A Giant Leap - The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku
Tickets purchased for "A Giant Leap - The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku” are valid during the entire day of your selected admission date.
Friday: 12pm-9pm (Free 6pm-9pm)
Notes on Ticketing:
There is a $1 convenience fee per ticket for all online orders. (The fee is waived for in person transactions at the Welcome Desk.)
Next event4/25/2018 12:00 PM
Kacho-zu: Bird and Flower Sightings in the Art of Tohaku
[Gallery Talk] April 28, 11 AM
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this guided tour of A Giant Leap, focusing on the menagerie of birds and flowers featured in Tōhaku's paintings. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Japanese Garden curator Brian Funk and ornithologist Paul Sweet, American Museum of Natural History, lead participants in identifying species from their painted representations and explain how these flora and fauna interact with one another to create unique ecosystems.
Next event4/28/2018 11:00 AM
Street of Shame
[Film] April 28, 2 PM
Kenji Mizoguchi’s final collaboration with Miyagawa (after eight films together) was also his final film—a heart-wrenching contemporary drama about the lives of five women working at Dreamland, a brothel in Tokyo’s red light district—and a poignant summation of the great director’s thematic and stylistic interests.
Next event4/28/2018 2:00 PM
[Film] April 28, 4:30 PM
Adapted from Junichiro Tanizaki’s famous novel, Kon Ichikawa’s farcical black comedy about aging and male sexual anxiety features Miyagawa’s uniquely subdued color cinematography, which emphasizes the contrast between black shadows and white light to illuminate the film’s complex treatment of the conflict between private passions and public decorum.
Next event4/28/2018 4:30 PM
Ballad of Orin
[Film] April 28, 7 PM
A late career highlight for Miyagawa, this gorgeously shot film about the tribulations of a travelling goze (blind female musician) had Miyagawa and director Masahiro Shinoda travel all over Japan to scout picturesque exteriors, resulting in some of most beautiful color photography in the veteran cameraman’s large body of work.
Next event4/28/2018 7:00 PM
Morning Meditation - Session 8
[Meditation] May 1, 11 AM
Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
Next event5/1/2018 11:00 AM
Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s
[Gallery Event] May 4, 5 PM
Join us for this exclusive conversation between veteran artist Keiji Uematsu and postwar Japanese art historian Reiko Tomii, recipient of the 2017 Robert Motherwell Book Award. In anticipation of Japan Society Gallery's spring 2019 exhibition Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s, Tomii will preview a few exhibition highlights while examining the innovations of Japanese artists who questioned conventions to expand the definition of global visual arts. Uematsu will discuss his experimental performative and photo-based works as well as his perspective on the challenges facing artists during the 1960s.
Next event5/4/2018 5:00 PM
[Family Event] May 6, 11 AM - 4 PM (festival hours)
Momotaro Theater Performance: 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
Hang the koinobori (carp streamers) and don your kabuto (samurai helmet): Japan's Children's Day is on its way! Come join us for Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated. Enjoy a performance of Peach Boy (Momotaro) featuring storytelling, music, dance, taiko drumming and lots of audience participation. Continue the adventure with other authentic Kodomo no Hi activities!
Next event5/6/2018 12:30 PM
Cool Tokyo: Harajuku, Akihabara and Beyond
[Lecture] May 8, 6:30 PM
From street fashion to street food, kawaii to cosplay, Tokyo is the epicenter of Japan’s latest trends. With so much to explore in this vibrant, fast-paced city, it can be hard to know where to start. At this talk, Sebastian Masuda, visual artist and founder of Harajuku shop 6%DokiDoki, and Abby Denson, comic book artist and author of Cool Tokyo Guide: Adventures in the City of Kawaii Fashion, Train Sushi and Godzilla, help to navigate Tokyo’s vending machines, subway etiquette, hidden treasures, and much more.
Next event5/8/2018 6:30 PM
Everything Goes Wrong
[Monthly Classics] May 11, 7 PM
This lesser known early Seijun Suzuki film was produced by Nikkatsu studios in an effort to relaunch the taiyozoku ("Sun Tribe") youth in revolt films that sent shockwaves through Japan in the mid-1950s. Released the same year as Nagisa Oshima's Cruel Story of Youth, Suzuki's film about a rebellious teen who tries to break up his mother's affair with a married man similarly tapped into the restlessness, frustration and violent energy of Japan's postwar youth with a pronounced visual style that signaled the emergence of the Japanese New Wave. Screening in commemoration of star Tamio Kawachi, who passed away earlier this year.
Next event5/11/2018 7:00 PM
[Session 5] Japan 1600 - 1900: May 13, 9 AM - 2 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #5
Creating a National Culture & Becoming a World Power: 1881-1900
Participants will examine the political rise of Japan through the Meiji Restoration, including a review of the making of the constitution, the centralization of state power, Japan’s connections to other Asian neighbors, the establishment of first Prime Minister, and the founding of large-scale corporations that would impact the economic rise and prosperity of Japan.
Next event5/13/2018 9:00 AM
Workshop with Toshiki Okada
[Workshop] May 13, 4:30 PM
In conjunction with PlayCo’s English production of Time’s Journey Through a Room, internationally-renowned playwright/director and founder of the theater company chelfitsch Toshiki Okada leads an intensive workshop for actors, choreographers, dancers and physical theater artists. Okada’s directorial style, in which actors incrementally exaggerate everyday gestures and mannerisms through his stream of consciousness dialogue, won him critical acclaim worldwide. Delve into the idiosyncrasies of language and the physical body in this rare chance to work with one of the most talked-about Japanese directors living today.
