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May 2019 Issue 
Deadline: May 15

The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer for the Arts and Cultural Exchange program. This program promotes the introduction of Japanese arts and culture as well as exchanges between Japan and the United States. For details, please see the job description. Applications are due May 15.

The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) is pleased to announce the selection of the fifth cohort of participants for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Program. This is a two-year program to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists that can bring diverse expertise and perspective to the bilateral policy-making process. This program is organized by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and is supported by CGP.
HYDE & WagakkiBand  with special guest Sisyu
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.  The Performance will highlight a special collaboration between WagakkiBand and Japan's most notable calligrapher  Sisyu , who is known for her work incorporating Japanese calligraphy into other art forms.

Don't miss this rare opportunity! Purchase your tickets online soon! 


The May/June issue of the  American Theatre magazine features theater in Japan.  Please visit American Theatre's website to read the articles. This publication is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture. 

May 1 - July 14
The Noguchi Museum (Long Island City, NY)

This major traveling exhibition focuses on the consequential friendship between artists Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906-1957), who met during Noguchi's visit to Japan in 1950. Together, they undertook a wide-ranging study of traditional Japanese design, culture, and aesthetics within the context of deep-rooted Eastern and emerging Western influences. Featuring over 80 works from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition traces their explorations as mid-career artists and the profound impact it had on their subsequent work. This exhibition is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019, and supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program. 

Screen diptych (now lost) by Saburo Hasegawa, installed with Isamu Noguchi's ceramic wall sculpture Skin and Bones (1950) and Akari light sculpture at Noguchi's studio in Kita Kamakura, Japan, c. 1952. The Noguchi Museum Archive. ©The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, NY / Artists Rights Society (ARS).

May 3 - 23
NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY)
Opening Reception: May 3, 6 PM

Image courtesy of Yoko Shimizu
Yoko Shimizu blurs the lines between art and science, turning the infinite natural scientific phenomena taking place around us into stunning installations in the Biodesign Lab exhibition. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
May 10, 7 PM
Japan Society (New York, NY)


Japan Society will present the screening of Afraid to Die  (1960) in celebration of a brand new English translation of Yukio Mishima 's 1961 novella Star (New Directions Publishing, 2019). There will be an introduction by Star translator Sam Bett followed by a book-signing after the screening .  Directed by Yasuzo Masumura, Afraid to Die depicts the life of a young yakuza portrayed by Mishima himself. This screening is co-presented by The Japan Foundation. The publication of Star is supported by The Japan Foundation through the Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

Lecture & Symposium
May 7, 9 AM
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC)

Left: Dr. Sheila Smith
Right: Ambassador Ira Shapiro
Southern Methodist University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) will host a symposium focusing on policy areas important to Japan-U.S. relations, including regional security and trade. Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ambassador Ira Shapiro, President of Ira Shapiro Global Strategies, will be keynote speakers. This symposium is supported by CGP. 
May 22 - 24
East-West Center, Imin Conference Center (Honolulu, HI)

This international workshop explores new perspectives in Japanese Studies through an "inter-area studies" approach. Participants from the U.S. and Southeast Asia will share research papers, with a goal of fostering new collaborative research between scholars in both regions. This event is supported through the U.S.-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative grant program.
May 9, 1 PM: Barnard College (New York, NY)
May 10, 7 PM: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (Queens, NY)
May 11, 1 PM: RIOULT Dance Center (Queens, NY)
May 15, 6 PM: Theatre of Yugen (San Francisco, CA)
May 16, 8 PM: Theatre of Yugen (San Francisco, CA)
May 19, 7:30 PM: The Orpheum Annex (Vancouver, Canada)

© Tess Photography
Resonance III, created by Miki Orihara, a principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, will tour the U.S. and Canada this May. There will be a pre-performance talk by a Japanese guest scholar and a Q&A session after the performance on May 10 and May 16. The master classes and lectures held by Orihara, Norton Owen (Director of Preservation at Jacob's Pillow), and guests from Japan will focus on the history of dance exchanges between Japan and America during the formative years of modern dance (1920-1950). This tour is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program. 
May 8 - 11, 8:30 PM
New York Live Arts (New York, NY)
May 17 - 18, 6 PM & 9 PM
Gray Area (San Francisco, CA)

ELEVENPLAY×Rhizomatiks Research×Kyle McDonald, discrete figures (2018)
photo by Suguru Saito

An interdisciplinary digital Renaissance man,  Rhizomatiks Research co-founder  Daito Manabe and choreographer  MIKIKO 's  ELEVENPLAY present their latest creation , discrete figures 2019. Last year's performance was well received in the U.S. and Canad a. American media artist Kyle McDonald collaborated in this year's production. Their dance installation marries choreography for five dancers with machine-learning technology and a stage designed for interactivity between performers, drones and artificial intelligence (AI). This tour is supported through Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

May 16, 4 PM
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center (New York, NY)

American Theatre Magazine's latest special edition focuses on the Japanese theatre scene today. Join guest editor/curator, Cindy Sibilsky and an esteemed array of panelists including Yoko Shioya (Japan Society), Kumiko Yoshii (Gorgeous Entertainment), Dr. Kyoko Iwaki (contributing writer and researcher at Waseda University) and others, moderated & hosted by Dr. Frank Hentschker (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center). The lively discussion will explore current trends in Japanese contemporary theatre in Japan and abroad.
May 5, 4 PM
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)

May 6, 6 PM
New York University (New York, NY)
May 7, 2 PM
Hunter College (New York, NY)

Garyu, the taiko unit from Hiroshima, will perform at this year's Cherry Blossom Festival at Stony Brook University. Garyu will also hold various performances throughout New York City. This tour is supported through Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

