JFNY & CGP NEWSLETTER | September 2, 2021
Now Online
The new episode of JFNY Literary Series is now online! We have invited renowned Japanese children's author Sachiko Kashiwaba and her translator Avery Fischer Udagawa to discuss Kashiwaba's work and the translation process. The discussion is moderated by Yumiko Sakuma. The English translation of Kashiwaba's book Temple Alley Summer was just published in July, which the Japan Foundation supported through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

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The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer for the Japanese Studies team. Through Japanese Studies grant programs, JFNY aims to support and enhance the academic study of Japan at universities, colleges, and various institutions in the United States. For details, please click here.

Application deadline: September 24, 2021, 23:59 PM EDT
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September 9, 7:30am EDT (8:30pm JST)
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As part of the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies’ Getting to Know Japan Series, 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. Dr. Sharpe is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. The webinar series is supported through the CGP Salary Assistant Grant for U.S.-Japan Community Grassroots Exchange Program.

NEW DATE
September 12, 12pm - 4pm
Corlears Hook Park (New York, NY)
Originally planned for August 22, this event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York will present Japan Fun Fest, a free special summer festival filled with Japanese performing arts and cultural activities. There will be taiko performances, sword fighting performances, Japanese folk dancing, along with fun activities set up for children like origami, calligraphy, kendama, and kimono dressing. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy! The event will conclude with the Bon Odori, a traditional Japanese summer dance event where everyone is welcome to join in. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 

September 13, 9pm EDT (September 14, 10am JST)
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Japan will be going to the polls soon to elect members of the National Diet’s Lower House, and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party may decide to swap the current Prime Minister for a new leader ahead of the polls. In preparation for observing these political happenings, Dr. Mike Bosack will provide a primer on Japan’s postwar constitution and system of governance, offering attendees the tools for making sense of it all. 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.

September 18, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, OH)
The tradition of calligraphy in East Asia uses the basic materials of a brush, ink and paper to give sensuous form to formless thoughts and emotions that reach for a profound wisdom. For over forty-five years, Ronald Nakasone has investigated the potential of this artform, following in the path of avant-garde Japanese calligraphy artists of the 20th century, such as his teacher Morita Shiryū (1912–1998), who influenced American Abstract Expressionist painters like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. Formless Form V: The Calligraphy of Ronald Y. Nakasone presents newly created works by Nakasone and explores key aspects of the art of sho (calligraphy), such as the aesthetic features to appreciate and how to “read” an image. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 

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Photo credits:

Ronald Y. Nakasone (American, b. 1943), 無相相 (musō-sō, “Formless-form”), 2019, ink on paper, 15 ¾ x 18 ¼ in. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Shih-Chieh (Jerry) Hsu.