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April 2019 Issue 
NEWS
HYDE & WagakkiBand:
May 12, 6 PM
PlayStation Theater (New York, NY)
MISIA & Puffy AmiYumi: May 12, 9 PM Sony Hall (New York, NY)

Clockwise, from top left: MISIA, WagakkiBand, Puffy AmiYumi, HYDE.
Japan 2019 is proud to present this one night special event in collaboration  with Japan Day@ Central Park, an outdoor festival created  by the Japanese community of New York to foster a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and to build bridges between Japan and the U.S.  Japan Night will celebrate contemporary popular Japanese music with four of the most successful artists in Japan today.  Each concert features two Japanese music superstars:

MISIA, winner of best vocal performance for the 60th annual Japan Record Awards, with special guest Puffy AmiYumi, featured in the Cartoon Network show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, will perform at Sony Hall from 9 PM.

HYDE, who is also known as a lead singer of L'Arc-en-Ciel, a pioneer of Japanese rock, and WagakkiBand, a viral video sensation who combines traditional Japanese instruments with modern rock, will perform at PlayStation Theater from 6 PM.

Don't miss this rare opportunity by purchasing tickets online! 

    
 
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EVENTS
Exhibition
April 9 - 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.

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.  (rotations one and two; on view April 9-June 30)

    
 
April 16 - August 18
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)

Discover the brilliant colors and spirited lines of Yoshitoshi, the last great master of the traditional Japanese woodblock print. This exhibition showcases some 70 works from the Museum's extraordinary collection of Yoshitoshi prints, the largest repository of his work outside Japan.This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The Twelfth-Century Warrior-Priest Benkei Attacking Young Yoshitsune for His Sword on the Gojo Bridge, 1881, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Color woodcut on three panels (triptych). Mount: 15 1/4 x 29 7/8 inches; Sheet (3 joined printed panels): 14 1/4 x 28 3/8 inches. Purchased with funds contributed by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, 1989. Image courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019.
 
    
Film
April 5: Japan Society (New York, NY)
April 14: Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)

                © 1960 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Japan Society and Harvard Film Archive will present a film series titled The Other Japanese New Wave, curated by Go Hirasawa. Kiju Yoshida's directorial film debut, Good-for-Nothing (1960), is a representative work of the Japanese New Wave in its aesthetics and political overtones by one of its major filmmakers. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.
 
April 15: Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)
April 23: Japan Society (New York, NY)

© 1960 Shochiku Co., Ltd.
As a part of The Other Japanese New Wave series, Japan Society and Harvard Film Archive will screen Kiju Yoshida's Blood is Dry  (1960).
Yoshida's second film for Shochiku is a fierce critique of mass media, advertising and capitalist consumerism. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.
Lecture & Symposium
April 4 - 6
The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

This international conference, hosted by the University of Iowa Japanese Program, will explore the interaction between humans and their environments in Japanese literature, art, and culture. Presentations will cover various forms of travel, such as pilgrimage, tourism, and evacuation. This event is free and open to the public, and is supported through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program. 
 
    
April 6, 6 PM
Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH)

In this conversation, Dr. David Plath and Dr. Ezra Vogel will discuss their early fieldwork experiences in Japan. The event is open to the public, and will happen following the Midwest Japan Seminar (MJS) organized by the Wayne State University. MJS and this event are supported through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.
 
    
April 8, 3:30 PM
University of North Georgia (Dahlonega, GA)

Eric Haruki Swanson, Ph.D. candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, will present a talk titled "Buddhism in Contemporary Japan: Ritual, Spectacle and Sites of Leisure." This lecture series is supported through the Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant program.
 
    
Performance
March 29: Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (Menomonie, WI)
March 30: Reif Performing Arts Center (Grand Rapids, MN)
March 31: Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN)
April 2: St. Olaf University (Northfield, MN)
April 7: Ordway Concert Hall (St. Paul, MN)

©️ onewood and Kazuhiro Asada
TaikoArts Midwest will present the U.S. premiere tour of Yuichi Kimura and Daichi no Kai from Kobe, Japan. Local taiko group Enso Daiko will join them for this five-city Midwest tour that culminates in St. Paul, MN. Their fast rhythms and high energy will get hearts pounding, bridging Japan with the Midwest in an unforgettable show of taiko and community. The tour is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.
 
