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Exhibition: TOHOKU -Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers at Rosa Parks Museum / Troy, AL

03/03/2014 - 03/31/2014

This traveling exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation features over 120 photographs from Tohoku. Curated by Japanese photography critic Kotaro Iizawa to mark the second anniversary of the great earthquake, the show does not attempt to document the damage or recovery but instead uses photography to show the natural and cultural environment of Tohoku, along with its people and their ways of life.

This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

Photo: Statue of Osawabutsu, Ourani Sanpou Koujin, Dewa Sanzan, Masatoshi Naito 1981-82

Lecture: What is 'Kawaii'? A Conversation with Mr. Sebastian Masuda the King of Harajuku / FL & TN

03/01/2014, 03/03/2014, 03/04/2014

Fashion icon, artist, art director for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and founder of 6% DOKI DOKI, Mr. Sebastian Masuda will be traveling to Florida and Tennessee to talk about the 'Kawaii' culture of Japan.

Mar 1 - Young At Art Museum, Davie, FL
Mar 3 - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
Mar 4 - Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

This event is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and Consulate General of Japan in Nashville.

Exhibition: Chiharu Shiota: Presence in the Absence at Rochester Art Center / Rochester, MN

02/28/2014 - 05/18/2014

On this largest US exhibition to date of the performance and installation artist, Shiota will present a new, site-specific installation that will fill the gallery space with more than 600,000 feet of black yarn, as well as new drawings and video work.

This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Chiharu Shiota, In Silence, 2011, Thread, piano, chair,¡¡Dimensions variable

Performance: Music From Japan Festival 2014 Songs of Okinawa / New York, NY, Washington, D.C.

02/22/2014 - 02/23/2014, 02/26/2014

A weekend festival of music from Okinawa; The Ryukyuans perform the songs both old and new in a quintessentially Okinawan fusion of traditional folk sounds and American popular music. The 4-piece band, making its North American debut, showcases the region's indigenous instrument, the 3-stringed sanshin at Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C .

This program is supported by The Japan Foundation through its Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialist.

Lecture: Japanese Arts in Latin America (JAILA) Program: Smart Energy Islands: Resilience and Recovery Following the Great East Japan Earthquake / Kingston, Jamaica

02/21/2014, 02/24/2014

Cross-cultural engineering, communications and journalism professional Dan Bihn will be traveling to Jamaica to offer talks on the recovering effort being made in Japan after the Great East Earthquake.
This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica.

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


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 the 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. After Life by Hirokazu Kore-eda will be screened on February 19, the anniversary of Richie's death. A second series will follow in March 2014.
After Life © New Yorker Films

Exhibition: Remaking Tradition: Modern Art of Japan from the Tokyo National Museum at the Cleveland Museum of Art / Cleveland, OH

02/16/2014 - 05/11/2014

Featuring over 50 masterpieces of modern Japanese art from the Tokyo National Museum, the exhibition reflect a confluence of influences drawn from the Japanese traditional style of painting in concert with the emerging crafts tradition and Western styles of oil painting and sculpture.

This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: Maiko Girl, 1930. Tsuchida Bakuse (Japanese, 1887-1936). Panel painting, color on paper; 184 × 97 cm. Tokyo National Museum (A-12289 )

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America (JAILA) Program: Duo YUMENO concert ~Melodies Across the Sea~ / Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

02/10/2014 - 02/11/2014

New York based musicians Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto, shamisen, vocals) and Hikaru Tamaki (cello) will be performing in Trinidad and Tobago to offer a unique fusion of sound that explores both traditional Japanese and Western classical music. They will also be conducting a workshop to music students.
This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago.
Photo: John Broughton

Exhibition: Japan and the Jazz Age at the Columbia Museum of Art / Columbia, SC

02/07/2014 - 04/20/2014

This exhibition features a dynamic range of material, enticing visitors to discover this rich period in world history and visual culture. The show recreates the energy and excitement of the Art Deco age in Japan between the two world wars - from the 1920s to 1940s.

This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Kobayashi Kiyoshi, Dancer (Or Curved Line of Instant), detail, 1932

Exhibition: On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis / St. Louis, MO

01/31/2014 - 04/20/2014

This exhibition surveys the work of one of Japan's greatest and most influential architects of the postwar generation, Shinohara Kazuo (1925-2006), who has remained virtually unknown outside of a small community of devoted followers. Presenting rarely seen original drawings, sketches, and other archival material, the exhibition also showcases the enduring legacy of Shinohara's work through projects by younger Japanese architects whom he influenced: Sakamoto Kazunari; Itō Toyō; SANAA; and Ishigami Junya.

This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

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