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Exhibition: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi at Asia Society Texas Center / Houston, TX

10/25/2014 - 02/15/2015

This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master. These works radically extend Noh’s transformation of souls across time and space, projecting them into new cultural and physical dimensions. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center]

Exhibition: Prospect New Orleans / New Orleans, LA

10/25/2014 - 01/25/2015

Internationally renowned architect and 2014 recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Shigeru Ban will participate in Prospect New Orleans exhibiting his maquettes and design plans at the Longue Vue House and Gardens | Classical Revival mansion and gardens. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Ryoji Ikeda¡Çs superposition / New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Ann Arbor, MI; Los Angeles, CA

10/17/2014 - 11/07/2014

superposition, the latest performance project by visual and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda, explores the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale. Inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, Ikeda employs a spectacular combination of synchronized video screens, real-time content feeds, digital sound sculptures, and for the first time in Ikeda’s work, human performers.

Tour Schedule:
Oct 17-18: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Oct 24-25: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Oct 31-Nov 1: Power Center for the Performing Arts (Ann Arbor, MI)
Nov 7: Royce Hall, UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

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

[Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga]

Performance: Strings and Serpents / New York, NY; Huntingdon, PA; Indiana, PA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Burlington, VT; Quebec City, CANADA

10/16/2014 - 10/30/2014

Strings and Serpents, a multi-cultural multi-layered collaboration created by pianist/composer Andy Milne, combines the talents of French pianist Benoit Delbecq, Japan based TsuguKAJI-KOTO duo (Ai Kajigano & Tsugumi Yamamoto) and Japanese animator Saki Murotani. This project merges musical and visual forms into a unified experience, seamlessly blending Japanese and Western cultures.

Tour Schedule:
Oct 16: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
Oct 18: Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA)
Oct 22: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA)
Oct 23: PianoForte Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Oct 26: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
Oct 28: Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Oct 29: Flynn Space (Burlington, VT)
Oct 30: Musée de Civilisation (Quebec City, Canada)

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

[Photo by Scott Harrison]

Workshop: Obento: Japanese Culture in a Box - Learn to make a Japanese lunch box- / Chattanooga, TN; Tuscaloosa, AL

10/15/2014, 10/20/2014

Boston Globe food writer and cookbook author Debra Samuels will conduct a workshop on obento, a Japanese term for 'lunch' or 'lunchbox.' Participants will have an opportunity to learn the cultural background of obento, through a presentation by Samuels and a hands-on workshop. For details please click here.

This program is co-organized with the Japan Foundation, New York, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and The University of Alabama.

[Photo by Debra Samuels]

Exhibition: World Heritage Photo Exhibition at Mississippi State University / Mississipi State, MS

10/13/2014 - 11/11/2014

The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan photographic works of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to the Mississippi State University. The artworks will be on view at the Colvard Student Union Art Gallery.

For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans please click here.

[Photo: Nachi¡¾taisha Shrine and Nachi no Otaki Fall, Wakayama © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

Exhibition: Lethal Beauty at Katonah Museum of Art / Katonah, NY

10/12/2014 - 01/04/2015

With 63 works by master craftsmen from the 13th to 20th centuries, this exhibition features five full sets of armor, masks, helmets, and warrior hats, as well as a pair of 17th-century folding screens by a Kano school artist depicting battle scenes from the famous Tale of the Heike, one of the greatest warrior epics in Japanese literature that marks the dawn of samurai honor, valor, and fortitude. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by Forrest Cavale and Zach Niles]

Lecture: KAKEHASHI Project: "New Japanese Animation Talent" Panel at New York Comic Con / New York, NY


Five up-and-coming animators Saki Muramoto (It’s time for supper.), Ryo Okawara (A Wind Egg), Saori Shiroki (Woman Who Stole Fingers), Aya Suzuki (The Illusionist, The Wind Rises), and Yuzuru Tachikawa (Death Billiards, Kill la Kill) will introduce their latest works. Moderated by Justin Leach, Rigging Supervisor at Blue Sky Studios, with a special guest Natasha Allegri, creator of Bee and PuppyCat, who is participating in the KAKEHASHI Project reciprocally from the US to visit Japan.  For more information, please click here.

This program is part of the "KAKEHASHI Project - The Bridge for Tomorrow -" within the Youth Exchange Program with North America promoted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA).

Lecture: Takeshi Obata at New York Comic Con / New York, NY

10/09/2014 - 10/10/2014

Best known for All You Need Is Kill, Death Note and Bakuman., Takeshi Obata will be appearing in this year’s New York Comic Con in two panels:

Oct 9, 6:00-6:45pm (Room 1A10 at Javits Center)
The Future of Weekly Shonen Jump

Oct 10, 5:00-5:45pm (Room 1A10 at Javits Center)
Weekly Shonen Jump Presents: Takeshi Obata, Artist for Death Note and All You Need Is Kill

For more information, please click here.  Tickets to New York Comic Con are required, limited in number, and available at newyorkcomiccon.com while supplies last.  These panels are co-sponsored by The Japan Foundation, New York, New York Comic Con and VIZ Media. 

[Image: DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.]

Performance: A Body in a Station / Philadelphia, PA

10/03/2014 - 10/24/2014

Under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Eiko Otake will present A Body in a Station, a series of durational solo performance at the Amtrak 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on four consecutive Fridays (the first starts at midday and the last ends at midnight.) This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Performing Arts Japan program.

[Photo by William Johnston]

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