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Performance: Faifai's Anton, Neko, Kuri / Cedar Rapids, IA, Los Angeles, CA, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA

11/15/2013 - 11/16/2013, 11/21/2013 - 11/24/2013, 12/01/2013 - 12/08/2013, 12/12/2013 - 12/14/2013

Anton, Neko, Kuri, a multidisciplinary performance by Faifai, a Tokyo-based theater group, will tour the U.S. in November and December. This will be Faifai's first tour in the States. The story is based on autobiographical experience and follows Anton, a stray cat suffering from leukemia, while documenting events and conversations in its neighborhood.

Nov 15 - 16: Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Nov 21 - 24: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
Dec 1 - 8 : DiverseWorks (Houston, TX)
Dec 12 - 14: Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans, LA)

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

Lecture: The Body in the Films of Akira Kurosawa / Kennesaw, GA


This talk will be given by Kerim Yasar, Assistant Professor in Japanese at Ohio State University.
This event is supported through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant Program.

Film: Alex de Grassi: A Story of Floating Weeds / Oswego, NY


Windham Hill recording artist Alex de Grassi was commissioned by the New York Guitar Festival to create an original score for Yasujro Ozu's classic silent film. "A Story of Floating Weeds". In an engaging multi-media event, he accompanies the film live on the Waterman Theatre Stage, Oswego, New York.

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

Lecture: The Beauty and the Tyrant: The Legend of Gio in the Tale of the Heike and Beyond / Kennesaw, GA


This talk will be given by Roberta Strippoli, Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University.
This event is supported through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant Program.

Event: Celebratory Rituals for Children: Shichigosan (7-5-3) Ceremony at Japan Society / New York, NY

10/26/2013 - 10/27/2013

Celebrate and appreciate the growth and good health of children ages 3, 5 and 7 through the Shinto ritual of Shichigosan ("seven-five-three" in Japanese). Three- and 5-year-old boys and 3- and 7-year-old girls of all nationalities and religions, with parents or accompanying adults, are invited to participate.

Exhibition: Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 at the Hirshhorn Museum / Washington, DC

10/24/2013 - 05/26/2014

This is the first in-depth exploration of the theme of destruction in international contemporary visual culture. In all areas of art production since the mid-twentieth century, the notion of destruction has played an important role, whether as spectacle, as catharsis, as a reaction to world-weariness, as a means of depersonalizing emotional or cultural angst, as a form of rebellion against institutions, or as an essential component of re-creation. This ground-breaking exhibition includes works by a diverse range of international artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, and performance.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Performance: 2nd Japan-US Chorus Festival at Carnegie (From Fukushima to the World) / New York, NY


Member of Fukushima Mother's Chorus Association are coming to New York to sing at Carnegie Hall, demonstrating their immortal spirit of "never Give Up" in their voices. Harmony Celebration Chorus from Ridgewood, NJ, and Choir TOMO "Japan Choral Harmony" will join the performance.

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

Film: A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1 Richie's Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi, & Kore-eda / New York, NY

10/18/2013 - 02/19/2014

Donald Richie (April 17, 1924 - February 19, 2013), was instrumental in introducing Japanese arts and culture to the world. To honor his life and works, the Japan Foundation and Japan Society are pleased to co-present a film series A Tribute to Donald Richie commencing October 18, 2013 at Japan Society. The first series will feature five Japanese directors, one each month, who became prominent outside of Japan as a result of Richie's efforts. A second series will follow in March 2014.

The upcoming screening schedule is as follows:

Oct 18: High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)
Nov 16: The Life of Oharu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1952)
Dec 12: Equinix Flower (Yasujiro Ozu, 1958)
Jan 24: Himatsuri (Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1985)
Feb 19: After Life (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1998)

Performance: Treasures of Japan: Gagaku and Bugaku / Amherst, MA


The Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble from Japan presents a concert of Gagaku music with Bugaku dances on October 16 at 7:30pm at Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Amherst. This performance is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Exhibition: Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori at Japan Society / New York, NY

10/11/2013 - 01/12/2014

This exhibition showcases 35 immersive installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos produced by the artist between 2001 and 2013. Mori's first major museum show in the U.S. in 10 years, this exhibition presents her artistic evolution during the last decade, her statement of rebirth in an age of endangered environment and a lost connection between man and nature.

This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Mariko Mori (b. 1967), Transcircle 1.1 (detail), 2004. Stone, Corian, LED, Real-time control system; 132 3/8 inches diam.; each stone 433/8 × 221/4 × 131/2 inches. Courtesy of The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Photo by Richard Learoyd.

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