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FILM: Kusama - Infinity

09/07/2018 - 09/18/2018

Magnolia Pictures will be distributing Kusama - Infinity, Producer/Director Heather Lenz and Producer Karen Johnson's independent documentary feature film about famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama which was supported by the Japan Foundation's Support Program for Film and Visual Media Production on Japan. It premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance 2018 and will be opening September 7 at Film Forum in New York.

This film screening takes place from September 7th to 18th at Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street New York, NY 10014. For more details, please visit Film Forum’s website.

PERFORMANCE: Asaba Trio in the Detroit Jazz Festival

09/01/2018 - 09/02/2018

The Detroit Jazz Festival is the world’s largest jazz festival, featuring world-class talent including Asaba Trio, who received Grand Prix at Yokohama jazz promenade competition in 2017. The group will perform in the festival through Yokohama Exchange Initiative, a cultural exchange program between the Detroit Jazz Festival and Yokohama Jazz Promenade. This event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

This concert series take place on September 1st at Marriott Marriott at the Renaissance Center Ballroom, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI and on September 2nd at Wayne State University Pyramid Stage, 5104 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI. For more details, please visit the Detroit Jazz Festival’s website.

EXHIBITION: Critical Abstractions – Modern Architecture in Japan 1868 - 2018

08/27/2018 - 09/24/2018

This architectural exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration that spawned the radical transformation of Japan’s architecture. It presents key buildings in Japan from 1868 to the present featuring analytical drawings, contemporary photography, models, rare books, woodblock prints, original videos and digital animation. Organized through the lens of architectural abstraction, the displays tell a story of Japan’s unique contribution to world architecture in the 20th century. This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. Admission is free.

This event takes place from August 27th to September 24th at Kroiz Gallery in the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, 220 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. 

CULTURAL EVENT: Tea Ceremony Demonstration

08/17/2018 - 08/20/2018

Miki Mita, practitioner of the Omotesenke school of tea, will host several tea ceremony sessions for students and the general public. More information about times and venues is forthcoming. This project is supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.

This event takes place from August 18th to 21st at the University of Iowa campus and downtown Iowa City, IA. For more details, please visit the University of Iowa’s website.

WORKSHOP: Exploring Waka Culture Across Genres, Media, and Periods

08/16/2018 - 08/18/2018

This workshop will explore classical Japanese poetry, or waka’s intersections with other arts, genres, and media throughout history. Topics include interactions between waka and the visual arts, performance, and religion. The workshop will result in an edited volume for classroom use. This project is supported in part by the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

This event takes place from August 16th to 18th at Levis Faculty Center in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL). For more details, please visit the University of Illinois’s website.

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