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PERFORMANCE: Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination

12/13/2017 - 12/15/2017

Philosophy, dance, and folklore merge in the Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki's latest work, which is inspired by French writers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata's notion of a "dance of darkness," and Japan's Goze music tradition. Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination explores the fragile body, the vaporizing body, and the body as an absorbing force. This performance is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on December 13 through 15, 7:30pm, at the Howard Gilman Performance Space at Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018.


[Photo: © Hideto Maezawa]

PERFORMANCE: Recycling: Washi Tales / Galloway, NJ

11/17/2017 - 11/18/2017

Recycling: Washi Tales brings to life in performance the human stories contained in a sheet of washi paper as it is recycled through time. In a world created by distinguished paper artist, Kyoko Ibe, four tales of paper-making from different periods of Japanese history unfold on stage with an extraordinary ensemble of performers and musicians. The performance was co-presented by Asia Society and The Japan Foundation previously in 2016.

Ibe has created a site-specific installation in Stockton University Art Galleries for the exhibition until November 18, 2017. To complement the exhibition, various Japanese cultural workshops will be held. The event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

[Photo: © Ayumi Sakamoto]

LITERATURE: The Big Read Holland Area - Keynote address: Julie Otsuka / Holland, MI

11/09/2017

The Big Read Holland Area is a community-wide reading program focused on the reading of one book. This year's title is When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. During the keynote address, she will discuss her own family's experience of internment during WWII, the creative process and how she came to be a writer, as well as the relevance of the Japanese American internment to our contemporary society. The event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

LECTURE: "Washoku: Japanese Gastro-Diplomacy and UNESCO" Talk by Dr. Theodore C. Bestor / Fredericksburg, VA

10/23/2017

Dr. Theodore C. Bestor, Professor of Social Anthropology and Japanese Studies at Harvard University, will give a talk at the University of Mary Washington. This event is supported by the Institutional Project Support - Small (IPS Small) program, and is free and open to the public.
The lecture takes place on Monday, October 23, 4pm at the University of Mary Washington, Lee Hall, Room 411 (Fredericksburg, VA).

PERFORMANCE: Japanese Connections: featuring Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa / Washington, DC

10/18/2017

Tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa join forces to pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original construction and opening of the Terrace Theater in 1979. For more information, please click here.
Left: Photo © Leslie Kee Right: Photo © GION

CULTURAL EVENT: AIZOME: Japanese Indigo Lecture-Demonstration / New York, NY

10/17/2017

The Japan Foundation, New York and the Nippon Club are pleased to present a public lecture and demonstration on Aizome, or Japanese indigo dyeing. Indigo's history goes back more than 6,000 years. In this event, Sayaka Toyama, founder of art studio Curious Corners, will introduce the history of Aizome, and demonstrate shibori, a type of resist dyeing, as well as dyeing fabric with Yamato indigo. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to enjoy the experience of dyeing Japanese washi paper. The lecture will be held in English. This event is co-presented by the Japan Foundation, New York and the Nippon Club.  For further information and to RSVP, please click here.

PERFORMANCE: Dig Dance at 92Y Kazunori Kumagai: HEAR/HERE / New York, NY

10/13/2017 - 10/14/2017

Tap dancer, Kazu Kumagai, known for his "powerful athletic technique combined with a riveting clarity" (2016 Bessie Outstanding Performer Award) channels his exceptional rhythmic artistry into the intensity of HEAR/HERE. The program includes a live jazz quartet and guest tappers, including the legends, Ted Louis Levy and Brenda Bufalino (2016 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement). This is Kazu's return to 92Y after a sell-out performance last season in our Fridays at Noon series. The performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. For more information, please click here.  Photo © Maiko Miyagawa

PERFORMANCE: Left-Right-Left / New York, NY

10/13/2017 - 10/14/2017

Aesthetics of the past, present, East and West meld together in Italian director/choreographer Luca Veggetti's Left-Right-Left, which explores the point of intersection between Japan's 14th-century noh tradition and today's efforts in dance. With leading Japanese butoh and contemporary dancers, esteemed noh musicians and a child noh actor reciting text from noh plays Okina and Hagoromo, this production offers a lens into the microcosm of humanity. Performers include Akira Kasai, Megumi Nakamura, and Yukio Suzuki. Music direction is by Genjiro Okura and the performance will be in English. The event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. Photo © Terry Lin

LITERATURE: Events with Kaori Fujino / Northfield, Minneapolis, MN; Iowa City, IA

10/05/2017 - 10/20/2017

Kaori Fujino is a fiction writer whose works explore the horrors that lurk behind everyday life. In 2013 she received the Akutagawa Prize for her novella Tsume to me (Nails and Eyes). She is a 2017 Fall  Resident of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. A series of public events presenting Fujino's works are supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) program.

Readings and Discussions by Kaori Fujino

October 5, 4:30 PM
Carleton College
For more information, please click here
October 6, 3:30 PM
University of Minnesota
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The 40th American Literary Translators Association Conference: "The Fiction of Kaori Fujino:Translation and Collaboration"
October 7, 9:00 AM
Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown Hotel
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The Iowa City Book Festival:Panel on Works by Kaori Fujino
October 14, Time TBD
Various Locations in and around Downtown
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Bilingual Readings of Works by Kaori Fujino

October 16, 7:00 PM
October 17, 7:00 PM
University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
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Shambaugh House Reading Series

October 20, 5:00 PM
Shambaugh House
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Events with Hiro Mashima / New York, NY

10/05/2017 - 10/07/2017

Award-winning manga artist Hiro Mashima, known for his bestselling series Fairy Tail, comes to Japan Society and New York Comic Con. The epic fantasy series, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, follows the rambunctious wizard's guild Fairy Tail through adventures in a stunning variety of settings, with a mind-boggling array of colorful characters. Mashima, also renowned for his long-running series Rave Master, joins to discuss the works that have captured the imaginations of fans around the world. The events are co-organized by The Japan Foundation, New York.

October 5, 6:30 PM
Japan Society
For more information, please click here.

October 6, 2:30 PM
New York Comic Con at Javits Center

October 7, 11:00 AM
New York Comic Con at Javits Center
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