JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | November 16, 2021
Upcoming Event
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.

November 15-21, Screening Window
As we continue preparations for Japanese Film Festival Online 2022 (Scheduled for Feb 14-27), here’s an opportunity to catch up on some of the popular titles from last year in case you missed it! These 5 titles will be FREE to watch from November 15-21. Just visit the JFF website to create your free account, and enjoy the films! This online film festival is organized and presented by the Japan Foundation.

Little Nights, Little Love
Tora-san in Goto
The Great Passage

November 20, 6pm
Javits Center (New York, NY)
The Japan Foundation, New York and Anime NYC will co-organize a panel on Kentaro Miura, creator of the manga epic Berserk, who passed away suddenly this year at the age of 54. Readers around the world devoted to Miura-sensei mourned his loss, even as new fans continue to discover his work. Now is the time to pay tribute to both the past and future of Kentaro Miura’s creative legacy by learning more about the person and the artist. Please join Ed Chavez and Patrick Sutton to honor Miura-sensei through a discussion of his life, work, influences, and the impact he made upon other creators, the industry, and the possibilities of manga itself as a medium.

November 21, 1:30pm
Javits Center (New York, NY)
The Japan Foundation, New York and Anime NYC will co-organize a panel on the current state of the Manga industry. You will hear from manga industry professionals on how they have dealt with the pandemic - from the initial shutdown, to the rise in manga sales in 2020 and 2021, and the logistical challenges that each are facing today. The focus will then shift to the outlook for 2022 and beyond. The discussion will be moderated by Chris Macdonald, publisher of Anime News Network. Panelists include Kurt Hassler (Yen Press Publisher and Managing Director), and Kevin Hamric (VP of Publishing Sales of VIZ). This panel discussion will be recorded and archived as part of our pop culture series.

November 29, 8pm EST
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 Azby Brown and Professor Kamatani Kaoru, who will delve into the beginning of mottainai, a grassroots mentality that was pervasive throughout the Edo period, and discuss the inspiration we can take way for today global community. “Edo’s Eco Life for Today: Part II” will air in mid-December. This webinar is part of the Mottainai: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Series, which is organized and created by the Japan Foundation/CGP.

Current Opportunity
We are now accepting applications for our Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish books originally written in Japanese, in order to promote better understanding of Japanese culture and Japanese Studies. If you are planning on publishing a translated book between April 1, 2022 and February 28, 2023, please consider applying for this grant.

From our Grantees
November 18, 6:30am EDT (8:30pm JST)
Associate professor of Political Science at York College of the City University of New York and member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, Dr. Michael Sharpe will provide an introductory overview of Japanese minority groups as well as discuss some of the issues and questions regarding foreign immigration to Japan. This webinar is part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies’ Getting to Know Japan Series, which is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

November 19, 6pm EDT (5pm CDT)
University of Michigan Professor, Erik Santos, and his wife, Japanese filmmaker, Toko Shiiki, will present a talk providing insights into the history of Butoh as an art form. This webinar will feature two video clips including "Manna" by Kumotaro Mukai, with an original musical score by Erik Santos and artwork by Toko Shiiki. The presenters will talk about the collaboration with Butoh dancers Jun Wakabayashi and Rie Kim and discuss their process for building a dance performance. This webinar is supported through the CGP Salary Assistance Grant for U.S.- Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

November 21, 12-4pm CDT
Luther Park at Concordia University (Austin, TX)
The Japan-America Society of Greater Austin invites you to join the 15th Aki Matsuri Japan Fall Festival. There will be Taiko drums, Japanese Classical buyo dance, Chanoyu tea ceremony, martial arts, J-fashion show, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a range of Japanese food and sweets, anime goods, yukata photo booth, as well as Silent Auction for items such as airline tickets to Japan, games, gift certificates, give away gifts and much more! This event is supported through the CGP 2021 Relief Grant for Japan America Societies and Japanese Gardens.

November 29, 8pm EDT (November 30, 10am JST)
Deputy representative at MUFG's Washington DC Representative Office and member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future, Mr. Jordan Heiber will provide an introduction to the Japanese economy. Focusing on the post-bubble period, Mr. Heiber will discuss some of the unique characteristics of Japan’s economy, highlighting where he thinks it has succeeded and struggled, and noting the opportunities and challenges for Japan in the years to come. This webinar is part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies’ Getting to Know Japan Series, which is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

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

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