SPRING EXHIBITION A third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints Opens Mar 10, 2017


Featuring over 65 woodblock prints, as well as paintings, luxury objects and personal ornaments, A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints is the first exhibition in North America devoted to the portrayal of wakashu (beautiful youths), a “third gender” occupying a distinct position in the social and sexual hierarchy of Edo-period Japan, where complex rules governed gender constructs. The first exhibition of its kind, A Third Genderoffers a critical artistic and historical context for gender performance and sexual expression, topics that are particularly resonant within society today.

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Upcoming Programs


Nihon Buyo Dance
Friday, March 3, 8 PM (Performance)
Sunday, March 4, 2 PM (Workshop)
Saturday, March 4, 8 PM (Performance) 

Geimaruza, a group comprising Japan’s young and rising nihon buyo stars, offers a weekend of traditional dance performances, lectures/demonstrations and an intimate workshop. All dances accompanied by live traditional music.

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Doll Festival: Hinamatsuri
Saturday, March 5, 10:30 AM 

Enjoy displays of intricately decorated Hinamatsuri dolls, while celebrating the health and happiness of young girls with songs, activities and festival-related food. In the second half of the program, make your very own doll and try your hand at playing the koto! Both girls and boys are welcome to participate.

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Nihon Buyo Dance for Kids & Families
Sunday, March 5, 4 PM (Family Program) 

Japan’s celebrated nihon buyo troupe Geimaruza offers a program especially for kids. The event includes an entertaining introduction to nihon buyo (kabuki technique-based dance), followed by performances of Ayatsuri Sanbaso (Puppet Sanbaso) and Oshukubai (The Nightingale in the Plum Tree).

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A Crash Course for Travelers to Japan 

Tuesday, March 7, 6—8 PM 

A quick introduction to Japanese as well as Japanese customs, helpful for first-time and veteran travelers to Japan alike. Participants learn basic Japanese phrases for greeting, ordering food, shopping and other aspects of daily life. 

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Makiko Esume as Yumiko in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s MABOROSI

Friday, March 10, 7 PM 

The first narrative feature by Hirokazu Kore-eda is a contemplative and poetic film about loss. After her husband is killed in an apparent suicide, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) struggles to process the meaning of his death as she tries to move on with her life. 

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Unless otherwise noted all programs are held at Japan Society.
333 East 47th Street (at First Avenue) 
New York, NY 10017

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