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Sashiko: Japanese Embroidery

[Workshop] September 28, 6:30 PM

At this workshop, learn the traditional Japanese craft of sashiko embroidery with a third generation sashiko craftsman from Gifu, Japan. This beautiful hand-stitching technique is admired for its simple yet striking patterns, and is appreciated for both its practical and decorative applications. Atsushi Futatsuya, founder of Upcycle Stitches LLC, leads this hands-on workshop, open to participants of all skill levels.
9/28/2018 6:30 PM
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Fri, Sep 28
6:30 PM
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Hidejiro x International Contemporary Ensemble: Shamisen Evolution

[Concert] October 5, 7:30 PM

Listen to Hidejiro Honjoh, young shamisen prodigy and disciple of Hidetaro Honjoh, create this traditional instrument's 21st-century voice in an evening featuring living composers from the U.S. and Japan. Joined by members of the most sought-after contemporary music group International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Hidejiro delivers three world premieres composed by Grammy-nominee Vijay Iyer, Nathan Davis and Yu Kuwahara. The program also includes pieces by Yuji Takahashi and Dai Fujikura, along with the American premiere of the full score of Scott Johnson's Up and Back for shamisen, electric guitar, cello and piano.
10/5/2018 7:30 PM
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Fri, Oct 5
7:30 PM
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[4-SESSION COURSE] Modern Japan 1868-2000: Transformation in Global Society

[Educator Program] 4-session course
October 13, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
October 20, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
November 17, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
December 1, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This 24-hour, four-session professional development course examines historical experiences in Japan
from the Meiji period (1868-1912) to the contemporary period (to 2000), during which Japan underwent a
miraculous transformation from disorder and weakness to becoming a driving force in world events— a cultural, economic, political, and military power whose actions and activities are central to understanding the 20th and 21st century world. This two-credit course provides participants with the resources and skills to create and refine lesson plans for the middle and high school classroom.
10/13/2018 9:30 AM
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Sat, Oct 13
9:30 AM
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[Session 1] Modern Japan 1868-2000: October 13, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #1


Overview: Meiji Period (1868-1912)

The morning session will focus on the rise of Japan through the Meiji Restoration. Participants will examine the political, economic and social transformation in Japan. The creation of the constitution, centralization of state power and the creation of a national identity will all be explored. How Japan modeled and established its own styles in literature, art, music and architecture will also be addressed.


Political Turmoil and Social Movements: Taisho Period (1912-1926)

The afternoon session will examine the Taisho period, when Japan underwent significant political change, especially in terms of the development of increased citizen participation in the political process. Participants will explore different political movements such as women’s rights and labor movements.  Changes during Japan’s version of the “roaring  twenties” will also be investigated, through topics such as how the democracy changed. Japan’s relationship to other countries before, during and after WWI will also be investigated.

 

10/13/2018 9:30 AM
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Sat, Oct 13
9:30 AM
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Nippon Cha Cha Cha!

[Gallery Event] October 13, 7:30 PM

In this one-night-only multimedia performance followed by an artist's talk, Yasumasa Morimura delves into the intermingled paths of his personal story, the history of Japan, and the history of art in Japan after WWII. Metamorphosing before the eyes of the audience into renowned figures from modern times, he questions the variety of interpretations that arise from the notion of "self" which he has developed in his artistic practice over the past 30 years.
10/13/2018 7:30 PM
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Sat, Oct 13
7:30 PM
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Creative Play October 14

[Creative Play] October 14, 1 PM

Meet some of Japan’s favorite ghosts (obake) and spirits!  Create your own costume just in time for Halloween.
10/14/2018 1:00 PM
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Sun, Oct 14
1:00 PM
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Family Workshops October 14

[Family Workshop] October 14, 2:30 PM

Create your own kawaii and original characters and write a manga story.  Led by a manga artist! 
10/14/2018 2:30 PM
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Sun, Oct 14
2:30 PM
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The Tale of Genji in Word and Image

