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  • Shigeru Ban’s Goal: A Balancing Act of Architecture and Social Contribution
    and his innovative works An innovator in sustainable and environmentally friendly architecture Ban s designs often use locally available materials such as recyclable cardboard paper tubes for columns walls and beams These materials are inexpensive and easy to transport mount and dismantle and they can also be water and fire proofed and recycled Ban believes that his Japanese upbringing helps account for his wish to waste no materials In this lecture Ban will explore how he balances his artful works with the needs of local communities This program is moderated by Rick Bell Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Followed by a reception This event is SOLD OUT A wait list will begin one hour prior to the lecture at the Box Office Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat eNews Sign up Stay informed about all Japan Society programs and events Subscribe Now Visitor Information Location 333 East 47th Street New York NY 10017 Box Office Hours Monday 12 6 PM Tuesday Thursday 11 6 PM Friday 11 AM 9 PM Weekends during exhibitions 11 AM 5 PM Box Office 212 715 1258 Check our Visit page for current weekend hours Gallery Hours Japan Society Gallery is currently closed for installation of our spring exhibition In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3 11 Business Hours Monday Friday 9 30 AM 5 30 PM Japan Society will be closed February 13 14 15 20 21 and March 5 Phone 212 832 1155 Box Office 212 715 1258 Map and Contact Information Stay Connected

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  • Kawaii Meets Art and Fashion: An Evening with Sebastian Masuda
    of Anthropology at Columbia University who has written widely on Japanese modernity mass culture and aesthetics Her publications range from studies of popular theater folk religion and media to essays on Japanese photography and art including the work of Yoshitomo Nara Her current work is concerned with the relationship of Japanese art and politics in the aftermath of 3 11 Followed by a reception Tickets 12 8 Japan Society members students seniors 6 DOKIDOKI items for sale at the event A monumental sculpture by Masuda entitled Time After Time Capsule will be on view from April 29 to mid September 2015 dates subject to change in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street and 2nd Avenue just half a block from Japan Society Time After Time Capsule is part of an ongoing multi city participatory project with like capsules displayed last year in Miami this year in New York and Amsterdam and future cities currently under consideration In each location the artist plans a series of children and family workshops collaborating with the project s community to create colorful objects using their personal items and cute objects from 6 DOKIDOKI The objects created by the participants will be inserted into the capsule sculpture coloring the work as more items are added throughout the duration of the installation All will be united in 2020 in Tokyo to mark the Tokyo Olympics bringing together the contained memories from all the participating cities Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat eNews Sign up Stay informed about all Japan Society programs and events Subscribe Now Visitor

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  • Taste of Home Series Flipping Out: Okonomiyaki
    Brief Masaharu Morimoto Legendary Iron Chef and Okonomiyaki Ambassador Masaharu Morimoto will be joined by Chef Yoshio Saito author of Okonomiyaki Japanese Comfort Food to discuss the history and appeal of okonomiyaki a Western influenced savory Japanese pancake made with a wide variety of ingredients Evolved from a traditional Japanese tea ceremony confection distinct regional styles of okonomiyaki can be sampled throughout Japan from festival stalls to specialty restaurants The lecture concludes with Okonomiyaki Academy Master Chef Shigenori Matsumoto preparing this iconic and beloved Japanese dish in a live demonstration Followed by a tasting reception Tickets 16 12 Japan Society members students seniors This event is sponsored by Otafuku Sauce Co Ltd Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat eNews Sign up Stay informed about all Japan Society programs and events Subscribe Now Visitor Information Location 333 East 47th Street New York NY 10017 Box Office Hours Monday 12 6 PM Tuesday Thursday 11 6 PM Friday 11 AM 9 PM Weekends during exhibitions 11 AM 5 PM Box Office 212 715 1258 Check our Visit page for current weekend hours Gallery Hours Japan Society Gallery is currently closed for installation of our spring exhibition In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3 11 Business Hours Monday Friday 9 30 AM 5 30 PM Japan Society will be closed February 13 14 15 20 21 and March 5 Phone 212 832 1155 Box Office 212 715 1258 Map and Contact Information Stay Connected Blog Facebook Twitter YouTube Support Japan Society Become a Member Make a Donation Corporate Membership Corporate Sponsorship About

