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January 2018 Issue 
January 12 - 16
New York Hilton Midtown (New York, NY)

The Japan Foundation will be attending the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference from January 12 to 16 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Please stop by our booth #218 in the Expo Hall to learn more about our grant programs!

January 17 - April 2 (New York, NY)

Now accepting registration for the JF Japanese Language Course - Winter 2018 (January 17 - April 2). Our course focuses on what learners "can do" using Japanese in practical settings as well as exploring the culture. Sign up now to secure your spot!

February 2, 7 PM
Asia Society (New York, NY)

© Makoto Ebi
© Yuki Kokubo
The Japan Foundation with Asia Society, will co-present a performance by the award-winning tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and the multi-instrumentalist and composer Kaoru Watanabe. Each artist will perform a solo before coming together at the end for a rhythmic explosion. Kumagai, who was dubbed as the "Japanese Gregory Hines" by The Village Voice, tours all over the world and won the Bessie Award 2016 for Outstanding Performer. Watanabe is acclaimed for his innovative approach to powerful Japanese drums. He has a passion for cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations, including working with Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, and Martin Scorsese. Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade. These outstanding artists have been devoting themselves to both traditional art forms and exploring innovative expressions. their performances will bring a warm wind to freezing New York City. Don't miss this opportunity to see the special one-night-only performance!

Center for Global Partnership (CGP)
Deadline: Rolling

This grant supports symposia, conferences, or workshops exploring U.S.-Japan policy-oriented issues. Projects must commence before March 31, 2018 and concept papers must be submitted at least 2 months prior to the start date.

January 25 - February 21
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Sagemono set of sealife
( inro, ojime and netsuke )
© Susan Tosk
This exhibition, drawn from the Eugene and Susan Tosk Collection, showcases personal accessories owned by Japanese men in the Edo and Meiji periods. Exhibits include netsuke (wearable miniature sculptures), inro (compartmented medicine or seal cases), ojime beads, pipes, pipe cases, as well as sword guards and utility knives, some specially made by master artists of the time. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

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

The next JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café will be held on Wednesday, January 10. 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.

January 8 - 15
Santiago, Chile & Mar del Plata, Argentina

Alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo leads her trio with Kush Abadey (drum), and Noriko Ueda (bass) to Chile and Argentina for a series of performances and workshops. This event is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Chile and Argentina.

Image for Erena Terakubo: © Y. Yoneda, Picture provided by Seven Seas Music, King International / Image for Noriko Ueda: © Eric Lang / Image for Kush Abadey: Courtesy of the artist

January 18: Collins Center for the Arts (Orono, ME)
January 20: The Colonial Theatre (Keene, NH)
January 21: Zeiterion Theatre (New Bedford, MA)
January 26: RVCCArts (Branchburg, NJ)
January 27: McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ)
January 28 & 29: Tilles Center Concert Hall (Greenvale, NY)
January 30: Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State (State College, PA)
more performances in February and March

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

January 25 - 27, 8 PM
New York Live Arts (New York, NY)

©  Foumio Takashima
On the opening night of LUMBERYARD In the City Winter Festival, Kei Takei's Moving Earth Orient Sphere performs in the United States for the first time in 17 years in this two-part production featuring a solo from Light, Part 8 (1974) and the U.S. premiere of Light, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest)This performance is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

SADOWay of Tea
December 5, 2017 ( New York, NY)

In celebration of their completion of the JF Japanese language course fall term, learners experienced the unique Japanese tea ceremony at the elegant and authentic tearoom KeiSui-An and tried both Koicha (thick tea) and Usucha (thin tea). The event was made possible through the generous support of the Globus Family.

The Abe Fellowship Program, a partnership between The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), launched a new initiative, the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global), to bring Abe Fellow research to broader audiences. Three events were held this past autumn. The first two events were in Houston at the Asia Society Texas Center on October 18, and at Stanford University on October 20, respectively. The third event was in New York at Columbia University on November 10.

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