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Lecture: 2012-13 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series: Hirano Keiichiro / Phoenix, AZ


Akutagawa Prize winning novelist, Hirano Keiichiro, will have a reading & discussion session at the Virginia Piper Writing Center at Arizona State University as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. In addition to this lecture, Mr. Hirano will have a round of class visits. This event is supported by JFNY Japanese Studies.

Film Screening: Japanese Anime Master: 4 by Miyazaki / Athens, GA

09/06/2012 - 09/29/2012

On four successive weeks in September, Athens Film Arts Institute showcases striking new 35mm prints of four films by master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Thurs, 6: Princess Mononoke (1997) (Sat 8: dubbed)
Thurs, 13: Spirited Away (2001) (Sat 15: dubbed)
Thurs, 20: Howl's Moving Castle (2004) (Sat 22: dubbed)
Thurs, 27: Ponyo (2008) (Sat 29: dubbed)

Exhibition: Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York / New Paltz, NY

08/29/2012 - 12/16/2012

This exhibition examines the 50-year career of Ushio Shinohara, an indispensable player in the field of global art history. Born in Japan in 1932, Shinohara was active in the Tokyo avant-garde art scene. From 1958-64, a critically important period of postwar Japanese art, he was a notorious regular of the annual Yomiuri Independent Exhibition and a founding member of a short-lived avant-garde group Neo Dada. Known for his Mohawk hairdo, he invented Boxing Painting, his version of “true” action.  This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibition Abroad Support program.

Exhibition: Reinventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination / Amherst, MA

08/25/2012 - 12/30/2012

Featuring 44 objects from the museum’s collection and other works from important private and public collections in Japan and the United States, "Reinventing Tokyo" to be exhibited at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College is the first exhibition ever held in the United States to consider portrayals of Tokyo in light of the city’s continual reinvention since its founding, under the name Edo, more than 400 years ago. This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibition Abroad Support program.
Image Courtesy Mead Art Museum

Performance: In Ghostly Japan – Stories of Strange Things / New York, NY

08/23/2012 - 08/26/2012

Free theater performance for children 7 years and up. In Ghostly Japan – Stories of Strange Things is a horror story based on stories written by Rampo Edogawa and by Yakumo Koizumi, incorporating projections inspired by Japanese Kage-e (shadow play), theatrical tricks and puppetry. Performance is in English. Visit Theatre Arts Japan website or Call 212.932.9601 for more information. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Performance: Self Made Man Man Made Land / Mt Tremper, NY


Self Made Man Man Made Land is a construction project built by two dancers and a musician. Their materials are movement, voice, and live recording. This new work was created by Ursula Eagly in collaboration with dancer Abby Block and composer Kohji Setoh.

This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Fuzjko Hemming: Arigato Charity Concert/3.11 Earthquake & Tsunami Relief / New York, NY


Experience the music of Fuzjko Hemming, a legendary Japanese-Swedish pianist, whose debut CD over 2 million copies in Japan, at this special concert. Having won prizes in major competitions in Japan, Fuzjko continued her study in Berlin, and moved to Vienna. It was there she started suffering from severe hearing difficulties. This is her third appearance at Alice Tully Hall, and this year’s program includes works by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Mussorgsky. The portion of the concert’s proceeds goes to 2011 Japan Relief Fund.

Saturday, July 28, 7:30pm
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (1941 Broadway, New York NY 10023)

Exhibition: Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s / Cincinnati, OH

07/23/2012 - 08/30/2012

This traveling exhibit on loan from The Japan Foundation to DAAP Gallery in University of Cincinnati takes as its point of departure the various experimental ideas on the city that flourished in Japan in the 1960s and using a combination of diverse media — from architectural scale models to photographs and slides, along with animations and other audio-visuals. This exhibition examines various circumstances of Japanese and other cities up to the present day, and identifies in particular the distinctive aspects of those circumstances as they are manifested in present-day Tokyo.  Co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit and The Japan Foundation.

Exhibition: DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 / Sarasota, FL

07/13/2012 - 10/28/2012

"DECO JAPAN" not only provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan, it conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taishô and early Shôwa epochs (1912-1945).
This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Film Screening: 11th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas / Dallas, TX

07/12/2012 - 07/19/2012

Asian Foundation of Dallas will host the 11th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas. This annual film festival has grown to become the South's largest showcase of Asian and Asian American cinema. From feature length films and shorts, to documentaries, this series highlights films from all across Asian, including films from Asian filmmakers here in the USA. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

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