How to Eat Like a Samurai
[Lecture] September 26, 6:30 PM
Kanna Himiya, author of The Samurai Gourmet and a descendant of the chef of the powerful Maeda samurai clan from Ishikawa Prefecture, joins us to reveal the ancient recipes and eating habits of Japan's legendary military class. Moderated by Michael Romano, renowned chef and food ambassador of Ishikawa Prefecture. Followed by a book signing and sake tasting reception featuring sake produced in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Next event9/26/2017 6:30 PM
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki
[Film] September 29, 7 PM
This intimate, revealing NHK documentary portrait of Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) follows the tireless animator from his announced semi-retirement in 2013 through his decision to develop Boro the Caterpillar, an animated short originally intended for the Ghibli Museum, into his final feature film. An enthusiastic talker full of self-deprecating witticisms and strong opinions about nearly everything, Miyazaki proves himself to be an endlessly fascinating subject, offering generous access to his creative process and life philosophy as he struggles to work out ideas while using CGI for the first time.
This is a free screening. Tickets are required and can be reserved at the Japan Society box office or online. Limit 2 per customer.
Next event9/29/2017 7:00 PM
Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail
[Lecture] October 5, 6:30 PM
Award-winning manga artist Hiro Mashima, known for his bestselling series Fairy Tail, comes to Japan Society for a special talk in conjunction with New York Comic Con. The epic fantasy series, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, revolves around Lucy, a celestial wizard, and her ambition to join the notorious mage guild Fairy Tail. Mashima, also renowned for his long-running series Rave Master, joins us to discuss the works that have captured the imaginations of fans around the world. Followed by a reception.
Next event10/5/2017 6:30 PM
[Film] October 6, 7 PM
An ace fighter pilot and ex-member of the Italian Air Force during WWI is mysteriously cursed with a pig's face. Disillusioned with humanity, he adopts the name Porco Rosso ("Crimson Pig") and spends his time near the Adriatic Sea, drinking at a local bar and fighting off air pirates for cash. Famous for his unsurpassable flying skills, Porco draws the envy and antagonism of an American pilot who plots to take him down with the help of the fascist Italian police. This sixth film by Hayao Miyazaki is among the master animator's most personal and underrated, highlighting his deep love for aviation and pacifist worldview within an action-adventure story perfect for adults and children alike. Screening in 35mm!
Next event10/6/2017 7:00 PM
[5-SESSION COURSE] Medieval Japan: People & Systems in the World of the Shogunate
[Educator Program] 5-session course
October 7, 9 AM - 4 PM
October 8, 9 AM - 4 PM
October 18, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
December 2, 9 AM - 4 PM
December 3, 9 AM - 4 PM
This 24-hour, 5-session professional development course explores and analyzes the world of Japan during the 12th through 15th centuries as the warrior class rose to power under the Kamakura Shogunate. This two (2) credit course will provide participants with the resources and skills to create and refine lesson plans for the high school classroom and beyond. Key components of feudal Japan such as land ownership; the intersection of religions during this era including Shintoism, Buddhism and Christianity; and agricultural development and village community life will be discussed. Educators will hone their understanding of sengoku daimyo and how Japan was united under the Tokugawa Shogunate. Participants will also have the opportunity to study the evolution of social ideas and aesthetic values of the time including the culture of tea and decorative screens. Each topic is presented with sound pedagogical strategies for implementation in the classroom and in alignment with present teaching standards.
Next event10/7/2017 9:00 AM
[Session 1] Medieval Japan: Saturday, October 7, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #1
Rise of the Samurai & Kamakura Era
Introduction & Overview of Medieval Japan—Public vs. private ownership of land; the growth and organization of shoen; Kamakura Shogunate and its rule; rise of the bushi (warrior/samurai) class; and Mongol Invasions. Instructor: Hitomi Tonomura, University of Michigan.
Next event10/7/2017 9:00 AM
[Session 2] Medieval Japan: Sunday, October 8, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #2
Peace and Upheaval: The Ashikaga Shogunate
Feudal Institutions from 1337 to 1573—Examine the rise of Ashikaga Takauji’s rise to power and the Northern and Southern Courts; formation of village community and agricultural development; establishment of Buddhist thought and practices; emerging merchant class, trade guilds, and money economy. Instructor: Paul Drobie, Manhattan College.
Medieval Shintoism & Buddhism—Cultural diffusion of ideas and practices of Buddhism and Confucianism tied to China and Korea; Jodo sect of Buddhism for the samurai, commoners, and emperors; principles and connection of Zen. Instructor: Bernard Faure, Columbia University.
