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


The Japan Foundation and Asia Society are pleased to co-present another international dialogue, which will be curated and moderated by the co-founders and editors of Monkey Business, Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen, with contributing editor Roland Kelts. This year's featured writers are Japanese authors Hiromi Ito and Hiroko Oyamada, in conversation with American authors Brian Evenson and Jamaica Kincaid. This event is in conjunction with the PEN World Voices Festival 2017.

This event takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 - 8pm at Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please click here.

Cultural Event: Japan Festival Boston / Boston, MA


An outdoor “matsuri” experience in Boston with over 30,000 attendees in 2015 and 60,000 attendees at the 2016 event, Japan Festival Boston has doubled in scale and brought over 100 booths presenting Japanese culture and food to Boston Common. Traditional Japanese dance and music, and a very popular cosplay contest will take place on stage. It is a big spring event widely enjoyed by people of all ages not just as entertainment, but also as a cultural learning experience. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 30, 11am–6pm at the Boston Common, 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA.

Performance: Resonance II / Queens, NY

04/28/2017 - 04/29/2017

Resonance II will premier as Miki Orihara's second program in a series of solo concerts, following the success of her first concert entitled Resonance. In this second concert series, Orihara continues to use her intimate knowledge of classical modern dance to inform her personal view of contemporary work, while simultaneously using her contemporary explorations as a vessel to shed new light on her understanding and interpretation of works brought to us by past masters. In her continued effort to present a concert that reflects upon the lineage of dance beginning from classical modern to the present, Resonance II will include on its program works by master choreographers: Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch, Charlotte Griffin, and Tanroh Ishida/Orihara. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The performance takes place on Friday, April 28, 8pm and Saturday, April 29, 3pm at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY.

[Photo by Kenji Mori]

Performance: East Meets West Brunch / New York, NY

04/09/2017, 04/16/2017, 04/23/2017, 04/30/2017

Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation present the East Meets West Brunch series to introduce Japanese jazz to New York audiences. This brunch series will take place on Sundays in April at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance  Schedule
April 9, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Erena Terakubo
April 16, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Shunzo Ohno
April 23, 11:30am: Mao Soné
April 23, 1:30pm: Yoko Miwa Trio
April 30, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Meg Okura & The Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble

Exhibition: World Heritage in Japan Photo Exhibit / Austin, TX

04/05/2017 - 04/25/2017

The Japan Foundation is pleased to loan the photographs of World Heritage sites in Japan by photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi to be exhibited in the lobby of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings Inc. in Austin, Texas. For details regarding the Japanese World Heritage photo works and their loans, please click here.

The exhibion is on view from April 5 to 25 at the lobby of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings Inc., 2400 Grove Boulevard, Austin, TX 78741. Free admission.

[Photo: Jisho-ji (Ginkaku-ji) Temple © Kazuyoshi Miyoshi / PPS]

Lecture: Current Work: Kengo Kuma / New York, NY


Internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will discuss his innovative work as part of the Architectural League’s Current Work series. Kuma employs natural materials in designs that merge the regional vernacular with a sublime minimalism often resulting in an effect of dematerialization. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The lecture takes place on Friday, March 31, 7pm at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York.

Performance: Shank's Mare / Amherst, MA; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX

03/30/2017, 04/01/2017 - 04/02/2017, 04/07/2017 - 04/08/2017, 04/13/2017 - 04/14/2017

Created by American puppet artist Tom Lee and Japanese master puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V, Shank's Mare is the story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space. This beautiful and detailed production combines Japanese traditional puppetry, live video projection of miniature sets and a haunting score on hammered dulcimer and Japanese shamisen and flute. This tour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

2017 Spring Tour Schedule
March 30, 7:30pm @ University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
April 1, 8pm & April 2, 7pm @ Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA)*
(* Traditional puppetry program only)
April 7, 7pm & April 8, 2pm @ Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
April 13 & 14, 8pm @ Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

[Photo: © Ayumi Sakamoto]

Performance: Piece with gaps for each other / Queens, NY

03/29/2017 - 04/01/2017

In a multi-lateral international collaboration, American choreographer Ursula Eagly, Japanese composer Kohji Setoh, and Mexican artist Martín Lanz Landázuri have been working to together to create a bold new performance piece. This performance is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place on March 29 - April 1, 8pm at the Chololate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, NY.

[Photo: © Ryosuke Kikuchi]

Performance: Neighborhood Concert: Soh Daiko / Queens, NY


Carnegie Hall will bring a taiko concert to Queens as part of their Neighborhood Concert series. With hard-driving rhythms, dynamic choreography, and high-energy performances, Japanese drumming collective Soh Daiko takes traditional taiko music into the 21st century. This event is supported under the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The concert takes place on Saturday, March 25, 3pm at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens, NY.

[Photo: © David Okada]

Performance: Shigeyama Kyogen, May J., and EL SQUAD at the National Cherry Blossom Festival / Washington DC

03/21/2017 - 03/26/2017

Traditional and contemporary performers from Japan will appear at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony in Washington, DC on March 25: Shigeyama Kyogen, a traditional comic theater troupe; May J., a multilingual J-pop singer; and EL SQUAD, a hip hop dance group that is known for their signature "Light Dance." In conjunction with the festival, they will give additional performances. The events are co-organized by the Japan Foundation and the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan.

Performance Schedule
An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe
March 21, 8pm
Library of Congress
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May J. Special J-Pop Concert
March 24, 6pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage
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National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony
March 25, 5pm
Warner Theatre
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EL SQUAD in Concert
March 26, 7pm
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
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[Photo credits (from left to right): Courtesy of the artist, © May J., © EL SQUAD]

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