Family Workshops April 14
[Family Workshop] April 14, 2:30 PM
A Wagashi confectioner will lead families in making their own artistic Japanese sweets inspired by spring. Delicate, artisanal confections, wagashi are traditionally served as an accompaniment to the tea ceremony.
Recommended Shows (24)
Radicalism in the Wilderness
Delve into the radical experiments of artists from 1960s Japan who made groundbreaking contributions to the development of international postwar art in defiance of existing conventions. Little known in the U.S., artist Yutaka Matsuzawa and the two collectives The Play and GUN challenged established norms to expand the definition of visual art through language, performance, mail art, land art, and political art. Radicalism in the Wilderness surveys the range of their projects, at times colorful, imaginative, and playful, but also inextricably linked to complex social, political, and cultural issues of the turbulent and innovative 1960s.
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Next event3/19/2019 12:00 PM
The Allure of the Shamisen: A Japanese Musical Tradition
[Lecture] March 19, 6:30 PM
Played as accompaniment to kabuki plays and traditional puppet theater or by geisha, the three-stringed shamisen has been an integral part of traditional Japanese music for centuries. Janet Pocorobba, author of The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me, took a more unconventional path, apprenticing under her eccentric sensei while living abroad in Japan. At this talk, Pocorobba will discuss the history and features of the shamisen, illuminate her own journey learning to play this enigmatic Japanese instrument, and give a demo performance.
Next event3/19/2019 6:30 PM
[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.
Next event3/22/2019 7:30 PM
Clean House, Clear Mind: A Buddhist Monk's Wisdom
[Lecture] March 27, 6:30 PM
Clean your space, and your mind will follow. This is the wisdom Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto seeks to impart in his book, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind. Sweeping, polishing and tidying may seem like drudgery, but these everyday routines are considered spiritual practices in Buddhism, a reflection of our respect for and interdependence with the world around us. At this talk, Matsumoto explains how we can take cleaning from a chore to a contemplative practice, leading us down the path to inner peace.
Next event3/27/2019 6:30 PM
[Globus Film Series] April 5, 7 PM
In this directorial debut by Kiju Yoshida—a key figure of postwar Japanese cinema and the Shochiku New Wave along with Nagisa Oshima and Masahiro Shinoda—four bored college students decide to steal money from a company run by one of their fathers. In the process, the company secretary takes an interest in one of the aimless young men, in whom she senses some potential, and tries to change him. A representative work of the New Wave in its aesthetics and political overtones by one of its major filmmakers, Good-for-Nothing offers a complex perspective on class with cutting-edge direction and visual style.
Next event4/5/2019 7:00 PM
Shorts Program: New Wave Rarities
[Globus Film Series] April 6, 4:30 PM
Three rare short films by artists who played a leading role in the birth of the New Wave: Conversation Between Nail and Socks (1958), the first self-produced work by the Nihon University Film Study Club, directed by Katsumi Hirano and Hiroo Ko; Forgotten Land (1958), a documentary portraying the poverty-stricken area of Honshu’s northernmost region, directed by Shinkichi Noda, who led the Association of Documentary Filmmakers (Kiroku Eiga Sakka Kyokai); and Anpo Joyaku (1959) by Toshio Matsumoto, which captures the context of the 1960 Anpo Treaty and the whirlwind of debate surrounding it.
Next event4/6/2019 4:30 PM
The End of Love
[Globus Film Series] April 6, 7 PM
A leading postwar Japanese film critic and theorist who co-founded the seminal film magazine Eiga Hihyo (Film Criticism) in 1957, Eizo Yamagiwa made his directorial debut with this independent feature—long thought lost until a negative was recently discovered—about a group of idle bourgeois students known as the “Roppongi Tribe” (Roppongi zoku). Depicting the resignation and nihilism of the postwar generation in the years following the Anpo Treaty conflicts through a coming-of-age narrative, Yamagiwa offers sharp criticism of the prevalent characterizations of Japan's new youth offered by Nikkatsu's taiyozoku (“Sun Tribe”) films and the New Wave at large.
