 08/27/2016

OBIE-winning theater company Hoi Polloi presents Quiet, Comfort, a newly-commissioned text by Japanese phenomenon playwright Toshiki Okada. For the piece, director Alec Duffy fashions a dream world in which the audience joins the actors on a giant bed that fills the entire stage of JACK for a piece about travel, first-world privilege and the danger of a life lived alone. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Image: Courtesy of the artists]

Performance: Japanese Art in Latin America: Ryu Goto / Santiago & Easter Island (Chile)

07/31/2016 - 08/08/2016

Acclaimed violinist Ryu Goto will visit Santiago, Chile, for two performances with Orquesta de Camara de Chile as well as a mini concert at children’s hospital. He will also visit Easter Island to conduct a solo performance and master classes. This event is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Chile.

 [Photo: © E. Miyoshi]

Workshop: The Flying Seed over the Sea - Journey to Unknown / Brooklyn, NY

07/31/2016

This awareness art workshop conducted by Misuzu session and 3PerformersJapan will take the participants to the bottom of the ocean and to the inner self. A live performance will take place during the workshop for more inspiration. Click here to watch the trailer. To learn more about the workshop, please click here. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation.

Exhibition: Elements of Nature: Water / Dayton, OH

07/16/2016 - 10/16/2016

A 12-foot video projection of a waterfall by the Japanese interdisciplinary technology group, teamLab, will be on display at the Dayton Art Institute as part of the summer suite of exhibitions. Informed by the tradition of ancient Japanese Art, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and contemporary forms of anime, the work demonstrates teamLab’s keen interest in the transcendental qualities of water and the combination of both two and three-dimensional space in digital form. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: teamLab, Universe of Water Particles, 2013, 5 channel digital work, Continuous Loop, No. 58607.EC2. Image courtesy the artist.]

Film: Japan Cuts 2016 / New York, NY

07/14/2016 - 07/24/2016

Japan Society presents the 10th edition of JAPAN CUTS, North America's largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema. Eleven days of impossible-to-see-anywhere-else screenings with special guest filmmakers and stars, parties, giveaways and much more! This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: The Shell Collector © 2016 Shell Collector, LLC (USA) and Shell Collector Japan Film Partners]

Performance: Kanze Noh Theatre / New York, NY

07/13/2016 - 07/17/2016

Kanze Noh Theatre led by Kiyokazu Kanze, the 26th Grand Master of the Kanze School and a blood descendent of the founders of Noh, makes a rare New York appearance at the Lincoln Center Festival. On an authentic Noh stage constructed especially for the festival, Kanze Noh Theatre will present five different Noh dramas selected from the repertoire of approximately 240, as well as two Kyogen, the customary comic interlude in a Noh program. This event is supported by The Japan Foundation.

[Image:OKINA (Okina: Kiyokazu Kanze, Senzai: Saburota Kanze)]

Film: Naomi Kawase / New York, NY

06/25/2016 - 07/14/2016

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the films of Naomi Kawase, one of the most renowned contemporary Japanese filmmakers. Kawase’s films are often based in her native Nara Prefecture, the woodsy, rural area of one of the ancient capitals of Japan. Japanese culture, traditional ritual, and music are also significant elements in her films, and she often works with a combination of professional and non-professional actors. This series is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Still the Water. 2014. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase.]

Performance: Ten Thousand Leaves / New York, NY

06/24/2016 - 06/25/2016

Ten Thousand Leaves is a collaborative project by American vocalist-composer Becca Stevens, Japanese composer/producer Aya Nishina, and Japanese photographer/video artist Shimpei Takeda, producing a series of live audiovisual performances, recordings, and one-of-a-kind educational outreach programs for local youth. Inspired by Japanese culture that came to light during the country's classical period (ca. 550-1185) such as women's literature, imperial court music, and the origins of which later became Japanese traditional tea ceremony - Ten Thousand Leaves renders a cross-cultural bridge to connect people from the past and the present, through songs of timeless human emotions, and reverence for nature. Their Audio-Video Concerts will take place on June 24th and 25th at the Jazz Gallery. This project is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

Exhibition: Hirado Egg-Shell Ware & Mikawachi Porcelain of Japan – 400 Years and Beyond – / New York, NY

06/23/2016 - 07/20/2016

This exhibition showcases both past and present works of Hirado / Mikawachi ware, a group of porcelains from Nagasaki prefecture known for its intricate designs and extremely thin and lightweight finish. The exotic wares fascinated the Europeans and led to the rise of Japonisme in 19th Century. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Photo: Egg Shell Kinran-Karako coffee cup & saucer by Hirado Tousyo.]

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