JFNY NEWSLETTER | August 15, 2022
Upcoming/Ongoing events
Come join our panel discussion as we explore how Japanese folklore and its monsters shaped modern horror. Our experts will delve deep into Japanese folklore and the history of Yokai, specifically focusing on their origins, how these tales and creatures formed the template for J-horror, and its impact and evolution through film and other media in this modern era. This is a FREE event. Register

August 26–September 25
Freer Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)
Watch Toshiro Mifune’s most rebellious, antiheroic roles, including some rarely seen films in 35mm prints. Toshiro Mifune: Japanese Cinema’s Original Rebel is presented in conjunction with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery exhibition, Underdogs and Antiheroes: Japanese Prints from the Moskowitz Collection to celebrate Mifune as one of the great icons of Japanese cinema’s golden era and one of filmdom’s most exhilarating performers.

July 15–September 20
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center (Silver Spring, MD)
Join AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center’s Toshiro Mifune Retrospective, opening on July 15th with Akira Kurosawa's rarely seen early medical melodrama THE QUIET DUEL. This retrospective presents a broad selection of Mifune’s films drawn from across his entire career, with several rare 35mm prints imported from Japan.

Join JF Digital Library for Free!
Our new digital library ​has over 1,800 titles in ​broad genres such as manga, literature, Japanese language, art, history, culture, society, cooking & food, etc. They are all free to read! ​We hope everyone can browse our digital library and find a book to read.
To apply, please register by going to the Application form and clicking on “Click Here to Complete the Digital Library Signup Survey” at the bottom of the page. We will send out confirmation emails from The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It ​will include your Library Card number and Pin code to access. After you receive it, you will be ready to read digital books on both OverDrive webpage and their e-reader app: Libby!
Please note the digital library is available only for U.S. residents 14 years or older. If you reside in Canada, please register through Toronto office's webpage.
From Our Grantees
August 27
934 3rd Avenue (Brooklyn, NY)
Celebrate the 2nd annual summer family festival with Japan Village! Japan Village Natsumatsuri offers not only the traditional shows to watch but all the fun traditional Natsumatsuri games and foods! Yo-Yo Fishing, Cotton candy, Ice shavings, Traditional masks (Omen), and much more! This event is supported through the Japan Foundation Education Grant.

August 28, 10am–6pm
World’s Fair Park (Knoxville, Tennessee)
With the aim of promoting culture, diversity, and unity in the community, Knox Asian Festival will bring together people from various cultural backgrounds who will showcase their unique music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts and other products at the park in Knoxville, TN. This event is supported through the Japan Foundation Education Grant.

August 30, 6:30 pm at Ornithology Jazz Club (Brooklyn, NY)
September 4, 5:45pm at Pyramid (Detroit, MI)
Himiko Kikuchi, a pianist and founder of the Tottori Jazz Festival, formed a special band featuring a guitarist Masatsugu Matsumoto as well as a young rising flutist Shun Katayama, and will also feature Koichiro Tokumochi as a live-drawing artist. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits (from top):
Fifth image: New York Seikatsu Press, Inc.