JFNY NEWSLETTER | September 16, 2022

Upcoming/Ongoing events

Yokai: How Japanese Folklore and Its Monsters Shaped Modern Horror

September 20, 9am–10:30am EDT


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


Crafting Global Friendships: Celebrating 20 Years of the World Cosplay Summit

September 9– November 3 (Exhibition)

Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan (Washington, D.C.)

In partnership with the World Cosplay Summit, Inc. and the Japan Foundation, New York, the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan proudly presents Crafting Global Friendships: Celebrating 20 Years of the World Cosplay Summit! This exhibit highlights the many international connections that are built through costuming and more specifically, through the world of cosplay.


The Occupation of Photography in Occupied Okinawa

September 16, 7pm ET


Join us for the sixth session titled The Occupation of Photography in Occupied Okinawa with JF Former Fellow Gerald Figal, who will discuss American participation in photography in occupied Okinawa. Americans as photographers in Okinawa throws into relief the multiple lenses—Okinawan, Japanese, and American—through which Okinawa and its people were imaged, prompting a critical rethinking of what counts in a history of photography in Okinawa since 1945. The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A moderated by Alan Christy, associate professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Masterworks of Japanese Cinema

September 20 October 11

Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center (Hudson, NY)

Masterworks of Japanese Cinema presented by Center for Moving Image brings Mifune Toshiro's six rare 35mm print films. Opening with A Wife’s Heart, portraying Mifune as a rare romantic lead. For a complete lineup visit the link below-


Book Talk: In conversation with Sachiko Kashiwaba

September 26, 3pm EDT

Kinokuniya New York (New York, NY)

The Japan Foundation New York is delighted to announce that Sachiko Kashiwaba, a renowned author of children’s fantasy books, comes to Kinokuniya New York to talk about her award-winning novel Temple Alley Summer with Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, a literary translator of Japanese literature. The talk session will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing exclusively for those who purchase Temple Summer Alley. This admission free event will be on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure to show up early!


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.


JF USA Digital Library Webpage


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

JapanFest Atlanta

September 1718

Gas South Convention Center (Atlanta, GA)

Celebrate JapanFest’s 35th Anniversary! Come immerse yourself in live music & dance performances, martial arts & cultural workshops, Anime & so much more! Enjoy various Japanese food vendors & Beer Garden or have some fun at game booths! Ticket is valid for one use only on either day of the festival. Children 6 & under are free. This event is supported through the Global Partnerships Education Grant.


Making Kamishibai Illustrations Come to Life

September 24, 1:30pm ET


In this interactive kamishibai workshop Making Kamishibai Illustrations Come to Life, Philippe Robert of France, an outstanding maker and presenter of kamishibai stories, will demonstrate how he brings his kamishibai illustrations to life. This event is supported through the Global Partnerships Education Grant.


Is It Morning For You Yet?

September 24, 2022April 2, 2023

Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unfolding along two overlapping conceptual currents, Is it morning for you yet?, the 58th Carnegie International presents historical works from the collections of international institutions, estates, and artists, alongside new commissions and recent works by contemporary artists. This event is is supported through the Japan Foundation Exhibition Abroad Support Program.


Kanreki: Buffalo-Kanazawa Sister Cities 60th Anniversary

September 30 and October 1

Buffalo History Museum (Buffalo, NY)

The Japan Culture Center of Western New York is proud to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Buffalo and Kanazawa of being declared as sister cities. Join a series of festivities, and performances at the two-day “Kanreki” event on Fri Sept 30 and Oct 1 at the Buffalo History Museum. Booths, activities and performances from local Japan-related groups and more! This event is supported through the Global Partnerships Education Grant.


Japanese Moon Viewing

October 9

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art (Nashville, TN)

Join the celebration of Otsukimi, Japan Moon viewing festival on October 9 for an afternoon and moonlit evening featuring tea ceremony demonstrations, origami and other hands-on activities, and music and dance celebrating Japanese art, gardens and culture. This event is supported through the Global Partnerships Education Grant.


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

Tenth image: Cheekwood Botanical Garden