We hope you all enjoyed our West Meets East Matsuri last Thursday! For those of you that weren’t able to attend don’t worry; we still have plenty of events planned for the rest of the year. In fact, this Thursday, March 26th, join us at our usual room VC 10-165 as we hold our first Japanese Conversation Class (JCC) of the semester.
This event is designed to help people learn Japanese regardless of their skill level. If you are interested in learning Japanese for the first time, or are simply trying to improve your Japanese speaking skills, then join us! Everyone attending will be split into groups depending on their level (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced). The theme for this JCC will be “Useful Phrases”, phrases you may use at a store, restaurant, or even on the streets of Tokyo! Refreshments will be served. Feel free to invite your friends to come as well!
On Thursday, March 26th we will also be cosponsoring ECO + Ecuadorian Club’s event Welcome to the Jungle an event which will provide an insightful look into the jungles of Ecuador. Feel free to check out their event in VC 9-175.
Event # 1: Japanese Conversation Class
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Place & Time: 12:45-2:05PM at VC 10-165
Event # 2: Welcome to the Jungle
Date: Thursday, March 26th
Place & Time: 12:45-2:15 PM at VC 9-175
Secretary Trainee | Baruch Japan Club
Japan Society in New York will host the following lectures in the next week:
1. Kawaii Meets Art and Fashion: An Evening with Sebastian Masuda
2. Shigeru Ban’s Goal: A Balancing Act of Architecture and Social Contribution
In 2014, architect Shigeru Ban was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his commitment to humanitarian causes through his disaster relief efforts and his innovative works. An innovator in sustainable and environmentally-friendly architecture, Ban’s designs often use locally available materials such as recyclable cardboard paper tubes for columns, walls and beams. These materials are inexpensive and easy to transport, mount and dismantle; and they can also be water- and fire-proofed, and recycled. Ban believes that his Japanese upbringing helps account for his wish to waste no materials. In this lecture, Ban will explore how he balances his artful works with the needs of local communities. This program is moderated by Rick Bell, Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Followed by a reception.
Time: Saturday, March 28, 12 PM
Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, students & seniors.
Nobuko Miyazaki at Renee Weiler Concert Hall
Sunday March 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Collaborative project by Kotoe, Alessandro, and Arei
Alessandro Ricciarelli (guitar/vocal)
Kotoe Suzuki (piano/vocal)
Arei Sekiguchi (drums/percussion)
Nobuko Miyazaki “INORIKAZE” Album Release Concert!
Nobuko Miyazaki (flute/shinobue)
Emi Inaba (piano)
Brian Prunka (‘oud)
Arei Sekiguchi (percussion)
Come and experience Nobuko’s musical world, featuring works from the new album “Inorikaze” (Prayer Wind) and newer works expressing her Middle Eastern influences, craftily interwoven with personal stories.
A passionate and emotive flutist/shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute) player/composer, Nobuko Miyazaki draws influences from classical, jazz, Japanese, and Arabic music, embracing traditions and transcending them. She has performed across the world, including at BBC Proms in the Park and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Her orchestral composition “Inorikaze” was premiered in 2013 by Manhattan Symphonie.
She is joined by the highly acclaimed oud player/composer Brian Prunka (Nashaz, Near East River Ensemble) who works with greats such as Simon Shaheen, Michael Bates, and Ravish Momin; a truly multicultural drummer/percussionist Arei Sekiguchi whose beats reflect everything from jazz, samba, and Latin American music; and the award-winningpianist/composer Emi Inaba, who is Nobuko’s decade-long collaborator across three continents.
Nobuko is passionate about children’s rights and education, and a portion of the album sales will be donated for the cause.
2. Email for students about upcoming “Career Forum for Positions in the U.S.”
The next Career Forum for Japanese-English speakers in the U.S. will
be the “Career Forum for Positions in the U.S.” coming up on May 30th.
Scheduled to follow graduation, this event will be the perfect opportunity
for students who have not yet found employment to do so.