Next event10/8/2017 9:00 AM
[Dance] October 13, 7:30 PM
October 14, 7:30 PM
Aesthetics of the past, present, East and West meld
together in Italian director/choreographer Luca Veggetti's
Left-Right-Left, which explores the point of intersection
between Japan's 14th-century noh tradition and today's
efforts in dance. With leading Japanese butoh and
contemporary dancers, esteemed noh musicians and
a child noh actor reciting text from noh plays Okina
and Hagoromo, this production offers a lens into the
microcosm of humanity.
Next event10/13/2017 7:30 PM
Noh Music Workshop with Genjiro Okura
[Performing Arts Workshop] October 14, 10:30 AM
Genjiro Okura, Grand Master of the Okura School of kotsuzumi (small hand drums) and newly designated Living National Treasure by the Japanese Government, will lead a workshop on the unique musical accompaniment found in noh theater. Using "air" drums, participants will learn typical rhythms and calls that help to narrate the rich noh narratives. Max 20 participants
Next event10/14/2017 10:30 AM
Finding Zen: Uncovering Meaning in Art & Artifacts
[Lecture] October 18, 6:30 PM
How much do you really know about Zen? There is much more to the practice and philosophy of Japan's most famed religious tradition than meets the eye. The rich artistic tradition of Zen, as well as everyday objects like staffs, robes and rags, provides clues to the complex thought underlying a tradition known for its simplicity. Dig beneath the stereotypes and explore the profound ways in which art and artifacts can illuminate Zen thought with specialists Pamela D. Winfield and Steven Heine, co-editors of Zen and Material Culture. Moderated by award-winning novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki. Followed by a reception.
Next event10/18/2017 6:30 PM
[Session 3] Medieval Japan: Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #3
The Zen Aesthetic—Discover clues to the complex thought of the rich artistic tradition of Zen. Explore everyday objects, art and artifacts as they illuminate stereotypes. Instructors: Pamela D. Winfield, Elon University; Steven Heine, Florida International University, Miami.
Next event10/18/2017 6:30 PM
Monsignor Timothy Verdon: Two Visions of Paradise
[Gallery Lecture] October 21, 6 PM
In the 15th century, Renaissance master artist Lorenzo Ghiberti innovated a new, humanistic form of sculpture in his Gates of Paradise—storied gilt bronze panels he created for the east portal of the Baptistery at the Florence Cathedral. Nearly 500 years later, artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has memorialized Ghiberti's landmark achievement in a new series of monumental monochrome silver gelatin photographs, produced to scale. Join Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Ph.D., Canon of the Florence Cathedral and Director of the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, for an inaugural lecture focusing on the legacy of Ghiberti's Gates, and Sugimoto's novel interpretation.
Next event10/21/2017 6:00 PM
Kampo: Ancient Holistic Remedies for the Modern World
[Lecture] October 25, 6:30 PM
Kampo, or Japanese herbal medicine, has its roots in the traditional Chinese concepts of yin and yang, chi and the five elements. Imported to Japan in the fifth century, the medicinal art of kampo then developed independently, incorporating new methods and making use of indigenous plants. Today, there are over 200 kampo recipes, which are used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Kampo practitioner Dr. Yuko Nozaki, founder of Ido Holistic Center, joins us to reveal the history, practice and uses of these herbal formulas in Japan and the world today. Moderated by herbalist Karen Rose, founder of Sacred Vibes Apothecary. Followed by a reception.
Next event10/25/2017 6:30 PM
Obake Family Day: Spirits of the Misty Sea
[Family Event] October 29, 11:00 AM - 3 PM
As Halloween approaches, embark on an eerie expedition by land and by sea to reach new frontiers filled with friendly Japanese ghosts and goblins. Discover a spooky world of unparalleled adventure at Japan Society’s Obake Family Day! Please select either the 11:30am performance, 12:45pm performance or 1:50pm performance. Multiple other activities will be available throughout the day.
Next event10/29/2017 11:30 AM
Are Rural Communities Doomed? Changemakers Say No!
[Lecture] October 30, 6:30 PM
In response to the economic and demographic challenges facing rural communities throughout Japan, entrepreneurial leaders in Japan have responded with bold thinking and innovative solutions, including incubating entrepreneurial opportunities that harness local resources in new ways, bridging the divide between rural producers and local consumers, and helping local schools thrive, among other initiatives. Their efforts are optimistic and reflect a commitment to the potential of rural communities. Join us for an engaging discussion with five leading Japanese changemakers: Atsuhisa Emori, Taberu Journal League in Hanamaki, Iwate; Kenji Hayashi, FoundingBase in Tsuwano, Shimane; Ryoko Sato, Ehime University in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture; Tsuyoshi Sekihara, Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club; Joestu, Niigata Prefecture, and Junichi Tamura, Next Commons Lab in Tono, Iwate Prefecture. Moderated by Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA.
