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Performance: Orpheus with Nobuyuki Tujii / West Palm Beach, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Vero Beach, FL, New York, NY, Purchase, NY, Easton, PA

01/19/2014, 01/20/2014, 01/21/2014, 01/25/2014, 01/26/2014, 01/28/2014

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will collaborate with brilliant young Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tusjii to present six concerts in Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York, including Mr. Tsujii's orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Tsujii will join the Orpheus in its first all-Beethoven program, performing Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat Major.

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

Film: Vengeance is Shohei Imamura / New York, NY

01/17/2014 - 02/01/2014

One of the greatest filmmakers in Japanese cinema, Shohei Imamura, will be featured at Asia Society with the screening of five of his works, including Stolen Desire, Vengeance is Mine, A Man Vanishes, The Ballad of Narayama, and Black Rain. This retrospective is co-organized with Asia Society.

Performance: Poro Oyna: The Myth of the Aynu / Hanover, NH, San Francisco, CA

01/10/2014 - 01/11/2014, 01/15/2014 - 01/19/2014

A new multidisciplinary shadow theatre work created by Larry Reed in collaboration with OKI, a prominent Ainu musician specializing in the fretless Aynu string instrument tonkori, will be presented in Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. The project tells the legends of Aynu Rakkur, the beloved demi-god from the ancient epic song cycle of "yukar." The performance is heightened by the distinctive sound of OKI's tonkori and his original modern renditions of Aynu folk songs.

Jan 10 - 11: Hopkins Center for the Arts (Hanover, NH)
Jan 15 - 19: Fort Mason Center (San Francisco, CA)

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

Performance: Niwa Gekidan Penino: The Room, Nobody Knows / New York, NY, Minneapolis, MN, Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA, Seattle, WA

01/08/2014 - 01/12/2014, 01/16/2014 - 01/18/2014, 01/23/2014 - 01/26/2014, 01/30/2014 - 02/01/2014, 02/06/2014 - 02/09/2014

Founded and led by playwright/director and former practicing psychiatrist Kuro Tanino, Niwa Gekidan Penino has garnered much acclaim for its psychological works, and surreal and unconventional stage designs. The Room, Nobody Knows is a dreamlike, enigmatic tale of two brothers and their secret desires, staged within a set divided into upper and lower platforms and filled with a variety of elaborate sculptural furniture.

Jan 8 -12: Japan Society (New York, NY)
Jan 16 - 18: Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Jan 23 - 26: Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
Jan 30 - Feb 1: Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (Philadelphia, PA)
Feb 6 - 8: On The Boards (Seattle, WA)

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

Exhibition: Timeless Beauty: World Heritage Sites of Japan at Dublin Arts Council / Dublin, OH

01/07/2014 - 02/21/2014

The Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the loan of Japanese World Heritage photo works by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to the Dublin Arts Council.
For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo panels and their loans please click here.

Rokuon-ji (Kinkaku-ji) Temple, Kyoto
© Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS

Performance: Little Raindrop Songs / Atlanta, GA

12/27/2013 - 01/18/2014

Puppeteer Michael Haverty and the Japanese "pajama-pop" duo Lullatone collaboratively create a whimsically theatrical and imaginative journey through an anything-but-normal day, especially for preschool age children and their caregivers that nurture creative thinking and imagination. This fully interactive theatrical performance will connect with the very young and invite them into the wonder of this artistic experience.

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

Exhibition: TOHOKU through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers at Japan Information Center in Chicago / Chicago, IL

12/16/2013 - 02/07/2014

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.

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

Exhibition: Karatsu Ceramist Takashi Nakazato at STARworks Ceramics / Star, NC

12/05/2013 - 01/05/2014

Noted Japanese Karatsu ceramist Takashi Nakazato, the fifth son of the late Living National Treasure Nakazato Taroemon Muan, will be conducting his month-long residency at STARworks. During his residency, there will be an exhibition of his work as well as workshops and demonstrations. For details please go to http://www.starworksnc.org/starworks-ceramics.html.
This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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.

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)

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