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A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints
[Gallery Exhibition]
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday-Thursday: 12pm-7pm
Friday: 12pm-9pm
Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm

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Notes on the Exhibition:
A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints is the first exhibition in North America devoted to the portrayal of wakashu, or beautiful youths—a “third gender” occupying a distinct position in the social and sexual hierarchy of Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). 
Please note this exhibition contains explicit materials. Young visitors should be accompanied by an adult.
3/31/2017 To 4/6/2017
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Fri, Mar 31
12:00 PM
Gallery
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Queer Japan with Graham Kolbeins
[Gallery Film Screening & Artist Talk] Mar. 31 at 7 pm

Explore the lives of the quiet radicals of contemporary Japan's LGBTQ culture with an exclusive preview of this much anticipated documentary-in-progress by filmmaker Graham Kolbeins. Footage screened this evening has been specially selected by the director to focus on transgender expressions in Japan, bringing the history revealed in A Third Gender up to the present day.
3/31/2017 7:00 PM
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Fri, Mar 31
7:00 PM
Murase Room
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School in the Crosshairs
[Beyond Godzilla Film Series] Mar 31, 7 pm

This early "idol" movie by genre master Nobuhiko Obayashi (House) features Hiroko Yakushimaru as a spunky teen defending her high school from infiltration and domination by fascistic aliens. Featuring delightfully bizarre special effects designed by Obayashi himself.
3/31/2017 7:00 PM
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Fri, Mar 31
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Book Club: Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
[Book Club] Apr. 1, 2:30—4:30 pm

Burrow into the tortuous mind of controversial Japanese author Yukio Mishima with this tale of homoerotic desire, manipulation and revenge. Widely thought to be autobiographical, the novel follows aging writer Shunsuke, embittered by years of rejection, as he instructs his handsome, unhappily engaged protégé Yuichi in the skill of making the world his plaything, leading to an erotic downward spiral into the gay underworld of postwar Japan. With Professor J. Keith Vincent, Chair, World Languages & Literatures, Boston University.
4/1/2017 2:30 PM
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Sat, Apr 1
2:30 PM
Murase Room
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Invisible Man
[Beyond Godzilla Film Series] Apr 1, 4:30 pm

One of the many films inspired by the 1897 H .G. Wells sci-fi novella The Invisible Man, Toho's Invisible Man was released less than two months after Godzilla with Eiji Tsuburaya handling effects for both films.
4/1/2017 4:30 PM
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Sat, Apr 1
4:30 PM
Auditorium
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The Secret of the Telegian
[Beyond Godzilla Film Series] Apr 1, 7 pm

A fast-paced thriller directed by Jun Fukuda and scripted by Shinichi Sekizawa with a sci-fi twist: A scientist uses teleportation—and the services of a former military man—to revenge himself on other ex-soldiers who tried to kill him during the war.
4/1/2017 7:00 PM
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Sat, Apr 1
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

[Lecture & Book Signing] April 4, 6:30 PM

A growing movement in Japan is choosing to part with their possessions and appreciate the beauty of less. These extreme minimalists may limit their wardrobe to only 20 items of clothing or choose to forgo a bed, paring their home down to the bare essentials. Inspired by the aesthetics and principles of traditional Zen Buddhism, Japan’s new minimalists say their transformation to simple living has freed them to spend time on other pursuits. Fumio Sasaki, minimalist and author of Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, joins us at Japan Society to discuss how he opted for minimalism over materialism and share his insight on this life-altering philosophy. Followed by a book signing and reception.

This program will be presented in Japanese with consecutive interpretation in English.

4/4/2017 6:30 PM
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Tue, Apr 4
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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Gallery Group Tour
4/7/2017 To 4/27/2017
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Fri, Apr 7
4:30 PM
Gallery Tour
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Zatoichi the Fugitive

[Monthly Classics] April 7, 7 PM

The fourth episode in the immensely popular 25-film action series features iconic blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) going up against a legion of local yakuza henchmen who target him after he defeats them in a wrestling tournament and then kills one of their own in self-defense. To complicate things, a former romantic interest reenters Zatoichi's life and a hot-tempered ronin, to whom she is married, seeks to end it for a reward. Composer Akira Ifukube, most famous for his work on the Godzilla film series, provides a characteristically spare and artful score.

4/7/2017 7:00 PM
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Fri, Apr 7
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Blue Christmas
[Beyond Godzilla Film Series] Apr 8, 4 pm

A rare sci-fi for adults by versatile director Kihachi Okamoto (Sword of D oom). Despite a sensationalistic premise—contact with mysterious UFOs creates a new "race" of humans with blue blood—the film offers a serious critique of social discrimination and government oppression.
4/8/2017 4:00 PM
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Sat, Apr 8
4:00 PM
Auditorium
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Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
[Beyond Godzilla Film Series] Apr 8, 7 pm

Director Shusuke Kaneko rebooted the Gamera series in the 1990s with a n ew trilogy starring the title flying giant turtle. This third f ilm mixes ancient folktales about monsters with modern fears about scientific horrors, featuring special effects by Shinji Higuchi (Shin Godzilla).
4/8/2017 7:00 PM
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Sat, Apr 8
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Connoisseurship: Erotic Prints (Shunga + Abuna-e)
[Workshop] Apr. 22, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

Master the art of discernment with this special workshop on selecting and collecting shunga and abuna-e, traditional Japanese erotic prints. Collector Louis Forster shares his secrets for identifying fine-quality examples and discusses with leading specialists his interest in this often misunderstood art form.
4/22/2017 10:30 AM
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Sat, Apr 22
10:30 AM
Workshop
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Godzilla Legend - Music of Akira Ifukube

[Concert] April 28th at 7:30 PM

Calling all monster movie enthusiasts for an evening filled with your favorite marches, melodies, vibes and reverbs from the Japanese cult classic Godzilla! Performed by Japan’s forever-young techno-pop band Hikashu and special guest musicians including the spunky sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan, this concert showcases the remarkable range of music composed by Akira Ifukube (1914—2006), who was known for creating some of the most memorable aural moments in cinematic history. A not-to-be-missed event that brings these menacing monsters to life through music!

