JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | November 20, 2020
Japanese Studies
The second lecture in our Illuminating Japanese Studies series is coming up! Join us with JF Former Fellow Raja Adal, who will discuss his research on the relationship of writing and technology, by focusing on the Japanese 3,000-character typewriter. Why was this typewriter unpopular in other parts of Asia but such a huge success in Japan? And how have scripts around the world, aided by such technologies, survived into the modern era? Live Q&A moderated by Kay Shimizu, Research Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, will follow. 

We hope that this series will illuminate what exactly Japanese Studies can teach us, not only about Japan but about the world.

December 4 - 13
Our first online film festival, JFF Plus, will be held from December 4 to 13. JFF Plus will showcase over 20 different Japanese films ranging from dramas, animation, and documentaries. Explore the full lineup here.
Free talk events will take place during the festival! Join us with special guests to learn more about Japanese cinema and culture. The events are co-organized by The Japan Foundation and Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
Two scholars, Matthieu Felt and Christopher Smith, will contextualize selections from this year’s festival within the history of post 3/11 Japan and trends in recent Japanese Cinema. 
The co-founder of AltJapan Matt Alt and writer and translator Fred L. Schodt will discuss the influence of Japanese robots in pop culture, fantasy robot genres such as autonomous android robots and “drivable” robots, and about real-world robots inspired by childhood dreams.
This talk by scholar Eileen B. Mikals-Adachi will consider how film acts as a vehicle for cultural representations of nature and what might be distinctive about Japanese films. 
The trailer for the film festival just came out! Watch the trailer here.
Our heartiest congratulations to both Yu Miri and Morgan Giles! Yu's novel Tokyo Ueno Station (Riverhead Books, 2020), which was translated by Ms. Giles, won the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature. The Japan Foundation supported the English publication of the book in the U.K. (Tilted Axis Press, 2019) through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.
Performing Arts
Bunraku is known for its expressive combination of storytelling, music, and puppetry. This webinar, hosted by Noh Society, will focus on each element—the chanter (tayu), the shamisen (joruri), and the puppeteer. The tayu describes the scene in addition to speaking for the character. The shamisen expresses the sounds of nature as well as the emotions of a scene. Three puppeteers work together to realize the movements of each puppet. It is a seamless and creative combination of these facets, which creates the magical world of Bunraku. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Call for Entries
MASK UP 2020 – Original Face Mask Design Contest
Calling all creative amateur artists, kids to adults, to design an original design for a face mask, long a staple in everyday Japanese life. These masks will be good for everyone’s health and wellbeing, environmentally friendly, and pleasing on the eye. MASK UP 2020 winning designs will be announced in an online event. More information coming soon. 
Join Our Team!
The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer at The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) who will be responsible for managing grants and other programs in Grassroots Exchange & Education. Through these programs, The Japan Foundation CGP aims to foster Japan-U.S. grassroots exchange in various ways. This position will report to the Program Director of Grassroots Exchange & Education. For details, please click here.
For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits:

Courtesy of Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House.
©︎ HAIJME WATANABE, courtesy of Noh Society.