JFNY NEWSLETTER | June 16, 2022
Upcoming/Ongoing events
Come join our panel discussion as we explore the emergence and evolution of kawaii, the culture of cuteness that pervades Japanese girls' pop culture! Kawaii experts will delve into the history of how kawaii aesthetic was created, and how it has evolved from 1,000 years ago to the present day while exploring the social background and motivations behind the popularity of kawaii and the cultural influences it has had on the world over the years. This is a FREE event. Register

June 10 – July 9
MoMA (New York, NY)
MoMA presents a centennial selection of hidden treasures, most of them in archival 35mm prints, from the Shochiku film studio that has provided such masterpieces as Yashuzirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story, Keisuke Kinoshita’s Ballad of Narayama, Nagisa Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth, and Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri. This exhibition goes beyond these perennial favorites to deepen our appreciation of the history of Japanese cinema, allowing us to revel in newfound discoveries Opening on June 10 with the North American premiere 4K restoration of Masahiro Shinoda’s Demon Pond (1979).This event is supported through the Japan Foundation.

Enjoy this Japan Foundation supported panel with the Junior Scholars Networking Seminar participants, which is now available to view on our YouTube channel. Originally presented at the 2022 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring scholars of Japanese anthropology, history, film, and literature as they discuss three case studies from Japan, and one from Japan and the Philippines, of conspiracies to heal bodies both human and non-human, no matter how cognitively or geographically distant.

Join JF Digital Library for Free!
As a dedicated subscriber of our newsletter, you are welcome to join our digital library, a collaboration between our Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York offices.
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 following link 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
June 17, 7pm
Outlook Hill, Governors Island (New York, NY)
Join JPA's second performance since the summer of 2019 of “Gujo Odori” and “Nishimonai Bon Odori,” two of the Big Three Bon Odori dances of Japan on top of Outlook Hill on Governors Island. This FREE outdoor event will be a spectacular view of Japanese dances on top of the Hill, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

June 17–July 31
Kentler International Drawing Space (Brooklyn, NY)
Between Worlds - Mokuhanga explores the expansion of traditional Japanese woodblock printing (mokuhanga) from Japan into the global world of contemporary art. Organized by the Mokuhanga Sisters and the Kentler International Drawing Space, the exhibition presents contemporary examples of this environmentally sustainable printmaking process. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Takashi Harada, The Ondes Martenot with special guests: Mark Robson, piano; Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi; Maggie Parkins, cello. Mr. Takashi Harada is the best known Ondist in Japan, and one of the few masters of this unique instrument in the world. Robson and Harada are longtime friends, having met as students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Mr. Umezaki has long been a proponent of Japanese traditional and contemporary music for the shakuhachi, and is well known as a founding member of The Silk Road Ensemble. This event is supported through the Performing Arts Japan Program.

June 21, 8pm-10pm
Epsilon Spires (Brattleboro, VT)
Yosuke Fujita, a sound Artist, organist and composer based in Japan will perform as FUJI||||||||||TA at the multidisciplinary arts venue Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro, Vermont. This performance will feature a hand-fabricated pipe organ with 11 pipes and no keyboard which he based on the traditional Japanese musical concept of gagaku. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

Deadline- June 27
Join Japan 101, a hybrid program meant as an introduction to Japan for educators who may have limited familiarity of the country’s culture and history. The program aims to connect K-12 educators in the Hudson Valley area with local experts to explore Japanese culture and history. This program 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):
Second image: Yoru no henrin (The Shape of Night). 1964. Japan. Directed by Noboru Nakamura. Courtesy Shochiku; Sixth image: Kate MacDonagh, 2021 Cadence 324 x 37 inches Mokuhanga; Eighth image: Yosuke Fujita