Tora-san's Cherished Mother
[Monthly Classic] September 6, 7 PM
In this second installment of the popular series, made in the same year as the first film, Tora-san returns home to Shibamata, Tokyo, where he meets his sister's newborn child, bumps into his old teacher and falls in love with the teacher's beautiful daughter Natsuko (Orie Sato). After learning that his long-estranged mother (a geisha who had a brief affair with his father) may still be alive, Tora-san sets out for Kyoto in search of lost time.
Next event9/6/2019 7:00 PM
Japanese Craft Beer: Lecture & Tasting 2019
[Lecture & Tasting] September 13, 6:30 PM
For this talk and tasting, beer expert Anne Becerra, beverage director at Treadwell Park, explores current trends in craft beer in the United States and around the world, and how Japanese craft beer fits into a growing U.S. market. Tasting reception will feature more than 20 kinds of unique regional beers from Japan.
Next event9/13/2019 6:30 PM
Creative Play: Autumn Moon Viewing (Tsukimi)
[Creative Play] September 15, 1 PM
Hop right in to the classic story Tsuki no Usagi. Families will transform into rabbits (usagi) with a fun craft as we set our sights towards a collaboratively created night sky.
Next event9/15/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshop: Japanese Four-Hole Bookbinding (Watoji)
[Family Workshop] September 15, 2:30 PM
How are books made? There are countless ways to bind a book and in this workshop participants will learn the Japanese four-hole method. Families will get to construct and decorate a beautifully bound project that can be used for any sketching, writing, or creating purposes!
Next event9/15/2019 2:30 PM
Reigakusha: Gagaku & Bugaku
[Concert] September 21, 2:30 PM
Known for its ethereal tones and timbres, gagaku has been the official music of the Japanese imperial court for over a millennium and has become synonymous with the luxurious court life of the Heian period (794—1185). Founded by Sukeyasu Shiba, a former member of the gagaku ensemble at the Imperial Household, the distinguished gagaku ensemble Reigakusha presents a f ull spectrum of the world's oldest surviving
orchestral music for this rare U.S. appearance. Reigakusha will perform from the ancient ceremonial repertoire including a bugaku piece (music ensemble with accompanying dancers) as well as contemporary works by Toru Takemitsu and Shiba himself
Next event9/21/2019 2:30 PM
Introduction to Gagaku for Musicians
[Workshop] September 22, 1 PM
Delve into the enchanting melodies of the world's oldest form of orchestral music. The members of Reigakusha will introduce the individual instruments in a traditional gagaku ensemble, providing a rare opportunity for amateur and professional musicians alike to try their hand at making these otherworldly sounds.
Next event9/22/2019 1:00 PM
Workshop: Japanese Nerikomi Pottery
[Workshop] September 27, 6:30 PM
At this workshop, try out the mesmerizing Japanese pottery-making technique of nerikomi. Stack and slice strips of colorful clay to reveal striking patterns, creating one-of-a-kind designs. Instructor Risa Nishimori of the NY Togei Kyoshitsu studio will lead guests through the process of creating their own unique pieces of nerikomi ceramic art.
Next event9/27/2019 6:30 PM
Tora-san's Dear Old Home
[Monthly Classic] October 4, 7 PM
While passing through the historic city of Kanazawa, Tora-san encounters three young women on vacation who all take delight in his boisterous hijinks, especially Utako (Sayuri Yoshinaga). When she shows up in Shibamata for more entertaining distractions, Tora-san is more than delighted to oblige his newfound "Madonna," but Utako soon confides that her father refuses her marriage to the man she loves back home. Heartbroken yet ever-well-intentioned, Tora-san resolves to set the matter straight.
Next event10/4/2019 7:00 PM
Current Work: Rikrit Tiravanija & Atelier Bow Wow
[Gallery Talk] October 11, 4PM
Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, founders of architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow, focus their work on behavioral relationships in living environments, and how human interaction can affect the cityscape as well as society. Innovative contemporary artist Rikrit Tiravanija, who splits his time between New York, Berlin and Chiang Mai, is known for his "relational" artistic practice offering real-time experience and aligning social engagement as art. In this discussion, they will talk about their current works and share views on living, art and architecture.