[Lecture] October 18, 7 PM

Written in the 11th century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry widely considered the world's first novel. While following the amorous pursuits of its hero, the radiant Genji, the text offers valuable insights into the society and culture of Japan's classical era. In this talk Melissa McCormick, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University, provides an introduction to the tale and its captivating visual world, focusing on the paintings and calligraphy of the 16th-century Genji Album in the Harvard Art Museums, the subject of her new publication, The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion.
10/18/2018 7:00 PM
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Thu, Oct 18
7:00 PM
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[Session 2] Modern Japan 1868-2000: October 20, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #2


Road to War

Participants will  explore how Japan entered WWII and the way Japan took over Asia in the context of global history. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a special guest lecturer from Japan and a US  expert on the topic of the early Showa period in Japan. The lecture will focus on WWII and the effects it had on the Japanese  economy and domestic life in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Participants will also analyze different events including the  Manchurian  Incident, the Sino-Japan War and the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Domestic Life and Culture during the War

The afternoon session will analyze another perspective of Japan, before and during WWII with a focus on how Japanese domestic life changed due to  WWII. The session will also examine how civic and private life was influenced by the progress of the Pacific War. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of domestic life by using examples from changes in education, propaganda on arts, literature, films and music.

10/20/2018 9:30 AM
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Sat, Oct 20
9:30 AM
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Morimura Recommends

[Gallery Event] October 21, 2 PM

In his artistic exploration of postwar Japanese history, exhibition artist Yasumasa Morimura has famously staged himself as the controversial author Yukio Mishima in his iconic 1970 coup d'état speech at the Army headquarters in Tokyo. For the fall installation of our Book Club series, the artist has handpicked Mishima's novel Temple of the Golden Pavillion (1956). Led by Prof. Gregory Pflugfelder, Columbia University.
10/21/2018 2:00 PM
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Sun, Oct 21
2:00 PM
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Crafting Beer: Traditional Techniques, Modern Brews

[Lecture] October 24, 6:30 PM

Over the past few decades Japan has developed a formidable craft beer scene, but before that, Japanese brewers spent centuries perfecting the brewing of sake. Today, American beer brewers have started to turn to Japan for inspiration, drawing on traditional sake brewing techniques and creating unique new hybrid beverages. At this talk, Joshua M. Bernstein, beer journalist and author of Homebrew World: Discover the Secrets of the World's Leading Homebrewers, traces how Japanese sake techniques and producers are influencing today's beer trends.
10/24/2018 6:30 PM
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Wed, Oct 24
6:30 PM
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Cure

[Monthly Classics] October 26, 7 PM

An international breakout hit that firmly established director Kiyoshi Kurosawa as a master of fear, Cure follows detective Takabe (the great Koji Yakusho) as he investigates a series of gruesome Tokyo murders in which a large X is found carved into the base of each victim's throat.
10/26/2018 7:00 PM
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Fri, Oct 26
7:00 PM
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Akiko Yano + Seiho: Unusual Pairings

[Concert] November 10, 7:30 PM

Beloved pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano returns to Japan Society for a U.S. premiere collaboration with rising Osaka-based electronic sound artist/DJ and ikebana specialist Seiho. This one-of-a-kind concert mixes the singular stylings of Yano's piano and singing with Seiho's thumping, atmospheric beats, and flower arranging! Join us on this moody trip into the soundscapes of these two formidable artists as their music melds, merges and even takes shape in floral form.
11/10/2018 7:30 PM
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Sat, Nov 10
7:30 PM
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[Session 3] Modern Japan 1868-2000: November 17, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #3


End of WWII and Occupation

The morning session will examine the decay of the end of WWII, including the impact of the fire bombing and the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. Participants will engage in lecture and film viewings, which will examine two different perspectives of the end of WWII involving nuclear weapons.  The occupation of Japan and its democratization under the guidance of the US and their updated relationship will also be examined. 


