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Film Screening: JAPAN CUTS - The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema / New York, NY

07/12/2012 - 07/28/2012

JAPAN CUTS, North America's biggest Japanese film festival returns for its 6th consecutive year. JAPAN CUTS 2012, the New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema, will showcase 39 films including 14 co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival. This series is being supported by the Japan Foundation.

"The Woodsman and the Rain" The Woodsman and the Rain © 2011 Kitsutsuki to Ame Film Partners

Exhibition: Yayoi Kusama / New York, NY

07/12/2012 - 09/30/2012

Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments,Yayoi Kusama's art encompasses an astonishing variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. This retrospective features works across many mediums from the full chronology of Kusama's career. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Factory Direct: Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, PA

06/23/2012 - 09/09/2012

Factory Direct: Pittsburgh at Guardian Self-Storage, organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, showcases the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists invited to conduct artist residencies in Pittsburgh-based factories. One of the artists selected for this residency is Tomoko Sawada, who will be working with Heinz factory. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Okinawa Art in NY / New York, NY

06/20/2012 - 07/27/2012

This exhibition consists of paintings, prints, fine crafts, photographs, visual art and contemporary art, by artists living in N.Y., the west coast of America, and Okinawa.  Exhibiting artists: Kanemasa Ashimine (Painting), Seikichi Tamanaha (Painting), Masayoshi Adaniya (Painting), Yoshiharu Higa (Photography, Painting), Ansei Uchima (Painting, Print), Kazu Oshiro (Installation, Painting), Yuken Teruya (Installation, Video), Seisyo Kuniyoshi (Stoneware), TOMMAX (Painting), Michiko Uehara (Textile), Takashi Ishimine (Photography), Kiyoko Sakata (Mixtmedia), Kenji Oyama (Video)

Exhibition: Unrivalled Splendor: The Kimiko and John Powers Collection of Japanese Art / Houston, TX

06/10/2012 - 09/23/2012

Unrivalled Splendor at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, showcases some of the earliest known examples of Buddhist art in Japan; narrative scroll paintings; beautiful examples of calligraphy; screens embellished with gold and silver; sketches; sculptures; and objects of lacquer, pearl, and silver, from the collection of Kimiko and John Powers. The wide array, from courtly to popular works of art, reveals overlapping themes in Japanese art.  This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Film Screening: Tai Kato Retrospective / Ann Arbor, MI

06/08/2012 - 06/10/2012

Japan Foundation is pleased to announce our co-organizing Tai Kato Retrospective with Center for Japanese Studies at University of Michigan from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10. The program features 5 vibrant films of Kato's. All films are 35mm print and in Japanese with English subtitles.

June 8: Tokijiro of Kutsukake - Lone Yakuza, 7pm

June 9: Double Feature
The Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match, 5pm
The Red Peony Gambler: Red Peony Finds a Daughter, 8pm

June 10th: Double Feature
Brave Records of the Sanada Clan, 5pm
Blood of Revenge, 8pm

Exhibition: Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto / Charleston, SC

05/25/2012 - 07/07/2012

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art has organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. The exhibition will premiere in Charleston May 24-July 7, 2012, as a featured presentation of the Spoleto Festival USA. Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto will travel nationally after its inaugural presentation, including stops in Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC, and Monterey, CA. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his two-week residency at the Halsey Institute.  This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.  Photo provided by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Event: Kobudo- The Secret Martial Art of the Samurai Workshop with Master Yoshinori Kono / Nashville, TN & Louisville, KY

05/25/2012 - 05/26/2012

Master Yoshinori Kono and his son, Harunori Kono, have traveled from Japan to present a series of workshops & lecture-demonstrations in the United States. This event is organized by the Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.

This is a special opportunity to learn martial arts techniques from Kono-Sensei who specializes in Kobudo "ancient martial arts".

The workshop is open to all and will be held Friday, May 25 from 6 pm - 8pm at the Nashville School of Dance & Music, Nashville, TN.

The lecture-demonstration will be held at the first floor "Tournament Ring" on Saturday, May 26 from 2 pm - 4:30pm at the Frazier History Museum, Louisville, KY (admission fee to the museum required).

Registration is NOT required but feel free to click on the above links to RSVP so we will have an idea of how many participants to expect!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Consulate at 615-340-4300 x172 or info@nv.mofa.go.jp.

Event: Harukaze Festival of Japanese Arts- Minnesota Center for Book Arts / Minneapolis, MN


The Harukaze ("spring wind") Festival will welcome hundreds of visitors to a day-long community open house with hands-on participation activities for youth and adults; professional artist demonstrations of traditional Japanese art forms; and three terrific exhibitions of contemporary artwork that reflect the use and evolution of traditional Japanese artistic practices. This event is supported by CGP, Grassroots Exchange and Education.

Film Screening: 2012 Asian American Film Festival / Pittsburgh, PA

05/11/2012 - 05/20/2012

Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a multiple-day Asian American Film Festival held in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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