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May 2018 Issue 

We are pleased to announce the selection of ten Abe Fellows and three Abe Fellows for Journalism for the 2017-2018 cycle. These two fellowships are designed to encourage research and coverage on topics of pressing global concern. The program is carried out in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).

May 6, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)

This show is an extensive survey of work by Japanese artist Masayuki Koorida in his first major exhibition in the United States. It will include large scale works in granite and marble as well as small playful works in stainless steel and cast acrylic, and new drawings. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: Masayuki Koorida, Light-Twin, 2014, stainless steel, 11.02 x 18.11 x 11.42 inches, Collection of the Artist

May 30 - June 5
Entry deadline: May 14
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Winning works of the 17th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition will be displayed at The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club. This annual competition encourages and honors the creativity of ceramic artists in New York and its sister city Tokyo. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

June 1 - 30
LUX Center for the Arts (Lincoln, NE)

Chie Hitchner is a textile artist working in a variety of media including silk, linen and wool, using natural materials as dyes whenever possible. This exhibition will showcase examples of her work, which is a modern reinterpretation of Japanese weaving and dyeing techniques that are hundreds of years old. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Photo courtesy of LUX Center for the Arts

May 2, 7 PM
AMC River East 21 (Chicago, IL)

Yuko Mishima's Dear Etranger (2017) will be screened at the semi-annual film festival Asian Pop-Up Cinema. This film explores issues surrounding the growing number of mixed-marriage families in Japan. It is a touching meditation on love and marriage and what it truly means to be family. This screening is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

May 11, 7 PM
Japan Society (New York, NY)

© 1960 Nikkatsu Corporation
Japan Society presents a screening of Seijun Suzuki's Everything Goes Wrong (1960). This film about a rebellious teen tapped into the restlessness, frustration and violent energy of Japan's postwar youth with a pronounced visual style that signaled the emergence of the Japanese New Wave. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

May 15 & 17, 12 -1:30 PM
Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Saadia Pekkanen
On May 15, Prof. Saadia Pekkanen (University of Washington) will speak about the latest in space technology trends and its implications for national security, particularly with regard to Japan and the U.S.  On May 17, Prof. Robert Dekle (University of Southern California) will present results from a preliminary study showing the impact of robotics on Japanese labor between 1980 and 2012. These lectures are supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.  

May 9 & 10, 7:30 PM
Flynn Center (Burlington, VT)

Photo by GO

Kaori Seki, a contemporary choreographer based in Japan,  explores the possibilities of the live encounter, engaging the audience's senses and evoking nostalgia and memories that are difficult to record.  This performance is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.
May 10 - June 10
A.R.T./New York Theatres (New York, NY)

The Play Company (PlayCo) presents an English production of Time's Journey Through a Room, written by internationally renowned playwright/director and founder of the theater company chelfitsch, Toshiki Okada. Marking PlayCo's third collaboration with the playwright, translator Aya Ogawa and director Dan Rothenberg, this production continues their exploration of Okada's work. This piece reflects the evolution of his writing in the years since the 2011 earthquake in Japan. On May 12, Okada will be in person for a post-performance conversation. On May 13, Okada will lead an intensive workshop for actors, choreographers, dancers and physical theater artists at Japan Society. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for the Arts and Culture. Get special discount tickets on PlayCo's website with the code JF30.

May 21, 8 PM
The Kitchen (New York, NY)

© Mark Slater
The Kitchen presents a solo performance by masterful percussionist and composer Midori Takada, renowned for her pioneering virtuoso technique that distills rhythms from around the world into minimalist instrumental dreamscapes. This is a rare opportunity in New York to experience one of Takada's completely unique and transformative live performances at an intimate venue known for nurturing the creation and presentation of new works in multidisciplinary art and experimental music. This event is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

Cultural Events
May 1 - 6
The Art League (Alexandria, VA)

George Miller, The Art League
Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of the Sogetsu School for the 17th Biennial Ikebana Show. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
May 13, 9:30 AM
Bandshell Area, Central Park (New York, NY)

Japan Day will feature a wide range of Japanese traditional and family-friendly activities, popular Japanese cuisine, and stage performances throughout the day. This event is supported through the Center for Global Partnership's Education Grant program.

Deadline: May 3, 10 AM (EST)

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer who will be responsible for the management of both institutional and other programs in Grassroots Exchange & Education and Japanese Studies. Through these programs, The Japan Foundation CGP aims to foster Japan-U.S. grassroots exchange in various ways and to enhance the academic study of Japan at universities, colleges, and various institutions in the United States. For details, please see the job description. Applications are due May 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM (EST).

Deadline: May 7, 9:30 AM (JST)

Applications are now open for The Japan Foundation Summer Institute in Japan 2018. This 5-day program provides opportunities for young researchers and graduate students from Japan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia to improve their research methods and scholarly abilities, and build a trilateral network. Program costs for successful applicants will be covered by The Japan Foundation.

Deadline: May 10 (Jakarta, Indonesia Time)

Applications are now open for the 6th Japanese Studies Association in Southeast Asia (JSA-ASEAN) Conference, to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, from December 6 - 7, 2018. In order to promote networks among Japanese Studies scholars in Japan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia, JSA-ASEAN organizes a biennial conference as a major platform for trans-disciplinary international exchange. The Japan Foundation will offer travel grants to selected paper presenters from the United States based on recommendations by JSA-ASEAN. Graduate students are prioritized.

Deadline: May 11 (JST)

The Japan Foundation will launch a new program called GEN-J. The purpose of this program is to deepen the understanding about Japanese culture and language at the grassroots level in Southern and Midwestern states. The program aims to achieve this goal through strengthening collaboration between Japanese companies operating in the U.S. and local communities through the dispatch of Japanese nationals to these locations. The Japan Foundation, Tokyo is now accepting applications for those interested in dedicating 2 years to be dispatched towards this mission.

(Japanese only)
Deadline: June 15

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is currently accepting submissions for the 12th Japan International MANGA Award, which honors manga artists who contribute to the development of manga in the world. The Japan Foundation will invite the Gold Award and the Silver Award winners to Japan on the occasion of the award ceremony for about 10 days as a supplementary prize.

April 10

The Olympics will return to Tokyo in 2020! This time, we traced the history of the Olympic Games and discussed our favorite sports to play and watch. Many thanks to the native Japanese speakers who dedicated their time, ありがとうございました!Our Conversation Café is welcome to all levels and is a great opportunity to chat with native speakers. Click here to view more photos. 

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