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Performance: Music From Japan 2016 / New York, NY

02/27/2016 - 02/28/2016

Music From Japan invites composer Misato Mochizuki and musicologist Yuji Numano to New York to participate in a series of lectures, seminars and forums with their American counterparts. MFJ will also present two concerts at Scandinavia House:The Works of Misato Mochizuki featuring the composer's pieces, and Japanese Composers in the 21st Century curated by Numano. This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Photo: Misato Mochizuki © Jérémie Souteyrat]

Exhibition: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World / Delray Beach, FL

02/26/2016 - 05/08/2016

This exhibition at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices.
This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: © Kip Fulbeck]

Performance: No Idea Festival 2016 / Austin, TX

02/25/2016 - 02/27/2016

The No Idea Festival is an annual festival of improvised music. This year the festival brings together a selection of musicians and sound artists from the US and around the world, working at the frefront of the fields of improvisation, composition, noise, and sonic interventions. Sho (traditional Japanese bamboo mouth organ) player Ko Ishikawa will perform four times in the festival. This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Exhibition: International Pop / Philadelphia, PA

02/24/2016 - 05/15/2016

This exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art chronicles Pop art’s emergence as an international movement, migrating from the United Kingdom and the United States to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Oiran, 1968. Ushio Shinohara, Japanese, born 1932. Plexiglass and acrylic on canvas. 72-1/4 x 72-1/4 in. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo]

Performance: Kota Yamazaki - OQ / Miami, FL

02/19/2016 - 02/20/2016

Miami Light Project presents the latest work by Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Kota Yamazaki. Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, Yamazaki's OQ (ookyu is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for "palace") featured dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western Contemporary, butoh and hip-hop.

Kota Yamazaki’s OQ Performance and Residency activities are funded by grants from Ford Foundation; Japan Foundation New York; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, The Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children’s Trust; The State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Miami Salon Group; and Publix Super Markets Charities. This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. 

[Photo: Tim Trumble]

Performance: The Story of Crow Boy / Minneapolis, MN


THE STORY OF CROW BOY explores the intriguing life story of Taro Yashima who wrestled with human brutality, racial discrimination, and the ravages of WWII to build work of social conscience, compassionate insight, poetic visual form, and ultimately - of joy. This production presented by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mast Theatre, draws on his autobiographical and fictional books including the Caldecott Honor Award-winning CROW BOY (1956) about a young boy who learns to sing the "voices of crows" in defiance of his years of being bullied. This project is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Performance: Japanese Art in Latin America: Taiko Masala ˇČThunder DrummerˇÉ Concert in Barbados / Bridgetown, Barbados

02/15/2016 - 02/18/2016

Taiko Masala, a New York based taiko group will be performing in commemoration of opening of the Japanese Embassy in Barbados. The group will also conduct workshop for local audiences. This program is co-organized with the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago.ˇˇFor more information on Taiko Masala, please click here.

[Image: © www.leons-roar.com]

Exhibition: Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan / New York, NY

02/09/2016 - 05/08/2016

Drawn from private and museum collections in the US and Europe, this exhibition at the Asia Society examines for the first time the interplay of realism and the sacred in more than thirty Buddhist masterpieces from the Kamakura period (1183 – 1333). This exhibition is supported by Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

[Image: Head of a Guardian King. Kamakura period, 13th century. Polychromed Japanese cypress (hinoki) with lacquer on cloth, inlaid rock crystal eyes, and filigree metal crown. H. 22 1⁄16 x W. 10¼ x D. 13 15⁄16 in. (56 x 26 x 35.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection, 86.21. Image courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.]

Exhibition: Lessons from Recovery: the Great East Japan Earthquake/ New York, NY

01/28/2016 - 02/23/2016

For the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, this exhibition at the Nippon Gallery documents the recovery effort in the disaster stricken area.
This event is nominally supported by the Japan Foundation, New York.

Image: Children learning hands on at the Solar Agripark (Fukushima) ©Yuki Iwanami

Exhibition: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior / Sarasota, FL

01/15/2016 - 04/17/2016

Drawn from the rich and varied Japanese collection of the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Italy, this evocative exhibition at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art features some 70 exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warrior. This exhibition is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

[Image: Suit of armor / Watashiro kebiki odoshi tachi-dō tosei gusoku. Haruta School (helmet); Unkai School (hanbō). Steel, brass, gilded copper, horn, wood, leather, laquer, silk, silk brocade. First half of the 18th century.]

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