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  • Meet the Author: An Evening with Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine
    during their WWII internment written from the perspectives of each of the four family members She is joined by an award winning author Samuel G Freedman a columnist for The New York Times and a professor at Columbia University and actress Aya Ogawa who will perform an on stage reading When the Emperor Was Divine has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for inclusion in their The Big Read program Tickets 12 8 Japan Society members students seniors Stories from the War Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII Japan Society presents the Society wide series Stories from the War Encompassing theater performances film screenings lectures panels and educational opportunities for young people programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U S and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan United States Friendship Commission Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat eNews Sign up Stay informed about all Japan Society programs and events Subscribe Now Visitor Information Location 333 East 47th Street New York NY 10017 Box Office Hours Monday 12 6 PM Tuesday Thursday 11 6 PM Friday 11 AM 9 PM Weekends during exhibitions 11 AM 5 PM Box Office 212 715 1258 Check our Visit page for current weekend hours Gallery Hours Japan Society Gallery is currently closed for installation of our spring exhibition In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3 11 Business Hours Monday Friday 9 30 AM 5 30 PM

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  • Shake Up Your Valentine's Day: Romantic Sake Cocktails
    this hands on workshop led by certified sake sommelier Chris Johnson Whether solo or with a date you ll leave with the skills and recipes to shake up your Valentine s Day menu Participants will learn about the varieties of sake that exist and how they can fit into any mixologists cocktail making repertoire especially for this time of the year Under Chris s guidance each participant will mix and enjoy several Valentine s Day themed sake cocktails and receive a cocktail making kit to take home after the workshop Participants must be at least 21 years old Tickets 69 64 Japan Society members ticket includes cocktails snacks cocktail making kit Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat eNews Sign up Stay informed about all Japan Society programs and events Subscribe Now Visitor Information Location 333 East 47th Street New York NY 10017 Box Office Hours Monday 12 6 PM Tuesday Thursday 11 6 PM Friday 11 AM 9 PM Weekends during exhibitions 11 AM 5 PM Box Office 212 715 1258 Check our Visit page for current weekend hours Gallery Hours Japan Society Gallery is currently closed for installation of our spring exhibition In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3 11 Business Hours Monday Friday 9 30 AM 5 30 PM Japan Society will be closed February 13 14 15 20 21 and March 5 Phone 212 832 1155 Box Office 212 715 1258 Map and Contact Information Stay Connected Blog Facebook Twitter YouTube Support Japan Society Become a Member Make a Donation Corporate Membership Corporate Sponsorship About Overview

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  • Architecture for Spirituality: Ise Grand Shrine and La Sagrada Família
    World Federation Member of the Administration of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology General Director of the National Federation of Hachiman Shrines Etsuro Sotoo was born in Fukuoka in 1953 After receiving a degree in Beaux Arts from Kyoto University he worked as an art teacher in Kyoto and Osaka for one year Since he was a small boy Mr Sotoo had been quite clear about what he wanted to do in life to carve stone And so he decided to come to Europe because that is where the culture of stone is most alive In 1978 he began to work as a sculptor in the construction of the Sagrada Familia s Expiratory Temple Of the sculpture works Mr Sotoo has done fifteen of them are found in the Sagrada Familia s Nativity façade which was started by Gaudi himself and finished in 2000 By 2005 it was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO being the only cathedral façade with this title Mr Sotoo has received several awards among which the The Art of Spirit Award by Lladró 2002 Cultural Award of Fukuoka Province 2002 a Cultural Award of Foreign Affairs from the Prime Minister of Japan 2008 International Award of Catholic Culture 2011 and the Michelangelo di Carrara Award 2012 standout In September of 2012 the Japanese Government gave him a decoration in Tokyo for his accomplishments in spreading Japanese culture around the world Recently Mr Sotoo presented an exhibition about Gaudi named The Realism of Gaudí and the Hope of Europe in the European Parliament in Brussels as well as Sagrada Família Moved by Beauty in the JMJ2011 of Madrid Currently besides his construction work he works as a distance professor in some Beaux Arts schools in Japan Il Kim Korean born and raised in Tokyo received his BA in architecture from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and M Phil and Ph D 2010 in art architectural history from Columbia University s Department of Art History and Archaeology His dissertation entitled Cult of Light in Fifteenth Century Italian Renaissance Architecture focuses on the intellectual relationship between Leon Battista Alberti and his contemporary philosopher theologian Nicholas of Cusa He is developing a book based on the dissertation Il Kim has been practicing architectural design in Japan and his work has been published both in Japan and the US in such publications as Japan Architect Shinkenchiku jutaku tokushu 2003 and Designing with Light Abbeville Press 2006 An expert in Japanese art and design Il Kim spent three years co editing the catalogue raisonné of the Burke Foundation in New York City the most important Japanese art and design collection outside Japan in private hands The catalogue Art Through a Lifetime The Mary Griggs Burke Collection distributed by Washington University Press was published in December 2013 He taught Western art architectural history at Columbia University Japanese art architectural history at Kean University and design history at Pratt institute Since August

