Screenings at IFC Center

Takashi Murakami
The IFC Center is “thrilled to welcome acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami in person this month for two nights in a row, presenting a personal favorite — Michael Mann’s THIEF — and his own directorial debut JELLYFISH EYES.”

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Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF
Murakami in person present and discuss a personal favorite — Michael Mann’s 1981 neo(n)-noir THIEF — as part of our ongoing “Movie Night” series. “A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. James Caan’s the thief, contradictorily building and risking a future mapped out as meticulously as any of his lucrative hi-tech jobs; testing his emotional and criminal independence to the limits; eventually recognising that he’s either exercising or exorcising a death wish.” – Time Out (London)

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JELLYFISH EYES
“Murakami’s directorial debut JELLYFISH EYES tells the story of a young boy and his unlikely new friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite. To his surprise, the boy soon discovers that his classmates all have similar friends—but that they, their creators and even their town itself aren’t what they seem. A hopeful tale pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s film boasts unforgettable creature designs and handmade special effects nearly a decade in the making—a triumph of creativity and wonder.”

Yasujiro Ozu

Catch the classic films of legendary director Yasujiro Ozu at the IFC Center. The series ends September 27th.
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“While virtually unknown outside Japan during his lifetime, Ozu’s work began to be screened abroad in the 1960s, bringing him fans around the world. Today, he is considered one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, with such major filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Mike Leigh, Aki Kaurismaki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Pedro Costa and Claire Denis citing him as a profound influence upon their work.”

Time & Details:
Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF– Tuesday, July 14, 7PM
JELLYFISH EYES Opening Night (Q&A Session)– Wednesday, July 15, 7PM
Yasujiro Ozu series– Various

Location:
IFC Center
323 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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JAPAN CUTS 2015

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The Japan Society in New York has come back this year with yet another carefully curated selection of contemporary Japanese films for its JAPAN CUTS festival, which begins on July 9th.

“North America’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, JAPAN CUTS presents the A to Z of new film made in and around Japan for its exciting and expanded ninth edition. Premiering a thrilling slate of blockbusters and independent features never before seen in NYC, JAPAN CUTS redefines itself with fresh sections on documentary, new classics, avant-garde and more special guest stars and auteurs than ever, with a focus on the rebellious edge of contemporary Japan. Don’t miss a moment of this frenetic 10-day festival filled with outrageous comedies, action epics, heart-wrenching dramas, radical documentaries, brooding romances, psychedelic animation and otherworldly fantasy, plus parties, award ceremonies, drink, food and live music!”

Dates: July 9-19
Location: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Tickets & Details: Website

 

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Career Forum for Positions in the U.S

I just wanted to send you and your students studying Japanese
one last reminder about the [Career Forum for Positions in the U.S]
coming up next weekend on May 30th.

This will be a great event for students of Japanese language,
as about 25 companies will be hiring for positions all over the country.

http://www.careerforum.net/event/pny/?ref=201522&lang=E

As per usual, you will find attached an email text for your students
regarding the event. If you can forward this message on to them
or have it available on your newsletter/website/facebook,
it would be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime with questions or comments.

Thank you again for all of your assistance!

Kind regards,
Catherine Rackley
DISCO International, Inc.

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MAY 9 – STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL – ART RECEPTION

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Shuto Okayasu,  Sungjin Lee

SUNGJIN LEE & SHUTO OKAYASU Joint Exhibition

STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL

May 9 – 31, 2015, 7-10:30pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 4-6pm

 

Press Release

Sungjin Lee and Shuto Okayasu are pleased to announce their joint exhibition at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY at 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215 from Saturday May 9 to Sunday May 31, 2015.

 

The exhibition consists of artworks created by 2 artists, Shuto Okayasu from Japan and Sungjin Lee from South Korea.

Okayasu has been bouncing between photo-realistic and surrealistic images and sampling famous cartoon characters and scenes to create his paintings. Heavily influenced by cut and paste, sampling of Hip Hop culture, he patchworks his perception of everyday life, navigating viewers into a hyper realistic dreamy world.

Lee has lived in Japan for 10 years before residing in the US. Taking objective views to post-World War 2 South Korea and Japan under the influences of US government generates the ideology behind his works. He explores his unique vision through paintings, sculptures, music and video works.

 

This exhibition explores perspective on how our world is structured through Okayasu and Lee’s works.

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FREE Crochet and Amigurumi Group at RESOBOX Gallery

Amigurumi class at RESOBOX Gallery in Queens
Join the RESOBOX community of crocheting, knitting, and amigurumi-making! You can bring your own project or work on the weekly project. All levels of experience are welcome to join!

Date & Time: Every Tuesday, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: RESOBOX Gallery (41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, NY)
There is NO class fee but there is a ONE DRINK MINIMUM.

Inspired by the amazing response to our first World Amigurumi Exhibit, RESOBOX has decided to hold its own crocheting and amigurumi-making group. This group holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at RESOBOX Gallery where crocheters and amigurumi-lovers of all experience levels are encouraged to learn from one another and create things together.

