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September 2019 Issue 
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.

September 6 - October 5
Emergent Arts (Hot Springs, AR)

© Shiriagari Kotobuki 2015
 © Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints
This exhibition introduces some of the similarities and differences between modern Japanese manga, which now enjoy worldwide popularity, and Hokusai Manga, a collection of sketches by the ukiyo-e woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai. This traveling exhibition is on loan from The Japan Foundation and co-organized with the Consulate General of Japan in Nashville.
September 6 - October 30
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center (Ithaca, NY)

The Ink Shop Printmaking Center will host visiting printmakers and architects from Tokyo with an exhibit displaying prints and drawings. This is the first comprehensive show in the U.S. of printed art from the Printmaking Department of Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo University of the Arts). This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
September 14, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Asia Society Texas Center (Houston, TX)

This exhibition presents all of Tsuruya Kōkei's actor prints from 1984 to 1993. Because the artist limited his editions, such a complete collection has been unprecedented and will represent a first in Texas. To explore the broader contours of Kabuki actor prints, Kōkei's work will be contextualized by actor prints by Sharaku as well as two dozen works by contemporary Japanese and western artists. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Image:  Matsumoto Kōshirō IX as Kamakura Gongorō, in "Shibaraku," July 1991, Tsuruya Kōkei (Japan, b. 1946),  Ink and color on  Ganpi Tori no Ko paper, USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Gift of Drs. Aziz and Deanna Khan, 1998.66.2.

September 18, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Newark Museum (Newark, NJ)

This exhibition highlights approximately 50 magnificent works of Japanese Buddhist art from the collection of the Newark Museum, many of which have never been displayed previously. Organized by guest curator Midori Oka, Beyond Zen presents the basic tenets of Mahayana Buddhism in Japan, as well as how the objects were and continue to be key elements in Buddhist practice. Aspects of the faith are revealed through four thematic sections: Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; Ritual, Space, and Faith; Death and Beyond; and Masters and Disciples. This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.
Image:  Kannon (Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, as the Merciful Mother , Meiji Period (1868-1912), Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk, Newark Museum Purchase 1921, TR3.1921.2.

September 13:
Para State Tancredo de Almeida Neves Culture Center  ( Belem, Brazil)
September 14:
Theatro da Paz (Belem, Brazil)
September 16:
Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brazil)

Photos courtesy of the artists
Los Angeles-based taiko group On Ensemble will be joined by koto and shamisen player Sumie Kaneko from New York for a tour in Brazil to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Japanese immigration to the Amazon region. This program is co-organized with the Consulates General of Japan in Belem and Manaus.
Arts Midwest World Fest:  Hikaru
September 13: Bellefontaine High School Auditorium
(Bellefontaine, OH)
September 21: Riverside Park & Amphitheater (Rushville, IN)
September 26: Carbondale Community High School
(Carbondale, IL)
October 4: Iowa State Center, Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
© Terutoshi Takaku

Japanese folk music group Hikaru will tour in the Midwest as part of Arts Midwest World Fest. Explore Japanese folk music through Hikaru's  magical melodies and striking rhythms. The distinctive 3-string Tsugaru shamisen, powerful taiko drums, Japanese flute, songs and dance combine in a stunning performance that will carry you to the soaring mountains and rugged seas of Japan. This tour is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.
September 18 - 20: Gallaudet University (Washington, DC)
September 23: University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)

Photo courtesy of the artists

Delicateness in Times of Brutality is a collaborative performance by Japanese butoh dancer DAKEI and American movement artist Wendy Jehlen, and a study of opposites: solitude and togetherness, silence and sound, the eternal and the ephemeral, delicateness in response to brutality. This performance is supported through the Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program.
September 19:
Williams Center for the Arts,
Lafayette College (Easton, PA)
September 21: Japan Society (New York, NY)

