JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film


July 13—23, 2017

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Monday, June 12, 12 PM: General Public

Now in its 11th year, North America’s largest festival of new Japanese cinema returns to serve up a slice of the best and boldest titles from Japan never before seen in NYC with special guest filmmakers and stars, post-screening Q&As, parties and much more. Boasting a thrilling slate of epic blockbusters, shoestring independents, radical documentaries, mind-bending avant-garde, newly-restored classics, and breathtaking animation, JAPAN CUTS 2017 promises a bounty of cinematic discoveries for film fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike.

The programming team is proud to share the full lineup for the eleventh edition of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, running July 13-23, 2017 at Japan Society in New York City: www.japansociety.org/japancuts
The Opening Film is the U.S. Premiere of MUMON: The Land of Stealth, the Centerpiece Presentation is the East Coast Premiere of Over the Fence, and the Closing Film is the East Coast Premiere of In This Corner of the World. Featuring appearances by Joe Odagiri (Over the Fence, FOUJITA, recipient of the CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Performance in Film), Konrad Aderer (Resistance at Tule Lake), Hanae Kan (Yamato (California), West North West), Taro Maki (In This Corner of the World), Shingo Matsumura (Love and Goodbye and Hawaii), Kyoko Miyake (Tokyo Idols), Daisuke Miyazaki (Yamato (California)), Yoshihiro Nakamura (MUMON: The Land of Stealth), Sahel Rosa (West North West), and Megumi Sasaki (A Whale of a Tale). Please browse the entire dynamic lineup via the website and listed here by program section:
Feature Slate
Alley Cat (dir. Hideo Sakaki), North American Premiere
ANTI-PORNO (dir. Sion Sono), East Coast Premiere (preceded by Sawako Kabuki’s Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight)
At the Terrace (dir. Kenji Yamauchi), North American Premiere
Daguerrotype (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa), New York Premiere
The Extremists’ Opera (dir. Junko Emoto), International Premiere
FOUJITA (dir. Kohei Oguri), U.S. Premiere
In This Corner of the World (dir. Sunao Katabuchi), East Coast Premiere (Closing Film)
Love and Goodbye and Hawaii (dir. Shingo Matsumura), North American Premiere
Memoirs of a Murderer (dir. Yu Irie), New York Premiere
MUMON: The Land of Stealth (dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura), U.S. Premiere (Opening Film)
My Dad and Mr. Ito (dir. Yuki Tanada), U.S. Premiere
Neko Atsume House (dir. Masatoshi Kurakata), East Coast Premiere
Over the Fence (dir. Nobuhiro Yamashita), East Coast Premiere (Centerpiece Presentation)
Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow (dir. Yoshitaka Mori), New York Premiere (preceded by Yoko Kuno’s Spread)
Shippu Rondo (dir. Teruyuki Yoshida), North American Premiere
Summer Lights (dir. Jean-Gabriel Périot), North American Premiere
Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High (dir. Akira Nagai), U.S. Premiere
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (dir. Yuya Ishii), North American Premiere
West North West (dir. Takuro Nakamura), North American Premiere
Yamato (California) (dir. Daisuke Miyazaki), U.S.  Premiere
Classics: Rediscoveries & Restorations
Once Upon a Dream (dir. Kei Shichiri), International Premiere
The Ondekoza (dir. Tai Kato), U.S. Premiere
Zigeunerweisen (dir. Seijun Suzuki), North American Premiere
Documentary Focus
Resistance at Tule Lake (dir. Konrad Aderer), East Coast Premiere
Tokyo Idols (dir. Kyoko Miyake), East Coast Premiere
A Whale of a Tale (dir. Megumi Sasaki), North American Premiere
Experimental Spotlight
Haruneko (dir. Sora Hokimoto), North American Premiere
Hengyoro (Queer Fish Lane) (dir. Go Takamine), International Premiere
Shorts Showcase
Birds (Working Title) (dir. Koji Fukada), North American Premiere
We Are Shooting (dir. Raita Minorita), International Premiere
WHITE T AND FEEBLE THINGS (dir. Yun Su Kim), International Premiere
Breathless Lovers (dir. Shumpei Shimizu), International Premiere
Tickets are on sale to Japan Society members this week, and will open to the general public Monday, June 12. (We are offering festival passes for sale this year, in addition to bundled ticket deals.) Receive special announcements by subscribing to our newsletter, or following via Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #JAPANCUTS. Hope to see you here this July!
Joel Neville Anderson JAnderson@japansociety.org
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Business Communication in Japanese workshop by QUICK USA, INC

