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Performance: Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 North America / Various cities

04/23/2016 - 06/05/2016

Internationally recognized vocaloid Hatsune Miku will be touring various cities in the US, Canada and Mexico in her biggest tour yet. This virtual music icon will be performing selected songs - created by individual creators - that became popular through YouTube. For tour dates please click here. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Image: Illustration by neco. © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net ]

Exhibition: Impressions of the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collection Division / Newark, NJ

04/18/2016 - 08/06/2016

The exhibit of woodblock prints and ehon (illustrated books) at the Newark Public Library will feature a selection of kachō-ga ("pictures of birds and flowers") by artists such as Hiroshige, Koson, Utamaro, Bairei, Yoshida, and many others. The show coincides with the celebrated Cherry Blossom Festival at Branch Brook Park and the 350th Anniversary of the City of Newark. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 6:00-7:30pm. These events are supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) -Small Program Grant.

[Image: Hoitsu Sakai, et al. Illustration from Flowers of the Four Seasons (Shiki no Hana), Volume 1 (Spring), 1908. Woodblock. Special Collections Division, The Newark Public Library.]

Performance: Japanese Kyogen Theater / New York, NY


Asia Society and the Japan Foundation will have a special presentation of Kyogen. Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese comedic theater which balances the more solemn form of Japanese theater called Noh. It was originally developed to provide comic relief between heavier, more serious Noh acts. Kyogen represents a wellspring for traditional Japanese performing arts and, as such, has had tremendous influence on Kabuki and other arts that developed later. There will be a free, pre-performance lecture on Kyogen at 6:30pm.

Performance: Sakura / San Antonio, TX


Musical Bridges Around the World presents a concert Sakura at San Fernando Cathedral. Japanese Koto and Shamisen player Sumie Kaneko has been recognized as a pioneer of uniquely chromatic instrumentation, while Kaoru Watanabe is a New York based composer and musician who specializes in the Japanese shinobue flutes and taiko drums. They will be joined by Taiko artist Kenny Endo. The trio are deeply rooted in Japanese tradition and are virtuosos in Western classical, jazz and world music. The program will include selections of traditional Japanese music and it’s modern journey around the world. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York

04/10/2016 - 05/29/2016

Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This brunch series will take place on Sundays starting from April 10th to May 29th at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule:
(Two show times at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day)
April 10, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Hiromi Suda Sextet
April 17, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 24, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Martha Kato Ensemble
May 15, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Kyoko Oyobe Group
May 22, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shoko Amano with Norman Simmons Quartet
May 29, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Nobuki Takamen Trio

Performance: Tetsuya Umeda: It Was Moving At First / Austin, TX; Cincinnati, OH

04/09/2016 - 04/16/2016

It hisses, rolls, bubbles, growls and ticks. Japanese sound and visual artist Tetsuya Umeda turns his working space into an unpredictable laboratory. Part installation, part performance, and part physics experiment, It Been Moving at First combines common household items with hydraulic power, fire, gravity, light, electricity, gases, and steam to create a unique encounter that is by turns surprising, wild, contemplative, beautiful, and strange. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Tour Schedule:
April 9 & 10: Museum of Human Achievement (Austin, TX)
April 15 & 16: Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH)

Alt-Manga Symposium / New York, NY


The objective of this symposium at Baruch College is to show the rich and diverse world of Japanese comics with a focus on Japanese alternative and non-mainstream manga, and their development in both domestic and transnational contexts. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film: Asian Pop-Up Cinema / Chicago & Wilmette, IL

04/06/2016 - 04/10/2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a nonprofit based in Chicago with the mission of creating interest and awareness of Asian culture via films, will present Ryosuke Hashiguchi's Three Stories of Love, as a Chicago premiere. The film is a three-part drama that grew out of an actors' workshop project and has been named the best Japanese film of 2015 by the Kinema Junpo magazine's 89th annual critics' poll. Japanese cinema specialist Mark Schilling will be in attendance for Q&As for both screenings. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Screening Schedule:
April 6, 7:30pm: AMC River East 21 (Chicago, IL)
April 10, 2pm: The Wilmette Theatre (Wilmette, IL)

Performance: FUKUSHIMA YOUTH SINFONIETTA in Boston / Boston, MA


The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, an orchestra of students from ten Fukushima high-schools and middle-schools, has been invited to Boston for a week of music workshops and exchange programs with American youth orchestras, culminating in a major concert at Boston’s renowned Symphony Hall. Established by Fukushima students in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters of March 2011, this courageous ensemble of young musicians has been a vehicle of resilience and recovery for the people of Fukushima, and has inspired hope and optimism throughout Japan and the world. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Tango, Soul, and Passion: Piano Music from Japan, North America, and South America / Rome, GA; Melville, NY; Hempstead, NY; Queens, NY

04/03/2016 - 04/07/2016

Japanese pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will tour to Georgia and New York. The program includes traditiona Japanese piano pieces, popluar Japanese animation and game music, works from contemporary Japanese composers and musical arrangements from North and South America. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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