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Khoomei-Taiko Ensemble: Throat Songs and Drums


Mongolian, Japanese and US artists come together for a fascinating collaboration, highlighting the popular Mongolian art of khoomei (throat singing) with the driving rhythms of Japanese taiko (drums). The Khoomei-Taiko Ensemble features Shinetsog Dorjnyam (khoomei), Shoji Kameda and Tetsuro Naito (taiko), the legendary folk musician Tserendorj Tseyen (magtaal-praise songs, morin khuur - horsehead fiddle, jaw harp), Kaoru Watanabe (fue and Noh Kan-flutes) and Miki Maruta (koto - zither). The program also includes the captivating voice of Mongolia’s urtiin duu (long song) vocalist Khongorzul Ganbaatar, a featured artist in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design

10/09/2009 - 01/17/2010

Designated a Living National Treasure, Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984) was one of the greatest artists of twentieth-century Japan. Serizawa used stencil-dyeing techniques to create irresistible works of art that range from screens and kimonos to magazine designs and book covers. Dramatic in design, Serizawa’s textiles have a beauty and expressive power that far transcend expectation of a “craft” medium. The combination of Serizawa’s originality and vitality with the natural beauty of his materials—cotton, silk, hemp, and other fibers decorated with the brilliant yet warm hues of natural dyes—will make this show an unmissable visual feast.

Megumi Kanda Trombone Recital


Principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Megumi Kanda will be reciting trombone pieces from classical works to Japanese songs at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights. The concert will be approximately 90 minutes including break. Sponsored by Japan America Society of Chicago and the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

Weaving Japanese Sounds Annual Concert


This will be the 5th installment of Weaving Japanese Sounds concert series which present a wide spectrum of Japanese contemporary music in a casual and accessible setting to American audiences. This year's concert will feature a small ensemble of four musicians (violin, cello, clarinet and piano.) The program will feature the works by NY-based Japanese composers Yuzuru Sadashige and Hiroya Miura as well as Mikiko Kinoshita, Karen Tanaka, Kanako Okamoto, Shin-ichiro Ikebe, and Toshio Hosokawa.

Fusako Kuyama "Art of Integration"

07/08/2009 - 07/21/2009

The World of Integration, the latest exhibition of forty-six works by the novel, spiritual artist Fusako Kuyama will be presented at The Nippon Club. Fusako Kuyama is known for her use of the motifs of water and air in her works. Her inspiration springs from nature and the environment found in places where she has traveled and lived in Europe, Africa, North and South America. Having grown up in the Japanese culture, she has studied Western art, Japanese art, Zen garden design, and spirituality. She integrates these with her world experience, perspectives, and inner spirit expressing them on the washi panels to offer a world sense of healing and serenity.

Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film

06/30/2009 - 07/12/2009

Japan Cuts was unleashed in 2007 as part of Japan Society’s centennial celebration. Now in its third year, the festival has become one of Japan Society’s premier events, giving American audiences a diverse sampling of the latest in contemporary Japanese cinema. This year’s festival once again offers exclusive Q&A sessions with directors, unique parties and other special events to coincide with the screenings. The festival runs from June 30 to July 12, with the first half co-presented with Subway Cinema.

Beyond Golden Clouds: Lectures, Performances, and Education Programs

06/25/2009 - 09/13/2009

A series of lecture, performances, and education programs that will accompany the Art Institute of Chicago's major exhibition Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum. Designed to appeal to both general and scholarly audiences, this series will help visitors place the objects and ideas from the exhibition within a broader cultural and intellectual context.

New York Asian Film Festival

06/19/2009 - 07/05/2009

Subway Cinema will soon be launching its annual New York Asian Film Festival, one of largest festivals of contemporary Asian film in North America. This year it will run from June 19 to July 5 at the IFC Center and Japan Society. Over half of the 40 film lineup will be Japanese and several Japanese filmmakers, such as Sion Sono, Yoshihiro Nishimura and Tak Sakaguchi will be present during the screenings.

Lecture by Dr. Kazuo Kawasaki, Japan's Visionary Industrial Designer
"Peace-Keeping Design" -from wheelchair to vaccine injection-


Japan Foundation New York presents Dr. Kawasaki, designer of
objects like a wheelchair, scissors, and pencil sharpener that are part
of MoMa's permanent collection, as well as the Kawasaki 740 eyeglass series, famously worn by Governor Palin.
Please join us for his lecture at the Sony Club (NYC), followed by a Q&A and reception.

Traditions, Inventions, Exchange


"Traditions, Inventions, Exchange" is a large-scale video installation with performances by Kota Yamazaki, Saradono, Steve Paztion, and Polly Motley and co-presented by Danspace Project and Baryshnikov Arts Center. The project is based on an in-depth cultural exchange between Japan, Indonesia and the United States that was initiated over ten years ago. Kota Yamazaki will also participate in a discussion between the artists moderated by Mr. Sam Miller.

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