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June 2019 Issue 
June 2 - August 18
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

Animals are abundant in Japanese art history, demonstrating the significance of both real and mythical creatures in Japanese culture. 

Of unprecedented scale and comprehensiveness, this exhibition  brings together over 300 animal-related works of art carefully selected from significant collections in Japan and the United States, from 5th-century haniwa to contemporary art. It examines the many roles animals have played in secular , spiritual, and religious  lives in  Japan through diverse media  such as  painting, sculpture, lacquer ware , ceramic s , metalwork, cloisonné enamel, woodblock prints, textiles, and photography.  These depictions of animals , at times  simple and humorous and at other times  mysterious, communicate charming aspects of Japanese culture to people of all ages. 

This exhibition is co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Japan Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with special cooperation from the Tokyo National Museum.  This exhibition is part of Japan 2019 , a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

On Sunday, June 2 at 2 PM, an inaugural lecture introducing the exhibition will be given by Mr. Robert T. Singer, curator and department head, Japanese art, LACMA, and co-curator of the exhibition. In addition, on Friday, June 7 from 10:30 AM to 5 PM, there will be a public symposium, "The Roles and Representations of Animals in Japanese Art and Culture." Both events are free and will be livestreamed on nga.gov/live.
(Left) Yayoi Kusama, Sho-chan , 2013.  © Yayoi Kusama, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai
(Right) Ito Jakuchu, Pair of Cranes and Morning Sun, Edo period, c. 1755-1756. Tekisuiken Memorial Foundation of Culture, Chiba Prefecture
Important Announcement on the JF Japanese Language Course

Since Winter 2012, it has been our sincere pleasure to work with The Nippon Club to offer the JF Japanese Language Course. After the conclusion of the current 2019 spring term, however, The Japan Foundation, New York has decided to step away from providing language courses here in the city. Starting from the Fall 2019 term, The Nippon Club will independently provide Japanese Language courses.

Please know that the textbook Marugoto, developed by The Japan Foundation, will continue to be available, as will be the online study materials and platforms MARUGOTO Plus and Minato.

The Japan Foundation, New York will continue other existing initiatives, as we remain committed to providing opportunities to broaden the understanding of and interest in Japanese culture throughout the United States. We sincerely appreciate your active participation in our programs and generous support over the years.

Cover design
by Keenan
One of the most important Japanese novelists of the 20th century, Yukio Mishima, wrote the novella Star, a rich and unflinching psychological portrait of a celebrity coming apart at the seams. Star has recently been translated by Sam Bett and published for the first time in English by New Directions.  The publication of Star is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

On view through June 16
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Make sure to check out a groundbreaking exhibition inspired by Japan's most celebrated work of literature at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, currently on view through June 16! Bringing together more than 120 works from numerous public and private collections in Japan and the U.S., this exhibition explores the tale's continuing influence on Japanese art since its creation.

On Saturday, June 8 at 2 PM, acclaimed manga artist Yamato Waki speaks about her artistic process and one of her most popular works, The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn (Genji Monogatari: Asaki yumemishi), a manga version of the celebrated 11th-century tale. The conversation is hosted bProfessor Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University and co-curator of the exhibition. Space is limited and advance registration is required for this free lecture, Artist on Artworks - Yamato Waki.

Co-organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Japan Foundation, the exhibition is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

Image: Tosa Mitsuoki (1617-1691). Portrait-Icon of Murasaki Shikibu (detail). Edo Period (1615-1868), 17th century. Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk. Ishiyamadera Temple, Shiga Prefecture, Courtesy of Ishiyamadera Temple, photo by Kanai Morio.

