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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

Notes on Ticketing:
Tickets purchased below may only be used on the ticketed date. They are valid for admission at any time during Gallery hours that day.
There is a $1 convenience fee per ticket for all online orders. (The fee is waived for in person transactions at the Welcome Desk.)

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.
4/23/2017 To 4/29/2017
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Sun, Apr 23
11:00 AM
Gallery
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Gallery Group Tour
4/27/2017 To 5/18/2017
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Thu, Apr 27
12:00 PM
Gallery Tour
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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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Salon Bow-Wow

[Lecture] Friday, May 5, 6:30 PM

 

Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto,  co-founders of Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, ahighly-regarded architectural firm, are founding members of ArchiAid, a groupof architects who came together to contribute to the recovery of Tohoku. Afterthe disaster on March 11, 2011, Kaijima and Tsukamoto began visiting the OshikaPeninsula, a remote area of Miyagi Prefecture known for its fishingvillages.  Tsukamoto designed Core House,a small house that can expand incrementally, and Kaijima, much to her surprise,started a fisherman’s school.  The duowill discuss the role of an architect in post-disaster revitalization, andtheir findings from their work in Tohoku for the last six years.  Followed by a reception.


5/5/2017 6:30 PM
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Fri, May 5
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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Woodblock Printmaking

[Workshop] May 13 & 14, 11 am

Fulfill your own artistic vision inspired by the exhibition A Third Gender with this weekend workshop. Geared for the young and young-at-heart, this two-day session led by artist Keiji Shinohara teaches traditional Japanese techniques for conceiving a woodblock design, carving the blocks, and printing, all of which have been adapted by artists working today.

5/13/2017 11:00 AM
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Sat, May 13
11:00 AM
Workshop
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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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Flying Colors

[Japan Cuts Classic] June 2, 7 pm

Winner of the inaugural JAPAN CUTS Audience Award, the irresistible crowd-pleaser Flying Colors returns to Japan Society for an encore screening in anticipation of the upcoming 11th edition of JAPAN CUTS. Based on an inspiring true story, this smash-hit comedic drama stars Kasumi Arimura as a ditzy high school material girl who is unexpectedly encouraged by an overly-optimistic and unconventional cram school teacher to apply for admission to one of the toughest universities in Japan. Full of heart and big laughs, Flying Colors could easily be considered Japan's winking response to Legally Blonde.

6/2/2017 7:00 PM
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Fri, Jun 2
7:00 PM
Auditorium
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Queer Representations: Exhibiting Sexuality & Gender

[Panel Discussion] June 3, 6 PM

Delve into the complexities of representing LGBTQ+ issues in exhibitions with A Third Gender curatorial consultant Dr. Joshua Mostow (University of British Columbia), NY-based curator Dan Cameron and others. This discussion draws attention to case studies spanning Edo Japan to the East Village.

Gallery hours extended to 9 pm this evening; free admission to the exhibition with ticket purchase.

6/3/2017 6:30 PM
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Sat, Jun 3
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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Edo Extravaganza

[Special Event] June 9, 9 PM—Midnight

Excuse our beauty! Usher in New York City's official 2017 LGBT Pride events and month with this celebration on the closing weekend of A Third Gender. Japan Society's iconic Modernist building will be transformed into a site of gender-bending spectacle and shade. Special guest performances studded throughout the evening will make this party legendary.

21+ only; includes 2 drink tickets.

6/9/2017 9:00 PM
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Fri, Jun 9
9:00 PM
Japan Society
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The Art of Ink: Summer Immersion Workshop for High School Students

[Student Program] August 7—11, 2017 (5 Days), 1—5 PM
Student Exhibition: August 11, 6 PM

Explore the world Japanese ink art in a one-week workshop that exposes you to the fundamentals of the traditional and modern art forms of sumi-e, calligraphy, fish printing and more. Learn from professional working artists, including master calligrapher Masako Inkyo, sumi-e artist Ayakoh Furukawa and printmaker Joe Mullins, as you practice traditional techniques and methods and make your own unique work. Exhibit your favorite pieces in a student exhibition open to family and friends.

Tuition: $300/$250 Japan Society members
Needs-based scholarship available. Apply today!

8/7/2017 1:00 PM
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Mon, Aug 7
1:00 PM
Workshop
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TEST EVENT: Maborosi

[Monthly Classic] March 10, 7 PM

The first narrative feature by Hirokazu Kore-eda is a contemplative and poetic film about loss and the everpresent specter of death. Yumiko and Ikuo lead a happy life together in Osaka that is suddenly disrupted when Ikuo is killed by a train in an apparent suicide. Although she eventually remarries and relocates to a quiet seaside village, Yumiko is continually haunted by the experience, struggling to understand why it happened. Beautifully shot with an emphasis on silhouettes, shadows and natural light, Maborosi remains one of Kore-eda's most visually striking films and an early testament to his exceptional talents.

8/14/2017 To 8/15/2017
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Mon, Aug 14
2:00 AM
Auditorium
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TEST Zatoichi

[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.

8/24/2017 3:00 AM
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Thu, Aug 24
3:00 AM
Auditorium
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