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Exhibition: World Heritage Sites in Japan / Lansing, MI

03/16/2016 - 04/14/2016

The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan some of the photographic works of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to be exhibited at the Lansing City Hall. For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans, please click here.

[Image: © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

Exhibition: A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond / New York, NY

03/13/2016 - 07/04/2016

A Japanese Constellation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) focuses on the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA. Providing an overview of Ito’s career and his influence as a mentor to a new generation of Japanese architects, the exhibition presents recent works by internationally acclaimed designers in Japan. This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Toyo Ito. Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan. 1995-2001. © Naoya Hatakeyama]

Exhibition: In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 / New York, NY

03/11/2016 - 06/12/2016

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011 and triggered an on-going nuclear crisis has been met with an overwhelming reaction in the arts, marking a profound shift in the contemporary Japanese cultural landscape. Opening five years to the day since 3/11, this exhibition at Japan Society reveals a stunning range of photographic responses to the disaster and the artistic paths that lie ahead as Japan continues to rebuild. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Lieko Shiga (b. 1980), Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 46 from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2011. Photograph, chromogenic print. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Museum purchase with funds donated by Jerry Fielder and Daniel Campbell, 2015.2950 © Lieko Shiga.]

Performance: A Body in Places: Eiko Solo #10 / New York, NY


March 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima. A photo collaboration between Eiko and photographer/historian William Johnston will be on display in the St. Mark's Church sanctuary for 24 hours. In conjunction with the installation After Fukushima: A24-Hour Event, Eiko will perform her solo piece from 9pm at Danspace Project St. Mark's Church. This performance is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo by William Johnston]

Cultural Event: Japan Week 2016 / New York, NY

03/10/2016 - 03/12/2016

New York City's premiere Japanese travel and tourism event is back for its 5th year. Japan Week 2016 at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, puts the spotlight on the culture, food, and technology of Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku. This event is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

Cultural Event: Miss Iwate Homecoming and Sakura Festival / Birmingham, AL

03/04/2016 - 03/19/2016

Miss Iwate is one of 58 Japanese dolls created by master doll makers as part of a goodwill effort during a period of growing tension between the United States and Japan. The Birmingham Public Library will have a homecoming event after a restoration work in Japan, in conjunction with the Sakura Festival. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Film: Of Ghosts, Samurai and War: A Series of Classic Japanese Film / New York, NY

03/04/2016 - 03/19/2016

In a history spanning more than 100 years, Japanese cinema has produced some of the most admired films that continue to enrich the world cinema discourse. Masterpieces by such greats as Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi, and Kaneto Shindo have proved their enduring influence on filmmaking and film appreciation. Asia Society will present six films which are set during Japan's Middle Ages, and produced during the Japanese golden age of cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. This series is co-organized by the Japan Foundation and Asia Society.

[Image: Fuefuki River. Directed by Keisuke Kinoshita ©1960 Shochiku Co., Ltd.]

Exhibition: Blue Echoes: Quilts by Shizuko Kuroha / Lincoln, NE

03/04/2016 - 05/25/2016

Shimmering, floating, expanding, receding – Shizuko Kuroha’s quilts resonate with an ethereal energy. Antique Japanese indigo-dyed textiles give her work depth; traditional "sarasa" fabrics—block prints in a lighter palette of beiges, grays, reds, and indigos—provide counterpoint, creating synergy between dark and light, figure and ground, tangible and intangible. Kuroha has been a leader of the Japanese studio quilt movement for more than 30 years. This exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Photo by Akinori Miyashita]

Performance: Japanese Art in Latin America: Kuni Mikami Jazz Performance: Trio in Guatemala and Mexico / Guatemala City, Guatemala; Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

03/02/2016 - 03/10/2016

New York based jazz pianist Kuni Mikami will be joined by drummer Tony Machine and guitarist Yuto Kanazawa to tour Guatemala City and Cuernavaca, offering performance of standard jazz number as well as his original composition. The trio will also be conducting workshops in each city.

This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Guatemala and The Japan Foundation, Mexico.

Performance: An Evening of Japanese Traditional Theatre / New York, NY


Starring kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, this performance at Carnegie Hall highlights traditional Japanese music by showcasing three different traditional Japanese theatrical art forms: kabuki, noh, and kyogen. It is rare, even in Japan, to see these performed in the same evening and on the same stage. This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: ©Shinoyama Kishin]

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