[Session 5] Japan Goes Global: December 7, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
[Educator Program] Individually Priced Session #5 - Contemporary Japan and Global Relations
Contemporary Japan and its Foreign policy
Participants will explore key developments in Japanese international relations from 1989 (the end of the Cold War) to the present. Key topics will include the use of Japanese defense forces in overseas conflicts, continuation of Article 9 of the Constitution, and the influence of energy policies on Japanese international relations during this era.
US-Japan Alliance – a Case study: “Operation Tomodachi”
Operation Tomodachi was a United States Armed Forces (especially U.S. Forces Japan) assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. In this afternoon session, Matthew Freely, PhD., a former Navy captain who engaged in the operation, will share his case study as well as a personal story from the devastation and the US-Japan coordinated relief efforts.
Next event12/7/2019 9:30 AM
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 event12/7/2019 11:00 AM
[Film] December 7, 2 PM
A distinguished trio of non-Japanese filmmakers converge to offer wildly varying and accomplished short films that take inspiration from Tokyo. Includes a whimsical fable of metamorphosis (Interior Design, Michel Gondry), a reimagined “Godzilla” story (Merde, Leos Carax) and a surreal romance between a hikikomori and pizza delivery girl (Shaking Tokyo, Bong Joon-ho).
Next event12/7/2019 2:00 PM
House of Bamboo
[Film] December 7, 4:30 PM
A hard-boiled and entertaining crime thriller from the great Samuel Fuller—the first Hollywood director to shoot full color CinemaScope on location in postwar Japan—that offers a fascinating glimpse of Tokyo immediately after the American occupation and a decade before it opened its doors to the rest of the world with the 1964 Olympics.
Next event12/7/2019 4:30 PM
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
[Film] December 7, 7 PM
Directed by Justin Lin, the divisive third entry in the immensely popular Fast & Furious franchise restarts the film series by shifting the four-wheel action to Tokyo where an outsider teen sets out to become top gaijin and unseat the local “Drift King” in the underground world of illegal drift racing.
Next event12/7/2019 7:00 PM
Creative Play: Nengajo Postcards
[Creative Play] December 8, 1 PM
Families will explore Japanese New Year’s traditions and print their own cards for the holidays! Similar to the Western custom of sending holiday cards, in Japan there is a tradition of sending New Year’s postcards, called nengajo.
Next event12/8/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshop: Woodblock Printing
[Family Workshop] December 8, 2:30 PM
Families will explore Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques practiced by hanga masters, and create their own woodblock prints using authentic Japanese materials with a contemporary twist.
Next event12/8/2019 2:30 PM
Stitch & Design: Watoji Bookbinding
[Workshop] December 12, 6:30 PM
Experience the ancient craft of watoji, or Japanese bookbinding, a traditional method that has long been used to stitch and bind literary works together. At this workshop, mixed media artist Amanda Hu will instruct participants on how to create their very own hand-bound book using beautiful washi paper—perfect for notes, journals, or scrapbooks! Participants of all skill levels will leave this workshop with a greater appreciation for traditional bookbinding as well as a charming memento of their experience.
Next event12/12/2019 6:30 PM
Keep Your Chin Up
[Film] January 3, 7 PM
Capitalizing on the immense success of its title song (renamed “Sukiyaki” in the West, the first and only Japanese tune to top the Billboard Hot 100), Nikkatsu studio produced this charming juvenile delinquent drama starring its fresh-faced star—and the hit single’s original crooner—Kyu Sakamoto. Selected by architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow to coincide with Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020 , Keep Your Chin Up features Japan’s iconic National Stadium (1958) during the film’s memorable musical finale—a montage of Japanese sports, industry and everyday life that captures the country’s bustling productivity and spirit of anticipation for the 1964 Summer Games.
Next event1/3/2020 7:00 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
Creative Play: Sapporo Snow Festival
[Creative Play] January 12, 1 PM
Each year Sapporo welcomes the return of the cold weather with grand festival featuring intricate and colossal snow sculptures! Join us as we learn more about this icy tradition, and create our own snow-themed crafts.
Next event1/12/2020 1:00 PM
Family Workshop: Kakizome: New Year's Calligraphy
[Family Workshop] January 12, 2:30 PM
Participants will enjoy a Japanese calligraphy demonstration on a giant scale performed by artist Taisan Tanaka. Afterwards, families will be guided through the time-honored tradition of kakizome- calligraphy written at the beginning of the new year to represent wishes and resolutions.
Next event1/12/2020 2:30 PM
Architectural New Wave: From Ruins to the Future of Housing
[Lecture] January 17, 5 PM
Fuminori Nousaku and Mio Tsuneyama are leading architects of an emerging generation that is reshaping Tokyo's urban landscape. Interested in sustainability and adaptive reuse of existing architecture, the firm's haptic approach can be witnessed in Holes in the House--on view in our current exhibition Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020. In this ongoing renovation project of a former four-story steel warehouse from the 1980s, the architects removed walls to let in natural light and cut holes into the floors for efficient heating and cooling. Nousaku and Tsuneyama will discuss this philosophy through their latest projects, exploring the potential to lead a more ecological and richly textured lifestyle in Tokyo today.
Next event1/17/2020 5:00 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
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
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
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