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June 2018 Issue 
NEWS

Japan and France will jointly organize an extensive cultural season to showcase the unrevealed beauty of Japanese culture in Paris and other cities in France. Various forms of arts and culture will be introduced through a wide range of events including exhibitions and performances at more than 20 venues from July 2018 to February 2019.
 
    
The Nippon Club (New York, NY) 


Looking forward to summer? Join us for our Special Summer Workshops! There will be three different workshops from introductory (A1) to elementary (A2) levels. All workshops consist of three sessions. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
 
    
EVENTS
Performance
June 1, 7 PM
Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

© Makoto Ebi                                                  © Yuki Kokubo

This special collaboration that was well received by New Yorkers will come to Houston. The Japan Foundation and Asia Society Texas Center will co-present a performance by the award-winning tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and the multi-instrumentalist/composer Kaoru Watanabe. Kumagai, who was dubbed the "Japanese Gregory Hines" by The Village Voice, tours all over the world and has won the Bessie Award 2016 for Outstanding Performer. Watanabe is acclaimed for his innovative approach to powerful Japanese drums. Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade. Both of these outstanding artists have devoted themselves to both traditional art forms and to exploring innovative expressions. 
 
  
Through June 10
A.R.T./New York Theatres (New York, NY)

The Play Company (PlayCo) presents an English production of Time's Journey Through a Room, written by Toshiki Okada, internationally renowned playwright/director and founder of the theater company chelfitsch. Marking PlayCo's third collaboration with the playwright, translator Aya Ogawa and director Dan Rothenberg, this production continues their exploration of Okada's work. This piece reflects the evolution of his writing in the years since the 2011 earthquake in Japan. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for the Arts and Culture. Get special discount tickets on PlayCo's website with the code JF30.
 
 
Performance:
June 21 - 23, 6 PM
Theatre@37 (Perry, NY)
Workshop:
June 20, 6 PM
June 23, 2 PM
Theatre@37 (Perry, NY)
Buffalo and Erie County Central Library (Buffalo, NY)

The New York State Puppet Festival is a festival showcasing performances of nationally and internationally-recognized puppet artists, curated exhibitions of puppet arts, as well as educational programming offered by these artists. Koryu Nishikawa V , who is the fifth-generation headmaster of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo, will present traditional performances and workshops in Kuruma Ningyo style. This festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for the Arts and Culture.
 
  
Exhibition
June 2 - October 28
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA)

This exhibition demonstrates the beauty of design and use in Japanese cooking and reveals the artistry of craftsmanship in such tools as knives, whisks, ceramic kama, and other important items. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
 

Image: Chopstick Rests (Hashi-oki), Origami Crane (Orizuru), Photo Credit: Joanne Rathe Strohmeyer

June 16 - October 14
Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London, CT)

Featuring over 50 Japanese color woodblock prints by artist Tsukioka Kogyo along with several masks, this exhibition explores the art of woodblock prints and the history, stories, and costumes of Japanese Noh theater at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
 
  
Image: Kumasaka (Kumasaka the Robber), 1897 from Nogaku Hyakuban (One Hundred Noh Dramas), woodblock print, 15 x 10 in. Collection of Richard J. and Mae J. Smethurst.
June 28 - July 25
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

This exhibition showcases some of the finest examples of crafts from the Edo period (1603 - 1868) in Japan. Included in the exhibition are the intricate miniature figures and toys depicting life in Edo, such as hagoita (wooden paddles) with zodiac animals, hanten coats worn by fire-fighters, among others. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.
 
 
Image:  Daimyo's Procession from the Sukeroku Collection
 
Film
June 30 - July 15
Film Society of Lincoln Center & SVA Theatre (New York, NY)

© 2018 Movie "Inuyashiki" Production Committee © Hiroya Oku/Kodansha
More than 10 Japanese feature films and 5 special guests from Japan will be presented at the 17th New York Asian Film Festival, which is North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema. The lineup includes Sekigahara (dir. Masato Harada, 2017), The Third Murder (dir. Hirokazu Koreeda, 2017), and Inuyashiki (dir. Shinsuke Sato, 2018). This event is supported by JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
 
  
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
Deadline: June 15

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is currently accepting submissions for the 12th Japan International MANGA Award, which honors manga artists who contribute to the development of manga in the world. The Japan Foundation will invite the Gold Award and the Silver Award winners to Japan on the occasion of the award ceremony for about 10 days as a supplementary prize.

 
PAST EVENT & REPORT
March 24
Washington, DC



Forty participants of the "U.S.-Japan Network for the Future" program met this year at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., along with three of the Advisory Committee Members (Dr. Ezra Vogel, Dr. Susan Pharr, and Dr. Leonard Schoppa). Each participant gave an update on their academic work, followed by a moderated round-table session. This event was supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and co-organized with The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

For inquiries regarding Arts & Cultural Exchange, Japanese Studies or Japanese-Language Education, please contact: info@jfny.org


 

For inquiries regarding Center for Global  Partnership, please contact:  info@cgp.org