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March 2018 Issue 
March 22 - March 25
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (Washington, DC)

Every year The Japan Foundation hosts a reception at AAS that provides an opportunity to build a broader network among Japan specialists. We would be delighted if you would join The Japan Foundation and our friends for conversation and light refreshments.

The Japan Foundation Reception
Friday, March 23,  7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Thurgood Marshall West Room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Please also come visit us at the Exhibit Hall, where we will be hosting an information booth for our grant programs:

Exhibit booth  #301
Exhibit Hall C on the hotel's Lower Exhibition Level 
Friday, March 23, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM 
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Sunday, March 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration opens March 5
Course begins April 16 

We will soon be opening registration for our 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. Save the date to secure your spot!

March 4 - July 22
Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN)

Naoya Hatekayama 's photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. The artist's first thematic exhibition organized by a U.S. museum features approximately 90 works created over the last 30 years. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Image: 05/02/2011 - Takatachô-Morinomae, from Rikuzentakata, 2011. Chromogenic print
17.48 x 21.65 inch (print); 20 x 24 inch (paper). Minneapolis Institute of Art
March 6 - April 14
Opening Reception: March 6, 6 - 9 PM
WhiteBox (New York, NY)

Curated by Kyoko Sato, this exhibition aims to show the cultural contributions and enduring influence of Japanese artists who have immigrated to New York City to pursue their careers. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Masaaki Sato, Subway No. 24, 1978. Serigraph. 17 x 23 in. (43.2 x 58.4 cm)
March 3, 7 PM 
Doc Films, University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

© 1985  Global Entertainment  Promotions, Inc.
Seijun Suzuki's  Capone Cries in His Sleep (1985) will be screened at Doc Films at the University of Chicago. One of Suzuki's most bizarre films, Capone Cries in His Sleep is full of pop-culture references, amounting to a surreal vision of American culture.  This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

March 30 - April 22
Austin Film Society (Austin, TX)

The  Austin Film Society will present a series of films directed by Nagisa Oshima . Using radical cinematic techniques, Oshima brought themes of political and sexual radicalism to the screen. Inspired by the deconstructive experiments of the French New Wave, Oshima created a cinema that epitomized the boundary-pushing zeitgeist of young Japan. The series is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Japanese Language
March 30, 6:30 - 8 PM
The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Are you planning a trip to Japan in the near future? If so, this workshop is for you! Please join us for our Travel Japanese workshop and learn Japanese vocabulary and basic expressions essential for travel in Japan! In this workshop, you will learn simple terms to order food at a restaurant, communicate in basic terms with a store attendant while shopping, and tell your destination to a taxi driver or station agent and to ask for further information. Japanese customs and useful travel information will be introduced as well. Space is limited and RSVP is required. 

April 10, 6:30 PM
The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

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

Lecture & Workshop
March 2, 12 - 1:30 PM
Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Prof. Misako Kaji
In the post-war period, Japan has pursued and thrived in an international system principally conceived and run by the U.S. that is based on the basic values of human rights, democracy, free economy, and rule of law. Today, when there is growing skepticism about liberalism as the ultimate answer to solve global questions, Prof. Misako Kaji (Hitotsubashi University) will discuss a way forward based on encounters throughout her diplomatic career in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations arena. This lecture is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. 

March 5, 5 - 6 PM
University of North Georgia (Dahlonega, GA)

Dr. Noriko Horiguchi (Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, University of Tennessee - Knoxville) will give a talk related to her second book, which is in-progress, titled Devouring Empire: Food Narratives and Memories in Modern Japan. This talk is part of a visiting speaker's series supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program. The talk is free and open to the public.