Everyone who joins this group is welcome to work on their own projects, but Jing (RESOBOX’s crochet and amigurumi instructor) will be available during the meetings to help and answer any questions. She will also be leading an amigurumi project each week for those who don’t have their own project to work on. All experience levels (and ages) are welcome to join this group, and we encourage advanced and intermediate crocheters to help the beginners.

There is no class fee to join this group! However, there is a one drink minimum. Please check RESOBOX’s cafe menu for a full list of the delicious drinks we offer.

And don’t forget to join the RESOBOX Crocheting & Amigurumi Making Facebook Group to stay up to date!

For more information about this group and to sign up, please visit the website here: http://resobox.com/amigurumi-group/

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JAPAN DAY 2015 at Central Park (Sunday, May 10th)

JAPAN DAY 2015 WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, MAY 10TH

Our stage program, tent line-up and art contest winners are announced!

This year’s Japan Day will feature a special performance by AKB48. Check out a video message from (from the left) Saho Iwatate, Ryoka Oshima, Tomu Muto, Haruna Kojima, Rina Hirata, and Rena Nozawa, the six members that will be coming to Japan Day.

AKB48 from Japan Day Inc on Vimeo.

 

 

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How Emoji Got to the White House (from New Yorker)

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http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/how-emoji-got-to-the-white-house

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Japan-related Culture Events Info.

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Some Japanese Culture Events from the website of Consulate of Japan at New York.
http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/n/01.html

 

 

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Another Monkey Business Event at a Bookstore in Manhattan (Wed. 8 pm)

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Join Monkey Business International editors Motoyuki Shibata, Ted Goossen, and Roland Kelts as they celebrate the release of MBI Issue 5 with some of the journal’s contributors.

Host(s): Motoyuki Shibata, Ted Goossen, Roland Kelts
Appearing: Aoko Matsuda, Satoshi Kitamura, Kelly Link, Ben Katchor
About Monkey Business:
Monkey Business International is the in-translation offspring of the Tokyo-based magazine Monkey Business, which was founded in 2008 by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters.
Author Bio(s): 
Ben Katchor is a highly esteemed cartoonist whose books include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District (translated into Japanese), The Cardboard Valise and Hand-Drying in America. His picture stories appear in Metropolis. The latest issue of Monkey Business contains two episodes from his Shoehorn Technique. He is an Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning picture-book artist and illustrator. His books include When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book, Millie’s Marvelous Hat, and Lily Takes a Walk. He has worked with numerous artists and poets, especially with poet John Agard, with whom he has collaborated on a number of books including The Young Inferno and Goldilocks on CCTV. Kitamura has contributed to the latest issue of Monkey Business (5) “Variation and Theme,” a graphic narrative inspired by a Charles Simic poem.
Kelly Link is an award-winning short-story writer, and one of the most important voices to appear in the United States in the 2000s. She runs her own publishing house, The Small Beer Press, with her husband Gavin Grant. She has published four collections of stories: Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters (all of which have been translated into Japanese) and her latest book Get in Trouble, published in February 2015. She contributed an essay on the experience of her visits to Japan in Monkey Business 5. 
Aoko Matsuda is one of Japan’s most promising young Japanese novelists. She has published two collections of short stories and has also translated Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. Among English translations of her work are “Photographs Are Images,” translated by Jeffrey Angles and included in the current issue of Monkey Business (5), as well as “Smartening Up,” translated by Polly Barton in the online edition of the literary magazine Granta.
About the editors/translators:
Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Japanamerica. His articles, essays and stories are published in The New Yorker, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Zoetrope: All Story, The Village Voice, A Public Space, Newsweek Japan, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Yomiuri and The Japan Times among others. He is also a regular contributor to CNN, The BBC, NPR and NHK. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University and contributing editor to Monkey Business. He divides his time between New York and Tokyo, and his forthcoming novel is called Access.
Ted Goossen teaches Japanese literature and film at York University in Toronto. He is the general editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and has published translations of stories and essays by Hiromi Kawakami, Haruki Murakami, Yoko Ogawa, Sachiko Kishimoto, and Naoya Shiga, among others. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Monkey Business.
Motoyuki Shibata is a professor at the University of Tokyo and the co-founder of the literary magazine Monkey Business, which exists in both English and Japanese as an English-language journal focusing on contemporary Japanese literature. He also runs Monkey, a Japanese literary magazine. A translator, reviewer, and essayist, he has translated into Japanese the works of contemporary American authors including Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, Steve Erickson, Steven Millhauser, Richard Powers, Stuart Dybek, Barry Yourgrau, Ben Katchor, Ethan Canin and Kelly Link, among others. He received the 1992 Kodansha Essay Award for his book The Half-Hearted Scholar and was the winner of the 27th Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for his collection of critical essays, American Narushisu (American Narcissus).

Location:
52 Prince St
New York

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New York
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Professor Hori Hikari on Attack on Titan (Wed, 6th from 2:30 pm at LaGuardia Community College)

imagesProfessor Hikari Hori (Columbia Univ.) will give a talk on Japanese manga and TV anime series Attack on Titan.

Her talk is titled “Restricted Bodies and Anarchic Bodies: Cross Media Translation between Manga and Anime in Attack on Titan

Date: Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Place: Room E-501 (5th floor of the E Building) at  LaGuardia Community College

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