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February 2020 Issue 
February 11 - April 26
Asia Society (New York, NY)

Impermanence is a pervasive subject in Japanese thought and art. Through masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles drawn from two of America's greatest Japanese art collections, this exhibition examines Japan's unique and nuanced references to transience. Objects span from the Jomon period to the twentieth century. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
Image: Prince Son'en (1298-1356). Toshinari's Competition of the Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (Toshinari Sanjurokunin utaawase) (detail). Japan. Nanbokuchō period, 14th century. Handscroll; ink on kumogami paper decorated with gold and silver birds and butterflies. H. 10 1/3 x W. 449 in. (26.4 x 1140.5 cm). John C. Weber Collection. Photography by John Bigelow Taylor, courtesy of John C. Weber Collection

February 14 - July 26
Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA)

Painting Edo, one of the largest exhibitions ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums, offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan's early modern era. Selected from the collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program. 
Image: Maruyama Ōkyo, Peacock and Peonies , Japanese, Edo period, 1768. Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk. Harvard Art Museums, Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.17. Image: John Tsantes and Neil Greentree; © Robert Feinberg.

February 22 - May 3
Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, OH)

This exhibition provides the rare chance to see all 100 works in Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's epic series 100 Aspects of the Moon, a standout series in the history of Japanese woodblock prints. This exceptional opportunity was made possible by the Dayton Art Institute's recent acquisition of a rare complete album set, and is a fitting conclusion to the museum's Centennial Year. A selection of works from the DAI's Japanese collection and other loans will further enhance the experience of these masterpieces of Japanese art. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), Jade Rabbit - Sun Wukong, 1889, woodblock print, ink and color on paper. Dayton Art Institute, Museum purchase with funds provided by Jack Graef Jr., Linda Stein, Susan Shettler and their families in memory of Jack and Marilyn Graef, 2019.9.18

February 21 - March 15
Various venues (New York)

Children of the Sea. Courtesy of NYICFF

New York International Children's Film Festival 2020's Friends & Neighbors: Japan showcases a curated selection of four new and retrospective feature films and one short film collection, highlighting the rich cinema and cultural history of Japan in a breathtaking range of styles: from the East Coast premiere of Watanabe Ayumu's atmospheric Children of the Sea (2019, NYICFF Opening Night Film), to the U.S. premiere of the award-winning, fresh vision of Iwaisawa Kenji's On-Gaku: Our Sound (2019) and Tsukamoto Renpei's charming live-action inter-generational twist in Bento Harrassment (2019). Rounding out the feature films is a retrospective screening of Yabushita Taiji and Daikuhara Akira's landmark anime Magic Boy (1961). This film festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. Get special discount tickets on the NYICFF website with the code JFNY20.

February 14, 4 PM
University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)

Dr. Melek Ortabasi
Dr. Melek Ortabasi, Director of the World Literature Program and Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University, will give a talk on the reception of foreign children's literature titles in Japan. By comparing the original works with the Japanese translations, Dr. Ortabasi will discuss how these foreign works became "classics" in Japan. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.

February 18: Minicine (Shreveport, LA)
February 19: Full City Rooster (Dallas, TX)
February 20 - 23: Museum of Human Achievement (Austin, TX)

The 17th annual No Idea Festival features the leading lights in contemporary experimental music. Japanese avant-garde sound artists Oshiro Makoto and Kawaguchi Takahiro will perform throughout the entire course of the six-day festival spread out over three cities in the U.S. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

February 20 - 23 REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
February 28 & 29 Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT)
March 3 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
March 6 & 7 Japan Society (New York, NY)

© bozzo

Isolation, contagion and instability: Fruits borne out of rust, conceived of and directed by internationally known Japanese visual artist Tabaimo, uses drawings, video installations and live music to probe these unsettling themes that lurk beneath daily existence. Her intricate animations transform the stage, while Morishita Maki's subtle yet dynamic choreography enhances Tabaimo's peculiar and introspective world. This tour is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.
February 22 & 23
Scandinavia House (New York, NY)

(Left) Koide Noriko, (Right) Dr. Choki Seiji

Music From Japan (MFJ) will present its Fifth Artist Residency to facilitate dialogue among composers, critics, and music scholars from Japan and the U.S. MFJ will also present two concerts as part of its 45th season: one featuring works by Koide Noriko and the other curated by musicologist Dr. Choki Seiji. Both concerts will be followed by panel discussions and Q&A sessions. This event is supported through the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. 

February 28 & 29
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University (New York, NY)

Eraser Mountain . Image © Yamauchi Shota

Is it possible to create theater not only for the people watching at that one moment in time? Can we use theater to present a world in which people and objects are completely equal, rather than trapped in their usual subservient relationship? Eraser Mountain is the latest in chelfitsch 's ongoing endeavors to update theater. As his collaborator, the director Okada Toshiki welcomes Kaneuji Teppei , an artist who has expanded the possibilities of his practice by incorporating theatrical perspectives into his main medium of collage. Performed in Japanese with English supertitles. Recommended for ages 16+. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 

February 29
Ordway Theater (St. Paul, MI)

© Dan Norman

TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American and Japanese female taiko artists together for a two-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women center stage in an epic and historic performance. Guest artists include: Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Chieko Kojima (KODO), Kaoly Asano (GOCOO), Mayumi Hashimoto, Mizue Yamada, PJ Hirabayashi, Chizuko Endo, Michelle Fujii, and many more. This performance is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.

February 29 - March 8
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (New York, NY)

© Shinoyama Kishin

Renowned Japanese playwright, director, and performer Noda Hideki, will bring his newest show, One Green Bottle, to New York following its 2018 London premiere. An absurdist gender-bending farce, One Green Bottle artfully illustrates our current selfie society's relationship with consumerism and modern technology through one night in the life of a disordered family on the road to ruin: Bo, Boo and Pickle all have plans, but someone must stay home to care for their pregnant dog, Princess. Trivial disputes and slapstick mischief quickly morph into family feuds and also, possibly, to the end of the world. This performance is supported through the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. 


The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer for the Arts and Cultural Exchange program. This program promotes the introduction of Japanese arts and culture as well as exchanges between Japan and the United States through various fields of arts and culture. For details, please see the job description.

Cohort 5 of the "U.S.-Japan Network for the Future" program, a collaborative effort between CGP and the Maureen and the Mike Mansfield Foundation, completed a week-long study tour in Washington, D.C. on January 10. They met with government officials and policymakers, as well as representatives from academia, think tanks, and the corporate sector to discuss issues that are of mutual concern to Japan and the U.S..

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org