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Category Archives: Non-Baruch Event
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
Continuing with its 2014-15 Performing Arts Series and Stories from the War series that marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society is pleased to offer two theater presentations from Japan.
The first is Michiko Godai’s powerful one-woman play Yokohama Rosa (April 25-26) which portrays the life of one woman tossed and turned by war and offers a unique look into post-war history. The second is a Noh Theater performance (May 14-16) offering works from the new and traditional repertoire.
1. Michiko Godai, Yokohama Rosa
Travel through time with legendary actress Michiko Godai in Yokohama Rosa, an intimate portrait of a woman whose life was forever changed by WWII. In this original one-woman tragicomedy inspired by a mysterious old woman frequently sighted on the streets of Yokohama and known by locals as “Merii-san,” Godai transforms on stage from a vulnerable young woman to a confident streetwalker, a love-sick middle-aged woman and finally, a frail but compassionate homeless lady. Performed annually in Yokohama on the anniversary of the end of WWII in Japan, Godai’s captivating piece reveals the war’s deep and lasting consequences on the most personal level. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.
Tickets: $35/$28 Japan Society members
Times: Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2:30 PM
2. New and Traditional Noh: Holy Mother in Nagasaki & Kiyotsune
Explore Japan’s time-honored noh theater in a rare double bill that offers plays from the modern and traditional repertories. The evening features the poignant new play Holy Mother in Nagasaki, in which a pilgrim learns about the legend of a woman, surmised to have been the Virgin Mary, who appeared to console the victims of the atomic bomb. Kiyotsune, one of Zeami’s (1363?-1443?) masterpieces, is offered as a companion piece. This centuries-old noh play tells the story of a grieving widow who meets her warrior husband in a dream to learn of his final battle. Performed in Japanese with English subtitles.
Led by noh actor Kanji Shimizu; Featuring members of the Church of St. Francis Xavier Choir, New York; Presented in assistance with Tessen-kai Noh Theater Association.
At 6:30 pm each night there will be a Pre-Performance Lecture led by Dr. Tom Hare, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Free and open to ticket holders only.
Tickets: $62/$52 Japan Society members
Times: Thursday, May 14, 7:30 PM
Friday, May 15, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 16, 7:30 PM
J-COLLABO is presenting its first Spring Festival on Saturday April 18th with an exciting variety of workshops and performances including Shakyo Meditative Writing, Origami,contemporary dance, collaborative art and RAKUGO, Japanese traditional sit-down comedy and more.
These workshops and multidisciplinary art showcases have been curated by J-COLLABO to demonstrate the beauty and versatility of contemporary Japanese art and performance.
Guests will enjoy collaborative art performances by Yukari Osaka (Dance), Jun Ando (Koto), Misaki Matsui (Video/Film); Yuka Omori and Humberto Texiera (Contemporary Dance); CHIELA (Song) and Toma (Dance); Japanese RAKUGO performance by Sansyo Nakamura from Japan. Rakugo is a Japanese storytelling art that has been a form of entertainment for over 400 years and has recently experienced a comeback with Rakugo venues increasing across Japan. While performing, a Rakugo artist wears a kimono, sits on a small cushion, and uses only two small props – a Japanese fan and a hand towel – which can be used to imitate various acts such as smoking, eating noodles, and preparing a letter. The Rakugo artist will play any number of characters in a given story, for example a samurai, geisha, merchant, or drunk. These characters can be said to represent qualities within all of us, parts of the human personality.
Also event partner, Saiko Project/Live Music Showcase will present Kaoru Watanabe (Taiko Drums and Bamboo Flutes).
With such a vibrant and diverse selection of contemporary Japanese artists, the J-COLLABO Spring Festival promises to be an entertaining and culturally enlightening experience for everyone.
Date: Saturday, April 18th
Location: 300-302 7th street (between 4th and 5th avenues), Brooklyn, NY 11215
Suggested donation: $20
Next Thursday, the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University will host a talk about Hayao Miyazaki‘s final film, The Wind Rises (2013). Susan Napier, Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University, will conduct the lecture.
Hayao Miyazaki, arguably the world’s greatest living animator, announced his retirement the same year that he released his final film, The Wind Rises in 2013. The film, while carrying on many Miyazaki traditions such as a compelling narrative, well-rounded characters, and stunning imagery, also departs from these traditions in important ways. The Wind Rises is a realistic historical narrative, rather than a fantasy; the film is set in 1930’s Japan, and traces the development of Japan’s greatest war plane, the Mitsubishi Zero. With its themes of war, technology and evanescence, The Wind Rises was controversial at its release, and left many critics uncertain of Miyazaki’s final filmic message. This lecture will explore the complex legacy Myazaki has left us in The Wind Rises and the controversies that still persist.
Time: Thursday 9 April, 6:00 PM
Location: 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University
No registration required
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.
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
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.
We will have Yukidoke(snow melting season) Festival on Feb. 22 Sunday from 2PM-8PM.
From 2PM to 6PM, there will be six arts and craft workshops of Ishikawa Prefecture such as making traditional spinning top, how to wear Kimono and tea ceremony. Students will get 50% discounts to attend workshops!
Also, we will host Renjishi Performance from 6PM to 8PM. Renjishi performance requires RSVP. Classmates can reserve to email@example.com. After the performance, there will be a raffle to win prizes! If they make a group reservation (minimum 5 people), they will get extra raffle tickets only for group reservation teams.
As you know, I’m doing an internship at J-Collabo and we need many volunteer staffs who can help us at that day. It is a good chance to work with native Japanese professionals and artists. If classmates want to work with us, they can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At RESOBOX Gallery (41-26 27th St, Long Island City, Queens)
Gallery Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 11AM-5PM Sat/Sun 12-5PM (Tue: CLOSED)
For more information about this exhibit, please visit the exhibit website.
Modern video game heroes, lovingly depicted as handmade Japanese prints
For hundreds of years, ukiyo-e (or Japanese woodblock prints) has depicted heroes, villains, and monsters in every conceivable genre. These artists strived to create inventive and vibrant scenes of entertainment, a “floating world”. To this day, that tradition of depicting a “floating world” continues, especially in video games. Boss fights. Invulnerable heroes. Holy swords. Even the classic double jump can be traced back to medieval Japanese legends.
To celebrate Japan’s contribution to video games, illustrator Jed Henry has taken his favorite game characters, and returned them to the ukiyo-e style. Modern costuming has been traded for the medieval, but the essence of each character remains, proving that you can’t take the Ukiyo out of these modern pop icons. With the help of Dave Bull, a craftsman trained in the art of Japanese woodblock printing, these illustrations are truly able to come to life. After Jed Henry designs each print, Dave Bull goes through an intricate process of preparing, carving the key block, carving the color blocks, and proof printing. In this manner, Jed Henry’s designs are truly able to come to life in the ukiyo-e tradition. Read more →
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