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October 2019 Issue 
JAPAN 2019 
September 25 - October 6
Park Avenue Armory (New York, NY)

© Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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 U.S. throughout 2019.


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

© Hiroshi Sugimoto / Courtesy of Odawara Art Foundation

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 U.S. throughout 2019.


September 22 - 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 nature and the place of animals within that realm  is expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints. Animals  warm and cold-blooded, real and imaginary  are 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.

October 18 - November 7
Film Forum (New York, NY)

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

, a three-week, 38-film series spanning nearly eight decades of classic movies, all set in "downtown" Tokyo, will run 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.  Th e 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.


(From left to right) Shuntaro Tanikawa © FUKAHORI mizuho,
Association of Indonesian Alumni From Japan, Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska.

Every year since 1973, the Japan Foundation has presented the Japan Foundation Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting international mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through academic, artistic and other cultural pursuits. For 2019, three recipients have been selected: 

Shuntaro Tanikawa
Poet (Japan)
Conveying the fascination of Japanese language and culture to the world
through his works 

Association of Indonesian Alumni From Japan (PERSADA)
Nonprofit organization (Indonesia)
A nexus of exchange connecting Japan and Indonesia

Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska
Professor, University of Warsaw (Poland)
Revealed a history of Polish-Japanese relations

The presentation ceremony of the Awards will take place on November 7 in Tokyo. We would like to offer this year's awardees our heartiest congratulations and wish for every success in their future endeavors!
Deadline: October 9

The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer for the Arts and Cultural Exchange program. For details, please see the job description. Applications are due October 9.
October 1 - November 17
Penland Gallery, Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC)

Double Layered Kettle,
Ryota Nishikata,
Fine silver, copper, tin; raised, 6.25 x 7 x 8.75, 2019.
Tradition of Excellence: Japanese Techniques in Contemporary Metal Arts will feature the work of 22 Japanese artists, including two of Japan's Living National Treasures. It will also include six American and Japanese American artists who have studied and adapted the Japanese metal techniques into their own studio practice. This exhibition will promote Japanese cultural heritage and share traditional craft-making skills. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
October 2, 2019 - April 12, 2020
International Quilt Museum, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)

Pauline and Gil Dug a Pond; It Took a Whole Summer, 2002, Madison, Wisconsin, Collection of the Artist.
A trained watercolorist, Rumi O'Brien approaches every aspect of her life with an artistic sensibility, from garden design to clothing construction. Her quilts are personal narratives, depicting her own stories or fantasies impeccably conceived and exquisitely executed. Its roots and branches are simultaneously absolutely Japanese and absolutely American, just like her name. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

October 11, 2019 - 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.
October 13 - December 6
Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA)

© Tomoro Mizuno
This exhibition introduces the work of Tomoro Mizuno, a third-generation pottery artist who practices a distinctive ceramic art technique called nerikomi. Mizuno uses the traditional technique in his creations while also broadening the concept of nerikomi by incorporating contemporary pop-art designs. The Japanese Program at Franklin & Marshall College will invite the artist from Japan to give lectures and workshops. Please refer to the college's event calendar for details closer to the event date. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
October 12
Grand View University (Des Moines, IA)

Courtesy of Theatre Nohgaku
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Japan America Society of Iowa and to nurture further understanding of Japanese arts and culture in the Des Moines area, Theatre Nohgaku will share the beauty of Noh theater. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
October 17 Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (Washington, DC)
October 19 Moon Viewing Platform, The Rail Park (Philadelphia, PA)
October 22 Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY) 

© Fuminari Yoshitsugu
Tokyo-based trio Asa-Chang & Junray will be making their first U.S. concert tour. The trio is led by percussionist Asa-Chang, who was the founder and original bandmaster of renowned Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. Percussion workshops will be also offered to initiate public discussions about modern Japanese music. This tour is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
October 31 - November 3
Various venues (New York, NY)

