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December 2018 Issue 
2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature

Cover design
by John Gall
Our heartiest congratulations to both Yoko Tawada and Margaret Mitsutani! Tawada's novel The Emissary (New Directions, 2018), which was translated by Ms. Mitsutani, won the inaugural National Book Award for Translated Literature. The English publication was sponsored in part by the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

January 14 - April 4, 2019

Looking for a way to make a fresh start to the new year? Registration is open for the Winter 2019 JF Japanese Language Course! Focusing on what learners "can do", the course uses Japanese in practical settings as well as exploring the culture. Our main textbook Marugoto, developed by The Japan Foundation, features real-life communication and allows you to experience the culture behind the language.
For those who have experience learning Japanese and are unsure about their levels, we are more than happy to assist you! 

Grassroots Exchange Network - Japan (GEN-J) and Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Programs

GEN-J Facilitators and Supporters as well as the Year 17 JOI Coordinators, were selected and placed at their host organizations in the U.S.

The Grassroots Exchange Network - Japan (GEN-J) Program

The GEN-J Program began in 2018 
to deepen the understanding of Japanese culture and language. The main purpose of this program is to strengthen the collaboration between Japanese companies operating in the U.S. and local communities.  Japanese participants were sent to regions in the Midwest and South, which have limited opportunities for cultural exchange with Japan. 

The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) Program

The JOI Program, which began in 2002, aims to raise awareness and understanding of Japanese culture by dispatching Japanese coordinators to the Midwest and South. Unlike GEN-J, JOI Coordinators provide mainly community outreach activities about
Japan to foster mutual understanding. 

For more information,   please click here  for GEN-J and  here  for JOI (available only in Japanese). 

The GEN-J and JOI Programs are jointly administered by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and Laurasian Institution. 

On view through December 12
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center / Parsons School of Design at The New School (New York, NY)

 © Ayumi Sakamoto

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present the exhibition Earth Manual Project - This Could Save Your Life, which showcases some of the unique practices for tackling disaster-related issues with the use of creative design and innovative ideas. Examples from Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are introduced. This exhibition is co-organized with Parsons School of Design at the The New School, in cooperation with the Design and Creative Center Kobe (KIITO) and Plus Arts.

The Earth Manual Project was recently featured in NHK World
Design for Survival (see video) and  Promoting Disaster Wisdom (see video).

For more information on the Earth Manual Project programming in the U.S., please click here.

December 8, 11 AM & 2 PM
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)

The Morikami Film Series  will screen one to two films each month through March 2019. In December, t wo anime films by acclaimed director  Makoto Shinkai  will be screened:  5 Centimeters per Second  and  Your Name.  The rest of the lineup includes  Close-Knit  by  Naoko Ogigami  and  The Tale of The Princess Kaguya  by legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder  Isao Takahata , who passed away in April 2018. This series is co-presented by The Japan Foundation and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

5 Centimeter per Second
Your Name.
5 Centimeter per Second: © Makoto Shinkai/CoMix Wave Films.
Your Name.: © 2016 TOHO CO., LTD. / CoMix Wave Films Inc. / KADOKAWA CORPORATION / East Japan Marketing & Communications, Inc. / AMUSE INC. / voque ting co.,ltd. / Lawson HMV Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Japanese Language
January 10, 2019, 6:30 PM
The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Celebrate the new year at our next JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café! Practice Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks! All levels are welcome. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

Lecture & Conference
December 1, 2 PM
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

December 3, 3 PM
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 
(Washington, DC)

Both Japan and the United States have long taken pride in their robust scientific research communities' contributions to economic growth and human welfare. But the slowing pace and rising costs of research, along with strong competition from China and India, have challenged both governments to rethink their approaches to science and technology policy and set agendas that encourage innovation towards solving demanding social problems. CGP and SSRC will bring together experts including a number of Abe Fellows, to discuss how the United States and Japan are responding to these challenges, as well as the rapidly rising innovation hubs in China, India, and Singapore.

