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Exhibition: Better Homes / New York, NY

04/22/2013 - 07/08/2013

This exhibition at the Sculpture Center brings together a group of artists who examine the construction of the interior through design and homemaking from critical perspectives, including the Japanese artist Yuki Kimura.
This event is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Boston, MA

04/14/2013 - 08/04/2013

Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese warriors - from one of the best and largest collections in the world. Featuring more than 140 objects including helmets, full suits of exquisitely crafted armor, weapons, horse armor, and accoutrements used for both battle and ceremonies, the exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai warrior through the centuries and examines their history.
This exhibition is supported through the Exhibition Abroad Support Program.

Image: Armor of the nimaitachidō type (nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku), Detail
Attributed Myōchin Yoshimichi (helmet bowl); Myōchin Munenori (armor) Muromachi period, about 1400 (helmet bowl); mid- Edo period, 18th century (armor)
Photograph by Brad Flowers © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas
Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Exhibition: Interactive audio-visual lantern field / Washington, DC

04/04/2013 - 04/08/2013

Inspired by traditional Japanese lantern festivals, this installation will celebrate the ephemeral, fleeting nature of materials traditionally used in Japanese rituals and events. The lanterns will be suspended from a grid of bamboo that will be hung inside the courtyard loggia. On April 6, the
design team will run a workshop in which the public participate in making of the lanterns, and the work will gradually grow over the course of the day.
This exhibition runs in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival at The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art.
This event is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Lecture and Demonstration: Asian Culture Night Special Presentation: Kabuki Lecture and Demonstration / Dayton, OH

04/04/2013 - 04/06/2013

Wright State University Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center presents Kabuki lecture and demonstration.  A lecture "Gender and Onnagata in the Kabuki Theater" by Dr. Maki Isaka will be presented on Thursday, April 4, 2013.  On Saturday April 6, the Kabuki actor Mr. Nakamura Gankyo will demonstrate transformation into an "onnagata" and perform the Jiuta "Kane no Misaki."  The events are free and open to the public.

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

Film: ATG retrospective / Chicago, IL

04/02/2013 - 06/04/2013

Retrospective on the Art Theater Guild, the Japanese independent film company, will start from April 2, 2013, at Doc Films, Chicago, IL. This series features Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen, Susumu Hani, 1968), Ceremony (Gishiki, Nagisa Oshima, 1971),  Pastoral: Hide and Seek (Den'en ni shisu, Shuji Terayama, 1974).   This series is co-organized with Doc Films.

Film: The Films of Kenji Mizoguchi / Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

04/02/2013 - 04/23/2013

The Japan Foundation and Bard College co-present screenings of Kenji Mizoguchi. This comprehensive retrospective features Mizoguchi's masterpieces, such as Miss Oyu (Oyu-sama, 1951), A Geisha (Gion bayashi, 1953), and A Woman of Rumor (Uwasa no onna, 1954). All films will be screened on rare 35mm prints with English subtitles. Screenings and events are free and open to public and will be held at Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center, Bard College.   Please visit Bard College Film and Electronic Arts Program website for more information. 

Exhibition: "Japan is the Key...": Collecting Prints and Ivories, 1900-1920 / Pittsburgh, PA

03/30/2013 - 07/21/2013

This exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art presents highlights from the museum's significant collection of iconic Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) in an entirely new way, uniting them with Carnegie Museum of Natural History's holdings of exquisite Japanese carved ivories (okimono). This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Lecture: Green Tea, the Essence of Japan / New York, NY


- This event is fully booked and is no longer accepting reservations -

The Japan Foundation, New York is pleased to present an evening of tea tasting led by a tea master from Japan.

Moderated by Peter F. Goggi, Executive Vice-President of the Tea Association of the U.S.A., tea masters Kazuo Hayashiya and Tsuyoshi Sugimoto from Kyoto, Japan will present the history of green tea and its different varieties.

They will teach the proper brewing methods for each tea, which participants can then enjoy at home, with or without standard Japanese tea utensils.

Each participant will have the opportunity to make Matcha on their own, as well as taste other different teas such as Gyokuro, Sencha, Hojicha and Genmai-cha.

This is a rare opportunity for an American audience to experience a guided tasting seminar from bona-fide tea masters of Japan.

This event is free to the public. Seating is limited and RSVP is required by March 20, 2013. To make a reservation, please visit www.jfny.org and click on the ‘Green Tea, the Essence of Japan’ banner on the top page. For other inquiries please call 212-489-0299 or info@jfny.org.

This event is supported by the following organizations:
Chamber of Kyoto Prefecture Tea Industries
The Tea Association of USA
Specialty Tea Institute

Special thanks to:
Focus America Corporation

Performance: BELL / New York, NY

03/16/2013, 03/19/2013 - 03/23/2013

For BELL, Yasuko Yokoshi has assembled a multidisciplinary cast from Japan and the U.S. to perform in a contemporary reimagining of the classical Japanese dance Kyoganoko Musume-Dojyoji (A Woman and a Bell at the Dojoji Temple), reputed to be the most important and most difficult dance work in the Kabuki theater repertoire.

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

Performance: 3.11 Benefit Concert Music of J.S. Bach / New York, NY


Saint Thomas Church and Bach Collegium Japan present a joint benefit concert for victims of two disasters: the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Japan and last October's Hurricane Sandy.  Proceeds will go to help the victims via official non-profit agencies providing disaster relief and independence support in the hardest hit regions of Japan and the New York area.  For more information click here.

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