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Performance: Shunzo Ohno: ReNew / New York, NY


At Symphony Space, Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, presents ReNew, his 16th album as a leader. ReNew injects elements of traditional jazz, hip hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly Shunzo Ohno. With ‘recovery to discovery' in mind, the genre-defying album is a testament to those affected by catastrophic events that have taken place throughout the world including the 2011 tsunami in Japan.  
The concert performance will begin with the documentary film, Never Defeated, The Shunzo Ohno Story, which is based on Ohno's powerful life experiences. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Art and Culture.

Association for Asian Studies Conference 2016 / Seattle, WA

03/31/2016 - 04/03/2016

The Japan Foundation will host two events at this year’s AAS Conference:
 • The Japan Foundation Reception (Fri., April 1, 7:30pm-9:30pm in “Ravenna” at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel)
 • Japanese Studies Grant Programs Information Session (Sat., April 2, 1:00pm-2:30pm in Room 307 at the Convention Center)

Please also come visit us at the Exhibition Hall, where we will be hosting an information booth for all of The Japan Foundation and the Center for Global Partnership’s U.S.-based grant programs:
 • Exhibit booth #106 on Level 6 of the Convention Center (Fri., April 1, 8:30am - 5:30pm; Sat., April 2, 9:00am - 6:00pm; Sun., April 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm)

In addition, we would like to announce the following Japan-related events:
 • Symposium: Update on Japan's Role in Asia - Japan's Importance in the Future of Asia - (Thurs., Mar 31, 12pm - 5pm at the Hilton Seattle Downtown Hotel) For further information, please contact the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington or (206) 374-0180.
 • Booth: JPIC (Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture) exhibits JAPAN LIBRARY at booth #813 (The books for JAPAN LIBRARY are hand-picked from a wide range of areas including politics, foreign policy, social studies, culture, philosophy, and science and technology.)

Symposium: Update on Japan”Ēs Role in Asia -Japan”Ēs Importance in the Future of Asia / Seattle, WA


On March 31st, 2016 the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington will hold a series of lectures and discussions at the Hilton Seattle Downtown Hotel on a wide-range of topics, including Japanese ODA, Abenomics, and regional security issues. Speakers will include professors, think tank researchers, and policy experts. Please see CGP's website and the pdf flier for details on the program. For registration and inquiries, Please contact the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington or (206) 374-0180.

Exhibition: Mizue Sawano: Images of Brooklyn Botanic Garden / Brooklyn, NY

03/26/2016 - 06/12/2016

This exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden focuses on the artist’s paintings of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden—a fitting tribute to the garden, which celebrates its centennial this year. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: A Rippling Restlessness, Mizue Sawano]

Performance: Recycling: Washi Tales / New York, NY

03/24/2016 - 03/25/2016

Recycling: Washi Tales, presented by Asia Society, uses live performance to enliven human stories contained in sheet of washi (Japanese handmade paper) as it is recycled through time. Four tales of paper making from different periods of Japanese history unfold on stage with an extraordinary ensemble of performers and musicians, in a world created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe. This event is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Asia Society.

[Photo by Valerie Oliveiro]

Exhibition: World Heritage Sites in Japan / Lansing, MI

03/16/2016 - 04/14/2016

The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan some of the photographic works of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to be exhibited at the Lansing City Hall. For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans, please click here.

[Image: © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

Exhibition: A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond / New York, NY

03/13/2016 - 07/04/2016

A Japanese Constellation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) focuses on the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA. Providing an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the exhibition presents recent works by internationally acclaimed designers in Japan. This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995-2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama]

Exhibition: In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 / New York, NY

03/11/2016 - 06/12/2016

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011 and triggered an on-going nuclear crisis has been met with an overwhelming reaction in the arts, marking a profound shift in the contemporary Japanese cultural landscape. Opening five years to the day since 3/11, this exhibition at Japan Society reveals a stunning range of photographic responses to the disaster and the artistic paths that lie ahead as Japan continues to rebuild. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Lieko Shiga (b. 1980), Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 46 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2011. Photograph, chromogenic print. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by Jerry Fielder and Daniel Campbell, 2015.2950 © Lieko Shiga.]

Performance: A Body in Places: Eiko Solo #10 / New York, NY


March 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima. A photo collaboration between Eiko and photographer/historian William Johnston will be on display in the St. Mark's Church sanctuary for 24 hours. In conjunction with the installation After Fukushima: A24-Hour Event, Eiko will perform her solo piece from 9pm at Danspace Project St. Mark's Church. This performance is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by William Johnston]

Cultural Event: Japan Week 2016 / New York, NY

03/10/2016 - 03/12/2016

New York City's premiere Japanese travel and tourism event is back for its 5th year. Japan Week 2016 at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, puts the spotlight on the culture, food, and technology of Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku. This event is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

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