March 6, 20, & 27, 12:30 - 2 PM
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Prof. Reiko Kage
On March 6, Prof. Rieko Kage (University of Tokyo), a specialist in comparative politics, will be speaking on her most recent publication, Who Judges? Designing Jury Systems in Japan, East Asia, and Europe. On March 20, Prof. Dan Slater (University of Michigan), an expert on enduring dictatorships and emerging democracies, will talk about Asia's development and democratization. On March 27, Admiral Dennis Blair (Ret.) (SPFUSA) and Prof. Taylor Fravel (MIT) are scheduled to speak, with more details to come. These lectures are supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

March 18 - 21
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Translator Dr. Jordan Smith (Josai International University) and two prominent early-career Japanese poets Kanie Naha and Nagae Yuki will lead a series of workshops and readings of their works. These are part of the University of Iowa's Artists and Scholars events, which bolster ties with Cinema Studies, the Master of Fine Arts in Literary Translation and the International Writing Program. These events are supported under the Institutional Project Support (IPS) Grant Program. These events are free and open to the public.

Through March 3
Short Grass Arts Council (Pierre, SD)

Photo courtesy of Manhu
The renowned taiko group Ondekoza is touring in the Midwest as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest. In a performance that is as much dance as drumming, the thundering taiko style must be experienced live. This tour is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Through March 19
Various venues

Photo courtesy of the artists
The acclaimed taiko drumming troupe Yamato is touring various cities in the United States. With their mesmerizing and rhythmic sounds, Yamato brings new life to contemporary taiko drumming that will stir the hearts of people everywhere. This tour is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

March Tour Schedule
March 1: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts (Wickenburg, AZ)
March 3: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Scottsdale, AZ)
March 4: University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
March 6: Cal Poly Arts (San Luis Obispo, CA)
March 10: Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (Cerritos, CA)
March 11 & 12: Valley Performing Arts Center (Northridge, CA)
March 14 & 15: Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)
March 16: Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
March 18 & 19: Mondavi Center (Davis, CA)

March 12, 7:30 PM
Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo MI)

Award-winning performer of Tsugaru-jamisen (three-stringed Japanese banjo) Michiyoshi Sato will return to Western Michigan University on his second U.S. tour. Sato's performance glides between traditional and modern, classic and popular modes, incorporating improvisation, singing, and comedy. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

March 16 - April 1
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (New York, NY)

© Paula Court
Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures. This performance is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

March 18 & 19
Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts (Toms River, NJ)

© Jon LeClair
Kuniko Yamamoto tells Japanese stories and folk tales using music, masks, and mime in a program that explores themes of diversity and global awareness. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

March 23, 8 PM
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (Scottsdale, AZ)

© Sean Deckert
Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project brings together dance artists, scholars and musicians from Japan and the United States to explore the implications of aging as a woman in the field of contemporary dance. In an evening of unique interdisciplinary collaboration, these works challenge the audience to rethink notions of the aging body and to celebrate the endurance of the human spirit. This performance is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

Other Events
March 4, 4 PM
First Church of Christ, Scientist (New York, NY)

Marking the 7th anniversary of the March 11th disasters, the memorial TOGETHER FOR 3.11 will be held for Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami victims. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

March 14 - 17
Grand Central Terminal (New York, NY)

Japan Week is coming back to Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal. Organized by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Week is a promotional tourism event in New York City that celebrates Japan as a premiere travel destination. Visitors are invited to discover exciting locales all across Japan and to experience the art, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Application deadlines:
Intermediate level - February 28 |  Beginner level - March 31
Portland Japanese Garden (Portland, OR)

The International Japanese Garden Training Center at the Portland Japanese Garden will be holding its "Waza to Kokoro" seminar from July 19 - 30 this year. This certificate program is designed to help Japanese gardens serving communities across North America to find authentic, locally-appropriate solutions in design, construction, maintenance, and preservation. Admission is also open to landscape design and construction professionals and students of landscape-related disciplines. The seminar will be offered at the beginner and intermediate levels, and is under the support of The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Grassroots Program.

Deadline: May 14

All ceramists from New York and Tokyo are invited to submit their work to the 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition. Selected works will be exhibited at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club from May 30 to June 5. This competition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Last October, The Japan Foundation, New York loaned two sets of samurai armor for the annual Japan Fest in New Orleans. Now in its 23rd year, many visitors enjoyed a day of learning about Japanese culture, food, and of course, trying on the samurai armor! For inquiries on loaning the samurai armor replicas, please e-mail info[at]jfny.org.

Photo courtesy of the Japan Society of New Orleans
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