Cultural Event
May 4, 12 - 4 PM
Stone Avenue Library (Brooklyn, NY)

As part of the Brooklyn Public Library's Creative Aging series, please come join us at Stone Avenue Library for Japanese story time, a taiko performance, and to learn about Japanese tea ceremony. Throughout the day there will be a community art exhibition displaying the works of those who participated in the four-week Japanese Bowl Making workshop. This event is supported through the CGP Education Grant program.
May 5, 10 AM - 5 PM
Children's Museum of the Arts (New York, NY)

Image courtesy of
Children's Museum of the Arts
This celebration of Japanese culture on Children's Day features workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Japan, as well as performances and story time. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
May 5, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mead Memorial Park (New Canaan, CT)

Japan Society of Fairfield County presents its Cherry Blossom Festival, a day filled with Japanese performances and hands-on workshops, including ikebana flower arrangement, origami paper folding, and game of Go. The Japan Foundation, New York is proud to loan samurai armor sets to this event.
May 12, 8 AM - 4 PM
Central Park, Bandshell Area (New York, NY)

Photo by GION
Japan Day @ Central Park is an annual event designed by the Japanese community of New York to promote a deeper understanding of Japanese
culture. Founded in 2007, Japan Day is celebrating its 13th annual event in May 2019. Japan Day consists of Japan Run, a 4-mile run organized by New York Road Runners, and Japan Day Festival, with exciting stage performances, activity tents where visitors can experience Japanese culture, and food tents offering free samples of Japanese cuisine.  This event is co-organized by The Japan Foundation as part of  Japan 2019 , a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

May 23
Anderson Japanese Gardens (Rockford, IL)

Photo: Jeff Anderson
Anderson Japanese Gardens will be inviting tatami artisans from Japan to give a lecture and restore the tatami mats in the garden's guest house and the tea hut. This event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the garden and it is open to the public. The event is supported through the CGP Education Grant program.
Deadline: June 14

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently accepting submissions for the 13th Japan International MANGA Award, which honors manga artists who contribute to the development of manga in the world. The Japan Foundation will invite the Gold Award and the Silver Award winners to Japan on the occasion of the award ceremony for about 10 days as a supplementary prize.
2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival

2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony, which was part of Japan 2019, celebrated the start of this year's festival on March 23 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. Performances by the cast members of "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" The Super Live, Ikuko Kawai Ensemble, and Yusaku Mochizuki (Mochi) were enthusiastically received by more than 1,800 audience members.The performances were also beamed around the world through live streaming video as each artist group performed at related events to foster further friendship between Japan and the U.S.

© Naoko Takeuchi・PNP / 
"Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" The Super Live Production Committee

Based on the popular manga, "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon" The Super Live was brought to American audiences in Washington, DC and in New York. All four shows were sold out and audience members traveled from more than 40 states throughout the U.S. and abroad to see these performances.

Photo: Jeff Song Photography LLC

The Tale of Genji: A Musical Narrative , the original interpretation of the tale through violin, keyboard and traditional Japanese instruments, was warmly received with a full house at the Freer Gallery of Art. To watch the full performance, please click  here .

Photo: Yoko Higuchi

Mochi, a contestant from  America's Got Talent, visited Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia for a demonstration and workshop. The students from the Japanese class enjoyed his fascinating performance, learned juggling and interacted with Mochi using Japanese.

2019 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Denver

Every year The Japan Foundation hosts a reception at AAS that aims to build a broader network among Japan specialists. The welcome address at this year's event was given by Dr. Alisa Freeman (The University of Oregon, former Japan Foundation Research Fellow). The Japan Foundation also hosted an information booth presenting grant opportunities for individuals and institutions in the United States and Canada.

© Gil Asakawa / Nikkeiview.com

In addition, The Japan Foundation partnered with Japan America Society of Colorado to host a round table titled "Windows Into Japan: Academia and the Public." Featuring three speakers from different fields, this seminar offered fresh perspectives about Japan-from policies, business, Japan/Asia-U.S. relations, to culture and society. Presenters included Dr. Rebecca Copeland (Washington University in St. Louis, former Japan Foundation Research Fellow, former AAC member), Dr. Satu Limaye (East-West Center in Washington, Abe Fellow), and Dr. Kenneth Mori McElwain (The University of Tokyo, former Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow).

Thank you to everyone who joined us at these events, and we look forward to seeing you again at AAS 2020 in Boston.

Conversation with Dr. Ezra Vogel and Dr. David Plath

Two renowned Japan scholars, Dr. Ezra Vogel (Professor Emeritus at Harvard University) and Dr. David Plath (Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) openly conversed about their early fieldwork experiences in Japan in the 1950s - 1960s. The event celebrated the fourth and the final Midwest Japan Seminar (MJS) for 2018-2019 chaired by Dr. Elizabeth D. Lublin at Wayne State University. The event was hosted by Dr. Anne Sokolsky at Ohio Wesleyan University, where Dr. Vogel continues his support for students and scholars as an alumnus.

The conversation (taidan) was attended by scholars at different stages in their academic career, studying Japan in their various disciplines. During the dialogue, Dr. Vogel and Dr. Plath reflected on their trajectory as pioneers in the field of Japanese Studies, and how cross-cultural fieldwork experiences impacted their lives. In response to some questions on the sustainability of Japanese Studies and future career paths for emerging scholars, the professors further discussed strategies to connect their research with the interests of a wider audience, among others. Funding for the MJS was provided in part by The Japan Foundation's Institutional Project Support-Small (IPS-Small) grant program.

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