    
April 3 - 6, 7:30 PM
New York Live Arts (New York, NY)

Kota Yamazaki.  Photo: Ian Douglas
New York Live Arts will present the world premiere of Darkness Odyssey Part 3: Non-Opera, Becoming. Bessie Award winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki magnifies the ever-changing state and process of "becoming" while encouraging exchange between performers from different dance practices and cultural backgrounds. This performance is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.
 
    
April 5, 6 PM
Ellsworth Theatre, Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA) 

The Tamagawa Taiko & Dance Group, which is comprised of 40 students of Tamagawa University, will perform in this one night only in Boston. Considered as one of the best student taiko groups in Japan, the ensemble is committed towards deepening Japan-U.S. relations through this art form. To purchase tickets, please visit the event webpage. This performance is supported through the CGP Education Grant program.
 
    
April 15 - 21  
Multiple venues (Bethlehem, PA) 

Japanese performing artist Hana Takehiro will hold workshops and performances throughout the Northampton Community College campus and local community. She will perform a Kabuki dance as well as conduct hands-on workshops on Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremonies to local high schools. This event is supported through the CGP Education Grant program.
  
Cultural Event
April 2, 9, 16, 30 
All dates at 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Stone Avenue Library (Brooklyn, NY)

In this four-week workshop, older adults from the local community are invited to learn about Japanese ceramics and make their own bowl, which will be exhibited in a culminating event in May. Registration is required. This workshop is supported through the CGP Education Grant program.
 
    
April 7, 11 AM - 3 PM
The Brooklyn Waldorf School 
(Brooklyn, NY)

Come celebrate Spring with this family-fun event filled with taiko drum performances, Japanese tea ceremonies and calligraphy. Featuring Japanese traditional games, pottery-making and puppet shows, the Spring Cherry Blossom Festival will appeal to all ages. This event is supported through the CGP Education Grant program.
 
    
April 27 & 28,  11 AM - 5 PM
Boston Common (Boston, MA)

The annual Japan Festival Boston this year features Kyoto, the sister city of Boston, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the relationship between the two cities. The festival will include performances, workshops, food, cosplay contests, silent auctions, and much more! This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
 
    
EVENT REPORT

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/BFA.com

Japan 2019  is officially underway with the launch of "The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated", a groundbreaking exhibition held at  The Metropolitan Museum of Art  and co-organized by The Japan Foundation. The opening ceremony of this exhibition on March 4 featured Buddhist monks from Ishiyamadera temple in Shiga Prefecture who prayed for the exhibition's success.

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/BFA.com

Bringing together more than 120 works from numerous public and private collections in Japan and the U.S., including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, most of which have never left Japan, this exhibition explores the tale's continuing influence on Japanese art since its creation.

The exhibition was curated by Dr. John T. Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art at The Met; and guest curator Dr. Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University, who is a former Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow (1995) and Research Fellow (2012); with Dr. Monika Bincsik, Diane and Arthur Abbey Assistant Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at The Met, who is also a former Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellow (2006); and Dr. Kyoko Kinoshita, Professor of Japanese Art History at Tama Art University.

You can listen to Dr. McCormick discuss more details about the project on YouTube here. Congratulations to the entire curatorial team on such a wonderful achievement!

The exhibition is on view through June 16, 2019. Make sure to capture this special opportunity! 

    
Trilateral Japan-U.S.-Israel Advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare


In collaboration with the American Jewish Committee's Asia-Pacific Institute and the U.S.-Japan Council, CGP organized a speaker series on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and healthcare in late February. The discussions took place in Houston, Miami and Atlanta. Dr. Hideaki Takeda, Professor at Japan's National Institute of Informatics, and Mr. Douglas Dotan, Founder, President and CEO of CRG Medical, spoke at all 3 events and discussed how technological developments in AI could positively impact society with local experts.

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