4/28/2017 7:30 PM
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Fri, Apr 28
7:30 PM
Auditorium
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Safecast: The Power of Citizen Science

[Lecture] May 1, 6:30 PM

“What Safecast proves is that all the preparation in the world-all the money in the world-still fails if you don’t have a rapid, agile, resilient system.” —Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

When the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant experienced a meltdown after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, people scrambled to get accurate data on radiation. Geiger counters were suddenly a hot commodity. In that moment of crisis, a group of global citizens rose to the occasion to launch Safecast, an open data platform to track, monitor and share data on the radiation levels in Fukushima and throughout Japan. Safecast enlisted the help of volunteers who collected the data from all over Japan, and even built its own DIY Geiger counter kit. Pieter Franken, the Co-Founder of Safecast, will look back Safecast’s evolution—a prime example of citizen science embracing open data and open source—in the last six years and the challenges that they face today as they expand their data gathering efforts beyond radiation levels.

5/1/2017 6:30 PM
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Mon, May 1
6:30 PM
Murase Room
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Children's Day: Theater Performance A
[Family Event] 11am-4pm

Engage in an interactive modern retelling of the Japanese classic folktale Peach Boy (Momotaro) in this Children’s Day Festival. Children and adults of all ages assemble samurai helmets and other festival related artifacts that will serve as participant props during the performance. This production will be led by CJA and will feature song, dance and audience participation.  Please select either the 12:00pm performance or 3:00pm performance. Multiple other actives will be available throughout the day.
5/7/2017 12:00 PM
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Sun, May 7
12:00 PM
Auditorium
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Children's Day: Theater Performance B
[Family Event] 11am-4pm

Engage in an interactive modern retelling of the Japanese classic folktale Peach Boy (Momotaro) in this Children’s Day Festival. Children and adults of all ages assemble samurai helmets and other festival related artifacts that will serve as participant props during the performance. This production will be led by CJA and will feature song, dance and audience participation.  Please select either the 12:00pm performance or 3:00pm performance. Multiple other actives will be available throughout the day.
5/7/2017 3:00 PM
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Sun, May 7
3:00 PM
Auditorium
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An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

[Talk] May 10, 6:30 PM

Japan's hand-crafted wooden boats, admired for their timeless beauty and precise construction, have a rich history in the island nation. Fearing that the techniques, designs and secrets of this trade might disappear within one or two generations, craftsman and Japanese boat specialist Douglas Brooks embarked on a quest to preserve and document these time-honored traditions. Brooks, author of the comprehensive survey Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, joins us to share what he discovered on his journey to fishing villages around Japan, where he interviewed elderly master boat builders and, in six cases, became their last apprentice. Moderated by Dane Owen, founder and owner of Shibui Japanese Antiques and Furniture.

5/10/2017 6:30 PM
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Wed, May 10
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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Manga in America: How English Editions are Born

[Talk] May 17, 6:30 PM

The transformation of a manga from Japanese original to English edition is an art that goes far beyond translation alone. At this panel discussion, editors from top manga publishers Kodansha Comics (The Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon), Vertical, Inc. (Nichijou, Chi's Sweet Home) and Yen Press (Black Butler, Akame ga Kill!) illuminate the creative process of localizing Japanese content for the American reader. Panelists include Ed Chavez, Marketing Director at Vertical, Inc., Tania Biswas, editor at Yen Press and Ben Applegate, Director of Publishing at Penguin Random House for Kodansha Comics.

The talk will include a live demonstration of the translation, editing and lettering process by Deron Bennett, Letterer at AndWorld Design and Ajani Oloye, Manga Editor and Translator at Penguin Random House for Kodansha Comics.

5/17/2017 6:30 PM
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Wed, May 17
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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Workshop: Sake and Cheese Pairing

[Workshop] June 4, 2 PM

Elevate your palate as you discover an appreciation for the subtle flavors of sake and the cheeses that complement it best. At this intimate seated session, learn how to craft the perfect sake and cheese pairings, as experts lead guests through a selection of fine sake and artisanal cheeses.

6/4/2017 2:00 PM
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Sun, Jun 4
2:00 PM
Workshop
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Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: 20th Anniversary

[Lecture & Tasting] June 5, 6:30 PM

As we mark Japan Society's 20th Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting, we look back on how sake trends have changed over the past two decades and what we've learned in that time. Sake expert John Gauntner re-examines the past 19 lectures, spanning topics as diverse as brewing techniques, the role of women in the world of sake and pairing sake with food. Gaunter will also look ahead at what's new in the sake market in America and what we can expect to see in the years to come.

6/5/2017 6:30 PM
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Mon, Jun 5
6:30 PM
Auditorium
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