JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | February 19, 2021
Mask Up 2020
March 1, 8pm EST
The U.S.-Japan Face Mask Design Contest received hundreds of entries from amateur artists, from kids to adults. View all these creative and fun masks at the Mask Design Gallery. Then join us on Monday, March 1 at 8pm EST for the announcement of the winners on YouTubeLive. We will kick off the event with a brief talk and live Q&A with Prof. Jordan Sand (Georgetown University) on the fascinating history and culture of mask wearing in Japan.
Japanese Studies
Check out our Why Study Japan? video series! Japan Foundation Fellows talk about what you can do with a degree in Japanese Studies as well as their own research about Japan and the environmentpre-modern and contemporary Japan, and how Japan has shaped our global society. Plus, the original background music, “Tokyo Rush: Shibuya Scramble” was composed by a Former Fellow.

JFNY Literary Series invites notable writers in Japanese literature and their translators to discuss their work, speak on the art of translation, and touch upon the current literary scene in Japan. The next session of the series will feature Sayaka Murata and her translator Ginny Tapley Takemori, moderated by literary critic John Freeman. Murata is an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and the author of Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings, both of which were translated by Takemori. The recorded conversation will be posted on our website and YouTube channel in March.
February 25, 5pm EST
In conjunction with the exhibition Joaquín Orellana: The Spine of Music at Americas Society, Akira Ikezoe will be in conversation with curator Diana Flatto. Watch live on Instagram or enjoy the recorded video later on YouTube.

Joaquín Orellana: The Spine of Music is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. The exhibition has been extended through April 24.
February 20, 7:30pm EST
The World Kamishibai Forum celebrates the diversity of kamishibai (a Japanese storytelling form using illustrated boards) performance styles, venues, and applications around the world today. This month, two new videos will premiere, including one from a Brazilian kamishibai performer. Flavia Wolffowitz will answer audience questions about how to incorporate kamishibai into the classroom during the February 20 webinar. To sign up or watch previous webinars, click here. This project is supported by CGP.
For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits:

Akira Ikezoe, Future Primitive III, Akira Ikezoe Studio, New York.

Photo courtesy of World Kamishibai Forum.