Please click here to download the register form

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Manga/Comics and Translation Symposium (Lecture Clips)

Dr. Mari Morimoto, manga translator:

Dr. Ryan Holmberg, professor/manga translator:


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Study in Japan: Comprehensible Guide (FYI)


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International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR)

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is an annual event that is unique in concept and design. Using the latest in high-definition video conferencing technology, it connects students from universities across the world to a single 24-hour forum. It is a platform to showcase the work of some of the world’s best undergraduate researchers from any discipline or area. Undergraduates present their research in joint sessions alongside peers on the other side of the world, interacting with fellow presenters and audiences in real-time through video-links and social media.

The abstract submission is here: http://www.icurportal.com/icur-2017/abstract-submission/

The International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) will be held at BaruchSeptember 26-27, 2017.  Show off your work, gain valuable feedback, and have a real professional conference on your resume!   Even if you are graduating this semester, you can come back and present the work you did as an undergraduate.  You will give a 15-20 minute presentation on a panel and then discuss the papers with students in England, Australia, South Africa, and elsewhere linked via teleconferencing. This conference, organized by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Monash University in Australia, links students on panels at 9 campuses on 5 continents via cutting-edge teleconferencing technology.  This is a low-stakes, but professional academic conference, in which you can hone your oral skills, get feedback on your work, and hear what kind of research students are doing at international universities.  This will be the fourth annual conference in which Baruch has participated, and students in the past three years have found the experience to be exciting and rewarding. Baruch is lucky to be the only U.S. college participating. Other global participants are Nanyang Technological University, Kyushu University in Japan, Singapore Management University, Monash University Malaysia, Leeds University in England, and Monash University South Africa.  See www.icurportal.com<http://www.icurportal.com> for information.

To participate:  Students in all fields are eligible.  Students must submit a 250-word abstract and title of their research.  If you submitted an abstract to Creative Inquiry Day, you can use the same or similar abstract.

For tips on writing an abstract see:  http://www.icurportal.com/resources/writing-an-abstract/<http://www.icurportal.com/resources/writing-an-abstract/>

Submit these along with

*       ·      Name
*       ·      Major
*       ·      year of study (Senior, etc.)
*       ·      name of professor/advisor
*       ·      email
*       ·      and phone number

to Katherine Pence, Chair of History atKatherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu<mailto:Katherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu> by the

May 15, 2017 DEADLINE.  See more information here: http://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/honors/academics/thesis/icur/

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me atKatherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu<mailto:Katherine.Pence@baruch.cuny.edu>.

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Japan Club Final Event on this Thursday! May 11th 12:45PM–2:15PM VC 10-145

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Baruch Japan Club (Officers Wanted!)

Baruch Japan Club is an organization dedicated to bringing together a Japan-loving community on the Baruch campus. We focus on assisting students in building relationships with Japanese organizations and business communities in and around NYC, as well as introducing Japanese culture to students and beyond. We are currently looking for self-driven individuals to join our 2017-2018 Executive Board! This is an opportunity to develop your leadership skills, build up your personal network, and delve into Japanese culture.

If you are a passionate individual who would like to be part of the team for the 2017-2018 academic year, please fill out the short application below.

Executive Board Application

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Gengoroh Tagame at Kinokuniya (NYC) on May 9th, 2017

Gengoroh Tagame

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017
  • 6:00pm 7:00pm
  • Kinokuniya New York1073 6th AvenueNew York, NY, 10018United States

“When a cuddly Canadian comes to call, Yaichi—a single Japanese dad—is forced to confront his painful past. With his young daughter Kana leading the way, he gradually rethinks his assumptions about what makes a family. Renowned manga artist Gengoroh Tagame turns his stunning draftsmanship to a story slightly different from his customary fare, to delightful and heartwarming effect.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home

“Heartbreaking yet hopeful, Gengoroh Tagame’s beautifully rendered meditation on the struggle for gay acceptance in today’s Japan is quietly dazzling. I am already looking forward to part two!” —Anderson Cooper

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Nihongo Chat + J-Culture Mon, May 8, 6-7:30 PM

Join Japanese-language students and native Japanese speakers at this informal gathering to practice Japanese and English! Anyone some Japanese language experience is welcome to attend.