On view through June 30
The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)

The aesthetic world of Shinto is a key feature of Japanese art. This exhibition seeks to offer insight into divinities unique to Japan and to convey their wondrous appeal through some 125 works of art from both Japanese and American collections, including paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, as well as masks and costumes used in Shinto rites from the 10th through 19th centuries. Some of the highlights are treasures and ritual items used in the worship of deities, including artwork related to the Kasuga Deity, the protective deity of the Fujiwara clan enshrined at Kasuga Taisha. This exhibition is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with the special support of The Japan Foundation. This exhibition is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

Image:  Horse Races at Kamo  (right screen), c.1634-44. Edo period (1615-1868).
Silding door panels remounted as a pair of six-panel folding screens, ink, color, and gold on gilded paper; image: 176.5 x 337.3 cm (each). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1976.95.
June 20 - July 17
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

© Allan West
This exhibition presents various aspects of natural mineral pigments in the forms of various arts, such as Nihonga painting, craftwork, calligraphy and nanotechnology-based inkjet printing. It will introduce visitors to traditional Japanese art and the new aesthetics of colors of the earth. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

June 28 - September 15
Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH)

This exhibition celebrates the enduring influence of the kimono on fashion, displaying Japanese kimono side-by-side with Western fashionable garments from the 1870s to today. Inspired by materials, forms and decorative motifs since the opening of Japan in the mid-nineteenth century, Western fashion designers, alongside other artists, have produced works that acknowledge a Japanese persuasion. Featured designers include Gabrielle Chanel, John Galliano, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen, Issey Miyake, and Rei Kawakubo, among others. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Image: John Galliano (b. 1960), England, for Christian Dior, Dress, Spring/Summer 2001, silk, cotton, tulle, vinyl, leather, metal, © The Kyoto Costume Institute, Photo by Takashi Hatakeyama.

June 5, 6:30 PM
The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)

© Production GUNRO Inc.
The Cleveland Museum of Art will present a screening of Fire Festival (1985). Director Mitsuo Yanagimachi depicts a volatile lumberjack who believes he has a mystical relationship with the mountain goddess and becomes unhinged by the arrival of real-estate developers in a remote fishing village. This screening is in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art, which was organized by The Cleveland Museum of Art with the special support of The Japan Foundation as part of Japan 2019 . This film screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.


June 23, 4 PM
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

The National Gallery of Art will screen  Horse Beings (2018). This new documentary captures the vanishing horse culture as well as the deep connections between human beings and horses that persist in northern Japan. Director Ryohei Sasatani will appear in person at the screening. Sasatani's presence at the screening is supported through the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. This screening is in conjunction with the exhibition, The Life of Animals in Japanese Art, co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Japan Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with special cooperation from the Tokyo National Museum as part of Japan 2019.


June 8 - 9
Metrograph (New York, NY)

© 1963 NIKKATSU Corporation
Metrograph will screen Kon Ichikawa's Alone Across the Pacific (1963). Based on a true story, this film chronicles the voyage of a yachtsman who decides to sail across the Pacific to San Francisco in a small sailboat. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.


Japan 2019 Associated Program features affiliated events organized by public and private entities to introduce Japanese culture in the U.S. and to promote exchange between the two countries. To learn more about Japan 2019 Associated Program, please click here.
On view through June 29
Sato Sakura Gallery New York (New York, NY)
On view through July 14
The Noguchi Museum (New York, NY)
June 7 - June 13
Tenri Cultural Institute (New York, NY)
June 12 - July 14
Mizuma, Kips & Wada Art (New York, NY)
June 9
Tenri Cultural Institute (New York, NY)
June 25 - June 27
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club (New York, NY)
Other Event
June 10, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Asia Society (New York, NY)
June 14, 9 AM - 6 PM
Asia Society (New York, NY)
June 21, 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Metropolitan Pavilion (New York, NY)
Japan Day & Japan Night
May 12

Despite excessive downpour, both Japan Day & Japan Night were resounding successes. Enthusiastic fans packed venues to support Japan's top musicians and artists, and celebrate Japan's new era Reiwa - Beautiful Harmony. Thank you, NYC!

Wagakki Band, Photo by Mayumi Nashida

Sisyu, Photo by Mayumi Nashida

HYDE, Photo by Mayumi Nashida

MISIA and Puffy AmiYumi, Photo by Mayumi Nashida  
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