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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]

EXHIBITION: Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama / Manhattan, KS

08/15/2017 - 12/23/2017

Enrico Isamu Ōyama represents a contemporary generation with a distinctly global perspective. Child of an Italian father and a Japanese mother, Ōyama grew up in Tokyo, lived for extended periods in North Italy, and has been working in New York since 2011. Ubiquitous surveys how Ōyama channeled his interests in Tokyo and American street cultures, Western abstract art, and Japanese calligraphy to create Quick Turn Structure (QTS), his signature expression. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This exhibition takes place from August 15 through December 23, 2017 at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, 14th St & Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66506.

[Image: Enrico Isamu Ōyama, FFIGURATI #89, detail, 2013-2014, acrylic-based aerosol, acrylic-based marker, latex paint, sumi ink on unstretched canvas, (H)2.11m x (W)5.67m, Collection of IAM Gallery, © Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Photo © Atelier Mole]

EXHIBITION: Yokohama Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations & Galapagos / Yokohama, JAPAN

08/04/2017 - 11/05/2017

The Yokohama Triennale, one of the leading international exhibitions of contemporary art in Japan, will open its sixth edition on August 4, under the title "Islands, Constellations & Galapagos." This edition will examine the current state of the world through connectivity and isolation. Special cooperation is provided by The Japan Foundation.

The Triennale takes place at various venues throughout Yokohama, Japan from August 4 to November 5. For more information, please click here.

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.

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