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Exhibition: Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl / Los Angeles, CA

03/29/2015 - 06/07/2015

This exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents 450 years of Raku ware. It comprises 94 works from the serene, monochromatic tea bowls of founder Chōjirō, which most directly reflect the wabi tea ceremony ideals of legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu, to the strikingly original innovations of the current Raku master. This exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, the Raku Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

[Chōjirō, red Raku tea bowl named Tarōbō (an Important Cultural Property of Japan) photo: Masayuki Miyahara]

Symposium: Tawaraya Sotatsu / Tokyo, Japan


This symposium will examine the art of Tawaraya Sotatsu with the curators of the exhibition of the artist to be held at Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. this coming fall.  The symposium will be streamed live in Japanese and in English:

Time & Date: 00:00-03:00am on March 22, 2015 EST
(Japan time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm on March 22, 2015)

Venue: The University of Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

Ryo Furuta, Associate Professor, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
James Ulak, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Freer | Sackler Gallery
Keiko Nakamachi, Professor, Jissen Women's University
Shunroku Okudaira, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
Yukio Lippit, Professor of Japanese Art, Harvard University

Guest Panel:
Akira Yamaguchi, Artist

For English streaming:

For Japanese streaming:

For more information in Japanese:

For more information on Tawaraya Sotatsu exhibition in Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery:

Exhibition: Divergent Currents: The Ripple Effect of Japan on American Ceramic Artists at Clay Art Center / Port Chester, NY

03/21/2015 - 05/09/2015

The exhibition, curated by master potter Jeff Shapiro, explores the Japanese culture and its extraordinary influence on 14 contemporary American ceramic artists who have ties to Japan through heritage, life experience or creative influence. This exhibition is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Akio Takemori, Sleeping Woman in Pink Dress, 2013, stoneware with underglazes, 10x27x15”]

Performance: Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery / Brooklyn, NY

03/19/2015 - 03/21/2015

The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Japanese taiko drum ensemble Kodo in their BAM debut with Mystery. Led by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, Kabuki theater giant and a national treasure of Japan, the troupe showcases its legendary drumming alongside virtuosic dance and instrumental performance. This performance is supported by supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: © Takashi Okamoto]

Exhibition: For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Houston, TX

03/07/2015 - 07/12/2015

This exhibition surveys photographs, photo books, paintings, sculpture, and film-based installations by 29 Japanese artists during the political and social turmoil of 1960s and early 70s, and demonstrates how the artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of such radical societal change. This exhibition is supported by the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Photo: Daidō Moriyama, from Accident, 1969, gelatin silver print, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Shadai Gallery. © Daidō Moriyama]

Symposium: Manga at Crossroads Symposia I at The Ohio State University / Columbus, OH


This is the first of two symposia (March 6 and April 4, 2015) that will examine the past, present, and future of manga. The origin of manga and future directions of this unique art form that started in Japan will be reexamined. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Matsumoto, Akira (Reiji). Aoi Hanabira (Blue Petals) (Tokyo: Showa Manga Shuppansha, 1958)]

Film: New York International Children's Film Festival 2015 / New York, NY

02/27/2015 - 03/22/2015

New York International Children’s Film Festival 2015 showcases Japanese films including When Marnie Was There (dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2014 / North American Premiere) and Jellyfish Eyes (dir. Tanashi Murakami, 2013.) This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: When Marnie Was There © 2014 GNDHDDTK]

Performance: Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery / Germantown, TN


Kodo, the taiko drumming pioneers from Japan, have powerful mastery over their instruments. It’s a power that can be tender or explosive, delicate or thunderous. Though steeped in tradition, Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a stunning spectacle and a vibrant expression of artistic excellence. This performance is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: courtesy of the artist]

Rakugo Teaching and Performance / New York, NY; Boston, MA; Middlebury, VT

02/24/2015 - 03/03/2015

Two rakugo performers, Sankyo Yanagiya and Kyonosuke Yanagiya, will visit institutions in three states to perform and teach the art of rakugo. Rakugo is Japanese traditional story-telling art in which a single performer sits in front of the audience and tells stories that are generally humorous but can also be moving or frightening. 

Feb 24: New York University (New York, NY) [For more information about the event at NYU, please contact Prof. Kazue Kurokawa (Language Lecturer)]
Feb 27: Boston University (Boston, MA)
Mar 3: Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

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

[Photo: Sankyo Yanagiya © Middlebury Japanese School]

Exhibition: Japanese Pottery: The Rising Generation from Traditional Japanese Kilns at Japan Information Center, Chicago / Chicago, IL

02/20/2015 - 03/15/2015

This traveling exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, is a masterful survey of diverse ceramic works from leading and up-and-coming-artists from Japan. This exhibition is co-organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

[Image: Atsushi Miyanishi: Blue-glazed vase with wave motif ]

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