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Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda

[Lecture]
February 21, 6:30 PM

Godzilla, Mothra, The Mysterians — Japan’s most celebrated monster movies and sci-fi classics were brought to the screen by filmmaker Ishiro Honda. A long-overlooked talent, Honda is now considered one of the most influential directors of Japanese cinematic history, wowing audiences with fantastical special effects while expressing the anxieties of Japan’s postwar reality. At this talk, Steve Ryfle, noted scholar of Japanese science fiction cinema and author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, draws back the curtain on the man behind the monsters.


2/21/2018 6:30 PM
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Wed, Feb 21
6:30 PM
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Ghosts of the Tsunami: Seven Years After 3/11

[Lecture] March 1, 6:30 PM

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 was one of the country’s most catastrophic natural disasters, and the impact of the disaster is still being felt even seven years later. Best-selling author and foreign correspondent for The Times of London, Richard Lloyd Parry, reported from the disaster zone for six years following the devastation. Parry joins us to discuss his latest work, Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone, a revealing investigation into the hauntings and mysteries of a town hit especially hard by the tragedy.

3/1/2018 6:30 PM
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Thu, Mar 1
6:30 PM
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Yojimbo (1961)

[Monthly Classics] March 2, 7 PM 

In writing about Akira Kurosawa's scruffy samurai classic starring the iconic Toshiro Mifune, preeminent Japanese film historian Donald Richie matter-of-factly states, "Yojimbo is the best-filmed of any of Kurosawa's pictures." A masterclass in widescreen framing and composition, the black-and-white cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (and second unit cameraman Takao Saito) maximizes the film's minimal set, mostly consisting of a small town's dusty main road, with ingenious use of deep focus and wide angle lenses. Hugely influential in style and subject, Yojimbo went on to inspire a number of reworkings, including Sergio Leone's career-catapulting western A Fistful of Dollars.
3/2/2018 7:00 PM
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Fri, Mar 2
7:00 PM
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[5 SESSION COURSE] Japan 1600-1900: From Tokugawa Shogunate to Global Power

[Educator Program] 5-session course
March 3, 9 AM - 4 PM
March 16, 6 PM - 8 PM
April 21, 9 AM - 4 PM
April 22, 9 AM - 4 PM
May 13, 9 AM - 2 PM

This 25-hour / 5 session professional development course examines historical experiences in Japan during the Tokugawa period (1600-1867) and gives an introduction to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) as Japan underwent an amazing transformation from a relatively isolated, fragmented land to a modern nation central to the development of world events. This two-credit course will provide participants with the resources and skills to create and refine lesson plans for the middle school and high school social studies, literature, Global History and Geography, and arts classroom.


 

3/3/2018 9:00 AM
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Sat, Mar 3
9:00 AM
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[Session 1] Japan 1600-1900: March 3, 9 AM - 4PM


[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #1

Creating Peace: 17th Century Japan
The morning session will focus on how Japan was transformed from a land in constant warfare to a country at peace with a stable political system. Participants will explore the Tokugawa Shogunate’s control of the vassals, along with its control of rural and urban areas and Buddhist temples. The growth of commerce and the management of the economy will also be
addressed.

Building a Culture: 17th Century Japan
The afternoon session will examine Confucianism in the early Tokugawa Period, including the spread of Neo-Confucianism ideals. Participants will examine original documents on the varieties of Tokugawa Confucianism and political action, education for children, death and samurai, national learning and the revival of Shintoism.

3/3/2018 9:00 AM
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Sat, Mar 3
9:00 AM
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Doll Festival: Hinamatsuri

[Family Event] March 4, 2-4 PM

Wish for the health and happiness of young girls with songs and festival-related food while learning about and enjoying displays of intricately decorated Hinamatsuri dolls. Make your own doll and try your hand at playing the koto! Both girls and boys are welcome to participate.
3/4/2018 2:00 PM
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Sun, Mar 4
2:00 PM
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Morning Meditation - Session 1

[Meditation] March 13, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
3/13/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Mar 13
11:00 AM
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Kumihimo: Japanese Decorative Braiding

[Workshop] March 13, 6:30 PM

The beautiful Japanese craft of kumihimo, in which fabric cords are interlaced into an intricate braid, has been incorporated into Japanese fashion for centuries, from kimono accessories to samurai armor lacing. The design possibilities are endless, depending on the color, thickness and number of cords used. This traditional Japanese braiding recently gained renewed attention around the world thanks to the popular animated film Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa). At this workshop, join us to make your own one-of-a-kind kumihimo creation with mixed media artist Amanda Hu.
3/13/2018 6:30 PM
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Tue, Mar 13
6:30 PM
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How Hasegawa Tohaku Conquered the Art World

[Gallery Lecture] March 16, 6 PM

This lecture by exhibition co-supervisor Prof. Miyeko Murase, Professor Emerita, Columbia University, inaugurates A Giant Leap, the first exhibition in the U.S. to focus on the acclaimed 16th-century artistic trailblazer, Hasegawa Tōhaku. Join Dr. Murase, who conceived the exhibition, as she reveals the contemporary relevance of Tōhaku and his dramatic transformation from a provincial upstart to the leading painter of his age.
3/16/2018 6:00 PM
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Fri, Mar 16
6:00 PM
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[Session 2] Japan 1600 - 1900: March 16, 6 PM - 8 PM

[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #2

The Flowering of the Arts in Tokugawa Japan
During this session, participants will have the opportunity to engage with artifacts in the exhibition “A Giant Leap,” hosted at Japan Society, as well as engage with academics involved with the study of traditional Japanese aesthetics. This discussion will provide insights to Tokugawa Period art, and the way in which the Tokugawa Shogunate sought to represent itself and its policies to the country. Particular attention will be given to the role of Hasegawa Tohaku (founder of the Hasegawa School of painting and leading master of Japan’s artisans).

