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Cultural Event: Miss Iwate Homecoming and Sakura Festival / Birmingham, AL

03/04/2016 - 03/19/2016

Miss Iwate is one of 58 Japanese dolls created by master doll makers as part of a goodwill effort during a period of growing tension between the United States and Japan. The Birmingham Public Library will have a homecoming event after a restoration work in Japan, in conjunction with the Sakura Festival. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film: Of Ghosts, Samurai and War: A Series of Classic Japanese Film / New York, NY

03/04/2016 - 03/19/2016

In a history spanning more than 100 years, Japanese cinema has produced some of the most admired films that continue to enrich the world cinema discourse. Masterpieces by such greats as Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Kaneto Shindo have proved their enduring influence on filmmaking and film appreciation. Asia Society will present six films which are set during Japan's Middle Ages, and produced during the Japanese golden age of cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. This series is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Asia Society.

[Image: Fuefuki River. Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita ©1960 Shochiku Co., Ltd.]

Exhibition: Blue Echoes: Quilts by Shizuko Kuroha / Lincoln, NE

03/04/2016 - 05/25/2016

Shimmering, floating, expanding, receding – Shizuko Kuroha’s quilts resonate with an ethereal energy. Antique Japanese indigo-dyed textiles give her work depth; traditional "sarasa" fabrics—block prints in a lighter palette of beiges, grays, reds, and indigos—provide counterpoint, creating synergy between dark and light, figure and ground, tangible and intangible. Kuroha has been a leader of the Japanese studio quilt movement for more than 30 years. This exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Photo by Akinori Miyashita]

Performance: Japanese Art in Latin America: Kuni Mikami Jazz Performance: Trio in Guatemala and Mexico / Guatemala City, Guatemala; Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

03/02/2016 - 03/10/2016

New York based jazz pianist Kuni Mikami will be joined by drummer Tony Machine and guitarist Yuto Kanazawa to tour Guatemala City and Cuernavaca, offering performance of standard jazz number as well as his original composition. The trio will also be conducting workshops in each city.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Guatemala and The Japan Foundation, Mexico.

Performance: An Evening of Japanese Traditional Theatre / New York, NY


Starring kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, this performance at Carnegie Hall highlights traditional Japanese music by showcasing three different traditional Japanese theatrical art forms: kabuki, noh, and kyogen. It is rare, even in Japan, to see these performed in the same evening and on the same stage. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: ©Shinoyama Kishin]

Performance: Music From Japan 2016 / New York, NY

02/27/2016 - 02/28/2016

Music From Japan invites composer Misato Mochizuki and musicologist Yuji Numano to New York to participate in a series of lectures, seminars and forums with their American counterparts. MFJ will also present two concerts at Scandinavia House:The Works of Misato Mochizuki featuring the composer's pieces, and Japanese Composers in the 21st Century curated by Numano. This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Misato Mochizuki © Jérémie Souteyrat]

Exhibition: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World / Delray Beach, FL

02/26/2016 - 05/08/2016

This exhibition at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices.
This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: © Kip Fulbeck]

Performance: No Idea Festival 2016 / Austin, TX

02/25/2016 - 02/27/2016

The No Idea Festival is an annual festival of improvised music. This year the festival brings together a selection of musicians and sound artists from the US and around the world, working at the frefront of the fields of improvisation, composition, noise, and sonic interventions. Sho (traditional Japanese bamboo mouth organ) player Ko Ishikawa will perform four times in the festival. This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: International Pop / Philadelphia, PA

02/24/2016 - 05/15/2016

This exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art chronicles Pop art’s emergence as an international movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Oiran, 1968. Ushio Shinohara, Japanese, born 1932. Plexiglass and acrylic on canvas. 72-1/4 x 72-1/4 in. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo]

Performance: Kota Yamazaki - OQ / Miami, FL

02/19/2016 - 02/20/2016

Miami Light Project presents the latest work by Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Kota Yamazaki. Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, Yamazaki's OQ (ookyu is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for "palace") featured dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western Contemporary, butoh and hip-hop.

Kota Yamazaki’s OQ Performance and Residency activities are funded by grants from Ford Foundation; Japan Foundation New York; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, The Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children’s Trust; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Miami Salon Group; and Publix Super Markets Charities. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. 

[Photo: Tim Trumble]

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