December 4, 12:30 PM
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Ambassador Robert Orr
Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank (2010-2016) and Distinguished Visiting Professor of History (Florida Atlantic University), Ambassador Robert Orr will draw on his extensive experiences in government, the corporate world, and academia to speak on the future of U.S.-Japan relations. Dr. Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics at Harvard University, will moderate. This lecture is supported by CGP.  
January 4, 2019, 8:30 AM
The Holeman Lounge at National Press Club (Washington, DC)

The Public Forum is part of the 2019 Trilateral Forum which aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders. The theme will be "Future of U.S.-Japan-Korea Relations: Identifying Areas of Collaboration". Topics include the role of soft power and media in trilateral relations along with identifying areas of collaboration in addition to regional security. This event is supported through the CGP Grassroots Exchange Discretionary Grant. It is open to the public by reservation (RSVP to info [at] iscdc.org). 
December 1, 7:30 PM
Theater at St. Jean (New York, NY)

© Tomoko Ogawa
Noh Society will present one of the most famous Bunraku (Japanese puppetry) scenes, Datemusume Koi no Higanoko - Hinomi Yagura no Dan (The Red-Hot Love of the Greengrocer's Daughter). The performance will be accompanied by a presentation and demonstration by master puppeteer Kanya Yoshida from the National Bunraku Theatre in Osaka. This is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about this beautiful traditional art form from Japan. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Reduction 6          December 8, 7:30 PM
Taiko Legacy 15   December 9, 2 PM
Workshop             December 9, 5:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Poster design by Kiyomi Negi
Taiko (Japanese drum) is typically heard at seasonal festivals and temples all throughout Japan. The more esoteric and theatrical expression of taiko is a less frequent and more difficult endeavor, but at the core of Tsukasa Taiko's artistic and musical vernacular. Tsukasa Taiko will present two performances, Taiko Legacy 15 and Reduction 6, as well as a special workshop. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Arts & Culture
Deadline: December 3
This program is designed to provide financial assistance to exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences outside of Japan in order to deepen global understanding of Japanese art and culture.
This program supports the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese art by providing curators and researchers with the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. The aim of the program is to promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art outside of Japan. This fellowship is implemented by The Japan Foundation with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation.
Japanese-Language Education 
This program offers  an intensive residential training course for  specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who require a good command of Japanese language to conduct their field-related work and research. The program is held at The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai in Japan. 
Center for Global Partnership
Deadline: December 3
There are two categories of support, the "Intellectual Exchange: Policy-Related Projects" and the "Grassroots Program: Education and Network-Strengthening". Concept papers are not required. 

On September 25, The Japan Foundation welcomed Hirokazu Nagata, President of Plus Arts / Vice Director of Design and Creative Center, Kobe, who paid a second visit to Public School 147 in Brooklyn to conduct another educational workshop on disaster preparedness. Students learned various ways to make use of a handkerchief, and importance of helping one another in times of disaster. We were also honored to have the spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, Ms. Akie Abe join the workshop; she truly enjoyed working with the students.

Left to right: Ms. Pimley, Mr. Rabinowitz, Dr. Ju, and Ms. Kawabata.
© Japan Society/Alan Klein

On October 17, CGP, the American Jewish Committee's Asia Pacific Institute, U.S.-Japan Council, and Japan Society co-organized a forum to discuss innovation and trilateral collaboration in the field of automotive technology. The discussions on self-driving technology among policy, technology, and investment experts ranged from the groundbreaking possibilities as well as the potential pitfalls of incorporating artificial intelligence to transportation systems.

Please click here to see the video of the event.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, who was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2018 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, on October 19. As a Japanese jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, Ms. Akiyoshi has received many honors, including The Japan Foundation Award (2004) and the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters (2007).   

Please click here to see the video celebrating Ms. Akiyoshi's achievements.

© Japan Society, photo by Daphne Youree

Sayaka Murata and Ginny Tapley Takemori, author and translator of Convenience Store Woman (Grove Atlantic, 2018), traveled to Iowa City and New York City as part of their North American debut book tour. They participated in a series of talks, readings, and workshops at the University of Iowa, New York University, Japan Society, Kinokuniya New York, and McNally Jackson Books. These discussions touched on themes of contemporary Japanese society, sexuality, and culture, and reached a large audience of Japanese literature enthusiasts, students, and scholars of Japan. The English publication of Convenience Store Woman was sponsored in part by the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

Please click here to see the video of the event at Japan Society on November 3.
For inquiries regarding Arts & Cultural Exchange, Japanese Studies or Japanese-Language Education, please contact: info@jfny.org


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