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Exhibition: Yoko Inoue: Tea Taste Democracy & Upside Down Objects / Cleveland, OH

05/05/2017 - 06/30/2017

Yoko Inoue, Artist in Residence at SPACES, will showcase her research from the Japanese Art collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, focusing on the integration of Japanese aesthetics and cultural iconography into the American economy. Exploring the Museum's archives pertaining to former director Sherman Emory Lee, she examines his pivotal role in the inspection and protection of Japanese artifacts and cultural properties as a "Monuments Man" in Japan during the post-war US occupation and the ensuing process of democratization. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from May 5 through June 30 at SPACES, 2900 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113.

[Image: Yoko Inoue, Untitled, from the series Pop Protocol (2012), ceramic. Image courtesy of the artist.]

Performance: Direct Path to Detour / Portland, OR

05/04/2017 - 05/07/2017

Direct Path to Detour is a new dance work by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto. Grounded in the idea that self-identity is rooted in our embodied experiences, this dance evokes mental and physical states at the intersection of value systems, social pressures, expectations, and personal experiences of four dancers, who have an intimate relationship with bridging multiple societies by birth, residence, upbringing and/or religion. Direct Path to Detour envelops the performers in a poetic, visceral experience of resistance, surrender, sincerity, and fiction. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on May 4 - 7, 8pm at PICA at Hancock: Annex, 20 NE San Rafael St., Portland OR.

[Photo: © Anke Schuettler]

Literature: Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers' Dialogue / New York, NY


The Japan Foundation and Asia Society are pleased to co-present another international dialogue, which will be curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, with contributing editor Roland Kelts. This year's featured writers are Japanese authors Hiromi Ito and Hiroko Oyamada, in conversation with American authors Brian Evenson and Jamaica Kincaid. This event is in conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival 2017.

This event takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 - 8pm at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please click here.

Cultural Event: Japan Festival Boston / Boston, MA


An outdoor “matsuri” experience in Boston with over 30,000 attendees in 2015 and 60,000 attendees at the 2016 event, Japan Festival Boston has doubled in scale and brought over 100 booths presenting Japanese culture and food to Boston Common. Traditional Japanese dance and music, and a very popular cosplay contest will take place on stage. It is a big spring event widely enjoyed by people of all ages not just as entertainment, but also as a cultural learning experience. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 30, 11am–6pm at the Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA.

Performance: Resonance II / Queens, NY

04/28/2017 - 04/29/2017

Resonance II will premier as Miki Orihara's second program in a series of solo concerts, following the success of her first concert entitled Resonance. In this second concert series, Orihara continues to use her intimate knowledge of classical modern dance to inform her personal view of contemporary work, while simultaneously using her contemporary explorations as a vessel to shed new light on her understanding and interpretation of works brought to us by past masters. In her continued effort to present a concert that reflects upon the lineage of dance beginning from classical modern to the present, Resonance II will include on its program works by master choreographers: Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, and Tanroh Ishida/Orihara. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place on Friday, April 28, 8pm and Saturday, April 29, 3pm at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY.

[Photo by Kenji Mori]

Japan Workshop: °»Changing Figures in Japanese Vernacular Religions°… / Baltimore, MD


This workshop is part of Johns Hopkins University’s East Asian Studies Program Spring 2017 Speaker Series. The workshop is partially supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program. Please visit their website for RSVP details.

The workshop takes place at Johns Hopkins University, Mergenthaler 426 on April 28, 9am - 5pm.

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/09/2017, 04/16/2017, 04/23/2017, 04/30/2017

Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This brunch series will take place on Sundays in April at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance  Schedule
April 9, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Erena Terakubo
April 16, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shunzo Ohno
April 23, 11:30am: Mao Soné
April 23, 1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 30, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Meg Okura & The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Exhibition: World Heritage in Japan Photo Exhibit / Austin, TX

04/05/2017 - 04/25/2017

The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan the photographs of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to be exhibited in the lobby of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings Inc. in Austin, Texas. For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans, please click here.

The exhibion is on view from April 5 to 25 at the lobby of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings Inc., 2400 Grove Boulevard, Austin, TX 78741. Free admission.

[Photo: Jisho-ji (Ginkaku-ji) Temple © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

Lecture: Womenomics and Women°«s Equality in Japan / Baltimore, MD


This lecture by Dr. Linda Hasunama is part of Johns Hopkins University’s East Asian Studies Program Spring 2017 Speaker Series. The lecture is partially supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.

The lecture takes place at Johns Hopkins University, Mergenthaler 266, on April 4, 12pm - 1:30pm.

Lecture: Current Work: Kengo Kuma / New York, NY


Internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will discuss his innovative work as part of the Architectural League’s Current Work series. Kuma employs natural materials in designs that merge the regional vernacular with a sublime minimalism often resulting in an effect of dematerialization. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The lecture takes place on Friday, March 31, 7pm at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York.

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