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November 2019 Issue 
JAPAN 2019 
Through November 7
Film Forum (New York, NY)

Kenji Mizoguchi's Street of Shame. Courtesy of Janus Films

Shitamachi
, a three-week, 38-film series spanning nearly eight decades of classic movies, all set in "downtown" Tokyo, is running at Film Forum. This series, programmed by Aiko Masubuchi (former senior programmer at Japan Society), includes 25 rare films imported from Japan-many of them with translations and subtitles created especially for the Film Forum screenings. To be screened are masterworks directed by Ozu, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Naruse, Yamada, Imamura, Kitano, Kore-eda, and many others, set in different eras in shitamachi, where young and old from all walks of life are embraced. The series is co-presented by The Japan Foundation, as part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

SHITAMACHI: TALES OF DOWNTOWN TOKYO Series Trailer
Shitamachi: Tales of Downtown Tokyo Series Trailer

The film series was featured in the Goings on About Town  section of 
The New Yorker  as well as the Critic's Notebook section of The New York Times .

  


Through December 8
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)


Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art celebrates one of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan's unique spiritual heritage of Shinto and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for natureand the place of animals within that realmis expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints. Animalswarm and cold-blooded, real and imaginaryare meticulously and beautifully rendered in a myriad of works from ancient 6th-century clay sculpture to contemporary art. Arranged in themes such as Zodiac Animals, Animals from Nature, Religion, Myth and Folklore, and Leisure, the exhibition draws heavily from LACMA's permanent collection and includes masterpieces from Japanese and American public and private collections, some of which are on view for the first time.

This exhibition is co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Japan Foundation, with special cooperation from the Tokyo National Museum, and presented as  part of  Japan 2019 , a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.
   

  
 
Image: Tani Bunchō, Japan, 1763-1840, Tiger Family and Magpies (detail), 1807 (Bunka 4, 12th month, 18th day), ink and color on silk, 61 15/16 × 33 3/4 in. (157.3 × 85.7 cm), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Charlotte Wayne and Richard Wayne in memory of Lenore Wayne (M.2016.155) photo © Museum Associates / LACMA.

EVENTS
Exhibition
Through January 26, 2020
Japan Society (New York, NY)

New National Stadium, 2017 © Takashi Homma, courtesy of the artist .

Tokyo, like any other city, has experienced a variety of social, economic and political shifts. In response to significant changes, how does architecture embody the city's transition? What role has architecture played in developing Tokyo? This exhibition explores the development of socio-architectural facilities and compares landscapes with art and performance generated from Tokyo between the two seminal worldwide games, in 1964 and 2020. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
 
November 13 - 19
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

Winning works of the 18th Tokyo-New York Ceramic Competition will be displayed at The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club. This annual competition encourages and honors the creativity of ceramic artists in New York and its sister city Tokyo. This exhibition is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.
 

  

November 22, 2019 - May 24, 2020
Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington, NC)

Working across a wide range of disciplines with a deep sense of social purpose over six decades, the American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) developed a uniquely open-ended and forward thinking perspective on global culture that increasingly makes him seem one of the essential visionaries of the twentieth centuries. Unfolding Noguchi looks at the evolution of his practice and experimentation with mediums, from stone to paper. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
 
  
Image: © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS.

Performance
November 6: Peruvian Japanese Theater (Lima, Peru)
November 11: Salón Auditorio de la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Asuncion, Paraguay)

© GION
Japanese kotoist Yumi Kurosawa will perform in Peru and Paraguay to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the start of Japanese emigration to Peru and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Paraguay. This event is co-organized with the Embassies of Japan in Peru and Paraguay.
 
  
Literature
November 18, 5 PM: Boston University (Boston, MA)
November 23, 2 PM: Kinokuniya New York (New York, NY)

© Shinchosha Publishing Co.,Ltd.
The Akutagawa Prize-winning author Hiroko Oyamada will visit Boston and New York to launch her English-language debut novel The Factory. Told in three alternating first-person narratives, The Factory casts a vividif sometimes surrealportrait of the absurdity and meaninglessness of modern life. With hints of Kafka and unexpected moments of creeping humor, Oyamada is one of the boldest writers of her generation. David Boyd, the translator of this book, will join Oyamada to discuss her work.
 
