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Seminar: Midwest Japan Seminar / New Orleans, LA


The first MJS of the year will be held in conjunction at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. Ethan Segal, Department of History, Michigan State University: will present “Problems with Documents: Early Coins, Archaeology, and Ancient Japanese History” and“Dispossessing Daughters and New Marital Practices in Medieval Japan.” Leo Yip, Asian Studies, Gettysberg College will present “The Auspicious Other: Celebrating with Chinese Deities in Nō Theater.”  This event is supported through The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Language: NEW Experience Japan 2013 / New York, NY


Explore Japanese culture and learn the language at the same time! As part of JF Japanese Language Course, we offer a series of special workshops and lectures that combine fun cultural activities and language learning together. “Making Sushi for Hinamatsuri” is coming up on February 23! More information will be available at http://www.jfny.org/language/events.html

Performance: Tigertail Presents Tatsuya Nakatani, Percussion Solo & Nakatani Gong Orchestra / Miami, FL


Tigertail will present Tatsuya Nakatani on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 8:30 pm, at Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On-Stage Black-Box, in a concert that includes a solo set by Nakatani and a collaborative set by the Nakatani Gong Orchestra, (N.G.O.), comprised of Tatsuya Nakatani and eight local musicians assembled by Miami-based Matthew Taylor and the ensemble Fridamusiq.

This event is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.

Symposium: Shin Buddhist Studies: Japan and the US
The 4th Annual Ryukoku International Symposium / Los Angeles, CA


Presenters include Dennis Hirota, Kenjun Inoue, Mami Iwata, Yukio Kusaka, and Bun'ei Takada from Ryukoku University and Christopher Callahan, University of Southern California.  From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at University of Southern California.  This event is supported through The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Film: Rituals in the Avant-garde: Film Experiments in 1960-70s Japan / New York, NY

02/20/2013 - 02/26/2013

This series brings together a wide scope of artistic activity that emerged from the outer limits of film expression in the most politically fervent period of Japan’s recent history. The program navigates rarely screened works from the 1960s and early 1970s that span genres including documentary, dance film, animation, softcore pink, and queer cinema. The program has been designed to coincide and resonate with the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Tokyo 1955-1970’ exhibition and ‘Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema 1962-1984’ film series.

Performance: Double Bill: Haptic + Holistic Strata / Columbus, OH, New York, NY

02/19/2013, 03/07/2013 - 03/09/2013

A composer, video artist, choreographer, performer, Hiroaki Umeda presents his most recent solo creations "Haptic" and "Holistic Strata"  will be presented at Wexner Center for the Arts.

February 19: Wexner Center for the Arts
March 7 -9: New York Live Arts

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

Lecture: Buddhist Myth vs. Non-Buddhist Myth in Japanese Identity / Flagstaff, Glendale, Tuscon, AZ

02/18/2013 - 02/20/2013

Prof. William Bodiford of UCLA will visit Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Arizona State University and give lectures on Japan and Global Buddhism.

Feb 18: Northern Arizona State University
Feb 19: Arizona State University
Feb 20: University of Arizona

This event is supported through The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program.

Exhibition: Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods / Boston, MA

02/16/2013 - 06/02/2013

This exhibition at McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College examines cultural exchanges from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries through the movement of goods on Portuguese ships. The seventy works in the exhibition have been drawn from institutions and private collections in the United States, Portugal, Great Britain, and Brazil.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture program.
Image:Nanban trade screen (nanban byo-bu), Japan, c. 1600-25
Six-panel screen (one of a pair); ink, color, gold, and gold leaf on paper
Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation

Performance: Hyakki Yumehina US Tour

02/15/2013, 02/21/2013

The Japan Foundation, New York is presenting performances of Hyakki Yumehina, featuring culturally unique puppeteer Michika Iida. The performances will take place on February 15, 2013 at the Asia Society in New York and on February 21, 2013 at Asia Society Texas Center.  The artist Michika Iida will perform her original story Nekohime Kugutsu Mai (cat princess dance) and Manjushaka (the equinox flower), both stories are inspired by Japanese traditional mythology.

February 15: Asia Society, New York (New York, NY)
February 21: Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

Exhibition: Gutai: Splendid Playground / New York, NY

02/15/2013 - 05/08/2013

The Guggenheim Museum will open the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and '60s.
This exhibition is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Exhibitions Abroad Support program.
Image: Murakami Saburō, Passing Through, 1956
Performance view: 2nd Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara Kaikan, Tokyo, ca. October 11-17, 1956
© Makiko Murakami and the former members of the Gutai Art Association, courtesy Museum of Osaka University

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