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July 2019 Issue 
Tickets Now on Sale for the Japan 2019 Fall Highlights!

Japan 2019's fall season highlights two exquisite performances in New York City: Satoshi Miyagi's Antigone and Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju. Tickets for both performances are now on sale. Don't miss these original and riveting pieces that have won the highest of international acclaim!

© Christophe Raynaud de Lage

September 25 - October 6
Park Avenue Armory (New York, NY)

Famed Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi creates a new version of Antigone that examines this ancient play through the prism of Japanese culture, turning the stage into a flowing river of water, known in many spiritual beliefs to separate the world of the living from that of the dead. This fresh take presents a mesmerizing play about loss and memorialization in a way that is both timeless and timely, mixing the foundational principles of Greek tragedy, Japanese Noh theater, Indonesian shadow play, and Buddhist philosophy to negotiate the boundaries of intercultural encounters while creating a new theatrical universe of globalized proportions.

This is a production of Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), adapted by Park Avenue Armory and presented in collaboration with The Japan Foundation. Antigone is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019.

© Hiroshi Sugimoto / Courtesy of Odawara Art Foundation

October 19 - 22
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (New York, NY)

At the turn of 18th-century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan committed suicide in the forest of Tenjin. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a tragic play based upon these events, was banned after its 1703 premiere for more than two centuries. For this U.S. production premiere, renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a bold, contemporary interpretation of the classic drama using bunraku puppet theater with music by Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa and video by Tabaimo and Hiroshi Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings.

Presented in association with Lincoln Center's White Light Festival and Odawara Art Foundation; and in cooperation with National Bunraku Theatre, BUNRAKU KYOKAI and Setagaya Arts Foundation/Setagaya Public Theatre. Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the United States throughout 2019.


Deadline: July 15, 10 AM (EDT)

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), New York seeks an Associate Program Officer who will manage 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 July 15, 2019 at 10 AM (EDT).
We've Gone Electronic! Announcing Our New Online Application Forms

The Grassroots Exchange and Education Program is pleased to announce our new online application platforms for our Discretionary Grant and Education Grant Programs. If you are interested in applying to these grants, please see the following links:

July 3 - 28
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

I Am a Cat. Directed by Kon Ichikawa. © 1975 Geiensha

Animals play many expressive roles in Japanese cinema, both in their own right and in their dealings with humans. Animals in Japanese Cinema will showcase a wide range of films with animal characters, including mythological creatures, talking animals, monsters and shape-shifters, household pets, and animals admired for their beauty or athleticism.

This film series has been organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art and is co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington and The Japan Foundation as part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.
On view through August 18
The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC)

National Gallery of Art, Washington

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, lacquerware, ceramics, 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. 

National Gallery of Art, Washington

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.

July 5 - October 27
International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)

Emiko Toda Loeb, Autumn Radiant, 2003, 82.5" x 62".
Emiko Toda Loeb is best known for her double-sided log cabin quilts. Over many years, Loeb developed an intricate process for simultaneously sewing a log cabin block that has two different designs on each side. In displaying them suspended in space, this exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to examine each quilt closely and appreciate the duality of Loeb's work. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
July 24, 6 PM
Perelman Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)

Art and manga historian Dr. Ryan Holmberg joins narrative artist Ronald Wimberly for a conversation on the enduring influence of Yoshitoshi on contemporary comics. This talk is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Yoshitoshi: Spirit and Spectacle, which is on view through August 18. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Image: The Giant 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.

July 13, 12 - 4 PM
Asian American Resource Center (Austin, TX)

Austin-Oita Sister City Committee presents 2019 Oita Japan Festival #OitaATX. This year's festival features shodo (calligraphy) performance by award-winning Oita High School's Shodo Troupe. The festival also includes Japanese food, kids activities, silent auction and more. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
July 19, 7:30 PM
Berea "Old Town" Artisan Village (Berea, KY)

Ho Etsu Taiko, known for its dynamic and dramatic drum sequences, will perform for Levitt AMP Berea Music Series. Presented by Berea Arts Council, the theme of the series is Reiwa, beautiful harmony. The event also celebrates the 31-year sister region relationship with Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. This performance is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Cultural Event
July 7, 2 - 6 PM
Coffman Pavilion (Dublin, OH)

The Japan America Society of Central Ohio, in collaboration with various Japan-related organization across the local region, will hold a Tanabata Festival, which will include traditional Japanese games, such as yoyo fishing, as well as various performances. The Tanabata festival is free and open to the public, and is supported through the CGP Grassroots Exchange Discretionary Grant.

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 July 1
Tenri Cultural Institute (New York, NY)
On view through July 14
The Noguchi Museum (New York, NY)
On view through July 14
Mizuma, Kips & Wada Art (New York, NY)
Deadline: October 31

All ceramists from New York and Tokyo are invited to submit their work to the 18th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition. Selected works will be exhibited at The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club from November 13 to 19. This competition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.

© National Gallery of Art, Washington

A unique and exciting art exhibition featuring colorful and lively collections of both real and mythical animals, spanning hundreds years of Japanese art history, is on view in the nation's capital! Of unprecedented scale and comprehensiveness, The Life of Animals in Japanese Art brings together over 300 works of art representing animals, carefully selected from significant collections in Japan and the United States.

You can read the review of the exhibition by  The Washington Post   here A must-see exhibition of the summer, on view through August 18 at the National Gallery of Art.

© National Gallery of Art, Washington

© National Gallery of Art, Washington

Philanthropy Leadership Roundtable

Courtesy of U.S.-Japan Council

Following on the success of the initial Philanthropy Roundtable organized by the U.S.-Japan Council during its annual conference in Tokyo in 2018, key leaders of philanthropy world in Japan and the United States met in New York from June 9 to 11 to build on the findings, and to meet with key players in the foundations based in New York. The participants discussed strategies and best practices over the two and a half days with the report that resulted from the Tokyo roundtable as the basis. The events were supported in part by CGP.

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