Last year companies from diverse industries such as IT Consulting, Manufacturing,
Accounting, Broadcasting, Travel, and more attended seeking candidates for
Registration and attendance is free. More information on the
“Career Forum for Positions in the U.S.” is available at:
As per usual, you will find attached an email text for your students
regarding the event. If you can forward this message on to your students
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!
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Japan Society is starting its 2015 Globus Film Series, The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara, with China Nights (Shina no yoru) and a reception.
China Nights was the second film in what came to be known as the “Continental Trilogy,” along with Song of the White Orchid and Vow in the Desert. All three are national allegories centered on a romance between the Japanese star Kazuo Hasegawa and Shirley Yamaguchi (Ri Koran). Like its predecessor, the film centers on misunderstanding, mistrust and the redemptive power of romance. Yamaguchi plays a rebellious young woman, who comes around to appreciate the Japanese through Hasegawa’s tough love. In the famous turning point of the film, Yamaguchi turns love-struck with Hasegawa (and awestruck by Japanese goodwill) with a slap in the face. While this is a convention of Japanese prewar cinema, the allegorical nature of this project led to quite different interpretations in Japan and China. Despite this bit of cultural blindness on the part of the Japanese filmmakers, they cleverly crafted different dénouements for the film; in the Chinese version the lovers live happily ever after, and in the Japanese version Yamaguchi commits suicide. Not surprisingly, the Chinese saw the film as a slap in the face. China Nights was one of the main reasons for Yamaguchi’s death sentence after the war.
1940, 126 min., 35mm, b&w, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Osamu Fushimizu. With Shirley Yamaguchi (as Ri Koran), Kazuo Hasegawa.
Print courtesy of National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
Post-screening reception will feature an anthology of popular music from this period as well as a display of kimonos from the 1940s, courtesy of a private collector from Osaka in cooperation with Japanese Culture & Style, Rinko Kimino, Globus Washitsu and Tea-Whisk. Kimono or other vintage attire welcome!
$15/$12 Japan Society members, seniors & students
Saturday, March 21, 7 PM
LIFE OF CATS: SELECTIONS FROM THE HIRAKI UKIYO-E COLLECTION
Fri, Mar 13 – Sun, Jun 7, 2015
Since arriving in Japan aboard Japanese ships transporting sacred Buddhist scriptures from China in the mid-sixth century, cats have proceeded to purr and paw their way into the heart of Japanese life, folklore, and art. Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection illustrates the depth of this mutual attraction by mining the wealth of bravura depictions of cats to be found in ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1615-1867).
Ninety ukiyo-e prints in the exhibition are on loan from the esteemed Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation whose holdings are revered in Japan. Select prints, paintings, sculptures, and other works borrowed from U.S. collections complement these prints, making the exhibition over 120 artworks. With cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal, Life of Cats takes viewers on a wild ride through Japan’s love affair with our feline friends.
Roughly 50 items will be replaced with new works halfway through Life of Cats—Rotation 1 will be on view from March 13 until April 26; Rotation 2 will be on view from April 29 until June 7.
Life of Cats is divided into five sections: Cats and People, Cats as People, Cats versus People, Cats Transformed and Cats and Play. View selected pieces from the exhibition below!
Some J-related events in this month!
Japan Society will host a program with Visual artist Sebastian Masuda who helped launch the career of Japanese pop-star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, the princess of kawaii. In this program, Masuda discusses his works that have drawn attention worldwide, using an explosion of color and nostalgic childhood toys from both the U.S. and Japan. He also talks about his new innovative art project, Time After Time Capsule, which is coming to New York in April. Masuda brings to his work a uniquely cute fashion sense and “kawaii culture” that is distinctively Japanese, yet contains very familiar American elements. Accompanying the lecture will be a rare selection of items for sale from Masuda’s Harajuku shop, 6%DOKIDOKI. Followed by a reception.
Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, students & seniors
Time: Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
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