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EVENT: BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award Toshiko Akiyoshi / Washington DC


Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi will be honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. The award honors living jazz masters from the Mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education. Toshiko Akiyoshi is a Japanese jazz pianist, composer / arranger, and bandleader who has received many honors, including The Japan Foundation Award (2004) and the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters (2007). This event is supported in part by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on October 19, 7pm at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566. For more details, please visit Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation‘s website.

[Image: Courtesy of the Artist]

PERFORMANCE: Falling Out / Nashville, TN

10/12/2018 - 10/13/2018

Phantom Limb Company and Dai Matsuoka of Sankai Juku will perform Falling Out at Oz Arts Nashville. Blending puppetry with the distinct Japanese art of Butoh, the performance explores the shared language of Butoh and puppetry to express loss and life afterwards. There will be performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November and at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in April. This event is supported by the Performing Arts Japan program.

This performance takes place on October 12, 8pm and On October 13, 7pm at OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville, TN 37209. For more details, please visit OZ Arts Nashville’s website.

[Image: Courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center]

FILM: Asako I & II / New York, NY

10/06/2018 - 10/11/2018

Asako I & II which competed at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, will be screened at the 56th New York Film Festival. Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who previously garnered attention for his film Happy Hour, returns with a beguiling and mysterious film that traces the trajectory of love. Based on a novel by Tomoka Shibasaki, Asako I & II is an enchanting yet unnerving paean to the notion of love as a trance state. There will be a Q&A with Director Hamaguchi on October 6. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The screening takes place on October 6, 3pm at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 and on October 11, 6pm at Water Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023. For more details, please visit New York Film Festival‘s website.

[Image: Courtesy of New York Film Festival]

LANGUAGE: Travel Japanese at Anime Fest @ New York Comic Con / New York, NY


The popular and practical Japanese course "Travel Japanese" is back! This time, the venue will be the Academy Stage at Anime Fest @ New York Comic Con, the largest pop culture convention on the East Coast.  

This event takes place on October 6, 11am at the Academy Stage in Pier 94, 711 12th Ave, New York, NY 10019. For more details, please visit Anime Fest @ New York Comic Con’s website.

CULTURAL EVENT: Folding Workshop by Origamido / Memphis, TN

10/05/2018 - 10/06/2018

As a part of the larger celebration of Origami in the Garden, which features a traveling exhibition of origami sculptures, Memphis Botanic Garden will be holding a workshop and an exhibition. The workshop will be guided by origami experts from the Origamido Studio, Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture as well as contemporary uses of origami in STEM fields. The exhibition will be open to children and members of the community. This event is supported by the Center for Global Partnership Education Grant.

This event takes place from October 5 through 6 at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN. For more details, please visit Memphis Botanic Garden’s website.

LANGUAGE: Manga + Translation 101 by Dr. Mari Morimoto / New York, NY


Interested in what goes on behind-the-scene of manga translation? Don't miss our special evening with Dr. Mari Morimoto, one of the foremost manga translators in North America. Session 1 ,“Manga in Japan and in the US 101”, will briefly trace the history and evolution of manga in Japan and its path across the Pacific, and explore the cultural differences between the two countries through manga. Session 2, “Manga + Translation 101”, will focus on the act of translation itself and provide a deeper understanding of this craft through her personal experiences of working with renowned manga titles. The lecture will be in English. Space is limited and RSVP is required. 

This lecture takes place on October 2, 6:30pm at the Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. For more details, please visit the Japanese-Language Education page in Japan Foundation New York’s website.

CULTURAL EVENT: Baltimore Japan Art Festival / Baltimore, MD

09/28/2018 - 09/29/2018

This annual event showcases Japanese culture through traditional and contemporary art, film, music and food. Featured guest and illustrator Yusuke Nakamura will hold a lecture with a Q&A session and a reception featuring his original work titled Blue | Now | New. Other events include a Japanese short film festival, and an outdoor festival that features all-ages educational workshops, games and more. This event is supported by the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

This event takes place from September 28 through 29 at Station North Arts District, Baltimore, MD.  For more details, please visit Baltimore Japan Art Festival 2018's website.

[Image: artwork by Yusuke Nakamura]

PERFORMANCE: Chichinagami Shinbu In the Light of the Full Moon / Honolulu, HI


This year marks the 150th anniversary of Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants who arrived in Hawai'i. In tribute to the special date, the Gannenmono in Concert series will feature unique collaborations between local and Japanese artists that highlight distinct narratives within Japanese immigration history. For Chichinagami Shinbu, Kazue Higa, founder of Ryuseikai Honryu Ryūkyū Dance School in Okinawa—and Atsuko Tamagusuku, founder of the Udui Fukura Okinawan Dance School—join the Ukwanshin Kabudan, a Ryukyu performing arts troupe based in Hawai`i, to present traditional and original performances. There will be one more performance associated with the 150th Gannenmono in Concert in November. This event is supported by the Performing Arts Japan program.

This performance takes place on September 24, 7pm, at Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814. For more details, please visit Honolulu Museum of Art's website.

[Image: Courtesy of Kazue Higa]

SYMPOSIUM: Demographic Aging in Japan and Beyond / Syracuse, NY


Scholars from Japan, the U.S. and Canada will present their research on topics of aging in Japan from a comparative perspective. This event is free, open to the public, and supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.

This event takes place on September 22, 10am, at 500 Hall of Languages in Syracuse University, 900 South Crouse Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13244. For more details, please visit Syracuse University’s website.

SYMPOSIUM: Philadelphia and Meiji Japan International Symposium / Philadelphia, PA

09/20/2018 - 09/22/2018

University of Pennsylvania, Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will collaborate on a series of commemorative events to celebrate the historical ties between the city of Philadelphia and 19th century Japan. Events include exhibitions, cultural and educational events, and an international symposium. This symposium is free, open to the public, and supported by the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small grant program.

This symposium take place from September 20 through 22 at Mayerson Hall Lower Gallery in University of Pennsylvania, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA, 19130. For more details, please visit University of Pennsylvania’s website.

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