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Film: CineMatsuri / Washington, DC

03/20/2017 - 03/27/2017

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC presents CineMatsuri which showcases five of Japan's most recent and best films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today's Japanese cinema. All films will be shown in Japanese, with English sub-titles. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from March 19 to March 23 at various venues in Washington, DC. For the complete lineup and schedule information, please visit
CineMatsuri's website.

[Image: Tsukiji Wonderland © Shochiku Co., Ltd]

Performance: Cassatt Quartet: Music from Japan and Beethoven / Stamford, CT

03/12/2017

This concert, presented by Treetops Chamber Music Society, is a multicultural celebration, bringing together the breathtaking modernist architecture of Wallace K. Harrison, the colorful music and culture of Japan --including works for koto and shakuhachi with string quartet-- and the first in the Treetops CMS late-Beethoven quartet cycle, with the Op. 132 quartet, which includes the monumental Molto Adagio. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The concert takes place on Sunday, March 12, 4pm at The First Presbyterian Church of Stamford (aka Fish Church), 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT.

[Photo: © Anna Ablogina, 2016]

Performance: Hibiki - Japanese Sonority / New York, NY

03/12/2017

Violin duo Miolina (Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold) performs new and recent works by Lynn Bechtold, Douglas Geers, Lyudmila German, Miyuki Ito, Mari Kimura, and Akio Mokuno. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The concert takes place on Sunday, March 12, 7:30pm at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th Street, New York.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artist]

Performance: Blue Moon Over Memphis / Williamstown, MA; Richmond, IN

03/11/2017, 03/15/2017

Theatre Nohgaku's Blue Moon Over Memphis is a noh performance about one of the first global celebrity casualties, Elvis Presley. It is also an indictment of the cult of celebrity. The text is written by playwright Deborah Brevoort, and the music composed by Richard Emmert. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, March 11, 2pm: Williams College - CenterStage, ’62 Center (Williamstown, MA)
The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required for the event.

Wednesday March 15, 7pm: Earlham College - Goddard Auditorium (Richdmond, IN)
Tickets for the performance at Earlham College are available online.

[Photo: Elvis as a young man (nochi-jite), performed by John Oglevee, noh mask by Kitazawa Hideta, in Deborah Brevoort's Blue Moon Over Memphis. © 2014 David Surtasky]

Cultural Event: Japan Week 2017 / New York, NY

03/08/2017 - 03/10/2017

Japan Week is coming back to Vanderbilt Hall at Grant Central Terminal. Organized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Week is a promotional tourism event in New York City that celebrates Japan as a premiere travel destination. Visitors are invited to discover exciting locales all across Japan and to experience the art, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The event takes place from March 8 to March 10 in Vanderbilt Hall at Grant Central Terminal in New York City.

Performance: Dadan 2017 / Brooklyn, NY

03/01/2017 - 03/04/2017

In Dadan, created by Kabuki theater luminary Tamasaburo Bando, Japan's preeminent taiko ensemble Kodo showcases the spectacular sonic possibilities of these time-honored instruments, supplemented with cymbals, xylophone, and more. The members summon decades of training to exalt the drum in this tightly choreographed pageant of percussion. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place on March 1 - March 4, 7:30pm at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

[Photo: Courtesy of Kodo]

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: On Ensemble ¡ÈBizarre Heroes¡É Tour in Guatemala and Nicaragua

02/27/2017 - 03/05/2017

LA-based taiko ensemble will tour parts of Central America for a series of performances and workshops. This program is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

[Image: © Bryce Craig]

Film: New York International Children's Film Festival 2017 / New York, NY

02/24/2017 - 03/19/2017

New York International Children's Film Festival has an outstanding lineup this year, including a wonderful array of films from Japan. For younger children, they are showing Rudolf the Black Cat, a touching (and adorable) story of a cat who leaves his comfortable home in Gifu and winds up in Tokyo under the wing of Gottalot, a seasoned street cat who teaches Rudolf to read the human language. They are also showing a Panda! Go Panda! two delightful featurettes brought to you by the legendary team that formed Studio Ghibli. For the older kids, they have two incredible anime films: Ancien and the Magic Tablet and - Japanese box office hit - Your Name. The festival is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from February 24 to March 19 at various venues. For the complete lineup and tickets, please visit NYICFF's website.

Performance: The Hougaku Quartet / New York, NY

02/16/2017

The Japan Foundation is presenting a concert by the Hougaku Quartet. The Quartet was formed in 2011 by four young graduates of the Tokyo University of the Arts who are dedicated to creating music for today and music for the future, through traditional Japanese instruments. With a special guest performance by Ralph Samuelson. This event is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Asia Society.

Admission is free, however reservations are recommended. For more information and to reserve tickets, please click here.

The concert takes place on February 16, 8pm, at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY. 

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

Film: Masanori Oe's Experiments in Film, 1967-1969 / Philadelphia, PA & Evanston, IL

02/11/2017, 02/16/2017 - 02/17/2017

This dual-city event will provide an opportunity to explore the historical intersection of experimental filmmaking with documentary cinema traditions in a period of radical social and political change. Scholar and curator Hirasawa Go and filmmaker Masanori Oe will be in person for a discussion at both venues. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

For more information about the screening at International House Philadelphia, please click here.
For more information about the screenings at the Block Cinema at Northwestern University, please click here.

The screenings take place on Saturday February 11 at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA; and on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17 at the Block Cinema at Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL.

[Image: Oe Masanori's Head Game, 1967. Courtesy of the filmmaker]

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