Yumiko Yoshioka, Hibrido (Hybrid), Mexico City, 2013, by Gabriel Morales.
Butoh Next is produced by a consortium of the foremost scholars and artists working in Butoh studies today. The program consists of an academic symposium, reception, workshops and a performance. Berlin-based Butoh dancer Yuko Kaseki will perform at LaGuardia Community College Black Box Theatre on November 1 and 2. This program is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
October 5
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

The Passion of Shamisen is a concert by Niigata-based shamisen musician Fumiyoshi. He is known for his hiki-shamisen style which focuses on the echo of the sound. The concert also includes instruments which are rarely presented with shamisen, such as cajon, riq and bass. This concert is nominally supported by The Japan Foundation, New York.
Lecture & Conference
October 1, 8, 15, 22
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

There are four upcoming seminars in October at Harvard University supported by CGP. On October 1, Dr. Jessamyn Abel (Pennsylvania State University) will talk about planning the first bullet train. Dr. Daniel Smith (Harvard University) will discuss voting and domestic politics in Japan on October 8. Dr. Patricia Maclachlan (University of Texas at Austin) will give insights on the reform of Japanese agricultural cooperatives in the context of globalization and demographic decline on October 15. On October 22, Dr. Helen Hardacre (Harvard University) will talk about postwar enthronement ceremonies in Japan.  
October 3
Carnegie Endowment Conference Center (Washington, DC)

This conference, organized by The Project 2049 Institute, will bring together a distinguished group of international experts to explore shared interests and challenges facing the United States, Japan and Taiwan, and discuss potential areas of cooperation in both traditional and non-traditional security affairs. The conference will offer recommendations for ways in which policymakers in Washington DC, Tokyo and Taipei might consider bolstering trilateral relations to respond to evolving regional dynamics. This event is supported by CGP.
October 22
Japan Society (New York, NY)

From Nebraska to Niigata, rural communities are being neglected out of existence. Yet, cities like New York and Tokyo are highly dependent on rural areas for food and energy. This event will feature Tsuyoshi Sekihara, founder of the Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club and Janet Topolsky, Executive Director of Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group. They will be joined by Richard McCarthy from Slow Food International to share their experiences and insights about this growing issue. This event is part of "Exploring an Innovative Model for Rural Revitalization." Both are supported by CGP. 

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 August 2, 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
October 8 - November 9
Ronin Gallery (New York, NY)

October 25 - 31
The Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club (New York, NY)

October 5
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)
October 6
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)
Arts & Culture
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.

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.
Center for Global Partnership
 Deadline: December 2
 Informational Webinars:
October 8, 9:30 AM (EDT)

October 9, 2 PM (EDT)

October 10, 5 PM (EDT)
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 ". CGP will be holding several informational webinars for the both categories of upcoming 2020 CGP Regular Grant Program. Applicants who are interested in either category are encouraged to attend. To attend, please fill out the sign-up sheet.
Hirotsugu Aida Lecture Series in Michigan

© Glenn Moots

Prof. Hirotsugu Aida gave a public lecture on "Japan and the United States in Modern World History" to an audience of 140 students, faculty, and community members at Northwood University on September 5. This was followed by speaking events at Hope College and The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal on September 6 and 7, respectively. This lecture series was supported by CGP.

CGP co-organized an Abe Fellows Global Forum event on September 5 with the Social Science Research Council and Hudson Institute. Abe Fellows and Hudson Institute experts discussed how Japan and the United States can improve their approaches to various challenges in cyber security and geopolitics. A video of the event is now available online.


Experts from Japan, Taiwan, and the United States discussed the opportunities and challenges facing their countries and the region as a result of the current U.S. administration's "America First" trade policy. Panelists also examined how Japan and Taiwan have weathered the tariff trade war and how they can prepare themselves for a protracted U.S.-China economic conflict. A video of the event is now available online. This panel discussion was co-hosted by The Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings, the U.S.-Japan Research Institute, and the Global Taiwan Institute. It was supported by CGP.

For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org