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March 2020 Issue 
NEWS
March 20 - 22
Sheraton Boston Hotel (Boston, MA)

Each year, the Japan Foundation hosts a reception at AAS that provides an opportunity to build a broader network among Japan specialists and beyond. Conference registration is not required to attend the reception. Please join us for conversation with light refreshments. 

The Japan Foundation Reception
Friday, March 20, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Independence Ballroom West at the Sheraton Boston Hotel

Please also visit us at the Exhibit Hall, where we will be hosting an information booth for our grant programs.

Exhibit booth #404
Friday, March 20, 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Saturday, March 21, 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, March 22, 8:30 AM - 12 PM
 
    
EVENTS
Exhibition
March 6 - April 9
Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY)


More Than Cinema will present four film works by JONOUCHI Mot oharu and TANAAMI Keiichi, following extensive research and preservation efforts by the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization Collaborative Cataloging Japan. The exhibition offers an entryway to understanding the development of the Expanded Cinema movement in Japan, which pushed moving image beyond the traditional screening format and instead into space itself, addressing architecture and the body with performance and multimedia presentations.  This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
 
    
Image: Jonouchi Motoharu, Hi Red Center Shelter Plan, 1964. Courtesy of Collaborative Cataloging Japan.
 
Film
March 14 & 15
Landmark Century Centre Cinema (Chicago, IL)


The Chicago International Film Festival will bring illustrious Japanese director KORE-EDA Hirokazu to Chicago for a special tribute and retrospective of key films from his career. The film festival will present its Artistic Achievement Award to the director and screen his most recent film, The Truth, followed by a post-screening Q&A. The festival will also present new 2K digital restorations of KORE-EDA's beloved masterworks Nobody Knows, Still Walking, and Like Father, Like Son. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 
 
    
Image: Courtesy of the Chicago International Film Festival
 
Lecture & Symposium 
March 5
Campus Center, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)

Dr. Hideko Tamura
IUPUI's Japanese Studies Program will be hosting "Hiroshima Nagasaki A-bomb Poster Exhibition," which includes the testimony of Dr. Hideko Tamura, an A-bomb survivor and Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, followed by a symposium with guests, Dr. Roy Tamashiro, Professor Emeritus from Webster University and specialist in Peace Studies, as well as Ari Beser, the grandson of the only crew member who participated in both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies.
 
    
March 6, 4:30 PM
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Prof. Roger Goodman
Prof. Roger Goodman (Oxford University) will give a talk on family-run universities in Japan moderated by Prof. Susan J. Pharr (Harvard University).  Prof. Goodman's research is mainly on Japanese education and social policy, with comparative work on South Korea and the UK. This lecture is supported by CGP.
 
    
Performance
March 3 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
March 6 & 7 Japan Society (New York, NY)

© bozzo

Isolation, contagion and instability: Fruits borne out of rust, conceived of and directed by internationally known Japanese visual artist Tabaimo, uses drawings, video installations and live music to probe these unsettling themes that lurk beneath daily existence. Her intricate animations transform the stage, while MORISHITA Maki's subtle yet dynamic choreography enhances Tabaimo's peculiar and introspective world. This tour is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.
 
March 16, 6 PM
ISEC Auditorium, Northeastern University (Boston, MA)

Northeastern University will welcome the Shigeyama family -- SHIGEYAMA Ippei, SHIGEYAMA Motohiko, and SHIMADA Hiromi. The Shigeyama family has been performing Kyogen, a form of traditional Japanese comedic theater, for over 400 years. The evening will begin with Ippei explaining the history and distinctive qualities of Kyogen, followed by a performance from the renowned classic Kakiyamabushi (The Persimmon Thief), and Susugigawa (The Washing River), an adaptation by IIZAWA Tadasu of the medieval French farce "Le Cuvier". The program will be presented in Japanese with English translation. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 
 
    
March 19 Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
March 20 Sheraton Boston Hotel (Boston, MA)
March 24 Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA)

© Chindon Tsushinsha /Tozaiya
Chindon-ya is Japan's unique form of street musical advertisement practice, which dates back to the late 1800s. Ostentatiously and colorfully costumed, these street musicians can be hired by any business for the day, and roam through the neighborhood streets playing an assortment of musical instruments to attract the residents' and passersby's attention to publicize the client. Chindon Tsushinsha, a renowned chindon-ya group in Japan, will give a performance at the AAS Annual Conference, as well as a lecture and demonstration at several colleges and universities on the east coast. This project is supported through the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.
 
March 21, 5 PM
Warner Theatre (Washington, DC)


Get ready for the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival and watch world-renowned performers as we welcome springtime in Washington, DC! The artists for this year's Opening Ceremony include: MORIYAMA Naotaro, a singer-songwriter whose famed piece "Sakura (Cherry Blossom)" is considered an emblematic song of spring in Japan; White Out Tokyo, a dance team founded and directed by choreographer and dancer A-NON; and SATO Anna x SASAKI Toshiyuki, an alternative musical ensemble featuring SATO Anna, a master of shima-uta (traditional folk songs of Amami Island), and drummer SASAKI Toshiyuki. The performers will make appearances outside of the Opening Ceremony throughout the festival. 

Celebrate the 108th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees from Japan to the United States while enjoying spirited traditional and contemporary performances in the historic Warner Theatre. This event is co-organized by the National Cherry Blossom Festival and The Japan Foundation.

 
    
Images: (Left) Sato Anna x Sasaki Toshiyuki. Photo © Rino Kojima. (Center) Moriyama Naotaro. Photo courtesy of the artist. (Right) White Out Tokyo. Photo courtesy of the artists.
 
March 22, 2 PM
Washington-Liberty High School (Arlington, VA)

As part of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival,  White Out Tokyo the winner of the 2019 Showstopper Dance Competition, will perform at Arlington Japan Day. Arlington Japan Day is a one-day cultural event with Japanese arts, food and music. Admission is free. The performance is co-presented by The Japan Foundation and Study Arlington Japan (SAJ), and supported by the Embassy of Japan.
 
    
Cultural Event
March 8, 4 PM
First Church of Christ, Scientist (New York, NY)

TOGETHER FOR 311
Official Photography
© Kenji Mori
Marking the 9th anniversary of the March 11th disasters, the memorial Together for 3.11 will be held for Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.
 
    
March 23 - 29
Baylor University (Waco, TX)

Baylor University will host Spotlight: Japan 2020, a week-long celebration of Japanese art, culture, and history. It will include an exhibition of Japanese prints at the Martin Museum of Art, a production of OKADA Toshiki's Enjoy by the Department of Theatre Arts, and numerous additional lectures and events by guest artists and Japan scholars. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 
 
    
JOIN OUR TEAM

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), New York seeks an Associate Program Officer who will be responsible for the management of both institutional and other programs in Grassroots Exchange & Education. Through these programs, The Japan Foundation CGP aims to foster Japan-U.S. grassroots exchange in various ways. For details, please see the job description
 
    
For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org