JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | April 27, 2021
Pop Culture
The Japan Foundation, New York will start a special Studio Ghibli series as part of our Pop Culture Series! For the first episode on Studio Ghibli, we will take a closer look at the life of Hayao Miyazaki, the director of Studio Ghibli, and how it influenced his work, especially the children characters he created. Dr. Susan Napier will introduce us to the story of Miyazaki’s life and works based on her latest book, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art, taking a closer look at how children characters guide us to deal with an increasingly uncertain future. The presentation will be followed by a live discussion with Helen McCarthy about their perspectives on Miyazaki’s various characters. The event will conclude with a live Q&A. If you have any questions about Miyazaki’s worldview and characters, please submit them through Eventbrite when you register.

The third installment of JFNY Literary Series features Kanako Nishi and her translator Allison Markin Powell, moderated by author Kyoko Nakajima. Ginny Tapley Takemori from the collective Strong Women, Soft Power and interpreter Bethan Jones also joins the session. Nishi is an award-winning writer who has published more than two dozen books in Japan. Her masterpiece Saraba! won the prestigious Naoki prize in 2015.

The next session will feature Hiroko Oyamada and her translator David Boyd. Oyamada is an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and the author of The Factory and The Hole, both of which were translated by Boyd. We invite questions for the guests to be submitted via the online form by Wednesday, May 12, 5pm EDT. Further details of this session will be announced soon. 
Cultural Event
The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will present an online event on ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement. This event will feature a presentation on the relationship of ikebana to the practice of tea as well as to daily life from the 1600s to today. The lecture will be followed by a screening of the short film Ikebana by Hiroshi Teshigahara and an artist demonstration with Sogetsu ikebana instructor Reiko Nakajima. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

For the eighth International Curatorial Residency with Japanese curator Sho Akita, Visual AIDS presents an online conversation about the work and activism of Japanese artist Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995), a founding member of the performance collective Dumb Type and an outspoken AIDS activist in Japan. This program brings together friends of Teiji Furuhashi from Japan and the U.S. to shed light on the cultural exchange that he facilitated between New York and Kyoto. Participants include the renowned artist and sex worker advocate Bubu de la Madeleine, composer Toru Yamanaka (aka DJ Lala), and the curator Barbara London, who acquired Furuhashi’s work for the Museum of Modern Art. Moderated by Sho Akita.

May 13, 6am EDT / 7pm JST
As part of YCAPS’ Getting to Know Japan Series, Dr. Jonathan Clements will deliver an overview of the samurai in Japanese culture and history—the evolution of their arms and armor, their legends and battlefield traditions, and the process by which a military clique seized control of a nation for hundreds of years. How much of today’s lore about Bushido, the "way of the warrior," is historically accurate? This event is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

From Our Friends
CGP launched Mask Up 2020 Contest, an original face mask design contest, to encourage mask wearing through fun and creative mask designs. Designs from 9 amateur creators were selected, printed, and donated to non-profit organizations.

Below are some of the events at which the donated masks will be given away.
May 2, 10am
Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
May 9, 2pm
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)
May 15, 12pm, 1:30pm & 3pm
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)
For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits:

Teiji Furuhashi and Bubu de la Madeleine in Dumb Type’s S/N (1994). Courtesy of Dumb Type. Photograph by Kazuo Fukunaga.