For 30 minutes during our May 8th meeting, special guest Souheki Mori will demonstrate how to properly wear a casual cotton kimono (Yukata). Yukatas are often worn in onsen towns and is the typical dress code for guests at a ryokan. Yukata has also become a way of dressing for summer festivals. After the demonstration, we will move back to the usual activity of practicing conversational skills.

RSVP required to language@japansociety.org or 212-715-1269 with the following information: name, email address, telephone number, level of Japanese (beginner, intermediate, advanced, native)

Admission (refreshments provided)

$5 (cash only), free for students with valid university I.D.

For more classes and events at the Language Center, visit www.japansociety.org/language

Tomoyo Kamimura

Director, Toyota Language Center & C.V. Starr Library

Japan Society

333 East 47th Street,

New York, NY 10017



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The PEN World Voices Festival is coming up the first week of May, and a number of the panels on the program feature translation and translators. Here’s the lineup:

Tuesday, May 2:

Corrosive Power: translators Jennifer Hayashida, Julia Sanches, and Ellen Elias-Bursać join the poets they translate, Athena Farrokhzad (who’s Swedish and Iranian) and Noemi Jaffe (who’s Brazilian), to discus the borders of power, gender, language, place, and identity, examining where they intersect and diverge. This event is free. Poet’s House, 10 River Terrace, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3:

Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue: translators Motoyuki Shibata and Ted Goossen curate and moderate this conversation with Hiromi Ito, Hiroko Oyamada, Jamaica Kincaid, and Brian Evenson. Ticketed event. Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 3:

A Woman’s Place: In Food, Power, and Writing: Translator Allisson Markin Powell joins Mariana Enriquez, Chitrita Banerji, and Sonya Kharas (with Rohan Kamicheril moderating) to explore the dramas of culinary history, tradition, and the future of food. Free event, RSVP highly recommended. Archestratus Books + Foods, 160 Huron St., 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 4:

What’s Old is New: Gender and Power in Iliazd’s Neglected Rapture: Translator Thomas Kitson speaks with Jennifer Wilson about Iliazd’s novel about a bandit and his lover that offended both Russia’s revolutionaries and their opponents in the 1920s. Free event. NYU Jordan Center, 19 University Place, 5:00 p.m.

Also Thursday, May 4:

Kitchen Table Translation: Migration, Diaspora, Contexts: When the movement of texts is linked with the movement of bodies, language and culture collide with politics, history, race and imperialism – the very contexts of migration. Immigrant and diasporic translators connect personal, cultural, and political dimensions of translation to the technical and aesthetic aspects of their work. With Eiko Otake, Dagmawi Woubshet, and Amy Sara Carroll, moderated by Madhu Kaza. Free event. McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Also Thursday, May 4:

Crises of Empathy: Translation and Migration. Migration and humanitarian crises as well as economic forces continue to disperse people around the globe. The resulting collisions of nation, language, and culture create narratives requiring interpretation and translation—forcing interpreters and translators to answer sociopolitical questions and navigate territory and testimony that goes well beyond the linguistic. Translator (and PEN Translation Committee Co-Chair) Allison Markin Powell speaks with translator Lina Mounter, joined by Jonathan Blitzer and Sahand Keshavarz Rahbar. Free event. McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5:

Translation Slam.This is always a favorite PEN World Voices event among translation aficionados. With Greg Pardlo and Katrina Dodson facing off (translating  Noemi Jaffe), and Janine Beichuan challenging Keith Vincent (translating Hiromi Ito), hosted by translator Michael Moore. Ticketed event. Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St., 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Also Friday, May 5:

Lit Crawl (free events):

A Most Exquisite Corpse: Four translator-author teams join to create a multilingual exquisite corpse (one person writes the first page of a story, the final line of that page is sent to the next writer, who continues the story, and so on). The team will include translators Sean Bye, Saskia Vogel, Elisabeth Jaquette, David Ball, and Nicole Ball, as well as writers Filip Springer, Francisco Cantú, Abdourahman Waberi, and Karolina Ramqvist. Free event. Court Street Grocers, 540 LaGuardia Place, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Translating Women’s Voices: Translators Tess Lewis, Susan Bernofsky, Kaiama L. Glover, and Katrine Øgaard Jensen read from their work, followed by a discussion on the importance of translating work by women, moderated by translator Alta L. Price. NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mysticism and Mastery in Middle Eastern Poetry: A conversation between translator Peter Cole and Brad Gooch on timeless and timely Middle Eastern poetry and mysticism. NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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