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PERFORMANCE: Shakuhachi and Ichigenkin: Discovery in a Single Tone / Montclair, NJ; Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; Hartford, CT; Katonah, NY; New York, NY; Colorado Springs, CO; Pittsburgh, PA; Lexington, KY; Memphis, TN; Nashvillem TN; Murfreesboro, TN

09/28/2017 - 10/21/2017

This tour by Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi), Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi) and Issui Minegishi (ichigenkin), brings together two traditional Japanese instruments that share an underlying aesthetic concept: the discovery of the world that lies within one note, one sound. The program combines traditional works steeped in the aesthetic of Zen Buddhism with new compositions such as Brown's autumn comes round again, which sets tanka poetry written by survivors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Please visit this website for the detailed tour schedule. 

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

PERFORMANCE: Bringing Japanese Culture to the Heart of the Bluegrass: A Kyogen Workshop, Lecture, and Performance / Lexington, KY


In collaboration with Noh Society in New York, the University of Kentucky will host a program consisting in three activities of Kyogen: a workshop, a lecture, and a performance. All activities will be directed by three Kyogen performers from Japan. The workshop and lecture will be held on the University of Kentucky campus during the day, while the Kyogen performance will be presented at Lexington Public Library Theater in the evening. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

CULTURAL EVENT: JapanFest Atlanta 2017 / Duluth, GA

09/16/2017 - 09/17/2017

The largest Japanese festival in the Southeast, JapanFest is an annual celebration of Japanese culture. The programming includes hands-on workshops, performing arts, demonstrations, exhibitions by Japanese or Japan-related artists and organizations, and many more. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The festival takes place on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17 at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097

FILM: Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival / Pittsburgh, PA

09/15/2017 - 09/24/2017

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is an annual event showcasing films from India, Japan, China, Turkey, Lebanon, South Korea, Iraq, Philippines, and Iran. This year's lineup includes 3 Japanese films: Close-Knit directed by Naoko Ogigami (2017), Harmonium directed by Koji Fukada (2016), and Himeanole directed by Keisuke Yoshida (2016). This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from September 15 to 24 at various venues in Pittsburgh, PA. For the complete lineup and schedule, please visit the festival's website.

[Image: Harmonium]

PERFORMANCE: Four Nights of Dream / New York, NY

09/13/2017 - 09/16/2017

A frustrated samurai. An unwieldy herd of pigs. A mysterious murder. A woman's dying wish. Four surreal stories from Japanese author Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights of Dream come to life in Four Nights of Dream (2008), a contemporary chamber opera by Moto Osada, which traverses the subconscious through colorful melodies and piercing emotions. This new production, presented as part of Japan Society's 110th Anniversary season and co-produced with Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Japan, features New York vocalists and Tokyo instrumentalists performing together within a spellbinding and ever-morphing set.

Four Nights of Dream (2008) was originally commissioned by Vadstena-Akademien's Artistic Director Nils Spangenberg and premiered at Vadstena Castle in Sweden with support from the Japan Foundation. The new production of Four Nights of Dream is specially supported by the Japan Foundation, New York and will be presented at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Japan on September 30 and October 1.

PERFORMANCE: Direct Path To Detour, Single Focus / Portland, OR

09/08/2017 - 09/16/2017

As a third part of Direct Path to Detour trilogy by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto, Direct Path to Detour, Single Focus directs the viewers' focus onto a solo performer, Yamamoto himself. While the viewers are situated in a surround circular seating configuration along with live electronic sound design by sound artist sidony o’neal, the solo performer’s multiple approaches to physicality, fictionalized gaze, and choreographic timing dilate spaces in and out. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on September 8, 7, 15 & 16, 6:30 - 7:30pm, at PICA at West End, 415 SW 10th Ave, Suite 300, Portland OR 97205.

[Photo: © Anke Schuettler]

PERFORMANCE: Suzuki Kyosuke Master Class / Minneapolis, MN

08/22/2017 - 08/23/2017

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn about Edo Bayashi, the festival music of old Tokyo, from Suzuki Kyosuke, a master musician and dancer of the Wakayama Performance Troupe. Suzuki is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher, regarded by many as the "best shishi-mai (Japanese lion dance) dancer" of Tokyo. All events are open to the public. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place on August 22 and 23, 2017, from 6pm to 10pm, in Antonello Hall Stage at the MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artist]

CULTURAL EVENT: Tanabata Japanese Star Festival and the performances of Tsukasa Taiko / Rockford, IL


Immerse yourself in this time-honored matsuri and make a wish, create traditional decorations, or put together a kite. Enjoy Japanese star stories and explore the night sky in the planetarium at the Tanabata Star Festival, which is held in conjunction with the exhibition Hello from Japan!, an interactive exhibit in which visitors enjoy learning about life in present day Japan. Tanabata Japanese Star Festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The Tanabata Japanese Star Festival takes place on July 28, 11am - 3:30pm. The exhibition
Hello from Japan! is on view through September 3 at Discovery Center Museum, 711 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103.

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.]

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