Next event10/11/2019 4:00 PM
Shohei Shigematsu & Atelier Bow Wow on the Past & Future of Architecture
[Gallery Talk] October 11, 6:30 PM
Tokyo's architectural landscape is constantly shifting in response to social conditions, and the fast-approaching 2020 Summer Games have been a significant impetus for current changes. From the eyes of architects, what is the challenge of Tokyo and what is the fascination of this metropolis? Atelier Bow-Wow sparks a conversation on Tokyo's changing architectural landscape with Shohei Shigematsu, a Partner at OMA and the Director of OMA's New York office, who is engaged in Tokyo's current phase of urban development with projects like the highly anticipated Toranomon Hills Station Tower and the New Museum's second building in New York, whose design has just been unveiled.
Next event10/11/2019 6:30 PM
Embrace Rural: Why it Matters
[Innovators] October 22, 6:30 PM
From Nebraska to Niigata, rural communities are being neglected out of existence. Rural life is giving way to the muscular expansion of the megacity. And yet, those of us who inhabit places like New York and Tokyo are dependent on rural areas for the energy we consume and the food we eat, and crave a little green corner of the planet to breathe clean air and enjoy the natural environment. Are we dismissing rural communities at our peril? With more than 50 years of experience between them, two key leaders in rural reinvention, Tsuyoshi Sekihara, founder, Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club in Joetsu, Niigata and Janet Topolsky, Executive Director, Community Strategies Group, Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, share their experience and insights. They are joined by Richard McCarthy, Slow Food International, and the evening's moderator, New Food Economy editor Kate Cox.
Next event10/22/2019 6:30 PM
Forest Bathing: Seeking Wellness Through Nature
[Lecture] October 23, 6:30 PM
In Japan, the practice of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing" is hailed for its therapeutic effects. Proponents believe that by simply immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of a forest, we can soak in the healing power of trees. In a fast-paced world, forest bathing is a chance to be mindful of our surroundings, and to connect with nature through our senses. At this talk, Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, former deputy director of Chiba University's Center for Environment, Health, and Field Sciences and author of Shinrin Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, examines the scientific evidence behind the concept of forest bathing and its potential to enhance wellness and happiness. Discover how you can connect with nature through this Japanese tradition, wherever you live.
Next event10/23/2019 6:30 PM
Kwaidan - Call of Salvation Heard from the Depths of Fear
[Theater] October, 24, 7:30 PM
Japan's scariest ghost stories are brought to life by acclaimed actor Shiro Sano through his dynamic reading of Kwaidan, a collection of Japanese folktales from writer Lafcadio Hearn ( 1850-1904). Also known as Yakumo Koizumi, Hearn was attracted to the beauty of Japan and Shintoism, which incorporates worship of nature, spirits and ancestors. Sano's reading, accompanied by powerful and exquisite live music by distinguished guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto, illustrates Hearn's open-minded view
of Japan and the world. Preceding the live performance, folklorist Bon Koizumi, the great-grandson of Hearn and Director of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in the city of Matsue, will give a short lecture.
Next event10/24/2019 7:30 PM
Creative Play: Yokai (Creepy Creature) Mask
[Creative Play] October 27, 1 PM
Children will meet some of Japan’s favorite spirits (yokai) like tengu and kappa, and create their own hybrid creature masks in the spirit of Halloween.
Next event10/27/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshop: Kowai/Kawaii (Spooky/Cute) Clay Bento
[Family Workshop] October 27, 2:30 PM
Children will make kawaii Halloween-themed clay bento that can be enjoyed and played with again and again. Charaben is a style of elaborately arranged bento (Japanese boxed lunch) which features food decorated to look like people, characters, animals and plants.
Next event10/27/2019 2:30 PM
Composing for the Sun: A Conversation with Philip Glass
[Performing Arts Talk] November 6, 6:30 PM
In conjunction with the Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of a new production of Akhnaten, Japan Society hosts a conversation with the opera’s celebrated composer Philip Glass. The opera’s title character, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, moved his society toward the worship of a single god and considered himself the only son of the sun. His sun-god focused religion suggests interesting comparisons and contrasts with Japanese imperial mythology that described the emperor of Japan as a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu. Glass sits down with Professor Tom Hare of Princeton University—a specialist in Japanese and ancient Egyptian literature and arts—to talk about how he was inspired by and drawn to the Egyptian pharaoh’s story, his strong interest in Japan, and more. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who will sing the title role in the production, performs an excerpt from the opera.
