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Pilobolus Performances at American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)

06/30/2011 - 07/02/2011

Thursday – Saturday, June 30 – July 2 at 8pm
Children’s Saturday Matinee: July 2 at 1pm

Known for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration, Pilobolus will celebrate its 40th anniversary with one of their classic works and three world premieres, including Korokoro in collaboration with Japanese Butoh artist Takuya Muramatsu.

New Work is commissioned by the ADF with support from the SHS Foundation and Japan Foundation, New York.

The Guggenheim presents Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity

06/24/2011 - 09/28/2011

The Guggenheim presents the first U.S. retrospective of the artist, philosopher, and poet Lee Ufan, charting the artist’s creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical language that has expanded the possibilities for sculpture and painting. For Lee, each artwork mediates a dynamic encounter between the viewer, object, and site that opens up “a realm of infinity where one can continuously bring one’s self back to nothingness.”

Supported by Samsung, Korea Foundtion, Japan Foundation, and the E. Rhoades and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. 

Hikashu & Tomoe Shinohara Live in Concert


(Japan Society, NYC)

Rockin' Evening of J-techno Pop on Friday, May 13, 7:30 PM

Champion of J-techno pop, the ‘forever-young’ band Hikashu makes their North American debut. Formed by vocalist Makigami Koichi, Hikashu has made a splash in various music scenes by combining, rock, pop and techno, whereby taking listeners on unparalleled musical journeys. The group’s members are Mita Freeman (guitar, sampler), Sakaide Masami (bass, electronics), Shimizu Kazuto (piano, synthesizer, bass-clarinet) and Sato Masaharu (drums, voice).

For this high energy concert, Hikashu is joined by special guests, the beyond kawaii, hyper and flamboyant Japanese singer, actress, TV personality and fashion front-runner Tomoe Shinohara (aka Shinorer, ¥·¥Î¥é¡¼) and Steve Eto (percussion). Popular in the West as a singer for the anime series Kodocha, Shinorer’s distinguished voice will contend with Makigami’s “super vocals” for the first time ever in North America.

Word From Asia: Contemporary Writing from Japan


(Asia Society, NYC)

JF and Asia Society will co-organize the event, WORD FROM ASIA:
Contemporary Writing from Japan, part of the PEN World Voices Festival

The discussion will be led by famed critic and translator, Motoyuki
Shibata, who will be joined by contemporary novelist Hiromi Kawakami,
haiku poet Minoru Ozawa, novelist Rebecca Brown, and poet and translator Joshua Beckman. These eminent writers will discuss their Japanese-American influences, ranging from science fiction to manga and renga.

Cherry Blossom Film Festival

04/28/2011 - 05/05/2011

(City College of New York, NYC)

The Cherry Blossom Film Festival is sponsored by CCNY Libraries & the Japan Foundation, with funding by the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-US Friendship Commission.

THURSDAY APRIL 28 2:00-3:30 p.m.
"Monochrome Terror - Black Rain, the Japanese Novel and the Film"
Professor Akemi Reeves
Talk, clips, and Q&A

TUESDAY MAY 3 12:00-1:30 p.m.
"Postwar Japan and Asia as Seen in The Burmese Harp"
Professor Barbara Brooks
Talk, clips, and Q&A

WEDNESDAY MAY 4 2-4:30 p.m.
“‘Osaka Story’: A ‘Korean’ AND ‘Japanese’ Family Saga”
Professor Youngmi Lim
Introduction, full screening, and Q&A

THURSDAY MAY 5 12:00-2:00 p.m.
“Shinjuku Boys and Queer Tokyo Today” Professor John Treat
Introduction, full screening, and Q&A

The Urge for Survival: Kaneto Shindo Film Retrospective

04/22/2011 - 05/05/2011


JF and BAMcinematek co-present, The Urge for Survival: Kaneto Shindo, an 11-film retrospective by famed Japanese director, Kaneto Shindo.

The series will kick-off the 6:50 pm show of "The Naked Island" on Friday, April 22, the director's 99th birthday, and will joined by actor Benicio Del Toro, a longtime fan of Shindo's work, and Jiro Shindo, the filmmaker's son.

¡ÈSharaku Interpreted by Japan¡Çs Contemporary Artists¡É Woodblock Print Exhibition

04/15/2011 - 06/12/2011

(Winter Park, Florida)

Exclusive to Florida at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Sharaku Interpreted is an engaging report of the personal reinterpretation of Sharaku (an eighteeth-century Japanese master printmaker) by today's contemporary Japanese graphic designers and artists. While the primary premise of this project is to present the imaginative results of the trans-temporal exchange, the Japan Foundation also hopes to provide an opportunity to illustrate the connections between ukiy-e and the graphic design of Japan, the differences between the approaches used in graphic design and contemporary art, and the diversity of current artistic expression.

Epona's Labyrinth

04/07/2011 - 04/23/2011


As a 2010-11 mainstage Resident Artist production, HERE proudly presents the premiere of Epona’s Labyrinth from The South Wing Theatre Company in collaboration with the Nibroll art collective hailing from Japan. Directed by Kameron Steele, this surrealist psycho-sexual drama infuses writer Ivana Catanese and Kameron Steele’s original work with arresting multimedia design. This production plays 16 performances from April 7 – 23 at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue).

Epona's Labyrinth chronicles the bizarrely erotic adventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a mysterious and vast underground hospital. Pulling from Noir film, Japanese animé and post-modern theatrical aesthetics, Epona's Labyrinth showcases The South Wing's neo-expressionist style and the cutting-edge choreography and multimedia design of Mikuni Yanaihara and her Yokohama-based art collective Nibroll while suggesting a nightmarish vision of modern medicine and modern life.

"Parallel Nippon–Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996–2006¡É Exhibition

03/24/2011 - 04/22/2011

(Houston, TX)

Opening Reception (March 24. 5:30–8:00pm)

Asia House Tour (March 31. 4:00pm)
1370 Southmore Boulevard
($25 Registration Required)

Authors in Architecture (April 20. 6:00pm)
Yasufumi Nakamori, Ph.D .
Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture
Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro

The Japan Foundation and the Architectural Institute of Japan are proud to present Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006, an exhibition of Japan’s architectural culture that opened at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2007 and is touring internationally.

Third in a series of exhibitions that began in 1986, Parallel Nippon focuses on contemporary Japanese architecture, spanning the latter half of the 1990s through the first years of the twenty-first century and the period marking Japan’s transition from the “bubble” to “post-bubble.”

The Elusive Tea Bowl: Art of the Contemporary Japanese Tea Bowl

03/13/2011 - 03/14/2011

(Concord & Allston, MA)

The exhibition, held in conjunction with activities at the Japan Society Boston will be augmented with a symposium at the MFA on March 13 with presentations and panelsfor makers, collectors and scholars and a workshop at Harvard Ceramics on March 14.

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