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December 2019 Issue 
JAPAN 2019 
Through December 8
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)

Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art celebrates one of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan's unique spiritual heritage of Shinto and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for natureand the place of animals within that realmis expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints. Animalswarm and cold-blooded, real and imaginaryare meticulously and beautifully rendered in a myriad of works from ancient 6th-century clay sculpture to contemporary art. Arranged in themes such as Zodiac Animals, Animals from Nature, Religion, Myth and Folklore, and Leisure, the exhibition draws heavily from LACMA's permanent collection and includes masterpieces from Japanese and American public and private collections, some of which are on view for the first time.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Japan Foundation, with special cooperation from the Tokyo National Museum, and presented as  part of  Japan 2019 , a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

Image: Tani Bunchō, Japan, 1763-1840, Tiger Family and Magpies (detail), 1807 (Bunka 4, 12th month, 18th day), ink and color on silk, 61 15/16 × 33 3/4 in. (157.3 × 85.7 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Charlotte Wayne and Richard Wayne in memory of Lenore Wayne (M.2016.155) photo © Museum Associates / LACMA.

Deadline: December 2, 10 AM

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), New York seeks an Associate Program Officer who will be responsible for the management of both institutional and other programs in Grassroots Exchange & Education. Through these programs, The Japan Foundation CGP aims to foster Japan-U.S. grassroots exchange in various ways. This position will report to the Program Director of Grassroots Exchange & Education. For details, please see the job description. Applications are due December 2, at 10 AM (EST).
December 21, 2019 - December 12, 2021
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

Tempus Fugit:: 光陰矢の如し:: Time Flies is a reflection on time and its many meanings. This broad concept has been applied to the Japanese art collections at the Harn Museum as an investigative tool to look at how time has been measured in the visual record, how art objects can portray several moments in time, and how artists experience time during the production of their work. The celebration of the natural world, through life cycles and the acknowledgment of mortality and the change of the seasons, is also a recurring theme in Japanese art and celebrated within this exhibition. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Image: Watanabe Shotei (1851-1912), Thrush on Snowy Branch (detail) c. 1890s, ink and color on silk, Collection Harn Museum of Art (2005.15.1). Photo: Randy Batista.

Through January 26, 2020
Japan Society (New York, NY)

New National Stadium, 2017 © Takashi Homma, courtesy of the artist .

Tokyo, like any other city, has experienced a variety of social, economic and political shifts. In response to significant changes, how does architecture embody the city's transition? What role has architecture played in developing Tokyo? This exhibition explores the development of socio-architectural facilities and compares landscapes with art and performance generated from Tokyo between the two seminal worldwide games, in 1964 and 2020. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
December 6
9 AM - 6 PM

NYU Washington DC (Washington, DC)
December 7
10 AM - 6 PM

Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)

The New York University Asian/Pacific/American Institute will convene an academic workshop for scholars and curators to examine art activism through a global comparative lens. Speakers include experts in Asian American, Latinx, Indigenous, and African American art, as well as Global Asias perspectives. This workshop is supported through the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

Japan 2019 Associated Program features affiliated events organized by public and private entities to introduce Japanese culture in the U.S. and to promote exchange between the two countries. To learn more about Japan 2019 Associated Program, please click here.
Through September 20, 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Through December 28
Ronin Gallery (New York, NY)

Arts & Culture
Deadline: December 2

This program is designed to provide financial assistance to exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences outside of Japan, in order to deepen global understanding of Japanese art and culture.
Deadline: December 2

This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese art by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers to conduct research in Japan, and promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art outside of Japan.
This fellowship is implemented by The Japan Foundation with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation.
Center for Global Partnership
Deadline: December 2

Applications for the CGP Grant Program are due December 2; concept papers are not required. There are two categories of support, the " Intellectual Exchange: Policy-Related Projects " and the " Grassroots Program: Education and Network-Strengthening ". 
Deadline: Rolling, until January 31, 2020

CGP is excited to announce a new grant program, Case Studies Japan: Research Trip to Japan for Interdisciplinary Scholars and Graduate Students. This program supports travel to Japan for faculty members and graduate students so they may conduct field research in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The objective is to provide participants, especially those who may not be familiar with Japan, with firsthand experiences to gain a deeper understanding of and make connections in Japan that will be useful in their own disciplines after the trip. The program is now accepting applications. 

Japanese-Language Education Overseas
Deadline: December 2

This program is designed to provide specialists (researchers, graduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who need a good command of Japanese language for conducting their field-related work and research through an intensive residential training course. The program is held at The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai in Japan.

Photo by Craig Kafura

Leading experts on U.S.-Japan relations and other influential voices from Indiana discussed the current state and desired future of this bilateral relationship in a conference on November 8. Panelists examined the political, social, and foreign policy challenges the United States and Japan face today, U.S.-Japan relations in the Trump Era, as well as how these international and domestic challenges broadly affect U.S.-Japan relations, and more specifically the Midwest and Indiana. This conference was supported by CGP.

Dr. Christopher Bolton, Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College and a former Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow, gave a lecture titled "8 Ways to Analyze Anime" at Anime NYC on November 16. Dr. Bolton used the classic 1988 film Akira as an example for analyzing anime from traditional and non-traditional film and media perspectives. The talk attracted a large audience, filling the hall to standing room only. We hope that this talk will inspire the next generation of anime scholars.


Dr. Shige (CJ) Suzuki, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College, and Kristi Fernandez, a manga editor and translator, gave presentations about the work of acclaimed Japanese animator Makoto Shinkai at Anime NYC on November 16. They introduced Shinkai's unique independent background as well as their insights on his work, and discussed some secrets of his distinctive anime techniques known as "Shinkai magic". We hope the audience learned new perspectives and gained a deeper understanding of his past work and latest movie Weathering with You, which will be released in theaters across the U.S. in January 2020.

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org