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FILM: New York Asian Film Festival 2017 / New York, NY

06/30/2017 - 07/15/2017

More than 15 Japanese feature films and 4 special guests from Japan will be presented at the 16th New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema. The lineup includes Japanese Girls Never Die (dir. Daigo Matsui, 2016), Close-Knit (dir. Naoko Ogigami, 2017) and The Long Excuse (dir. Miwa Nishikawa, 2016). This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place from June 30 to July 15 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre. For the complete lineup and more details, please visit NYAFF's website.

Performance: Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience Curated by Michelle Dorrance / Becket, MA

06/28/2017 - 07/02/2017

The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival-exclusive engagement Tireless, curated and introduced by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, exhibits the endless talent, depth, and perseverance of the international tap community. This program features tap dancer and bassist couple Reona and Takashi Seo as part of a showcase performance by four star ensembles. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place from June 28 to July 2 at Jacob's Pillow Dance, Ted Shawn Theatre, 358 George Carter Road, Becket, Massachusetts 01223.

[Photo: Reona Seo. Courtesy of the artist.]

Film: An Evening with Tatsuya Nakadai / Queens, NY


This special screening of The Age of Assassins once again welcomes the legendary actor Tatsuya Nakadai in person. Nakadai, returning to the Museum of the Moving Image for the fifth time, shares his memory of another longtime collaborator, director Kihachi Okamoto. This event is co-presented with the Museum of the Moving Image.

The event takes place on Sunday, June 25, 5pm at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106.

[Image: The Age of Assassins © 1967 Toho Co., Ltd.]

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: TAIKOPROJECT "Our Many Sides" Tour / San Jose, Costa Rica; Santa Ana and San Salvador, El Salvador; Tegucigalpa, Honduras

06/20/2017 - 06/29/2017

Four prominent members of LA-based Taiko group TAIKOPROJECT will visit the Central American countries for a series of performances and workshops. This tour is co-organized with Embassy of Japan in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras.

[Image: Courtesy of TAIKOPROJECT]

Performance: Japanese Dance from Kabuki to Contemporary Celebrating the 60th Salon Series / New York, NY


Sachiyo Ito and Company celebrates its 60th Salon Series, an ongoing program of performances, lectures, and demonstrations on the Japanese performing arts. Kabuki dancer Shogo Fujima joins them as a special guest from Japan. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on Sunday, June 18, 5pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY (The entrance is on 25th Street, between Lexington & 3rd Avenue).

[Image: Courtesy of Sachiyo Ito and Company / Photo of Sachiyo Ito © Jason Gardner]

EXHIBITION: Nodate / New York, NY

06/15/2017 - 07/19/2017

This exhibition explores the concept of the outdoor tea ceremony, Nodate. Utensils and other items that are made compact in order to fit into the tea box, or Chabako, will be displayed. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

The exhibition is on view from June 15 through July 19 at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.

[Image: Courtesy of The Nippon Club]

Performance: Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project / Tempe, AZ


Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project brings together dancers and designers from the United States and Japan to explore what it means and what it takes to age as a woman in the field of contemporary dance. Artists Kei Takei and Masako Kitaura join forces with Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley and Rose Weitz to create an evening of solo and collaborative works that examine how our respective cultures value and represent women dancers as they age. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on Saturday, June 10, 7:30pm at Arizona State University, the Nelson Fine Arts Center, Room 122, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85287

[Photo: Kei Takei © Don Manz]

Exhibition: Yakishime – Earth Metamorphosis / Nashville, TN

06/05/2017 - 06/30/2017

This exhibition, on loan from the Japan Foundation, focuses on the ceramic technique, yakishime, which is the firing of unglazed wares at high temperatures. 82 works of yakishime, including earliest examples to contemporary works, will be showcased to introduce an aspect of this unique Japanese culture. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville.

The exhibition is on view from June 5 through June 30 at the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery, Watkins College of Art, 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228.

[Image: Kyoko Tokumaru, Shukusuijima – The blessing water island.]

Performance: A Body in Places / Queens, NY; Washington, DC

05/06/2017, 05/19/2017 - 05/20/2017

A Body in Places is Eiko Otake's first solo project, with its scale varying radically between locations and incorporates both performative and non-performative elements. Central to the project is a drive to explore non-traditional venues and to respond to the innate characteristics of each specific place. On May 6, Otake will present a live performance at TOPAZ ARTS in Queens, NY, in conjunction with her photo exhibition on view from May 6 through 28. On May 19 and 20, she will perform in various sites around Dance Place in Washington, DC. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Performance Schedule
Saturday, May 6
@ TOPAZ ARTS (55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens, NY)
1-3pm: Free workshop with Eiko
3-6pm: Opening reception
4pm: Performance by Eiko
The exhibition by Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston on view from May 6 through 28

For more information on the event at TOPAZ ARTS, please click here.

Friday, May 19
@ Dance Place (3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC)
6:30- 7:30pm: Free workshop and performance at the 8th St Arts Park

Saturday, May 20

11am: Performance at the Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmer’s Market on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (716 Monroe St NE, Wasghinton DC)
7pm: Performance on 8th St NE, concluding in Dance Place’s Cafritz Foundation Theater and followed by a lecture / photo demonstration (Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC)

For more information on the event in Washington DC, please click here.

[Photo: © William Johnston]

Cultural Event: Cherry Blossom Festival at Randall”Ēs Island Park / New York, NY


Each spring, the annual festival gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the spring beauty in Randall's Island Park. Inspired by Japanese culture, the festival features live music, performances, games, exhibitions, face painting and more. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on Saturday, May 6, at Fields 62 and 63 in Randall's Island Park.

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