Next event5/13/2018 4:30 PM
Rest in Peace, New York
[Public Forum] May 14, 7:30 PM
Internationally known performance artist and artistic director of the experimental theater company YUBIWA HOTEL, Shirotama Hitsujiya, returns to New York for a residency and public forum focused on the experiences of Vietnamese women who have immigrated to this megacity. In continuing her project collecting the oral histories of Southeast Asian women, Hitsujiya will delve into New York’s vibrant Vietnamese community and present her findings in a roundtable discussion with local female theater artists. Join us in this exploration of what theater can do for immigrant communities and for progressing the female voice.
Next event5/14/2018 7:30 PM
Wagashi: Artistic Japanese Sweets
[Lecture] May 16, 6:30 PM
Delicate, artisanal confections, wagashi are traditionally served as an accompaniment to the tea ceremony. The shapes, colors and ingredients of these sweets are inspired by the natural world, often crafted to coordinate with the seasons. At this talk, wagashi confectioner Miyuki Hyodo, of miuxnyc, shares the cultural traditions surrounding these uniquely Japanese sweets, and introduces her contemporary approach that incorporates seasonal local ingredients. Hyodo will also give an on-stage demonstration of the elegant art of wagashi making.
Next event5/16/2018 6:30 PM
Natto: Japan's Probiotic Superfood
[Lecture] May 23, 6:30 PM
Natto, a sticky concoction of fermented soybeans known for its numerous health benefits and distinctive smell and texture, is a staple in Japan. Chock-full of probiotics, this Japanese superfood is also vegan, gluten-free, and a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals. At this talk, microbiologist and natto maker Ann Yonetani, founder of Brooklyn-based NYrture Food, dishes on her favorite ways to prepare natto, examines both traditional and novel culinary pairings, and breaks down the food science behind this soybean sensation.
Next event5/23/2018 6:30 PM
Koto & Shamisen - A Contemporary Spin on Traditional Instruments
[Concert] May 24, 7:30 PM
New York’s own koto and shamisen masters Yumi Kurosawa and Yoko Reikano Kimura present an evening of contemporary and classical selections that breathe life into these traditional Japanese instruments. Interspersed with duets featuring the cello and tabla, travel through time and around the world with these exquisite string instruments in a concert that marks the first performance together for these two resident Japanese musicians.
Next event5/24/2018 7:30 PM
Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture
[Lecture] May 31, 6:30 PM
Why do Japanese gardens, tea rooms, and temples seem to encourage us to feel contemplative? Can our physical environment foster mindfulness? At this talk Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, examines how different elements and aspects of traditional Japanese architecture help us focus our awareness on the present moment. Japanese spatial concepts like ma (in-betweenness), utsuroi (transience) and yugen (the unknown) are discussed as the framework of this mind-body-space relationship.
Next event5/31/2018 6:30 PM
The Art of Bonsai
[Gallery Workshop] June 2, 11 AM
Back by popular demand! In this creative workshop, you'll get the skills you need to master the meditative art form of bonsai — potted tree cultivation. Led by expert botanist and bonsai specialist Julian Velasco, this day-long event features an in-depth morning seminar on the history and craft of this classical Japanese art form, an exclusive viewing of rare examples, a discussion around the two bonsai recently installed in our lobby, and a hands-on practicum with your own bonsai tree.
Next event6/2/2018 11:00 AM
Makoto Ozone: Jazz Virtuoso
[Concert] June 7, 7:30 PM
Celebrated jazz pianist Makoto Ozone, hailed by The New York Times as “thrilling, virtuosic and unabashedly personal,” performs selections from his wide-ranging repertoire, from Gershwin and Bernstein to Piazzolla and Ravel. Known for his large concert hall performances with prestigious philharmonic orchestras and jazz legends such as Gary Burton and Chick Corea, Ozone offers an upbeat, freewheeling and fearless solo in our auditorium.
Next event6/7/2018 7:30 PM
Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: Unorthodox Variations
[Lecture] June 11, 6:30 PM
What are the merits of sparkling sake? How does red sake get its color? What, exactly, is nigori? At Japan Society's 21st Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting event, sake expert John Gauntner explores new, rare, and unorthodox variations in the world of sake. Gauntner delves into the pros and cons of these sake anomalies, and examines how they stack up against the tried-and-true standards.
Next event6/11/2018 6:30 PM
Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High
[Monthly Classics] June 15, 7 PM
Teiichi Akaba has a singular dream: crush the competition, become prime minister and rule his own country. But first he just has to get through high school. An absurdist satire of Japan's elitist pathways to the seats of power, Akira Nagai's adaptation of Usamaru Furuya's manga finds Showa-era teens battling for the student council presidency through sabotage, bribery, fisticuffs and the manipulation of more than a few unspoken crushes. Winner of the JAPAN CUTS 2017 Audience Award, this comedic crowd-pleaser returns to Japan Society for an encore screening in anticipation of the upcoming 12th edition of JAPAN CUTS (July 19-29).
Next event6/15/2018 7:00 PM