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Performance: Katsura Sunshine Rakugo Comedy in NY / New York, NY


Katsura Sunshine is going to make his first tour in Canada and the U.S. in 2013. LaGuardia Community College is pleased to host his performance in New York City on Monday, September 30. Katsura Sunshine is a non-Japanese professional rakugo-ka who has endured a strict and highly traditional apprenticeship to a well-known Rakugo Master Katsura Bunshi VI. Admission to this event will be free of charge to the general public.

This performance is supported by Japan Foundation's Arts & Cultural Exchange Grant Program for Overseas Dispatch.

Exhibition: Lethal Beauty:Samurai Weapons and Armor / San Antonio, TX

09/28/2013 - 01/05/2014

Samurai Weapons and Armor offers visitors the opportunity to see the real thing-actual arms and armor made for use by the samurai. Ranging from the thirteenth to twentieth centuries, the 75 objects in the exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art focus on works from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Five full sets of armor will be on view, complete with masks and helmets. Remarkable weapons include long and short swords-the oldest of which dates to the 1200s-daggers, and even a few examples of early Japanese rifles. In addition, a brilliantly painted pair of folding screens illustrate samurai battles in the famous warrior epic Tale of Heike.

This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Film: Rarely Seen Gems of Japanese Cinema / Cleveland, OH

09/28/2013 - 10/12/2013

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Cinematheque presents a special Japanese film series that feature four neglected, rarely shown masterpiece of Japanese cinema. Each screening will be followed by discussion lead by Northeast Ohio area faculty experts.

This screening event is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Film: Ogawa Shinsuke Series / New Haven, CT

09/27/2013 - 10/10/2013

The Japan Foundation and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University co-presents a series devoted to the documentary filmmaker, Shinsuke Ogawa, whose films have rarely been screened in the U.S. in recent decades. This series will screen four films of Ogawa to investigate his documentary style.

Performance: Dogugaeshi / New York, NY

09/18/2013 - 09/22/2013

Bessie Award-winning work by New York puppet artist Basil Twist is back to Japan Society. Inspired by a traditional stage mechanism once commonly used in Japanese puppet theater, Twist's Dogugaeshi is a cross-cultural collaboration with master shamisen player and experimental musician Yumiko Tanaka, whose multi-layered music collage embraces everything from traditional tunes to popular songs.

This performance is supported by Japan Foundation's Arts & Cultural Exchange Grant Program for Overseas Dispatch.

Performance: Taikoza Live 2013 + Ichiro Jishoya / New York, NY


Taikoza will present a unique concert with the premier taiko soloist guest from japan: Ichiro JIshoya in his first NYC appearance at Symphony Space on Sunday, September 15th. The concert will feature new and traditional songs and colorful traditional dances set to taiko music.

This performance is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Encountering the Floating World: Ukiyo-e and the West / Ithaca, NY

08/03/2013 - 12/22/2013

This exhibition at Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University explores the important relationship of Japanese prints to modern and contemporary fine and decorative art and how this relationship transformed Western art making practice. Drawn from the Johnson museum's collection, the exhibition includes work by Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Tiffany, Whistler, Milton Avery and many others.

This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Miyagi - New Orleans Youth Jazz Exchange Program / New Orleans, LA

08/01/2013 - 08/07/2013

The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce that it is organizing the “Miyagi-New Orleans Youth Jazz Exchange Program” in collaboration with Tipitina’s Foundation and the Wonderful World Jazz Foundation this summer. The program will send a youth jazz band consisting mainly of middle school students from Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture, to New Orleans and Lafayette, LA, from July 30 to August 10.

Performance: Bang on a Can: New Music from Japan / North Adams, MA


Featuring The Bang on a Can All-Stars with Vicki Ray, piano, Bang on a Can presents New Music from Japan at Hunter Auditorium of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA on July 23 at 4:30 PM. Free with Museum admission. Works by Somei Satoh, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mamoru Fujieda and Akiko Ushijima will be played.

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

Film: Japan Cuts - The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema / New York, NY

07/11/2013 - 07/21/2013

JAPAN CUTS, North America's biggest Japanese film festival returns for its 7th consecutive year. JAPAN CUTS 2013, the New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema, will showcase over 20 films including 12 co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival.

This event is supported by The Japan Foundation New York through its JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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