Workshop on Memorialization: Political and Public Meanings

The afternoon session will be a workshop for participants to examine how and why important events are memorialized. Through examining various memorials to WWII, participants will have the opportunity to explore how to teach numerous important issues, such as how various forms of media are used to establish how history is retold and remembered. Participants will have the opportunity to do hands on work to create their own memorial. Participants will also analyze the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” as a case study.

11/17/2018 9:30 AM
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Sat, Nov 17
9:30 AM
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[Session 4] Modern Japan 1868-2000: December 1, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #4


Rapid Economic Growth

Participants will investigate Japan’s economic miracle between the post-WWII period to the end of the Cold War in the 1960’s and 70’s. This session will examine the rapid growth Japan had to become the second largest economy in the world through the cooperation of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and banks. Participants will have the opportunity to hear first hand experiences of being a corporate business man at that time, from current Japan Society President and former President of Mitsubishi Corporation North America, Mr. Motatsu Sakurai.


Economic Decline in Contemporary Japan (1991-2000)

In the afternoon session, participants will continue to explore Japan’s period of economic stagnation called the “Lost Decade”. Participants will analyze the extent and measurement of Japan’s setbacks, the economic effect of the Lost Decade and how Japanese policy makers continue to grapple with its consequences 25 years later. By comparing the 1965 Olympics to the 2020 Olympics, participants will analyze Japan’s social and economic impact that the Olympics had and will have on the country.

12/1/2018 9:30 AM
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Sat, Dec 1
9:30 AM
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Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia

[Dance] January 4, 7:30 PM
             January 5, 7:30 PM

This year's festival (formerly known as the Contemporary Dance Showcase) continues with three revelatory and robust works from three countries. From Japan, Mitsutake Kasai performs butoh master Akira Kasai’s legendary piece Pollen Revolution. Hailed as “energetic and altogether wonderfully human” two decades ago, Sr. Kasai choreographs a revival of this eclectic dance for his son. From Taiwan, choreographed by emerging star Kuan-Hsiang Liu, Kids is a tribute to death and the choreographer's mother. Performed to voice recordings of Liu with his mother during her fight against cancer, this modern-day grief ritual is full of idiosyncratic motion and moments of serenity. From Korea, Silver Knife by Goblin Party delves into conflicting portrayals of female identity through the eloquently crafted movements of four women.
1/4/2019 to 1/5/2019
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Fri, Jan 4
7:30 PM
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Suicide Culture & its influences on Artists

[Performing Arts Talk] January 23, 7:30 PM

How has the subject of suicide been expressed through the arts, and what are some of the current statistical trends in Japan? Join us for this introspective look at suicide culture and how artists today are approaching the topic in their work with an expert scholar. Taiwanese-Japanese-American playwright Kristine Haruna Lee also joins to talk about the inspiration for her latest work Suicide Forest. Set partially against the backdrop of post-bubble 1990s Japan, the play explores how longstanding images and the symbolism behind suicide have permeated her own transcultural and social identities.
1/23/2019 7:30 PM
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Wed, Jan 23
7:30 PM
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Play Reading Series: 100 Years Stray

[Play Reading] February 4, 7:30 PM

Children go missing, meteors rain from the sky and a blue demon lurks just out of sight in Japanese playwright SaringROCK's 100 Years Stray, nominated for the prestigious Kishida Kunio Drama Award. New York-based director and theater-maker from Chicago Taylor Reynolds tackles this apocalyptic coming-of-age story in a staged reading that explores a fictional universe where extreme isolation is the norm and women no longer exist. Playwright SaringROCK joins in a post-performance Q&A with the audience and director.
2/4/2019 7:30 PM
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Mon, Feb 4
7:30 PM
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Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater

[Theater] February 28, 7:30 PM - PROGRAM A
               March 1, 7:30 PM - PROGRAM B
               March 2, 7:30 PM - PROGRAM A

