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Film: New York Asian Film Festival 2016 / New York, NY

06/22/2016 - 07/09/2016

More than 10 Japanese feature films will be presented at the 15th annual New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's largest Asian film festival. The lineup includes Tetsuo: The Iron Man (dir. Shinya Tsukamoto), Creepy (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Twisted Justice (dir. Kazuya Shiraishi), A Bride for Rip Van Winke (dir. Shunji Iwai) and more. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Silent Poems at the Nashville International Puppet Festival /Nashville, TN

06/17/2016 - 06/20/2016

Kawasemi-za is a world-renowned puppet troupe of the highest caliber; their technique is inspired by and follows the centuries-old tradition of Bunraku puppetry and is infused with their unique style. Their show Silent Poems is performed with only music and puppet imagery. They entertain and educate with a specific style not traditionally experienced by Western audiences. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Courtesy of the artists]

Lecture: Current Work: Tadao Ando / New York, NY


SOLD OUT: Tickets are no longer available for this event. 
Award-winning architect Tadao Ando will talk about his firm's work in this public lecture.
This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Tadao Ando Architect and Associates, Clark Art Institute, Visitor Center, Williamstown MA | Photo © Jeff Goldberg for Esto Photographics, Inc.

Exhibition: Radical Seafaring / Water Mill, NY

05/08/2016 - 07/24/2016

This exhibition features twenty-five artists with works that range from artist-made vessels, to documentation of creative expeditions, to speculative designs for alternative communities on the water. Works by Cesar Harada and a Japanese collective The PLAY are among those included in the show. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: The PLAY (Japanese, founded 1967), VOYAGE : Happening In An Egg, 1968. Photograph of performance, dimensions variable. © The PLAY.]

Film: Asian Pop-Up Cinema (Chicago & Wilmette, IL)

05/04/2016 - 05/08/2016

Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a nonprofit based in Chicago with the mission of creating interest and awareness of Asian culture via films, will present I Am a Monk directed by Yukinori Makabe, as a Chicago premiere. This is a story of a young man at 24 year-old becoming an abbot, and the journey thereafter of finding his way. Director Yukinori Makabe will be in attendance for Q&As for both screenings. This program is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Screening Schedule:
May 4, 7:30 pm:  AMC River East 21
May 8, 2:00 pm: The Wilmette Theatre (followed by a lobby-reception with the director)

Literature: Monkey Business: Japan/America Writer's Dialogue / New York, NY


The Japan Foundation and Asia Society will co-present another international dialogue, curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, together with contributing editor Roland Kelts. This year's featured writers are Japanese authors Hideo Furukawa and Mieko Kawakami, in conversation with American authors Rebecca Brown and Linh Dinh.

Performance: "+51 Aviación, San Borja" at the PEN World Voices Festival 2016 / New York, NY


As part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2016,The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center will present Yudai Kamisato’s new work +51 Aviación, San Borja. Intensely personal, +51 Aviación, San Borja references Kamisato’s grandmother’s address in Lima. It shifts between reportage and fiction with the narrative unfolding around places Kamisato has traveled, from Tokyo and Okinawa to his grandmother’s Japanese-Peruvian community. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Yudai Kamisato. Free and open to the public. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by Yuta Fukitsuka]

Symposium: Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change / New York, NY


Conceived as a way of revitalizing a depopulated region, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is not only one of the world's largest art festivals, it is a powerful force for social change. Hear from participating artists Marina Abramović, Cai Gui-Qiang, and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, as well as creator and General Director Fram Kitagawa. This event will be held at Japan Society, New York. Supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Marina Abramović Dream House © Anzai]

Performance: Hatsune Miku Expo 2016 North America / Various cities

04/23/2016 - 06/05/2016

Internationally recognized vocaloid Hatsune Miku will be touring various cities in the US, Canada and Mexico in her biggest tour yet. This virtual music icon will be performing selected songs - created by individual creators - that became popular through YouTube. For tour dates please click here. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

[Image: Illustration by neco. © Crypton Future Media, INC. www.piapro.net ]

Performance: Japanese Kyogen Theater / New York, NY


Asia Society and the Japan Foundation will have a special presentation of Kyogen. Kyogen is a form of traditional Japanese comedic theater which balances the more solemn form of Japanese theater called Noh. It was originally developed to provide comic relief between heavier, more serious Noh acts. Kyogen represents a wellspring for traditional Japanese performing arts and, as such, has had tremendous influence on Kabuki and other arts that developed later. There will be a free, pre-performance lecture on Kyogen at 6:30pm.

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