  
Cultural Event
November 16, 12 PM
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Panel Room 1E02 
(New York, NY)

In many colleges and universities, anime has become a central part of Japanese Studies classes. But what can a professor tell you about anime that you don't already know? This talk will examine approaches academic critics use to analyze anime and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Dr. Christopher Bolton (Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at Williams College) is a leading anime studies scholar in the U.S., as well as a former Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow (1995) with a recently published book titled Interpreting Anime (2018). This panel is presented as part of Anime NYC by The Japan Foundation, New York.

November 16, 1:30 PM
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Panel Room 1E17 
(New York, NY)

Weathering with You. Courtesy of GKIDS

The Japan Foundation, New York presents a panel on the work of acclaimed animator Makoto Shinkai as part of Anime NYC. Shinkai is one of the most important Japanese animators leading the next generation of anime films, best known for his smash hit Your Name.The panel will be moderated by manga editor and translator Kristi Fernandez, while Dr. Shige (CJ) Suzuki (Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College) will trace the rise of Shinkai as an animator and explore both Shinkai's distinctive animation techniques known as "Shinkai magic" and the introspective themes in his work. It will help you enjoy and understand his latest movie Weathering with You, which will be released in theaters across the U.S. next year.

November 16
Student Center, University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR)

Enjoy Japanese food, music, and activities such as Japanese tea ceremony, origami at this Japanese Festival at the University of Central Arkansas! The festival will also feature performances such as taiko and bon-odori dance. This event is supported through the CGP Education Grant. 
 
  
November 20
6:30 PM
Textile Arts Center Brooklyn Studio
(Brooklyn, NY)
November 23
1 PM

The Noguchi Museum (Queens, NY)

Nishijin-kasuri, a traditional Japanese textile produced in the Nishijin district in Kyoto uses many different types of colored yarns to weave into decorative designs. These workshops will allow participants to learn and have a hands-on experience on the dyeing techniques for this textile which is considered an important stage in Nishijin-kasuri. With the assistance of master Shiro Oe, participants will create their own beautifully dyed silk scarfs. Come and learn more about Nishijin-kasuri at these workshops! We look forward to seeing you all there. These events are presented by CGP.
 
Lecture & Symposium
November 8
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Dr. Gerald Curtis (Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Columbia University), Dr. Christina Davis (Professor of Government, Harvard University), Mr. Noriyuki Shikata (Associate, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University), and Dr. Phillip Lipscy (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto) will participate in a symposium on Japan's future moderated by Dr. Susan Pharr (Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Harvard University). This symposium is supported by CGP.
 
  
November 8
Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN)

Leading experts on Japan-U.S. relations and other influential voices from Indiana will discuss the current state and desired future of this bilateral relationship in a conference including keynote remarks by The Honorable Jim Schellinger (Secretary of Commerce, Indiana) and Dr. Richard Samuels (Ford International Professor of Political Science, MIT). This conference is supported by CGP.
 
  
November 8, 5 PM
Carleton College (Northfield, MN)

The Minnesota Kyudo Renmei will invite Ogasawara Kiyomoto from the Ogasawara-ryu School of Etiquette, Archery, and Horsemanship to speak at Carleton College for students and community members about the etiquette of the samurai tradition. Originating in the 12th-century Japan when the first samurai government emerged, the Ogasawa family has served many generations of the shogun as instructors of martial techniques such as horseback archery, as well as samurai etiquette. All are welcome to a reception at 5 PM, followed by his public talk at 6 PM. This event is supported through the CGP Education Grant.
 
  
November 19
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Dr. Erin Chung
Dr. Erin Chung (Charles D. Miller Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Johns Hopkins University), a specialist in East Asian political economy, international migration, civil society, and comparative racial politics, will give a talk on citizenship in the U.S. and Japan, moderated by Dr. Mary Brinton (Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University). Dr. Chung is a member of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program and is also an Abe Fellow (2008). This lecture is supported by CGP.  
 
