JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | July 16, 2021
Upcoming Events
Super Mario, Pac-Man, Sonic, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, and Metroid. While many of these Japanese games are widely recognized, loved, and still played by many fans worldwide today, players might not realize just how integral these games were in popularizing the videogame culture in the West, and influencing both the growth and course of the global videogames industry.

For our first episode focusing on the topic of videogames, we will be joined by Chris Kohler and Mia Consalvo, who will be taking us on a historical journey with their presentations. They will delve deep into the history of the Japanese videogames industry, focusing on events which kickstarted this global phenomenon, along with some of the issues which caused it to lose its way and fall behind its western counterpart in the 2000s. Rachael Hutchinson will moderate our discussion following the presentations, continuing the narrative of how the Japanese games industry recovered and rediscovered its position in the global landscape. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A. If you have questions for the guests, please submit them through Eventbrite when you register.

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July 22
Gates Open: 8pm / Movie Starts: 9pm
United States National Arboretum (Washington, DC)
This summer the Japan-America Society of Washington DC presents the Sakura Samurai—Summer Movie Series, an outdoor screening series featuring Japanese samurai films. The first installment of the series, A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story, is a unique take on the samurai genre. The film depicts a clan of famous chefs in the Edo period from the perspective of a woman who marries into the family. This series is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, New York and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.

Join us for the fifth session of Illuminating Japanese Studies. This lecture focuses on the exhibition project Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965: Japan’s Women Printmakers at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. This was the first exhibition anywhere to examine the expansive vision of Japan’s first women printmakers association. Jeannie Kenmotsu, the exhibition curator, will discuss the careers of five of the group’s original founding members and consider why this important collective has never received the critical attention it deserves. Live Q&A will follow, moderated by Chiaki Ajioka, freelance Japanese art historian.

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The next session of JFNY Literary Series will feature renowned Japanese children's author Sachiko Kashiwaba and her translator Avery Fischer Udagawa. The English translation of Kashiwaba's book Temple Alley Summer was just published this month, which the Japan Foundation supported through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan. We invite questions for the guests to be submitted via the online form by Friday, July 30, 5pm EDT. Further details of this session will be announced soon.  

Past Event Report
As part of their Institutional Project Support grant, the University of California, Santa Barbara held two "Critical Interventions in Japanese Studies Labs," week-long intensive series of workshops and research presentations to spark future innovation in Japanese Studies research. The events were recorded and available to view on their website.

The Gagaku Lab, directed by Professor Fabio Rambelli, showcases lectures by Japanese and US-based scholars, three workshops, two performances, and a general discussion. This lab examines the ritual and ceremonial aspects of performance, especially the relations of music with ritual and religion, with a special focus on Gagaku (the ceremonial music of the Japanese imperial court) and Bugaku (dance with music).

Japanese Cinema Lab, directed by Professor Naoki Yamamoto, features four expert panels. Topics include historical formation of film and media studies in Japan since the 1990s, revaluation of the avant-garde art movement and politics in the 1950s, rearticulation of media theory in Japan from the perspective of the environment, and transnational collaboration through book publication and program building.
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Photo credits:

© 2013 “A Tale of Samurai Cooking” Film Partners.

(Left) © Hideaki BUNNO GAGAKU Ensemble. Courtesy of the University of California, Santa Barbara. (Right) Photo: Kyodo News.