New Year's Celebration: Oshogatsu (2018)
[Family Event] Jan 28, 1—4pm (festival hours)
Taiko Drumming Sessions: 1:30 & 2:30pm
Celebrate the New Year Japanese-style with our Oshogatsu event filled with the traditional activities of rice pounding, calligraphy, lion dancing and more! After trying your hand at different crafts and activities, watch a taiko drumming performance at 1:30 or 2:30 PM, then join a brief post-performance audience practice session. With activities for the whole family, you are sure to ring in the New Year with great joy!
Recommended Shows (6)
Ema Painting: The Year of the Dog
[Workshop] January 18, 6:30 PM
2018 is the Year of the Dog — get your New Year started out on the right “paw” at this ema making workshop. Ema, or votive wooden plaques, are offered at shrines in Japan to express one’s prayers or gratitude. Originally depicting horses, which were seen as the sacred mounts of the gods, the subjects expanded over time to include a wide variety of pictures and designs. Join us to paint your own ema with this year’s zodiac animal and inscribe your wishes for 2018 with Japanese calligraphy artist Seiren Aoi.
Next event1/18/2018 6:30 PM
[Monthly Classics] January 19, 7:00 PM
Based on Children of the Atom Bomb, a book of testimonies by children who experienced the bombing of Hiroshima, Hideo Sekigawa's harrowing drama details the destruction and suffering left in the wake of the A-bomb for a group of students, teachers and their families. A direct indictment against nuclear war and the mistreatment of Hiroshima's stigmatized survivors, this independently produced and distributed film was funded by the Japan Teachers Union in an effort to "preserve peace" and utilized tens of thousands of Hiroshima citizens as extras, including many survivors. Recently rediscovered after decades of obscurity, Hiroshima is a major work of anti-war cinema and a chilling reminder of the consequences of nuclear warfare.
Next event1/19/2018 7:00 PM
The Art of Bonsai
[Gallery Workshop] January 20, 11 AM
Create your own bonsai! Treat yourself this winter to a vibrant workshop on this meditative art form, 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, and a guided discussion around Japan Society's two bonsai, recently installed in our lobby. Practice your newly refined skills in an afternoon workshop with your very own bonsai tree, which you can continue to cultivate at home.
Next event1/20/2018 11:00 AM
[Monthly Classics] February 2, 7:00 PM
The seminal classic that introduced the world to kaiju eiga and everyone's favorite city-stomping radioactive monster. Directed by Ishiro Honda, Godzilla provided the ultimate allegory for post-war nuclear anxiety through the story of a prehistoric sea creature rampaging through Tokyo after being awakened by underwater H-bomb testing. A domestic box office hit that went on to enrapture international audiences and spawn over two dozen sequels and countless imitations, the original film still retains the power to inspire awe in its evocation of humanity's confrontation with the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation.
Next event2/2/2018 7:00 PM
Walking in a Sake Wonderland: A Year at a Japanese Brewery
[Lecture] February 7, 6:30 PM
Timothy Sullivan, one of the first certified Sake Samurai and the founder of UrbanSake.com, spent twelve months immersed with the sake making team at Hakkaisan Brewery, in the snow country of Niigata, Japan. During his stay, each season held a new wonder: walking over hot coals during the community’s hiwatari festival in fall, discovering the process of snow-aging sake in a yukimuro in winter, cherry blossom viewing in spring, and foraging for mountain vegetables in the summer. At this talk, Sullivan takes us on a journey through four seasons of the sake, food, and cultural wonders of a brewery town in Japan’s countryside and the lessons he brings back for his life in New York City.
Next event2/7/2018 6:30 PM
Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda
[Lecture] February 21, 6:30 PM
Godzilla, Mothra, The Mysterians — Japan’s most celebrated monster movies and sci-fi classics were brought to the screen by filmmaker Ishiro Honda. A long-overlooked talent, Honda is now considered one of the most influential directors of Japanese cinematic history, wowing audiences with fantastical special effects while expressing the anxieties of Japan’s postwar reality. At this talk, Steve Ryfle, noted scholar of Japanese science fiction cinema and author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, draws back the curtain on the man behind the monsters.
Next event2/21/2018 6:30 PM