© Taira Datetaira
Known for its ethereal tones and timbres, gagaku has been the official music of the Japanese imperial court for over a millennium and has become synonymous with the luxurious court life of the Heian period (794-1185). Founded by the late Sukeyasu Shiba, a former member of the gagaku ensemble at the Imperial Household, the distinguished gagaku ensemble Reigakusha presents a full spectrum of the world's oldest surviving orchestral music for this rare U.S. appearance. This performance is supported through the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists. 
September 22 & 24:
Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater, Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
September 29:
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater, Smith College (Northampton, MA)

Photo courtesy of Hafuka Shigeru
Come enjoy an evening of classical Japanese Noh theatre with acclaimed actors Hisa and Hikaru Uzawa, from a dramatic warrior tale of defeat and salvation to a legend found in stories across Asia. Atsumori recounts the Battle of Ichinotani through the eyes of beautiful youth Atsumori. The Feather Mantle features the heavenly dance of a celestial maiden visiting the shores of Japan. Living National Treasure Hisa Uzawa and her daughter Hikaru are Kanze Tessenkai Noh performers following traditions dating to the 14th century. Their artistry exemplifies Noh and represents women within a male-dominated practice. This program is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

September 26 - 29
Various venues (Provincetown, MA)

This year's Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival will present plays by Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima, perhaps Japan's most provocative author. Born a world apart, Williams and Mishima became good friends in the late 1950s. Williams willingly fell under Japanese influence for over a decade, up until 1970, the year Mishima died. This program is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
September 11 - 13: 
Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY)
September 14 - 15: 
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland, OR)
September 19:
The Museum of Contemporary Art
(Los Angeles, CA)

September 26:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
(San Francisco, CA)

Memento Stella (2018),
Courtesy of Takashi Makino
Among Japan's most prolific and adventurous filmmakers, Takashi Makino is remarkable both for the hypnotic, near-cosmic immersiveness of his imagery and for his distinctive, highly collaborative approach to his soundtracks. Anthology Film Archives will host three programs surveying Makino's work, including the U.S. premiere of his brand-new, hour-long piece, Memento Stella. This new piece will also be screened at several other venues in the U.S. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.
Lecture & Conference
September 5
Hudson Institute (Washington, DC)

As a part of the Abe Global Forum, CGP and SSRC will bring together Abe Fellows and other experts to examine issues related to multi-national cybersecurity coalitions, strategies, and cyber-resiliency in
the U.S., Japan, and other parts of Asia. 
September 17
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)

Dr. Sheila Smith (Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations) joined by Mr. Noriyuki Shikata (Associate, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University) and Dr. Joseph Nye (Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus) will speak on a panel moderated by Dr. Susan Pharr (Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University). This panel discussion is supported by CGP.
Cultural Event
September 14
Frisco Square (Frisco, TX)

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth will hold an Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival to celebrate the full autumn moon. For the first time, the festival will be held in Frisco, Texas. The festival will be joined by several Japanese music performers, including a special guest from New York, Masayo Ishigure. This event is supported through the Grassroots Exchange Network Japan (GEN-J) 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.
On view through August 2, 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
On view through October 6
Japan House Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
September 5
Birdland Jazz Club (New York, NY)
September 9
Dizzy's Club (New York, NY)
September 19 - 21
The Theatre at Gibney 280 Broadway (New York, NY)
September 20 - 22
Blue Note Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)
Cultural Event
September 17
The Nippon Club (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.

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.

Deadline: September 1 & 15

CGP and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) are accepting applications for the Abe Fellowship and Abe Fellowship for Journalists competitions. Abe Fellowship applications are due September 1; Abe Fellowship for Journalists applications are due September 15.
Japan Outreach Initiative Program

The Year 18 JOI Coordinators were selected and recently placed at their host organizations in the U.S. From July 31st to August 7th the new coordinators and host supervisors gathered in Atlanta, Georgia to undergo their summer orientation before finally traveling to their host sites. 

The JOI Program, which began in 2002, aims to raise awareness and understanding of Japanese culture by dispatching Japanese coordinators to the Midwest and South. The coordinators mainly provide community outreach activities about Japan to foster mutual understanding.

For more information about JOI, please click here (available only in Japanese).

The JOI Program is jointly administered by CGP and Laurasian Institution.
For inquiries, please contact: info@jfny.org