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Performance: Shank's Mare / Amherst, MA; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX

03/30/2017, 04/01/2017 - 04/02/2017, 04/07/2017 - 04/08/2017, 04/13/2017 - 04/14/2017

Created by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese master puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank's Mare is the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

2017 Spring Tour Schedule
March 30, 7:30pm @ University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
April 1, 8pm & April 2, 7pm @ Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)*
(* Traditional puppetry program only)
April 7, 7pm & April 8, 2pm @ Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
April 13 & 14, 8pm @ Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

[Photo: © Ayumi Sakamoto]

Performance: Piece with gaps for each other / Queens, NY

03/29/2017 - 04/01/2017

In a multi-lateral international collaboration, American choreographer Ursula Eagly, Japanese composer Kohji Setoh, and Mexican artist Martín Lanz Landázuri have been working to together to create a bold new performance piece. This performance is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on March 29 - April 1, 8pm at the Chololate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

[Photo: © Ryosuke Kikuchi]

Performance: Neighborhood Concert: Soh Daiko / Queens, NY


Carnegie Hall will bring a taiko concert to Queens as part of their Neighborhood Concert series. With hard-driving rhythms, dynamic choreography, and high-energy performances, Japanese drumming collective Soh Daiko takes traditional taiko music into the 21st century. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The concert takes place on Saturday, March 25, 3pm at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY.

[Photo: © David Okada]

Performance: Shigeyama Kyogen, May J., and EL SQUAD at the National Cherry Blossom Festival / Washington DC

03/21/2017 - 03/26/2017

Traditional and contemporary performers from Japan will appear at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony in Washington, DC on March 25: Shigeyama Kyogen, a traditional comic theater troupe; May J., a multilingual J-pop singer; and EL SQUAD, a hip hop dance group that is known for their signature "Light Dance." In conjunction with the festival, they will give additional performances. The events are co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan.

Performance Schedule
An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe
March 21, 8pm
Library of Congress
More information

May J. Special J-Pop Concert
March 24, 6pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage
More information

National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
March 25, 5pm
Warner Theatre
More information

EL SQUAD in Concert
March 26, 7pm
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
More information

[Photo credits (from left to right): Courtesy of the artist, © May J., © EL SQUAD]

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]

Association for Asian Studies Conference 2017 / Toronto, Canada

03/17/2017 - 03/19/2017

The Japan Foundation hosts a reception annually at AAS, providing an opportunity to build a broader network among Japan specialists. We would be delighted if you would join The Japan Foundation and our friends for conversation, food, and drinks.

Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: “Provincial Ballroom North” at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Please also come visit us at the Exhibit Hall, where we will be hosting an information booth for The Japan Foundation and the Center for Global Partnership’s grant programs:
•  Exhibit booth #706 on the Lower Concourse Level (Fri., March 17, 8:30am – 5:30pm; Sat., March 18, 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sun., March 19, 9:00am – 12:00pm)

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


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


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.

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