Next event4/6/2019 7:00 PM
Connoisseurship: The Art of Earth & Fire
[Gallery Event] April 9, 6 PM
For centuries, Japanese potters have transformed humble materials—clay, ash and fire—into magnificent works of art, a tradition that continues to this day with the work of some of Japan’s most innovative artists. Join clay arts expert and gallery Joan Mirviss for this hands-on seminar navigating the intricacies of Japan’s functional and sculptural ceramic arts. Master topics as diverse as the history and development of ceramics, cutting-edge contemporary design and production, and the refined arts of handling, presentation, care and storage.
Next event4/9/2019 6:00 PM
Bassen Textile Dyeing
[Workshop] April 10, 6:30 PM
Discover the traditional Japanese textile printing process of bassen, or discharge dyeing. At this hands-on workshop, Ruri Kippenbrock, founder of tenugui retailer Wuhao New York, teaches the basics of bassen, using a variety of stencils with traditional Japanese spring motifs to decorate your own tenugui cloth.
Next event4/10/2019 6:30 PM
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.
Next event4/12/2019 7:30 PM
Creative Play April 14
[Creative Play] April 14, 1 PM
Enjoy a playtime picnic and under a fantastical indoor cherry blossom tree. Make your own magic growing sakura tree to take home! In Japan, the tradition of hanami, the viewing of cherry blossoms, and picnicking beneath them, is one of the best ways to welcome spring.
Next event4/14/2019 1:00 PM
Making Soba: A Japanese Culinary Treasure
[Lecture] April 17, 6:30 PM
Japanese soba noodles require a highly skilled hand; the chef must even take into account factors like humidity and room temperature before preparing the buckwheat flour dough and hand-cutting the noodles. Soba noodle chef Shuichi Kotani, Founder & CEO of Worldwide-Soba, Inc., takes pride in making artisanal fresh soba from scratch. At this talk, Kotani divulges his secrets for making authentic soba, gives tips on how to best enjoy this nutrient-dense noodle and gives an on-stage noodle-making demonstration.
Next event4/17/2019 6:30 PM
Artist's Vision: Alfredo Jaar on Japanese Conceptual Art & Artists
[Gallery Talk] April 18, 6:30 PM
Alfredo Jaar is a New York-based artist, architect and filmmaker whose work has been shown extensively around the world. Jaar has participated in the Venice Biennale, São Paulo as well as Documenta in Kassel. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987) and a MacArthur "genius" grant (2000), and was awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018. Jaar will speak about his work and vision in relationship to the exhibition Radicalism in the Wilderness.
Next event4/18/2019 6:30 PM
The Age of Our Own
[Globus Film Series] April 20, 4:30 PM
This controversial film by director Koreyoshi Kurahara is based on a story by Nobel Prize-winning author Kenzaburo Oe, adapted by Yoshio Shirasaka, a prolific writer who scripted masterpieces under every major Japanese production company (including Yasuzo Masumura’s 1958 film Giants and Toys at Daiei studios). A college student seeks to study abroad in France to escape his daily troubles in Japan only to be met with endless frustration and ultimately forced to live an aimless life of disillusionment. Among Nikkatsu's most political films, The Age of Our Own reveals a complex, multi-faceted reaction to the anti-Anpo struggle and its contexts.
Next event4/20/2019 4:30 PM
The Warped Ones
[Globus Film Series] April 20, 7 PM
The game-changing experimentation of Nikkatsu taiyozoku
(“Sun Tribe”) films like Ko Nakahira’s Crazed Fruit
(1956) and Toshio Masuda’s Perfect Game
(1958) paved the way for this representative work of the studio’s New Wave by Koreyoshi Kurahara
. A jazz-obsessed delinquent and a reckless sex worker are released from juvenile detention and wreak havoc on everyone in their paths, including the newspaper reporter who got them arrested and his bourgeois artist fiancée. Kurahara’s indelible portrait of amoral youth features striking high-contrast black and white compositions, bold camera movements and a propulsive jazz score, anchored by Tamio Kawachi
’s mesmerizingly feral performance.
