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January 2019 Issue 
APAP  | NYC 2019
January 5 - 7
New York Hilton Midtown (New York, NY)

The Japan Foundation will be attending the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference  from January 5 to 7 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Please stop by our booth #218 in the Expo Hall to learn more about our grant programs! 

Our heartiest congratulations to Sayaka Murata! Her novel Convenience Store Woman (Grove Atlantic, 2018), which was translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori, was selected as one of The New Yorker's Best Books of 2018. The English publication was sponsored in part by the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

Please click here to see the video of the talk event at Japan Society on November 3.

January 14 - April 4

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! 

March 24: Warner Theatre (Washington, DC)
March 29 & 30: PlayStation Theater (New York, NY)

© Naoko Takeuchi・PNP / "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" The Super Live Production Committee
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live will have its U.S. premiere in Washington, DC at the Warner Theatre on March 24, followed by three performances in New York City . With themes of love, justice and friendship, the musical features an all-female cast. The performance in Washington, DC is organized by The Japan Foundation and Nelke Planning in collaboration with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Embassy of Japan. It is presented as part of  the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival , which celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan through four weeks of diverse and creative programming.

January 22 - June 27
Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts, Pensacola State College (Pensacola, FL)

Taisan Tanaka
© Masahiro Tsumi
The exhibition features Masayoshi Shimizu, a master potter from Wakayama, Japan, and Taisan Tanaka, a calligrapher originally from Wakayama and currently living in New York City. The artists will conduct workshops, art talks, and demonstrations.  This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

January 31 - February 27
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Kosei Matsui, Suiji-Neriage, 1994.
Courtesy of Ibaraki Art Ceramic Museum
Kasama-yaki, a ceramic style from Ibaraki, Japan, is known for its expressive style free from many traditional restrictions on form and methodlogy. This exhibition features six of the legendary potter  Kosei Matsui's neri-age (kneaded) works along with works by three artists, Hiroyuki Onuki, Koji Toda, and Akio Nukaga. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.
January 25, 7 PM
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)

© 2013
"A Story of Yonosuke" Film Partners
Shuichi Okita's A Story of Yonosuke (2013) will be screened as part of t
he Morikami Film Series. This film is a coming-of-age drama based on a serialized newspaper novel by Shuichi YoshidaThis series screens through March 2019 and is co-presented by The Japan Foundation as well as the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
January 26, 3 PM
Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge, MA)

© 2006 TOKIKAKE Film Partners
The Harvard Film Archive presents a screening of Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006). This film is about a 17-year-old girl, Makoto Konno, who accidentally acquires the ability to "leap" backwards through time and subsequently alters the lives of those around her.  This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

January 26, 7 PM
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago, IL)

©  The Film School of Tokyo
South Side Projections, in partnership with the University of Chicago's Center for East Asian Studies, presents a screening of  Shinsuke Ogawa's Sanrizuka: Heta Village (1973). From the late 1960s to the mid 1970s, Ogawa and his production company made a series of documentaries about the movement protesting the construction of Tokyo's Narita Airport.  Sanrizuka: Heta Village is the sixth film and, in some ways, the climax of the series.  This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

Japanese Language
January 10, 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 language learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks! All levels are welcome. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

March 19, 6:30 PM
The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Are you planning a trip to Japan in the near future? If so, this workshop is for you! Please join us for our Travel Japanese workshop and learn vocabulary and basic expressions essential for travel in Japan! In this workshop, you will learn how to order food at a restaurant using simple terms, to communicate in basic terms with a store attendant while shopping, and to tell your destination to a taxi driver or station agent and ask for further information. Japanese customs and useful travel information will be introduced as well. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

December 1 & 3
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC)

Two events were held this past December on the 2018 Abe Fellows Global Forum theme of Japanese and American innovation in a global age; on December 1, in cooperation with and at the Georgia Institute of Technology and on December 3, in cooperation with and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Abe Fellows discussed how Japan and the United States are rethinking their approaches to science and technology policy to solve big social problems.

December 13
The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry and an essential aspect of Japanese culture and language that has gained popularity worldwide. Japanese haiku poet Ms. Sho Otaka recently held a workshop exclusively for JF Japanese Language Course students. Participants learned the history and basics of haiku, and practiced writing haiku with her guidance. Thank you to all those who were able to join us!

For inquiries regarding Arts & Cultural Exchange, Japanese Studies or Japanese-Language Education, please contact: info@jfny.org


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