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  • The Next Big Thing! Five Contemporary Japanese Artists
    II In 2012 Goto received the Sakuyakonohana Prize and the fourth Koji Kinutani Award Shiho Kagabu Ms Shiho Kagabu s art work expresses the changes that occur when people and objects interact with one another She places things such as animals waste materials plants and everyday items in different combinations at various locations Some of her works also incorporate words sounds or performances and engage the entire context of time and place Ms Kagabu was born in 1981 Her many exhibitions include Artist File 2013 The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art The National Art Center Tokyo 2013 Open Studio Program No 51 Fuchu Art Museum Tokyo 2010 and Siding Railroad Tokorozawa Biennale Saitama 2009 2011 and 2013 Gaetan Kubo Mr Gaetan Kubo is an artist who creates large scale installations from everyday items such as home appliances His 2013 exhibition Hysterical Complex was conceived under the idea that the artist himself had developed an imaginary illness with the same name Focusing on the treatment process of this mysterious illness the exhibit featured a series of installations including a device that simulated the poltergeist phenomenon the unexplained movement of objects viewed by Kubo as a symptom of Hysterical Complex as well as medical equipment that incorporated historical psychoanalytic approaches In his 2012 exhibition titled Madness Civilization and I Kubo challenged traditional values and the status quo through presentation of his own uncertain position in society torn between the realms of civilization the mainstream and madness of the minority the marginal Highlighting the complaints of wind power opponents over low frequency sound generated by wind farms he presented a sound installation using home fans and a guitar amplifier He also created a structure with a loudspeaker embedded in the wall blasting out the noises of home appliances Yuta Nakamura Mr Yuta Nakamura was born in Tokyo in 1983 He now resides in Kyoto Mr Nakamura received his PhD in art from Kyoto Seika University in 2011 His dissertation was titled Views about industrial arts in suburban houses acceptance of white tiles used for the bathrooms in the Taisho Period Mr Nakamura is a part time lecturer at Kyoto Seika University and Kyoto University of Art and Design He is engaged in the theory and production of tiles and ceramic wares from the viewpoint of architectural industrial arts Recent exhibitions include Roppongi Crossing 2013 Out of Doubt in pursuit of future landscape held at Mori Art Museum in 2013 He is running a curriculum called APP ARTS STUDIO to deepen the knowledge of industrial arts as applied arts and look at their production method from the viewpoint of producers Mariko Tomomasa Ms Mariko Tomomasa received her PhD from the Graduate School of Fine Arts Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012 Ms Tomomasa mainly works with videos photographic expressions and installations Her recent solo exhibitions include Have a Meal with Father Treasure Hill Artist Village Taiwan 2013 Training TALION GALLERY Tokyo 2013 and CRITERIUM85 Mariko Tomomasa Waodori Art Tower Mito Criterium Ibaraki

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  • Chef Bouley on Contemporary Kaiseki Cuisine: The Power of Nature & Health
    beautifully arranged into a series of many small courses Recently kaiseki has gone through a renaissance and taken on a modern form noted for innovative and unique dishes served as part of a course menu In this lecture David Bouley world renowned chef and owner of Brushstroke a restaurant specializing in modern kaiseki will discuss both the roots of this traditional cuisine and the increasingly popular contemporary interpretations on the menus of a number of New York restaurants Based on his own experiences with kaiseki Bouley will shed light on current innovations in this distinctive cuisine and where it may go in the future Followed by a tasting reception provided by Bouley and Brushstroke Tickets 30 25 Japan Society members seniors students In cooperation with The Gohan Society Tasting reception is generously provided by Bouley This program is sponsored by Kikkoman Corporation Inset photos Nicole Bartelme Calendar of Events February 2016 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Language Center Event Nihongo Chat eNews Sign up Stay informed about all Japan Society programs and events Subscribe Now Visitor Information Location 333 East 47th Street New York NY 10017 Box Office Hours Monday 12 6 PM Tuesday Thursday 11 6 PM Friday 11 AM 9 PM Weekends during exhibitions 11 AM 5 PM Box Office 212 715 1258 Check our Visit page for current weekend hours Gallery Hours Japan Society Gallery is currently closed for installation of our spring exhibition In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3 11 Business Hours Monday Friday 9 30 AM 5 30 PM Japan Society will be closed February 13 14 15 20 21 and March

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