JFNY NEWSLETTER | May 2, 2022
Upcoming/ ongoing events
Come join our panel discussion with four Boys’ Love experts: Akiko MizoguchiHyojin KIMKristine Michelle Santos and Thomas Baudinette. They will delve into the history and transformation of BL genre across Asia through the examples of Japan, South Korea, Philippines and Thailand, while exploring the transnational popularity and cultural influence of the BL genre in Asia. This is a FREE event. Register

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The American Cinematheque are holding a retrospective on Takashi Shimura, one of the most prolific and influential actors of Japan’s rich cinema history. The series features two rare 35mm prints courtesy of the Japan Foundation.

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May 526
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH)
A five-film series celebrating legendary actor Toshirō Mifune’s collaborations with director Kihachi Okamoto will be screened at the Wexner Center for the Arts. This series spotlights the iconic actor’s lesser-known collaborations with director Kihachi Okamoto, a versatile filmmaker who made comedies and favored musicals. All films screen in rare 35mm prints courtesy of The Japan Foundation. Buy your tickets here

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From Our Grantees
May 7, 7pm–10pm EDT
Sea Dog Theater (New York, NY)
Join us for a world premiere translation of the Japanese play Manzanar: Our Town by Hisashi Inoue. Highly acclaimed author Hisashi Inoue’s “Manzanar: Our Town” (Japanese title: “Manzana, Waga Machi”) is an exploration of women’s solidarity in the context of Japanese American internment during WWII. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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May 14, 1pm
Central Park West (New York, NY)
Every year our festival Japan Day @ Central Park celebrates Japanese culture, art, tradition, and food at Central Park. Our event is designed to introduce our culture to New Yorkers and to connect with the local Japanese community. In 2022, Japan Day is organizing the first-ever Japan Parade in New York City on Saturday, May 14. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

May 19, 7:30 pm
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Atrium, Kaoru Watanabe, the New York-based composer and musician will perform live on drums, flute, and vocals, mixed with electronic loops and samples as he explores the dual uses and meanings in his newest work INCENSE. This is a FREE event and open to the public. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture.

May 23May 26
Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN) & Online
Minnesota Kyudo Renmei is hosting three public events with Kiyomoto Ogasawara, the 32nd Generation Heir to the Ogasawara-ryū School of Etiquette, Archery and Mounted Archery. Join the lecture and workshop series to learn more about these traditions and how they remain relevant today. Kiyomoto Ogasawara will discuss his family’s 850-year-long traditions & how to incorporate them into modern life, demonstrate knot-tying, and the Ogasawara way of efficient body movements for walking, standing and bowing.

Information from Consulate General of Japan in New York
July 6, 2022
Inron Gate Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
Please join the SAKURA COLLECTION 2022 Fashion Design Award in Philadelphia. The SAKURA COLLECTION was launched back in 2012 in Tokyo. The SAKURA COLLECTION is a fashion project which aims to connect Japan's traditional industry with international young creators to generate new ideas for the future. This year's theme is "Enshu Men Tsumugi (Enshu cotton pongee)", a traditional fabric from Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.
This is a free entry contest which is open to application from fashion design students or non-professional designers. Application deadline is May 15th 2022.
*Applicants must be able to attend on the day of the award on July 6 at Iron Gate Theater in Philadelphia and prepare for the show (arranging models, hair & make-up) at their own expense.

Prize is a return ticket to Japan for one person! For more details please find at:

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org
Image credits (from top):
First image: (c)Shochiku Co.,Ltd.; Sixth image: Photo by Bryce Craig.