3/16/2018 6:00 PM
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Fri, Mar 16
6:00 PM
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Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

[Gallery Lecture] March 18, 11 AM

The toxic sap from the lacquer tree has been used to make objects resilient and beautiful in East Asia for several thousand years. Until the modern period, lacquer was principally used for articles of daily or ceremonial use, such as wine vessels and document cases. In the early 1950s, artists revolutionized this utilitarian tradition by creating the first sculptures made from lacquer. Join Andreas Marks, Curator and Department Head, Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, as he discusses a small but enterprising circle of artists, all born since 1959, who have pushed the medium in entirely new directions.
3/18/2018 11:00 AM
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Sun, Mar 18
11:00 AM
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Morning Meditation - Session 2

[Meditation] March 20, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
3/20/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Mar 20
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Natto: Japan's Probiotic Superfood

[Lecture] March 21, 6:30 PM

Natto, a sticky concoction of fermented soybeans known for its numerous health benefits and distinctive smell and texture, is a staple in Japan. Chock-full of probiotics, this Japanese superfood is also vegan, gluten-free, and a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals. At this talk, microbiologist and natto maker Ann Yonetani, founder of Brooklyn-based NYrture Food, dishes on her favorite ways to prepare natto, examines both traditional and novel culinary pairings, and breaks down the food science behind this soybean sensation.
3/21/2018 6:30 PM
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Wed, Mar 21
6:30 PM
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Play Reading Series: Manhood

[Play Reading] March 26, 7:30 PM

Written by Hideto Iwai, the winner of the prestigious Kishida Kunio Award for Drama, Manhood follows the twisted turns in the lives of four men as their boyish posse faces the harsh realities of adulthood and old age. Sarah Hughes, a New York local and emerging theater director, leads her gender swapped cast in this off-kilter depiction of Japanese “bro culture.” Playwright Iwai joins in a post-performance Q&A with the audience and director.
3/26/2018 7:30 PM
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Mon, Mar 26
7:30 PM
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Morning Meditation - Session 3

[Meditation] March 27, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
3/27/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Mar 27
11:00 AM
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Morning Meditation - Session 4

[Meditation] April 3, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
4/3/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Apr 3
11:00 AM
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Ugetsu (1953)

[Monthly Classics] April 6, 7 PM

This new 4K restoration of Kenji Mizoguchi's towering masterpiece offers viewers an opportunity to appreciate the nuance of cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa's exquisite images. A haunting and elegant fable about the illusory nature of desire set during the civils wars of Japan's 16th century, Ugetsu seamlessly weaves reality and fantasy together with painterly images that unfurl like scenes from an emaki scroll. Among the film's many breathtaking moments, the waterfront picnic between a potter and the ghost of a noblewoman is reportedly the only scene Miyagawa shot for Mizoguchi (out of eight total films) for which the famously stone-faced director complimented him.
4/6/2018 7:00 PM
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Fri, Apr 6
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Morning Meditation - Session 5

[Meditation] April 10, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
4/10/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Apr 10
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Japanese Green Tea 101: From Matcha to Sakura Sencha

[Lecture] April 12, 6:30 PM

Matcha, sencha, gyokuro, hojicha — how many kinds of Japanese green tea do you know? At this talk, Rona Tison, tea expert and Exec. Vice President of ITO EN North America, the global leaders of green tea, will take you through the fundamentals of this invigorating beverage. Learn how to best brew and drink the teas, the health benefits you may expect, and the new trends in the world of tea. Watch live as Tison demonstrates the delicate artistry of the Japanese tea brewing process and how to pair green teas with wagashi sweets. It's time to embrace the arrival of spring with a little green... tea!
4/12/2018 6:30 PM
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Thu, Apr 12
6:30 PM
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Morning Meditation - Session 6

[Meditation] April 17, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
4/17/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Apr 17
11:00 AM
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The Way of Whisky

[Lecture] April 19, 6:30 PM

What makes Japanese whisky "Japanese?" That is the question award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom set out to answer in his book, The Way of Whisky. Broom's journey took him to whisky distilleries across Japan, where he uncovered how Japanese craftsmanship, customs and nature combine to make these fine whiskies so unique. Join us to discover the subtle characteristics of this finely crafted spirit and the role Japan's traditional arts play in its production and appreciation. Moderated by Noah Rothbaum, editor of The Daily Beast's Drink + Food section.
4/19/2018 6:30 PM
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Thu, Apr 19
6:30 PM
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[Session 3] Japan 1600 - 1900: April 21, 9 AM - 4 PM

[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #3

Economic and Cultural Transformations and Political Stagnation

The morning session will examine and explore how transformations in Japan’s economic system related to the creation of an increased cultural identity. Participants will review the varieties of Tokugawa Confucianism, and will examine how Confucianism was linked to political action. The session will focus on the educational practices of young people during this time, a growing knowledge of the West, and Shinto revival. Special emphasis will also be placed on the food culture of the Tokugawa period, with a hands-on opportunity to engage with the preparation, presentation (and possibly the consumption) of related food.
 