Next event4/20/2019 7:00 PM
Blood is Dry
[Globus Film Series] April 23, 7 PM
Kiju Yoshida's second film for Shochiku is a fierce critique of mass media, advertising and capitalist consumerism. When his employers announce massive layoffs, a salaryman takes a gun to his head in a plea for mercy on behalf of his colleagues only to unwittingly become the center of an insurance company’s advertising campaign that exploits his desperate gesture for profit and markets him as a hero. Paired with Nagisa Oshima’s Night and Fog in Japan (1960) as a double bill, both films were pulled from theaters days after opening due to the politically motivated censorship of Oshima’s allegedly inflammatory film.
Next event4/23/2019 7:00 PM
The Samurai Vagabonds
[Globus Film Series] April 26, 7 PM
Virtually unknown outside of (and even within) Japan, this Shochiku New Wave gem is set in a mining bunkhouse wherein a woman who survives a double suicide becomes entwined in a peculiar relationship with her dead lover's brother, a killer on the run. Another significant yet overlooked progenitor of the New Wave’s theoretical and formal ideals, Tsutomu Tamura only made this one film as a director before leaving Shochiku to create an independent production company with Nagisa Oshima and write scripts for many of the renown director’s films, including The Catch (1961), Violence at Noon (1966) and Boy (1969).
Next event4/26/2019 7:00 PM
The Tragedy of Bushido
[Globus Film Series] April 27, 5 PM
Written and directed by newcomer Eitaro Morikawa for Shochiku’s Kyoto studio, The Tragedy of Bushido is the first jidaigeki period drama produced by the New Wave. After a clan lord dies, a young samurai in 17th century Japan is forced to follow him in death through ritual suicide in accordance with an archaic bushido custom. Drawing a connection between the oppressive values of absolute fealty within the samurai moral code and the bureaucratic political systems of postwar Japan that continued to place priority on obedience and obligation over individual freedoms, Morikawa gave birth to a new kind of post-Anpo jidaigeki.
Next event4/27/2019 5:00 PM
Only She Knows
[Globus Film Series] April 27, 7 PM
The debut film by Osamu Takahashi, assistant director on Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953) and a Shochiku New Wave leading figure who launched the film journal Shichinin (The Seven) with his circle of fellow assistant directors (including Nagisa Oshima and Kiju Yoshida). A young woman is attacked by a serial rapist and murderer whom her detective father (played by Ozu regular Chishu Ryu) is investigating. Though she survives, the impact of the event creates increasing discord and agony for her and her loved ones. After this auspicious debut, Takahashi went on to make a couple more films for Shochiku before going independent and eventually becoming well-known as a novelist.
Next event4/27/2019 7:00 PM
Creative Play May 12
[Creative Play] May 12, 1 PM
Experience the Japanese legend of carp fish who used their bravery to swim to the top of a waterfall to eventually become dragons. Play with carp and dragon puppets and an imaginary waterfall, and make your own carp to take home! Koinobori (carp streamers) are commonly flown above the roofs of kids’ houses for Children’s Day in May.
Next event5/12/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops May 12
[Family Workshop] May 12, 2:30 PM
Learn about The Way of Tea as you participate in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony.
Next event5/12/2019 2:30 PM
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.
Next event5/15/2019 7:30 PM
Creative Play June 9
[Creative Play] June 9, 1 PM
Listen to a story about Sports Day and play some unique Japanese sports day games like tamaire, and the silly pan-kui kyoso to win prizes! Communities and schools across Japan celebrate Sports Day with a sports festival which is similar to a mini Olympics.
Next event6/9/2019 1:00 PM
Family Workshops June 9
[Family Workshop] June 9, 2:30 PM
Learn how to fold your own origami creations and watch a giant origami folding demo!
Next event6/9/2019 2:30 PM