  
JAPAN 2019 ASSOCIATED PROGRAM

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.
Cultural Event
November 15 - 17
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (New York, NY)


  
Exhibition
Through September 20, 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
 
  
November 12 - December 28
Ronin Gallery (New York, NY)

  
November 13 - 19
The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club (New York, NY)

  
Film
Through November 7
Film Forum (New York, NY)

  
Performance
November 10, 2 PM
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

  
November 12
Central Union Church (Honolulu, HI)

  
November 20 - 26
The Secret Theatre (Long Island City, NY)


  
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES
Arts & Culture
Performing Arts JAPAN 2020-2021
Deadline: October 31

This program provides financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. The Touring Grant supports the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations throughout the U.S. and/or Canada. The Collaboration Grant facilitates collaborations between Japanese and American and/or Canadian artists to create new works, which will further enhance appreciation for Japanese culture in these local communities.
 
 
Deadline: November 20

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related books, in order to promote better understanding of Japanese culture and Japanese Studies outside of Japan.
 
 
Deadline: December 2

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.
 
 
Deadline: December 2

This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese art by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers to conduct research in Japan, and 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 Studies
Deadline: November 1

This program is designed to provide scholars, researchers, and doctoral candidates with the opportunity to conduct research in Japan.
 
 
Deadline: November 1

This program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of Japanese Studies in the U.S. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lecturers, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, acquisition of library and digital resources. Applications that create tenure or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies are especially welcome.

Deadline: November 1

This program is designed to: (i) support institutions that face difficulties in maintaining current levels of infrastructure for Japanese Studies in the U.S.; (ii) stimulate infrastructural interest in Japanese Studies by small and newer institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies or those that lack personnel or resources; and (iii) provide support for particularly innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies.
Center for Global Partnership
NEW PROGRAM!
Deadline: Rolling, until January 31, 2020

CGP is excited to announce a new grant program, Case Studies Japan: Research Trip to Japan for Interdisciplinary Scholars and Graduate Students. This program supports travel to Japan for faculty members and graduate students so they may conduct field research in various disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The objective is to provide participants, especially those who may not be familiar with Japan, with firsthand experiences to gain a deeper understanding of and make connections in Japan that will be useful in their own disciplines after the trip. The program is now accepting applications. 

    
Deadline: December 2

Applications for the CGP Grant Program are due December 2; concept papers are not required. There are two categories of support, the " Intellectual Exchange: Policy-Related Projects " and the " Grassroots Program: Education and Network-Strengthening ". 
 
 
Japanese-Language Education Overseas
Deadline: December 2

This program is designed to provide specialists (researchers, graduate students, librarians, museum curators, etc.) who need a good command of Japanese language for conducting their field-related work and research through an intensive residential training course. The program is held at The Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Kansai in Japan.
 
 
PAST EVENT & REPORT

The North American premiere of Satoshi Miyagi's Antigone, a production by the renowned Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC), concluded with resounding success at Park Avenue Armory on October 6. Each performance played to a full house and received warm standing ovations from the more than 10,000 audience members. Click here to read the New York Times ' review on Antigone .

© Stephanie Berger

© Stephanie Berger




It had been more than 27 years since a full scale bunraku performance was presented in New York, this time a bold, contemporary reinterpretation of the classic play, The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, directed by Hiroshi Sugimoto with original music by Seiji Tsurusawa, Living National Treasure, and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto. Nearly 4,000 audience members enjoyed the graceful movements of the puppets, the dynamic yet delicate music as well as the masterful storytelling of "the model of true love." Click here to view the NHK World-Japan's news on the opening night performance on October 19 as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.

© Yuji Ono / Courtesy of The Japan Foundation
Video image by Tabaimo

© Yuji Ono / Courtesy of The Japan Foundation



Emerging Frontiers in Space



On September 24, the public capstone event for a research project by the University of Washington was held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Representative Ami Bera, Vice Chair of House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, made welcome remarks. Members of the first panel, including Dr. Saadia Pekkanen, gave presentations on their research and papers related to the project supported by CGP. 
 
 
Critical Nexus: The Future of U.S.-Japan-Taiwan Security Cooperation



Project 2049 Institute, in cooperation with the Japan Institute for International Affairs and the Prospect Foundation, held a public event in Washington, DC to present their work on the future of U.S.-Japan-Taiwan security cooperation on October 3. The panels for the conference included both traditional and non-traditional security affairs, as well as shared interests and challenges in the Indo-Pacific. The Honorable Richard Armitage, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, gave opening remarks. This event and project were supported by CGP. 
 
 
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