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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.

Symposium: Forests, Waters, and Cities: Approaches to the Environment in Japan and Global Contexts / Los Angeles, CA


As part of the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture’s Hybrid Japan Innovation Lab, this international symposium brings together scholars from different disciplines to discuss new approaches to talking about the environment in Japan, China, and their global contexts.   This symposium is supported through The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Performance: Music for a Changing World / New York, NY


Acclaimed Japanese pianist Harumi Hanafusa joins Lower Manhattan's own Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra to perform Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and the American Premier performance of Akira Nishimura's "A Sharman."  Also on the program, music by Bela Bartok and the world premier performance of KCO Music Director Gary S. Fagin's Suite from Kurt Weill's "Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny."

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

Lecture: Food Risks and Post-Minamata Literary Tradition in Japan / Los Angeles, CA


As part of the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture’s Lecture Series, Professor Masami Yuki of Kanazawa University will use Ishimure Michiko's "Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow: Our Minamata Disease" (1969) to discuss how one's language, value, and the food he/she chooses to eat are inextricably interwoven.  This lecture is supported through The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Language: NEW Experience Japan 2013
Obento: Japanese Culture in a Box" with Debra Samuels / New York, NY


Join Debra Samuels, author of the popular cookbook "My Japanese Table," for a lively presentation on obento (boxed lunch) at The Nippon Club. You will also get a chance to assemble your own obento with beautifully prepared food by Debra. For more information, visit http://www.jfny.org/language/events.html. Space is limited and RSVP required.

Exhibition: Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present

03/05/2013 - 04/12/2013

Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present is an overview of the diverse photographic expression that has emerged in Japan since the 1970s. The exhibit consists of two sections (excluding “Prologue” and “Epilogue” ). The first, A Changing Society, focuses on human being as members of society. The second, Changing Landscapes, looks at cities, the suburbs, and nature.  This traveling exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Consulate General of Japan in Miami.
Image: Risaku Suzuki, "Sakura N-6," 2002

Symposium: Work in Early Modern Japan: Precarious Pasts / Chapel Hill, NC


The Triangle Center for Japanese Studies will host a one day symposium. Speakers include Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill; Robert Hellyer, Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University; Laura Nenzi, Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Maren Ehlers, Assistant Professor of History, UNC-Charlotte. David Howell, Professor of Japanese History, Harvard University will be the Discussant.  This symposium is supported through The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Film: New York International Children's Film Festival 2013 / New York, NY

03/01/2013 - 03/24/2013

The mission of New York International Children's Film Festival is to encourage the creation and dissemination of passionate, intelligent, and compelling films for audiences ages 3-18.  This year, NYICFF presents over 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world, including Japanese featuer films, From Up on Poppy Hill directed by Goro Miyazaki and Wolf Children directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

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

Performance: The University of Tokyo Alumni Choir Concert / New York, NY


Japan Stone Arts Inc. is pleased to announce the Japan Earthquake & Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert “The University of Tokyo Alumni Choir Concert.”

The 100-member choir group consists of 70 graduates and 30 current students of the University. Masahiro Sakai from the choir will conduct the opening number, “Hokke Senpo.”

Ralph Samuelson, a Shakuhachi-flute player who is active in Japan and NY, will perform with a young and popular Shakuhachi player Akihito Obama. The members of New York Noh and Kyogen performance group will also be performing. Giuseppe Bausilio from the musical “BILLY ELLIOT” is one of the members of this group and will be performing traditional Japanese Kyogen for Japan’s recovery.  Reona Ito, the conductor of the Reona Ito Chamber Orchestra will conduct the choir and the pianist Yoko Miki will play the organ for “Requiem in D minor” by Luigi Cherubini.

Hosted by former NHK announcer Seiji Kasai and assisted by Risako Arcari, a local high school student, this event will reflect the thoughts, hearts and minds of the many different people involved in its production.

Film: An Evening with Benshi Ichiro Kataoka / New York and Red Hook, NY

02/25/2013, 02/26/2013

Silent films screened in Japan in the 20’s and 30’s were always accompanied by a live narrator called Benshi. Some Benshi were regarded as stars and their popularity often affected attendance. Today, there are a few Benshi who continue to preserve one of the rare cultural assets of Japanese film history. We wish to welcome the young master Benshi Ichiro Kataoka, for a special event featuring a performance of Yasujiro Ozu's Passing Fancy (1933), Kenji Mizoguchi's Downfall of Osen (1935), and Charlie Chaplin's A Dog's Life (1918).

February 25: Film Forum (New York, NY)
Passing Fancy* | dir. Yasujiro Ozu |1933
* Live Piano Accompaniment with Makia Matsumura

February 26: Bard College (Red Hook, NY)
Downfall of Osen* | dir. Kenji Mizoguchi | 1935
* Live Piano Accompaniment with Makia Matsumura
A Dog's Life | dir. Charlie Chaplin | 1918

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