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February 2018 Issue 

January 23 - March 17:  

Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)

February 1 - March 31: 

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston-Salem, NC)

This exhibition on loan from The Japan Foundation is comprised of photographs all from the Tohoku region of Japan, and taken by photographers from varying generations. The show does not attempt to document the damage or recovery from the great earthquake that struck the area in 2011, but to show the natural and cultural environment along with its people and their way of life. This exhibition is co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

Image: Ichiro Kojima. Around Inagaki, Tsugaru-shi (1960). Courtesy of Hiroko Kojima.
February 3 - May 6
Children's Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY)

© Emily Munro
Back by popular demand, this interactive traveling exhibit which has garnered great attention and praise during its 2016 run at the museum, transports families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other too cute for words. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

February 23 - March 18
Various venues (New York, NY)

The New York International Children's Film Festival has an outstanding lineup this year, including a wonderful array of films from Japan. For the opening night, they will show Lu Over the Wall by Masaaki Yuasaa story of a gloomy middle school student named Kai whose life changes after meeting Lu, a mermaid. They will also screen Horus, Prince of the Sun, a mythical tale from the famed Studio Ghibli founder Isao Takahata. This festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Japanese Language
March 30, 6:30 PM - 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 how to order food at a restaurant using simple terms, communicate in basic terms with a store attendant while doing 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. 

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

© Makoto Ebi
© Yuki Kokubo
The Japan Foundation and 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 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. He has a passion for cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations and has worked with Tamasaburo Bando, Jason Moran, and Martin Scorsese. Watanabe was a performer and artistic director of the taiko ensemble Kodo for close to a decade. Both of these outstanding artists have been devoting themselves to both traditional art forms and exploring innovative expressions. Don't miss this opportunity to see the special one-night-only performance!

February 3, 7:30 PM
Charline McCombs Empire Theatre (San Antonio, TX)

Courtesy of the artist
The creation of a Sister City International Jazz Band is an innovative project for this upcoming International Music Festival. The ensemble includes jazz pianist Tomoko Sonoda (Kumamoto, Japan); saxophonist Shlomi Kohen (Tel Aviv, Israel); guitarist Prasanna (Chennai, India); Mexican guitarist Oscar Zensei Gonzalez and bassist Vico Diaz; saxophonist and flutist Anke Schimpf (Darmstadt, Germany) and other accomplished, versatile musicians from San Antonio sister cities. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

February 4 - 10: Sheldon Theater (Red Wing, MN)
February 11 - 17: Dubuque Arts Council (Dubuque, IA)
February 18 - 24: Prairie du Chien Schools (Prairie du Chien, WI)
February 25 - March 3: Short Grass Arts Council (Pierre, SD)

Photo courtesy of Manhu
Renowned taiko group Ondekoza will tour 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. The tour is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

February 9 - 11
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)

© Ryan Hazell
The 2018 East Coast Taiko Conference will be hosted by Stony Brook University's Taiko Tides. This year's theme, Unity through Diversity, will emphasize how each individual's unique story contributes to and improves the larger narrative of taiko in North America regardless of age, background, or skill level. By honoring the Japanese traditions and origins of taiko while celebrating its future as a way for people to connect and learn from each other, the conference will help to expand and strengthen the taiko community in New York, the East Coast, and beyond. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

February 17, 8 PM &  February 18, 5:30 PM
Scandinavia House (New York, NY)

Music From Japan (MFJ) will present its third year of the Artist Residence Program to facilitate dialogue between composers, critics and music scholars from the U.S. and Japan. MFJ will also present two concerts: The Works of Tokuhide Niimi featuring three of the composer's pieces, including one new work commissioned by MFJ, and Diversification of Japanese Contemporary Music, curated by Prof. Toshie Kakinuma, which will feature new work by Japanese composers. This event is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

February 22 - 25
Various venues (Austin, TX)

No Idea Festival is an annual festival of improvised music. This year they will feature two inspirational Japanese artists. Tetuzi Akiyama, a unique experimental guitarist, will perform solo at the opening night. Jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata and his trio will collaborate with local artists. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Through March 19
Various venues

Courtesy of the artists
The acclaimed taiko drumming troupe Yamato is touring various cities in the United States this winter. 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.

February Tour Schedule
February 2: Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
February 3: Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (Louisville, KY)
February 5: Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (Findlay, OH)
February 6 & 7: Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
February 8: Rockford Coronado Concert Association (Rockford, IL)
February 9: Goshen College Music Center (Goshen, IN)
February 10: Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
February 11 & 12: Viterbo University Fine Arts Center (La Crosse, WI)
February 14: Omaha Performing Arts (Omaha, NE)
February 18: Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami, FL)
February 19 & 20: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, FL)
February 21: King Center (Melbourne, FL)
February 24: The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston, TX)
February 26: San Angelo Performing Arts Coalition (San Angelo, TX)
more performances in March

Other Events
February 25, 10 AM - 5 PM
Florida International University (Miami, FL)

This one-day event is dedicated to Japanese traditional & pop culture. This year's event will feature live-painter  Yasunori Kimata from Japan. Experience Japanese tea ceremony and enjoy kimono demonstrations, taiko performances and more! Cool Japan 2018 is free and open to the public. This event is supported by the Center for Global Partnership Education Grant.

March 4, 4 PM - 6:15 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.

January 10

What is Japanese New Year's tradition? Do you know the hidden meaning of Osechi Ryori? P articipants i n the previous Conversation Café  enjoyed Japanese traditional activities such as  Karuta , Fukuwarai and Omikuji . Many thanks to the native Japanese speakers who dedicated their time, ありがとうございました! Our next Conversation Café will be in April, so stay tuned for more details! Visit our Facebook page  to view more photos.

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