Next event10/30/2017 6:30 PM
[New Noh] November 3, 7:30 PM
November 4, 7:30 PM
November 5, 4:30 PM
Hiroshi Sugimoto, acclaimed visual artist and traditional Japanese arts connoisseur, offers his most recent noh piece. In this new play, the ghost of revered 16th century tea master Sen-no-Rikyu appears to tell the story of his tragic death by forced suicide. Opening a door onto medieval Japan, the program begins with a tea ceremony by Sen So’oku, direct descendent of Sen-no-Rikyu, and features Japan’s top noh actors and musicians. Performed in Japanese with English titles.
Next event11/3/2017 7:30 PM
The Southern Barbarians Arrive: Navigating the Nanban Screens
[Gallery Lecture] December 1, 6 PM
Screen paintings depicting Europeans in Japan (nanban byōbu) have long been admired for their vivid portrayals of the brief encounter between Japan and Europe in the Age of Exploration. Explore these images from Japan’s “Christian Century” with Prof. Matthew McKelway (Columbia University), who will address questions of artistic competition and collaboration, and the thematic adjustments that underlie what these works of art say about their time and audience.
Next event12/1/2017 6:00 PM
[Session 4] Medieval Japan: Saturday, December 2, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #4
Civil Wars to Unification
From Civil Wars... to Unification—Explore how the denial of traditional authority within Japanese society sets off a series of internal conflicts/civil wars; examine specific roles of key historical figures Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Ieyasu Tokugawa through the use of kinesthetic movement and reenactment scenarios that later cultivated subservient attitudes useful in the feudal system; and the impact on Japan as it engaged with European Renaissance ideas. Instructor: Thomas Conlan, Princeton University.
Next event12/2/2017 9:00 AM
[Session 5] Medieval Japan: Sunday, December 3, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #5
The Golden Age of Arts in the Muromachi Era
Cultural Life in Medieval Japan—Explore and examine the evolution of new interior settings of medieval Japan; interactions and developments in the arts as east and west meet; participate and practice the etiquette and details of an original expression of Zen in the “high art” of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony. Instructors: Matthew McKelway and Urasenke Chanoyu Center.
Next event12/3/2017 9:00 AM
[Theater] December 7, 7:30 PM
December 8, 7:30 PM
December 9, 7:30 PM
Based on a 14th-century noh play with the same title, Hanjo, by provocative Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), is a timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. New York’s beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima’s story as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role. The production weaves noh theater’s elegance, expressiveness and economy, together with techniques of contemporary theater, to shed light on identity, gender, language, and ultimately the art of acting. Performed in English and Japanese.
Next event12/7/2017 7:30 PM
Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness and Memory Originate
[Gallery Lecture] December 15, 6 PM
Join exhibition artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for this introduction to Enoura Observatory, the headquarters of his Odawara Art Foundation, which received Japan Society grants 2011 and 2014 and opened to the public this October. Over the past decade, Enoura Observatory has become a major focus of Sugimoto’s practice. The campus includes capacious gallery and astronomical observation spaces, a tearoom, and an outdoor Roman-inspired stone amphitheater with a glass stage. Sugimoto will also discuss his other recent architectural projects and their connection to his photographic practice and exhibitions, including Gates of Paradise.
Next event12/15/2017 5:30 PM
Mugen Noh Othello
[Theater] January 11, 7:30 PM
January 12, 7:30 PM
January 13, 7:30 PM
January 14, 4 PM
Following a sold-out run of Medea in 2011, Satoshi Miyagi and his company SPAC return to New York with another literary masterpiece, Othello. Miyagi re-tells Shakespeare’s famed tragedy through noh theater’s most distinct storytelling structure, mugen noh, or a play that features a spirit. Told from the perspective of Othello’s wife Desdemona, who returns as a ghost after her death, Miyagi’s production is replete with stunning masks and costumes as well as powerful live music and chanting. Performed in Japanese with English titles.
Next event1/11/2018 7:30 PM
Theater Technique Workshop with SPAC
[Workshop] January 13, 1:30-3:30 PM
SPAC training, which incorporates the methodologies of Satoshi Miyagi and Tadashi Suzuki, includes intensive practice in vocalization, physicality and rhythm. During this workshop led by SPAC company members, participants will learn body exercises required for SPAC’s unique voice production. Professional movement/acting experience required. Participants must wear socks and exercise wear. Max 20 participants.
Next event1/13/2018 1:30 PM