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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


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]

Exhibition: Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor / Cincinnati, OH

02/11/2017 - 05/07/2017

130 warrior-related objects selected from the museum collection and the collection of Gary Grose will be on display to introduce Japanese samurai culture and arts from the 16th to 19th centuries.
This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on veiw from February 11 through May 5 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH.

[Image: Suit of armor, 16th century and 18th century, metal, leather, Museum Purchase, 1892.2784.]

Cultural Event: Family Day: Okinawa Lunar New Year / Washington, DC

01/28/2017 - 01/29/2017

Celebrate the Lunar New Year island style. For the closing weekend of the exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa, this event will be an all-ages festival that celebrates the traditions of the Ryukyu Kingdom, including traditional dance and karate demonstrations, creating your own bingata pattern, and fishing in the islands' tropical reefs. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on January 28, 10am-5pm and January 29, 1-5pm at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC. The exhibition Bingata! Only in Okinawa is on view through January 30.

[Image: Yuko Tamanaha, watansu with clouds, Chinese phoenix, pine, wisteria, sparrows, bamboo, and peonies on a yellow ground, 2014. Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.]

EXHIBITION: Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art / Houston, TX

01/28/2017 - 07/20/2017

This exhibition examines the rising awareness of bamboo as a medium of innovative art form, bringing works by 17 artists who display a mastery of the supreme technical skills inherent in their imaginatively crafted sculptures. This exhibition is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 through July 20 at Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX.

[Image: Uematsu Chikuyu, Moon Rise on Autumn Fields, 2007, bamboo (nemagaridake), rattan, lacquer, Japanese washi paper, hemp, photo © Susan Einstein]

Exhibition: Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960 - 1975 / Chicago, IL

01/28/2017 - 04/20/2017

This exhibition provides for the first time a thorough history of the short-lived yet influential Tokyo magazine Provoke, and draws out the many connections between photography, political protest, and performance in postwar Japan. This exhibition is supported under the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from January 28 through April 20 at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

[Image: Eikō Hosoe. Japanese, born 1933. Kamaitachi #22, 1965. Gelatin silver print. 39.7 × 26.3 cm (image); 46.5 × 27 cm (paper). The Art Institute of Chicago, Promised gift of a private collection. © Eikō Hosoe. Obj: 221611.]

Performance: Those Who Remain: Concerto for Installation and Improviser / Seattle, WA

01/26/2017 - 02/05/2017

Experience this multidisciplinary collaboration between composer and musician Wayne Horvitz, visual artist Barbara Earl Thomas, and two Japan-based artists: video artist and VJ Yohei Saito and dancer/choreographer Yukio Suzuki. Using recordings of his work performed by the Seattle Symphony in 2015, Horvitz will compose a new electronic score with video created by Saito. Suzuki will perform several short dance improvisations daily at 12:30pm and 3pm. Four evening performances, each with different musicians, will be presented within the installation. This event is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The installation on view from January 26 through February 5 at Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA. The evening performances are at 7:30pm on Friday, January 27, Tuesday, January 31, Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4.

[Photo: © Wistar Kay]

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