JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | December 15, 2021
Upcoming Event
December 16, 8pm EST
As a part of our pop culture series, we will start a special “Girls’ culture series” exploring topics such as Shojo manga, Kawaii culture, Takarazuka Revue and Boys Love to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the roots of Japanese Girls’ pop culture.

Recently, Shojo manga, Japanese girls' comics has become popular globally, but its styles and themes come from more than a century of girls’ culture in Japan.

Come join our panel discussion with four Shojo manga experts: Deborah Shamoon, Mia Lewis, Kazumi Nagaike, and Erica Friedman. They will delve into the history of Shojo manga and take a closer look at the styles and themes that make the genre so unique, while exploring the universal appeal and influence of Shojo manga. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.

The new episode of JFNY Literary Series is now available online! We have invited Kyoko Nakajima, the author of The Little House and Things Rememberd and Things Forgotten, and her translators Ian MacDonald and Ginny Takemori, to discuss Nakajima's work and the translation process. The discussion is moderated by David Peace.

Mottainai, a Japanese word encompassing the spirit of getting the most out of everything, took root in Edo period Japan (1603-1868). Edo period experts Professor Kamatani Kaoru and Professor Azby Brown will discuss food culture in the Edo Era through the lens of mottainai, a grassroots mentality that was pervasive throughout the Edo period, and discuss the inspiration we can take way for today’s global community. This webinar is part of the Mottainai: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Series, which is organized and created by the Japan Foundation/CGP.

Started from November 19, 2021 - May 15, 2022
The Jewish Museum (New York, NY)
The Jewish Museum will present The Hare with Amber Eyes, an exhibition that tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection. The exhibition explores the family’s rise to prominence and splendor in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by a focus on the prolific collector and historian of art, Charles Ephrussi, to the inter-war years, and finally World War II, when the family lost its fortune and collection to Nazi looting.

At the exhibition’s centerpiece are the extraordinary collection of Japanese netsuke, miniature carved sculptures from the Edo Period (17th-19th centuries), originally collected by Charles Ephrussi in the late 1880s. The netsuke were hidden by a maid from German officials in her mattress during World War II and later returned to the family after the war. The collection of netsuke has since been handed down to subsequent generations, serving as a connection between the past and the present. The most recent member of the family to inherit the collection, author and ceramicist Edmund de Waal, drew from them the inspiration for his memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, continuing the family’s storied legacy of artistic and cultural pursuits.This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

Started from November 20 - December 19
High Line Nine (New York, NY)
AloneTogether is a transcendent musical journey into the subconscious mind of today’s youth during a time of global turmoil and transformation. Expressed through newly commissioned pieces created by 15 of the world’s leading composers and emerging songwriters, AloneTogether takes an innovative, experimental approach toward understanding and expressing the hearts and minds of children through the course of the pandemic. For the first time, YPC enthusiasts will see choristers perform these works in new mediums, including video, art, and film, in addition to live performances. 

AloneTogether is a free exhibit and has opened for viewing from November 20th through December 19th, Wednesday – Sunday from 12pm – 6pm, with extended hours for special events. This exhibition is supported by the Japan Foundation.

JSA’s January 6-8, 2022 Conference will hold a variety of panels and individual papers on Japan’s literary and cultural traditions, historical and economic developments, and socio-political and religious characteristics. The Conference also includes roundtables and presentations on the themes of Hokkaido’s political history; indigenous Ainu identity, culture, and activism, and the film Ainu Mosir; and teaching innovations to incorporate material springing from a study of Hokkaido themes into the college curriculum and an array of college courses.

Thursday, January 6, 2022: Plenary Lecture: “Placing the Ainu in Japanese History” with David L. Howell Robert K. and Dale J. Weary, Professor of Japanese History, Harvard University

Friday, January 7, 2022: Plenary Roundtable: "The Future of Japan Studies"  moderated by William Tsutsui, President, Ottawa College, Kansas, with Mindy Landeck, East Asian Studies, Austin College; Morgan Pitelka, Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill; and Christine R. Yano, Anthropology, University of Hawaii.

Saturday January 8, 2022: "The Colonization of the Saru River Valley, Hokkaido: Notes on a Virtual Landscape" with Prof. Lonny Carlile, University of Hawaii. 

This conference is supported by the Japan Foundation, New York Institutional Project Support (IPS) Small Grant Program.

Current Opportunities
CGP and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation are pleased to announce the recruitment of the 6th cohort of participants for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program. The program seeks to nurture a new generation of scholars and professionals working on the following policy issues: those in which the two countries confront common domestic challenges and those in which the two countries have opportunities to work together to resolve global challenges.

Throughout the two-year program, the cohort will explore how resiliency, inclusivity, and science and technology lay at the center of domestic and global challenges faced by both countries and will be encouraged to explore how these areas intersect with their research interests.

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits (from top):

fourth image- Masatoshi (sign.), Recumbent hare with raised forepaw” (c. 1880), and various other netsuke. De Waal Family Collection