JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | July 31, 2020
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play Bon Daiko (Japanese Obon festival drumming)? Isaku Kageyama , a taiko instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute, offers free Bon Daiko lessons on his website . The first few lessons will focus on fundamentals and basic patterns, and will progress from there. You can also download music files and sheet music, and use these recordings for free at your local festival.
Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association will hold a series of free virtual lectures as part of its Japanese Living Environment program through September. On August 2, Jay Van Arsdale , building contractor and Japanese woodworking expert, will show and tell about the art and craft of woodworking in Japan. The webinar series is supported through the CGP Japanese Gardens Microgrant program.

As part of the online conversation series Translating the Future , this session will feature the renowned Japanese writer Tawada Yoko with her translators  Margaret Mitsutani and Susan Bernofsky , her editors Barbara Epler and Jeffrey Yang , and writer/journalist Rivka Galchen , moderated by Stephen Snyder . They will talk about the translation of Tawada's books. Tawada is a recipient of the Japan Foundation Award 2018. Her novel The Emissary , translated by Mitsutani, won the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature.

The conference, co-sponsored by PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center CUNY, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, with additional support from the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, commemorates and carries forward PEN's 1970 World of Translation conference.

The Japan Foundation, London has invited curators from various museums and art galleries in England to introduce their "favorite Japanese objects," which you may have never come across before, in this online seminar. These curators are Janet Boston , Rosie Gnatiuk , Dr. Clare Pollard , Kate Newnham , and Rachel Barclay . From antiquity to modern design, they will explain the reasons for their love as well as reveal the story of the objects. Further, moderated by Miki Yoshi , who has done extensive research on Japanese collections in the UK, they will discuss the ways in which objects of Japanese culture in museums and galleries, including their favorites, should be made the most of in the scope of the coming "new normal."

Current Opportunities
As in-person gatherings are limited due to the global pandemic, we are introducing a new grant program to provide intensive support for initiatives related to Japanese Studies that focus on exchanges via the Internet. The following are examples of the types of projects this program can support: online symposium, seminars, and workshops; expansion of digital archives; creation of web contents; digital exhibitions, etc.

This grant aims to support projects that will enhance and deepen the understanding of Japan through academic exploration. Successful proposals generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures.

JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture expands the scope to online content programs. We support online projects related to Arts & Cultural Exchange that incorporate issues pertaining to the COVID-19 global pandemic, such as virtual exhibitions and performances, film streaming, online conferences as well as webinars. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For online projects, they must be received by JFNY at least 1 month prior to the project start date.

Past Event Reports
Thank you for joining our inaugural online event, "I Love Yu! Japanese Bath Houses, Hot Springs, and How to Soak Up the Benefits at Home"! CGP and the guest speakers all enjoyed interacting with you on the YouTube Live chat. In case you missed the live event, you can watch it here . This event was supported by CGP.
For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits (from top to bottom):

(From left to right) Isaku Kageyama, David Wells, and Sumie Kaneko. Photos courtesy of the artists.

Thumbnail image of Isaku Kageyama's Bon Daiko Online Course Playlist: 00 Course Intro .

Tadawa Yoko. Photo by Nina Subin.

Video still from I Love Yu! Japanese Bath Houses, Hot Springs, and How to Soak Up the Benefits at Home.