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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.]

Conference: AAS-in-ASIA 2016 Kyoto / Kyoto, Japan

06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016

The Japan Foundation will host an event at this year's AAS-in-ASIA Conference:

Special Panel Session: Bridging Japanese Studies between the U.S. and Asia
(Sun., June 26, 1:00pm-2:50pm in " Shikokan" at Doshisha University)

Four professors who participated in the Japan Foundation’s 2015 Summer Institute will discuss the current state and future outlook of scholarly exchange and collaborative projects in Japanese Studies between Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asia. The panelists are William Bodiford (Professor of Religion at University of California, Los Angeles), Keller Kimbrough (Associate Professor of Japanese at University of Colorado, Boulder), Phan Hai Linh (Professor of History at Vietnam National University), and Susy Ong (Professor History at University of Indonesia).

Please also visit us at our Exhibition Booth, where we will provide information on the Japan Foundation’s many funding opportunities around the world (Sat., June 25 — Sun., Jun. 26, Doshisha University).

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.]

Film: New York Asian Film Festival 2016 / New York, NY

06/22/2016 - 07/09/2016

More than 10 Japanese feature films will be presented at the 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's largest Asian film festival. The lineup includes Tetsuo: The Iron Man (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto), Creepy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Twisted Justice (dir. Kazuya Shiraishi), A Bride for Rip Van Winke (dir. Shunji Iwai) and more. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Panel Discussions: East Asian Geopolitical Realignment - Regional Power Shifts: 1930s and the Present / New York, NY

06/20/2016

NTT Publishing Co., Ltd. and Kinokuniya Book Stores of America Co., Ltd. have organized an afternoon of lectures and discussions on East Asian Geopolitical Realignment - Regional Power Shifts: 1930s and the Present. Speakers will cover a range of issues including recent historiography, international relations, and regional stability in Asia.

Monday, June 20, 12:30 PM3:30 PM
(Doors open at 12:00 PM; a light meal will be served)
Venue: Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Registration is required for this event. Please register on the website: http://prifai.com/ntt/

For more information, please visit the website or contact by email at information@c-9.co.jp. 

Performance: Silent Poems at the Nashville International Puppet Festival /Nashville, TN

06/17/2016 - 06/20/2016

Kawasemi-za is a world-renowned puppet troupe of the highest caliber; their technique is inspired by and follows the centuries-old tradition of Bunraku puppetry and is infused with their unique style. Their show Silent Poems is performed with only music and puppet imagery. They entertain and educate with a specific style not traditionally experienced by Western audiences. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

Conference: Sea Religion in Japan / Santa Barbara, CA

06/13/2016 - 06/15/2016

This international multidisciplinary conference hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara will bring together scholars from several countries to address Japanese religious history from a maritime perspective. The project is partially supported under the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

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