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Performance: The Story of Crow Boy / Minneapolis, MN


THE STORY OF CROW BOY explores the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of WWII to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately - of joy. This production presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mast Theatre, draws on his autobiographical and fictional books including the Caldecott Honor Award-winning CROW BOY (1956) about a young boy who learns to sing the "voices of crows" in defiance of his years of being bullied. This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Japanese Art in Latin America: Taiko Masala ¡ÈThunder Drummer¡É Concert in Barbados / Bridgetown, Barbados

02/15/2016 - 02/18/2016

Taiko Masala, a New York based taiko group will be performing in commemoration of opening of the Japanese Embassy in Barbados. The group will also conduct workshop for local audiences. This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago.¡¡For more information on Taiko Masala, please click here.

[Image: © www.leons-roar.com]

Exhibition: Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan / New York, NY

02/09/2016 - 05/08/2016

Drawn from private and museum collections in the US and Europe, this exhibition at the Asia Society examines for the first time the interplay of realism and the sacred in more than thirty Buddhist masterpieces from the Kamakura period (1183 – 1333). This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Head of a Guardian King. Kamakura period, 13th century. Polychromed Japanese cypress (hinoki) with lacquer on cloth, inlaid rock crystal eyes, and filigree metal crown. H. 22 1⁄16 x W. 10¼ x D. 13 15⁄16 in. (56 x 26 x 35.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 86.21. Image courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.]

Exhibition: Lessons from Recovery: the Great East Japan Earthquake/ New York, NY

01/28/2016 - 02/23/2016

For the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this exhibition at the Nippon Gallery documents the recovery effort in the disaster stricken area.
This event is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

Image: Children learning hands on at the Solar Agripark (Fukushima) ©Yuki Iwanami

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Sarasota, FL

01/15/2016 - 04/17/2016

Drawn from the rich and varied Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, this evocative exhibition at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art features some 70 exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warrior. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Suit of armor / Watashiro kebiki odoshi tachi-dō tosei gusoku. Haruta School (helmet); Unkai School (hanbō). Steel, brass, gilded copper, horn, wood, leather, laquer, silk, silk brocade. First half of the 18th century.]

Performance: Toshiki Okada "God Bless Baseball" / New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Columbus, OH; College Park, MD

01/14/2016 - 01/17/2016, 01/21/2016 - 01/23/2016, 01/28/2016 - 01/30/2016, 02/04/2016 - 02/07/2016, 02/12/2016 - 02/13/2016

What does the sport of baseball mean to you? Visionary playwright/director Toshiki Okada (chelfitsch Theater Company) explores this iconic American symbol in his newest play, God Bless Baseball. Incorporating Okada’s distinctive style of hyper-colloquial speech and exaggerated commonplace gestures, the play positions the U.S. as parent and Japan and Korea—where baseball is deeply rooted in popular culture—as brothers heavily influenced by the parent. Featuring Japanese and Korean actors with a stage set by acclaimed visual/video artist Tadasu Takamine.

[Tour Schedule]

January 14-17: Japan Society (New York, NY)
January 21-23: FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA)
January 28-30: Museum of Contemporary Art (Chigaco, IL)
February 4-7: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
February 12-13: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD)

This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

[Image: God Bless Baseball ©Asian Arts Theatre (Moon So Young.)]

Exhibition: World Heritage Sites in Japan / Valdosta, GA

01/11/2016 - 02/23/2016

This photo exhibit at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, on loan from The Japan Foundation, showcases historical and cultural sites in Japan designated as World Heritage by UNESCO. All photos are taken by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi.

For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photography and their loans, please click here.

[Image: Horyu¡¾ji Temple , Nara © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS.]

Exhibition: Japanese Design Today 100 / Milwaukee, WI

10/30/2015 - 02/06/2016

This traveling exhibition at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, presented by The Japan Foundation, is the second edition of the exhibition with the same title, displaying 100 most recent works representing innovative and modern Japanese product design.

[Image: FUTAGAMI Bottle Opener]

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Athens, GA

10/24/2015 - 01/03/2016

Drawing from the Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum, in Florence, Italy, this exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art features some 100 objects related to the legendary samurai warriors—full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts and saddles but also objects intended for more personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs that characterize the period in which Japan was ruled by the samurai military class.

[Image: Helmet, first half of the 17th century. Steel, wood (Japanese foxglove tree), papier-mâché, lacquer, Japanese deerskin, horsehair, silk. 35 x 40 x 30 centimeters]

Exhibition: Sōtatsu: Making Waves / Washington, DC

10/24/2015 - 01/31/2016

This exhibition at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  convenes for the first time more than seventy of masterpieces from collections in Japan, Europe, and the United States by Tawaraya Sōtatsu (ca. 1570 - ca. 1640), a fountainhead of Japanese painting and design, along with homage pieces by later artists that demonstrate his long-ranging influence.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Japan Foundation.

[Image: Tawaraya Sotatsu; Screen with Scattered Fans; Mounted on a Screen (part); Edo period, 17th century; color on paper; single six-panel screen; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1900.24.]

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