Next event11/6/2019 6:30 PM
Taiten: Noh & Kyogen PERFORMANCE ONLY
[Traditional Theater] November 14, 7:30 PM
November 15, 7:30 PM
November 16, 7:30 PM
Rarely performed in the last century, Taiten is a modern noh play that was created to celebrate the Taisho emperor's enthronement in 1912. In recognition of the arrival of the Reiwa era under Emperor Naruhito, Kuroemon Katayama X, a renowned noh actor and scion of the Kyoto Kanze Association, remounts this historic noh play. Per tradition, the noh play is paired with a comedic kyogen piece. Noritoshi Yamamoto from the prestigious Yamamoto Tojiro Family performs Kagyu (The Snail), one of the most popular pieces from the traditional kyogen repertoire.
Next event11/14/2019 7:30 PM
Taiten: Noh & Kyogen PERFORMANCE & SOIREE
[Traditional Theater] November 14, 7:30 PM
November 15, 7:30 PM
November 16, 7:30 PM
Rarely performed in the last century, Taiten is a modern noh play that was created to celebrate the Taisho emperor's enthronement in 1912. In recognition of the arrival of the Reiwa era under Emperor Naruhito,
Kuroemon Katayama X , a renowned noh actor and scion of the Kyoto Kanze Association, remounts this historic noh play. Per tradition, the noh play is paired with a comedic kyogen piece. Noritoshi Yamamoto from the prestigious Yamamoto Tojiro Family performs Kagyu (The Snail), one of the most popular pieces from the traditional kyogen repertoire.
Next event11/14/2019 7:30 PM
The Basics of Noh
[1-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] November 15, 1 PM
Learn basic movements from one of Japan’s most distinguished theatrical traditions that has been passed down for over 600 years. Led by noh actors from the renowned Kyoto Kanze Association, the workshop will
focus on noh’s stylized movements. Enjoy a rare chance to view noh masks and costumes up close as the actors share their expertise and knowledge on this centuries old tradition.
Next event11/15/2019 1:00 PM
[2-DAY] The Basics of Noh and Kyogen
[2-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] November 15, 1 PM
November 16, 1 PM
Learn basic movements from two of Japan’s most distinguished theatrical traditions that have been passed down for over 600 years. The first day will be led by noh actors from the renowned Kyoto Kanze Association, focusing on noh’s physicality and stylized movements. On the second day, members of the Yamamoto Tojiro Family will teach the exaggerated gestures and voice work needed to perform kyogen, noh’s comedic cousin.
Next event11/15/2019 1:00 PM
The Basics of Kyogen
[1-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] November 16, 1 PM
Known for their rigid preservation of this art form’s dignified style, members of the prestigious Yamamoto Tojiro Family of the Okura School of Kyogen will teach the exaggerated gestures and voice work needed to
perform kyogen—noh’s comedic cousin. Participants will learn the school’s disciplined sense of physicality as well as hallmark phrases that are spoken by feudal lords and their vassals.
Next event11/16/2019 1:00 PM
The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood
[Contemporary Theater] January 10, 7 PM
January 11, 7 PM
January 12, 1 PM
January 14, 7 PM
Back by popular demand after his North American debut of Girl X in 2017 at Japan Society, Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan's hottest young playwright-directors and founder of theater company HANCHU-YUEI, returns with his latest one-man dance theater piece. The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood features Yamamoto's signature directing style, in which characters’ thoughts are conveyed through projected words, alluding to the millennial generation's preferred mode of communication—texting. Blending movement, photography and colorful lighting,Yamamoto reveals the indifference and tenderness of a metropolis where the lives of complete strangers continuously interact and coalesce.
Next event1/10/2020 7:00 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
[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 Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics? One of Japan's most influential theater makers, Oriza Hirata, offers a comedic answer to this question through two one-act plays. Control Officers recounts a single scene in which the top male Olympic 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. In addition, Hirata will also write a new companion piece about the Paralympics especially for this New York engagement. Hirata's theater company Seinendan, in its fourth North American tour, performs both pieces.
Next event5/8/2020 7:30 PM