Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living 1964/2020
Tokyo, the transforming metropolis, has experienced a variety of social, economic and political shifts. The 1964 Summer Games, hosted by Tokyo, was the trigger to facilitate the rapid improvement of infrastructure. And the city is still changing—in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Following a period of strong economic growth up to the 1970s, Japan's bubble economy of the 1980s greatly reduced property values. In the new century, the population ratio shifted to elderly-dominant, and the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake critically altered the population's sense of values for living. In response to these significant changes, how does architecture embody the city's transition? What role has architecture played in developing Tokyo? With Japanese architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow taking on a double role as curator and exhibition designer, this exhibition explores the development of socio-architectural facilities and compares landscapes with art and performance generated from Tokyo between the two seminal worldwide games, in 1964 and 2020.
Next event1/21/2020 12:00 PM
Get to Know Kanagawa: Hot Springs, Zen, and the Great Wave
[Lecture] January 23, 6:30 PM
Enriched in history, festivals and breathtaking sights, Kanagawa is an ideal destination for any traveler. With so much to see and do, Kanagawa is not just a side trip from Tokyo, but a unique region waiting to be explored. Home to history-rich Kamakura, which once served as the political center of medieval Japan, Kanagawa features the stunning Daibutsu, or Great Buddha, a towering bronzed icon that has stood since the 13th century. Travelers looking to de-stress can visit the resort town of Hakone, prized for its many hot springs and natural views.
Next event1/23/2020 6:30 PM
[Family Event] Jan 26, 1—4pm (festival hours)
Taiko Drumming Sessions: 1:30 & 2:30pm
(please choose one below)
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 taiko mini workshop. With activities for the whole family, you are sure to ring in the New Year with great joy!
Next event1/26/2020 1:30 PM
Japanese Self-Care: Me-byo
[Lecture] January 27, 5 PM
Self-care is so important to mental and physical wellness, no matter where you live. The Japanese concept of me-byo, or preventive care, embraces this philosophy through practices that offer the body restoration and support. Activities like meditating, soaking in hot springs and eating nutritious foods fortify our bodies and may fend off ailments before they arise. It's no surprise that places like Japan's Kanagawa region have become hotspots for the growing trend of health tourism, as travelers seek out resources to improve their well-being.
Next event1/27/2020 5:00 PM
Kamakura Zen: A Samurai Legacy
[Lecture] January 27, 6:30 PM
Home to over 60 Buddhist temples, as well as the towering Great Buddha statue, Kamakura is the heart of Zen in Japan. Practiced by samurai and statesmen in Japan's feudal era, Zen Buddhism is still widely practiced today, and can focus the mind and calm the body. At this program, head priest of J ochi-ji Temple of Engakuji, Rev. Eon Asahina, comes from Kamakura to share his wisdom. He is joined by Pamela D. Winfield, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University, who will illuminate the unique history and culture of Zen in Kamakura.
Next event1/27/2020 6:30 PM
Functional & Alluring: Japanese Bamboo Art
[Lecture] February 6, 6:30 PM
Resilient and sustainable, bamboo is a versatile crop found all over Japan. Used to create baskets, chairs and other everyday products, beppu take zaiku, or bamboo weaving, is a craft with deep traditional roots. Beppu City, in Oita Prefecture, is known not only for skill in the craft, but also for the superior variety of locally grown bamboo. The intricacies of this craft have evolved beyond practical goods into contemporary and traditional artwork. At this talk, master bamboo craftsman Kenichi Otani will demonstrate the precision and skill that goes into traditional bamboo crafting. He is joined by Yasuhiro Nagano, Mayor of Beppu City and Satoru Nakajima of Sestante Japan.
Next event2/6/2020 6:30 PM
It Was a Faint Dream
[Film] February 7, 7 PM
Following the brash and ultramodern "Buddhist Trilogy," Akio Jissoji's fourth film for the Art Theater Guild is an ethereal costume drama set in the Kamakura shogunate era of Japan's mid-13th century that finds the director continuing his exploration of Buddhist concepts through the life of an imperial concubine who, after suffering several misfortunes, abandons the court to find herself anew as a nun.
Next event2/7/2020 7:00 PM
Creative Play: Setsubun (Bean Throwing)
[Creative Play] February 9, 1 PM
Families will join in one of the favorite traditions of Japanese children – welcoming spring by scaring away ogres – by throwing soybeans at them! Children will dress their parents and caregivers up like ogres (oni), then dance before the bean-throwing begins.
