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Cultural Event: End of Summer "MATSURI" / Urbana, IL


This one day festival, acting as a celebratory kick off to the fall 2015 semester, will bring together Japanese culture, food, and drink. Visiting artists include Ho Etsu Taiko from Chicago and Masaji Terasawa who executes Amezaiku (Japanese candy artistry), among others. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film screening: ALWAYS - Sunset on Third Street - 3 / New York, NY


The Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan Foundation New York presents a film screening of ALWAYS - Sunset on Third Street - 3 on Friday, August 28 from 6pm. The screening is in Japanese with English subtitles. Admission to the screening is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP with "RSVP, Always - Sunset on Third Street - 3" in the subject line to kanako_shirasaki(a )jfny.org (please change (a) to @) two days prior to the screening.

Japan Information Center Gallery
Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10171
Please bring photo IDs.

[Photo: (C) 2012 "Always3" Film Partners]

Performance: Japanese Arts in Latin America: TAIKOPROJECT South America Tour 2015 "Surrounding Suns" / Buenos Aires, Argentina; Asuncion, Pirapo, Encarnacion, Paraguay; Salvador, Brazil

08/19/2015 - 08/30/2015

Three members of the LA based Taiko group will tour the South American countries for a series of performances and workshops. This tour is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Argentina, Paraguay and Consulate of Japan in Recife.

[Photo: Rob Hammer]

Exhibition: The Sun Shines for Us All: The Friendship Dolls from Japan / Valparaiso, IN

08/18/2015 - 12/13/2015

Featuring original scholarship and a full color publication, Curator Terry Kita presents the incredible story of the Friendship Dolls from Japan of the early 1920s. Five of these beautiful dolls will be on view, including the museum's own doll, Miss Chosen. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Hôryȗsai, Miss Chosen, 1927, Gofun, cloth, wood, silk, human hair, 33 1/2 inches tall, Gift of Denny and Frances Gulick, Brauer Museum of Art, 2013

Exhibition: Katsutoshi Yuasa. New Works / Lawrence, KS

08/14/2015 - 09/19/2015

Yuasa's innovative method of translating photographic images into large-scale woodblock relief prints will be on view. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: “0 to 255,” 300cm x 1000cm, 12,000 pieces of water-based woodblock prints, 2014.

Performance: The Crane Wife at National Puppetry Festival / Storrs, CT


The Crane Wife, a puppet theatre production based on the Japanese folk tale, will be presented at the National Puppetry Festival on August 13. The show is intended for all ages and features handcrafted, bunraku-style puppets, masks, shadow imagery, and live music. The Crane Wife draws on elements of Japanese theatre forms with Western influences. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Biz Hertzberg]

Exhibition: Amoebologist by Aki Sasamoto / New York, NY

07/21/2015 - 07/23/2015

New York based Japanese artist Aki Sasamoto will showcase her new original participatory performance piece with a custom food cart at the High Line. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Aki Sasamoto, Wrong Happy Hour, 2014. JTT Gallery, New York. November 2, November 15, December 12, 2014. Photo by Ben Hagari. Courtesy the artist, JTT, and Take Ninagawa.

Performance: Yarn/Wire - Misato Mochizuki World Premiere Performance at Lincoln Center Festival 2015 / New York, NY


On July 15, 2015, from 8pm, Yarn/Wire will present the world premiere of a new work by Misato Mochizuki, Tristan Murail, and Raphael Cendo for two pianists and two percussionists as part of the Lincoln Center Festival at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. The prior evening, on July 14th, discussion on the music with the composers will be held at 6pm. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Bradley Buehring]

Performance: Concertante / Roundtop, TX


The American premiere of James Nyoraku Schlefer’s Concertante for shakuhachi, koto, violin cello and chamber orchestra will take place at the Round Top Festival Institute Orchestra. He is joined with the renowned flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson, who will be leading the Round Top Festival Institute students. This performance is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film: 14th New York Asian Film Festival / New York, NY

06/26/2015 - 07/08/2015

The New York Asian Film Festival, North America’s largest Asian film festival, brings the best of the newest Asian films. This year 8 Japanese films will be showcased, including the North American premier of Daihachi Yoshida’s PALE MOON (2014). The Film Festival will also present The Last Men in Japanese Film, a special 6-film tribute to two legendary Japanese actors: Ken Takakura and Bunta Sugawara. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: © 2014 "Pale Moon" Film Partners]

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