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Japan Day @ Central Park 2009 - Ai Kawashima's Attendance in Stage Production


Now cerebrating its third year, Japan Day 2009 will showcase some of the most exciting Japanese cultures - there will be both traditional and contemporary entertaiment on stage as well as a variety of activities throughtout the field for every participant to experience a "Japan" day in the heart of Manhattan. As one of the star performers for this year's event, we will invite a Japanese popular singer-songwriter, Ai Kawashima to perform on stage.

The Bang on a Can All- Stars and Ryuichi Sakamoto Performance


Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto and The Bang on a Can All-Stars will crate a new music work and performe at the "BANG ON A CAN MARATHON 2009".Sakamoto will be performing from 10:00 p.m. at the World Financial Center Winter Garden.


05/30/2009 - 06/07/2009

Puppeteer Basil Twist's Dogugaeshi, presented in thirteen performances at the 2009 season of Spoleto Festival USA. (Photo by Richard Termine)

Rakugo, Japanese humorous storytelling


Mr. Kyouraku Sanyutei performs the traditional Rakugo, Shibahama, and his new production at the University of Memphis. English translation will be provided through the PowerPoint screen. The workshops of Rakugo and of the drawing and calligraphy will be also held.

The 25th Annual International Center of Photography Infinity Awards


The Infinity Awards reccogrnize major contributions annually in the fields of Photojournalism, Art, Fashion Photography and more. Each year, this program brings recognition to an international array of accomplished individuals in a presentation that is widely recognized as the most coveted honor in photography.
In 2009, the Selection Committee chose two photographers from Japan to receive Infinity Awards: Leiko Shiga for Young Photographer (under the age of 30) and Rinko Kawauchi for Art.

Voices from Hiroshima

05/11/2009, 05/18/2009, 05/25/2009

Crossing Jamaica Avenue is presenting a series of readings of three Japanese plays, translated from Japanese to English, by three renowned authors on the subject of post-atomic-bomb experiences: The Head of Mary by Chikao Tanaka (1959), The Elephant by Minoru Betsuyaku (1962), and The Face of Jizo by Hisashi Inoue (1994). This is a related project to "I have been to Hiroshima Mon Amour," the Japan Foundation's Performing Arts Japan Program's Award winning play. Free of charge on Monday evenings.


05/08/2009 - 05/30/2009

World-premiere of a new American play by Chiori Miyagawa; directed by Jean Wagner.
A young Japanese love is shattered by war. Fourteen years later, a passionate French/Japanese affair is haunted by a ghost of Hiroshima. Lust and longing bind strangers in this city of memories. Part of the Hiroshima Project, a four-week event reexamining the 1945 atomic bombings with theater, a documentary film and public forums.

PEN World Voices Festival

04/27/2009 - 05/03/2009

PEN America Center will be kicking off its 5th annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York. One of the largest events of its kind, the event is a celebration of international literature, bringing together 160 authors from over 40 countries from around the world. The Japan Foundation is pleased to co-sponsor the participation of Mr. Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a pioneer in gekiga, a form of manga that is marked by its mature and realistic style and themes.

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