Koryu Nishikawa, the fifth grand master of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, returns to NYC with four female-focused stories from classic literature: Kuzunoha, about a mother’s undying love for her child; Date Musume Koi Higanoko, which depicts a woman’s heroic sacrifice for her lover; Tsuri On’na, a comical piece about “fishing” for a wife; and Yugao, a new work from Nishikawa based on a story from The Tale of Genji, in which the jealous spirit of one of Genji’s lovers possesses a young woman he’s courting. Kuruma ningyo, literally meaning "puppets on wheels," refers to the company's unique technique in which the puppeteer sits atop a three-wheeled dolly, adding an element of dynamism and power to each character. Don’t miss this rare chance to see a full-scale production with chanters and shamisen players.
2/28/2019 to 3/2/2019
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Thu, Feb 28
7:30 PM
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[2-DAY] Master Class on Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry

[2-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] March 2, 1 PM
                                                         March 3, 11:30 AM

How has the subject of suicide been expressed through the arts, and what are some of the current statistical trends in Japan? Join us for this introspective look at suicide culture and how artists today are approaching the topic in their work with an expert scholar. Taiwanese-Japanese-American playwright Kristine Haruna Lee also joins to talk about the inspiration for her latest work Suicide Forest. Set partially against the backdrop of post-bubble 1990s Japan, the play explores how suicide narratives have permeated her own transcultural and social identities.
3/2/2019 1:00 PM
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Sat, Mar 2
1:00 PM
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[1-DAY] Master Class on Kuruma Ningyo Puppetry

[1-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] March 2, 1 PM
                                                         March 3, 11:30 AM


How has the subject of suicide been expressed through the arts, and what are some of the current statistical trends in Japan? Join us for this introspective look at suicide culture and how artists today are approaching the topic in their work with an expert scholar. Taiwanese-Japanese-American playwright Kristine Haruna Lee also joins to talk about the inspiration for her latest work Suicide Forest. Set partially against the backdrop of post-bubble 1990s Japan, the play explores how suicide narratives have permeated her own transcultural and social identities.

3/2/2019 to 3/3/2019
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Sat, Mar 2
1:00 PM
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Cross Transit

[Dance] March 22, 7:30 PM   
             March 23, 7:30 PM

How can Cambodia's past be preserved through the human body? Akiko Kitamura, internationally acclaimed Japanese dancer and founder/former choreographer of Leni-Basso dance company, tackles this challenge together with Cambodian visual artist/photographer Kim Hak. Ambitious yet poetic, Cross Transit is a multimedia dance piece in which Hak's video, photos, voice and personal experiences intertwine with Kitamura's bold, progressive choreography.
3/22/2019 to 3/23/2019
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Fri, Mar 22
7:30 PM
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You Took a Part of Me

[Dance] April 12, 7:30 PM
             April 13, 7:30 PM

You Took a Part of Me is a wired dance production with choreography by "punk ballerina" Karole Armitage for her five-member dance company. Loosely based on the noh play Nonomiya, it explores erotic entanglement, unresolved attachments and the search for harmony, all of which are hallmarks of noh drama. Set to live music by Reiko Yamada and Yuki Isami, the show embraces new technologies created by MIT Media Lab designers. The lead role, by Armitage's longtime collaborator Megumi Eda, highlights sinuous, seductive movement executed with ferocious intensity in a dream-like state.
4/12/2019 to 4/13/2019
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Fri, Apr 12
7:30 PM
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Ashita no Ma-Joe: Rocky Macbeth

[Theater] May 15, 7:30 PM
               May 16, 7:30 PM
               May 17, 7:30 PM
               May 18, 2:30 PM
               May 18, 8:30 PM

Yu Murai, founder of the Theater Company Kaimaku Pennant Race, cleverly retells Macbeth through the 1960s mega-hit manga Ashita no Joe, providing insight into how the tale of one young man's rise from delinquent to professional boxer parallels that of the Scottish king. Littered with reimaginings of famous scenes from both works, this production is sure to titillate Shakespeare and manga lovers alike. Murai uses the mythos surrounding the boxer Joe to create a nonsensical theatrical production that cheekily smashes together two worlds fraught with angst and ambition.
5/15/2019 to 5/18/2019
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7:30 PM
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