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 event11/12/2019 12:00 PM
Kengo Kuma: Vision of Architecture beyond 2020
[Gallery Talk] November 12, 3 PM
World-renowned architect Kengo Kuma takes inspiration from nature and natural materials in a modernistic approach that explores the recovery and revitalization of the traditional aesthetics of Japanese architecture. The New National Stadium in Tokyo, on which he is working jointly with Taisei Corporation and Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd., is unveiled in our current exhibition, Made in Tokyo: Architecture and Living, 1964/2020. Kuma will share his recent projects and dynamic vision beyond 2020 through his holistic approach in creating architecture in harmony with the environment towards a new quality of living.
Next event11/12/2019 3:00 PM
Taiten: Noh & Kyogen PERFORMANCE ONLY
[Traditional Theater] November 14, 7:30 PM
November 15, 7:30 PM
November 16, 7:30 PM
Rarely performed in the last century, Taiten is a modern noh play that was created to celebrate the Taisho emperor's enthronement in 1912. In recognition of the arrival of the Reiwa era under Emperor Naruhito, Kurouemon Katayama X, a renowned noh actor and scion of the Kyoto Kanze Association, remounts this historic noh play. Per tradition, the noh play is paired with a comedic kyogen piece. Noritoshi Yamamoto from the prestigious Yamamoto Tojiro Family performs Kagyu (The Snail), one of the most popular pieces from the traditional kyogen repertoire.
Next event11/14/2019 7:30 PM
Taiten: Noh & Kyogen PERFORMANCE & SOIREE
[Traditional Theater] November 14, 7:30 PM
November 15, 7:30 PM
November 16, 7:30 PM
Rarely performed in the last century, Taiten is a modern noh play that was created to celebrate the Taisho emperor's enthronement in 1912. In recognition of the arrival of the Reiwa era under Emperor Naruhito,
Kurouemon Katayama X , a renowned noh actor and scion of the Kyoto Kanze Association, remounts this historic noh play. Per tradition, the noh play is paired with a comedic kyogen piece. Noritoshi Yamamoto from the prestigious Yamamoto Tojiro Family performs Kagyu (The Snail), one of the most popular pieces from the traditional kyogen repertoire.
Next event11/14/2019 7:30 PM
The Basics of Noh
[1-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] November 15, 1 PM
Learn basic movements from one of Japan’s most distinguished theatrical traditions that has been passed down for over 600 years. Led by noh actors from the renowned Kyoto Kanze Association, the workshop will focus on noh’s stylized movements. Enjoy a rare chance to view noh masks and costumes up close as the actors share their expertise and knowledge on this centuries old tradition.
Next event11/15/2019 1:00 PM
The Basics of Kyogen
[1-DAY Performing Arts Workshop] November 16, 1 PM
Known for their rigid preservation of this art form’s dignified style, members of the prestigious Yamamoto Tojiro Family of the Okura School of Kyogen will teach the exaggerated gestures and voice work needed to perform kyogen—noh’s comedic cousin. Participants will learn the school’s disciplined sense of physicality as well as hallmark phrases that are spoken by feudal lords and their vassals.
Next event11/16/2019 1:00 PM
Lost in Translation
[Film] November 19, 7 PM
Nearly two decades on, Sofia Coppola’s early aughts classic starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson—about an aging movie star who develops an unexpectedly intimate bond with a young newlywed while they are both staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Shinjuku—continues to be a touchstone of 21st century Western representations of Tokyo on film.
Next event11/19/2019 7:00 PM
Get to Know Nagano: The Home of Nature, History, & Sports
[Lecture] November 20, 6:30 PM
Nestled in the mountains of central Japan, Nagano Prefecture is admired for its many beautiful natural and historical landmarks. A striking black-and-white structure, and the oldest of its kind, Matsumoto Castle is considered a National Treasure. Even long after the 1998 Winter Games, Nagano remains the go-to destination for winter sports in Japan. The region is recognized for its unique cuisine and pristine waters, including rich Shinshu soba, flavorful oyaki dumplings and succulent fruit. At this talk, discover the unique characteristics and rich history of this unforgettable region with Nagano Governor Shuichi Abe.
Next event11/20/2019 6:30 PM
Mizuhiki: Japanese Embellishment Cords
[Workshop] November 21, 2 PM
Stiff, yet flexible, mizuhiki is a strong cord derived from washi paper. Traditionally used in Japan to decorate gifts, mizuhiki is now finding new life in a variety of ways. While still used as embellishments for gifts, mizuhiki is becoming a popular way to accessorize just about anything! Mizuhiki can be twisted into beautiful knots that will add a traditional element to gifts, phone cases, or even hair. Iida, located in Nagano prefecture, has long been a source of mizuhiki cords for all of Japan. At this workshop, an instructor from Kinoshita Mizuhiki in Iida will explore the history of this special cord, and demonstrate all the fun, interesting ways to use mizuhiki.
Next event11/21/2019 2:00 PM
Shichimi Making: Spice of Japan
[Workshop] November 21, 6:30 PM
Spicy, earthy, and a little sweet, shichimi togarashi is a common spice mixture that will add flavor to a wide variety of dishes. This versatile seasoning gained popularity in the Edo period for its medicinal properties, but quickly became a staple in Japanese cuisine. Though found all over Japan, shichimi's flavor profile varies from region to region. At this workshop, Yuki Muroga from Yawataya Isogoro in Nagano will explain the history, preparation and variety of shichimi, and participants will measure and mix their own unique shichimi blend using authentic and high quality ingredients.
Next event11/21/2019 6:30 PM
[Film] November 22, 7 PM
A largely forgotten gem of ’80s American independent cinema by Fran Rubel Kuzui, Tokyo Pop takes us on a breezy tour through bubble era Tokyo, replete with tongue-in-cheek nods to the city’s American-influenced pop culture, with the story of a New York rock ‘n’ roll singer who dreams of making it big in Japan.
Next event11/22/2019 7:00 PM
[Film] November 23, 2 PM
Of the several works French filmmaker Chris Marker made in Japan, this singular essay film that ruminates on memory and time remains the late director’s greatest achievement. An unnamed woman narrates the poetic letters and philosophical reflections of an invisible world traveler whose richest observations are inspired by the people, streets, malls and temples of Tokyo.
Next event11/23/2019 2:00 PM
[Film] November 23, 4:30 PM
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 event11/23/2019 4:30 PM
Fear and Trembling (Stupeur et tremblements)
[Film] November 23, 7 PM
Adapted from Amélie Nothomb’s semi-autobiographical novel by French director Alain Corneau, Fear and Trembling is a sardonic depiction of Japanese corporate culture and gender relations told from a Western perspective that comically (and unbelievably) imagines modern Japan as a closed country still operating under a severe bushido code.
Next event11/23/2019 7:00 PM
Tora-san Meets His Lordship
[Film] December 6, 7 PM
After feeling insulted by his family yet again, Tora-san leaves Shibamata for the city of Ozu in Shikoku where he has a chance meeting with the descendent of a local daimyo (feudal lord). Lonely and in the last years of his life, the Lord seeks to reconcile with his deceased son’s wife Mariko (Kyoko Maya) whom he has never met and is living somewhere in Tokyo. Moved, Tora-san takes on the near-impossible task of finding Mariko and benefits from a previous act of kindness.
Next event12/6/2019 7:00 PM
[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
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
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
Fuminori Nousaku + Mio Tsuneyama Architectural New Wave: Lives in Creative Ruins
[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
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