Next event2/9/2020 1:00 PM
Family Workshop: Colorful Suminagashi: Paper Marbling Designs
[Family Workshop] February 9, 2:30 PM
Explore the unpredictability of Suminagashi or “floating ink.” Each piece made is unique – as the ink is dropped into water and swirled around there’s no telling what design you’ll create! Participants will have a chance to explore this technique and turn their paper creations into fun crafts!
Next event2/9/2020 2:30 PM
This Transient Life
[Film] February 15, 1 PM
February 22, 7 PM
Winner of the 1970 Locarno Film Festival’s Golden Leopard and an instant theatrical hit for the Art Theater Guild (ATG), Jissoji’s controversial debut concerns a brother and sister who retreat into an incestuous relationship in defiance of every social and moral obligation put upon them—a taboo act of self-willed liberation that leads to more than one tragedy.
Next event2/15/2020 1:00 PM
[Film] February 15, 4 PM
February 22, 1 PM
Jissoji’s second feature addresses the despondency and confusion of Japan’s post-’68 youth through the divergent responses of two former anti-state student activists confronted by a menacing primitivist utopian cult invested in rape and agriculture.
Next event2/15/2020 4:00 PM
[Film] February 15, 7 PM
February 22, 4 PM
The final entry in Jissoji’s trilogy is also the most austere, marking a stark departure in style and substance from his previous two films. A severely ascetic young man employed by a wealthy family takes it upon himself to protect their large estate and the spiritual lineage of Japanese tradition it symbolizes despite the family’s amoral sons’ apathy and embrace of Western values.
Next event2/15/2020 7:00 PM
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke
[Workshop] February 26, 6:30 PM
The Japanese art of tea ceremony is a time-honored tradition still widely practiced today, but with so many tools and so much etiquette, learning this beautiful practice can seem daunting. At our workshop, an instructor from the Omotesenke Domonkai Eastern Region USA school of tea ceremony will guide guests through the delicate steps of a traditional tea ceremony in a casual setup.
Next event2/26/2020 6:30 PM
Fruits borne out of rust
[Contemporary Dance] March 6, 7:30 PM
March 7, 7:30 PM
Isolation, contagion and instability: Fruits borne out of rust, conceived of and directed by internationally known Japanese visual artist Tabaimo, uses drawings, video installations and live music to probe these unsettling themes that lurk beneath daily existence. Her intricate animations transform the stage into a wood floor apartment, a large birdcage that traps the dancer with a dove, and a line of tatami mats that swallows the dancer whole. Tabaimo's collaborator, award-winning choreographer Maki Morishita, mischievously blends the subtle movements of the dancer's fingers and toes with the dynamic drive of her limbs and torso, enhancing Tabaimo's peculiar and introspective world.
Next event3/6/2020 7:30 PM
Play Reading Series: Cooking Up
[Play Reading] March 30, 7:30 PM
The real and the surreal come together at a small French restaurant in Japan in Cooking Up, written by emerging playwright and director Shoko Matsumura. One of the finalists for the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award, the play takes an unusual turn when the head chef’s wife asks her husband’s mistress to take the place of their missing house cat. Jordana De La Cruz, Co-Director of the OBIE Award-winning performance venue JACK in Brooklyn, directs this absurd sojourn into the private lives of the restaurant’s employees.
Next event3/30/2020 7:30 PM
Control Officers + 100 Meters
[Contemporary Theater] May 8, 7:30 PM
May 9, 7:30 PM
May 10, 2:30 PM
What’s going on behind the scenes in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo? One of Japan’s most influential theater makers and pioneer of the “quiet theater” movement, Oriza Hirata, offers a not-so-quiet comedic answer to this question through two one-act plays. Control Officers recounts a single scene in which the top male competitor hopefuls in swimming undergo a routine doping test. Hilarity ensues when the control officers try to remain neutral as the ongoing interpersonal drama between the swimmers unfolds before them. For this New York engagement, Hirata will premiere a new companion piece entitled 100 Meters, depicting a tense waiting room of runners before their last qualifying race. The runners’ differing personalities punctuate the unnerving atmosphere—some are silent, some are chatty and some talk about the future, while others reminisce.
Next event5/8/2020 7:30 PM