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April 2018 Issue 
April 8, 15, 22 & 29
Blue Note Jazz Club (New York, NY)

From left to right: Yasushi Nakamura, Ai Murakami,
Takeshi Ohbayashi, Mika & Richard Stoltzman 

Enjoy brunch with the playful sounds of Japanese jazz musicians at our East Meets West Brunch series! Presented by the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Japan Foundation, this series will take place on Sundays in April at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York.

Performance Schedule
April 8, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Yasushi Nakamura Trio
April 15, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Ai Murakami Quintet
April 22, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Takeshi Ohbayashi Trio
April 29, 11:30am & 1:30pm: Mikarimba featuring Richard Stoltzman with Guests

April 16 - June 28 (New York, NY)

We are now accepting registration for JF Japanese Language Course - Spring 2018 (April 16 - June 28). Our course focuses on what learners "can do" using Japanese in practical settings and also on exploring the culture. Sign up now to secure your spot! 

Deadline: May 7, 9:30 AM (JST)

Applications are now open for The Japan Foundation Summer Institute in Japan 2018. This 5-day program provides opportunities for young researchers and graduate students from Japan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia to improve their research methods and scholarly abilities, and build a trilateral network. Program costs for successful applicants will be covered by The Japan Foundation.

Cultural Events
April 14
Nashville Public Square (Nashville, TN)

This annual festival is a family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture that is free to the public. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

April 28 - 29
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, NY)

Sakura Matsuri offers over 60 performances and demonstrations that showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival celebrates the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment during the cherry blossom season. The tea ceremony programs at the Sakura Matsuri are supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Photo: Tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu, leaders of the Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

April 30 - June 1
Miami Dade College North Campus Gallery (Miami, FL)

Fuji musume
This exhibition, on loan from The Japan Foundation, showcases several kinds of dolls from Japan, which include:  Hina ningyo (Girls' Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys' Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like noh, bunraku; regional dolls from throughout Japan; and "creative dolls" produced by contemporary craftspeople. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami.

Odd Obsession
© 1959 Kadokawa Pictures
The Museum of Modern Art and Japan Society present the first major U.S. retrospective of Kazuo Miyagawa, the most influential cinematographer of postwar Japanese cinema. Working intimately with directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa on some of their most important films, Miyagawa pushed Japanese cinema to its highest artistic peaks through his lyrical, innovative and technically flawless camerawork. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.
April 11 - 13
Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)

Bowdoin College's Asian Studies Department will host a screening of Japanese anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters and a symposium concerning how the popular figure of Godzilla can spark global awareness and conversations regarding the uses and abuses of atomic energy in the Pacific region.  This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

April 30, 7 PM
Music Box Theatre (Chicago, IL)

The Chicago Film Society presents a screening of Takeshi Kitano's A Scene at the Sea (1991). This minimalist film about a deaf garbage-collector who dreams of becoming a surf champion is one of Kitano's most poignant works. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.
Japanese Language
April 10, 6:30 PM
The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Practice Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks at the next JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café! All levels are welcome! Space is limited and RSVP is required.

Lecture & Workshop
April 10 & 11
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Translator Takako Lento will visit The University of Iowa for a reading, workshop, and discussion of her experiences with the early years of the International Writing Program (IWP), which began in 1967. The University will record a conversation with her regarding her work with early Japanese participants in the IWP, which will be made publicly available on a new portion of the IWP website. This event is supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program.
April 20, 12 PM
Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Since the global financial crisis, many countries have experienced low inflation or deflation. Some central banks have taken aggressive unorthodox measures such as large scale quantitative easing, while others have taken a more cautious approach. Examining the case of Japan, Prof. Saori Katada (University of Southern California) will make the case that the policy ideas of central bankers are critical to understanding the nature of the monetary response to economic downturn and low inflation. This lecture is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
April 24, 12:30 PM
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Modern-day markets do not arise spontaneously or evolve naturally. Rather they are crafted by individuals, firms, and most of all, by governments. Prof. Steven Vogel (University of California, Berkeley) makes the argument that "marketcraftrepresents a core function of government comparable to statecraft and requires considerable artistry to govern markets effectively. This lecture is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. 
April 5 - April 13
Hampden-Sydney College (Hampden Sydney, VA)

An English-adaptation of the noh play Atsumori , developed and presented by Hampden-Sydney College's Fine Arts Department, will be premiered as part of a symposium entitled  The Arts of Civil War . The English-original noh play Gettysburg will be performed by Theatre Nohgaku as a dramatic counterpoint.  This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
April 6 & 7, 7:30 PM
Moody Performance Hall (Dallas, TX)

Courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre 
DBDT: Encore! presents a world premiere from Japanese choreographer Takehiro Ueyama. In the Sea of Heaven was created as an ode to the victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and the recent 2017 hurricanes. This is a powerful work featuring DBDT: Encore! dancers exploring a variety of global aesthetics.This event is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.
April 12, 7:30 PM
University of Iowa, Voxman School of Music (Iowa City, IA)

Courtesy of the artist
Japanese pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will give a piano concert entitled Tango, Soul and Passion. The program includes works by contemporary Japanese composers along with music from Europe and South America. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
April 13, 7 PM
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)

Courtesy of Taikoza
Experience the thunderous rhythms of the Japanese taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Give voice to traditional and new compositions with powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
April 14, 7 PM
Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York (JFDINY) presents The Festival of Japan: Drums + Dance, a collaborative dance performance by JFDINY's own dance ensemble Minbuza, accompanied by world-renowned traditional musicians from Japan including Sukeroku Taiko and Katsuhiro Chiba. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Photo: Katsuhiro Chiba. © Kenji Mori

April 13 : Monument-National (Montreal, Canada) 
April 19 & 20 : Gray Area / Grand Theater (San Francisco, CA)

Interdisciplinary digital Renaissance man Daito Manabe, his Rhizomatiks Research group and ELEVENPLAY, led by choreographer MIKIKO, present the world premiere of their latest creation, discrete figures. Inspired by Alan Turing who is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, their newest dance installation marries choreography for five dancers with machine learning technology and a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones, virtual dancers and other objects. This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Photo by GO

A contemporary choreographer based in Japan, Kaori Seki  explores the possibilities of the live encounter, engaging the audience's senses and evoking nostalgia and memories that are difficult to record.  This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

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