National Learning and the Literary and Theatre Arts
The afternoon session will examine Japanese poetry and the literature of the Tokugawa and Meiji era. Participants will explore the historical backgrounds of such writers as Matsuo Basho (the most famous poet of the Tokugawa Period), and literary connections to the theater arts of Noh and Kabuki. In addition, participants will examine Meiji authors, including Natsume Soseki, Akutagawa Ryunosuke and others.
4/21/2018 9:00 AM
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Sat, Apr 21
9:00 AM
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[Session 4] Japan 1600 - 1900: April 22, 9 AM - 4 PM

[Educator Program] Individually priced session #4

Decline of the Tokugawa System and Integration into the Global  System: 1800-1882

The morning session will examine the decay of the Tokugawa system, including the bakufu system and shogun, and the debates that centered on the opening of Japan. Attention will be given to the landing of Townsend Harris in Shimoda, Japan; the Treaty of Amity and Commerce (or the “Harris Treaty of 1858”); the disputes of succession in Japan’s Imperial Line; and the move toward restoration.


Meiji Era Reforms and Transformation
In the afternoon session, participants will continue to explore the foundations of early Meiji government and the move toward a centralization of power. They will examine the Iwakura Mission, and the insights Japan sought to obtain from the US and UK in the areas of industry, politics, military and education. The session will review political inequalities and the rights of people, the making of the Meiji constitution and the (Imperial) Rescript on Education.
 
4/22/2018 9:00 AM
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Sun, Apr 22
9:00 AM
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Morning Meditation - Session 7

[Meditation] April 24, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
4/24/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, Apr 24
11:00 AM
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The Path to Enlightenment: Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma

[Lecture] April 24, 6:30 PM

Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma
is one of the only people alive to have completed two of the most difficult ascetic practices in the Shugendo Buddhist tradition. The Omine Thousand Day Circumambulation Practice is a sacred journey to enlightenment. For one thousand days, Shionuma ascended 4,000 feet up to the summit of Japan's Mt. Omine, then back down again, traversing rocky terrain, battling the elements, and marching on despite injury or illness. After finishing this strenuous training, he went on to complete the Four Deprivations — nine days straight without food, water, sleep or even lying down. Shionuma, who earned the exalted title of Dai Ajari and went on to found Jigenji temple, joins us to share the life lessons he learned on his journey to awakening.
4/24/2018 6:30 PM
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Tue, Apr 24
6:30 PM
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Morning Meditation - Session 8

[Meditation] May 1, 11 AM

Many of Hasegawa Tōhaku's greatest masterpieces were made for Buddhist temples, originally created as sliding room dividers (fusuma) and multipanel screens (byōbu). Practice the art of meditation with screens in our North Gallery in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan. Following this respite, continue your journey with complimentary admission to the exhibition.
5/1/2018 11:00 AM
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Tue, May 1
11:00 AM
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[Session 5] Japan 1600 - 1900: May 13, 9 AM - 2 PM

[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #5

Creating a National Culture & Becoming a World Power: 1881-1900
Participants will examine the political rise of Japan through the Meiji Restoration, including a review of the making of the constitution, the centralization of state power, Japan’s connections to other Asian neighbors, the establishment of first Prime Minister, and the founding of large-scale corporations that would impact the economic rise and prosperity of Japan.
5/13/2018 9:00 AM
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Sun, May 13
9:00 AM
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Rest in Peace, New York

[Public Forum] May 14, 7:30 PM

Internationally known performance artist and artistic director of the experimental theater company YUBIWA HOTEL, Shirotama Hitsujiya, returns to New York for a residency and public forum focused on the experiences of Vietnamese women who have immigrated to this megacity. In continuing her project collecting the oral histories of Southeast Asian women, Hitsujiya will delve into New York’s vibrant Vietnamese community and present her findings in a roundtable discussion with local female theater artists. Join us in this exploration of what theater can do for immigrant communities and for progressing the female voice.


 

5/14/2018 7:30 PM
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Mon, May 14
7:30 PM
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Koto & Shamisen - A Contemporary Spin on Traditional Instruments

[Concert] May 24, 7:30 PM

New York’s own koto and shamisen masters Yumi Kurosawa and Yoko Reikano Kimura present an evening of contemporary and classical selections that breathe life into these traditional Japanese instruments. Interspersed with duets featuring the cello and tabla, travel through time and around the world with these exquisite string instruments in a concert that marks the first performance together for these two resident Japanese musicians.
5/24/2018 7:30 PM
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Thu, May 24
7:30 PM
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