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  • One of America's Few Official Sake Sommeliers Demonstrates High-Flavor Low-Calorie Mixed Sake Drinks: Press: About: Japan Society
    to be a judge at the second competition Johnson first encountered sake when he traveled to Japan to work as an English language teacher some 20 years ago Captivated by the culture and history of sake he built up considerable experience in some of the best known restaurants in the U S including Bond Street Chris is a regular visitor to Japan and has spent time studying the outstanding techniques of many master brewers during his trips to breweries He has recently taken a position as Sake Sommelier and Consultant at Cherry a restaurant in New York which boasts a line up of 77 sakes Talking with Chopsticks New York who called him a self made sake ambassador Johnson explained how he rose to be one of America s only official sake sommeliers I m self educated I guess that s the best way to explain it At the end of the day there was no true sake education system I want to get sake out to the public beyond Japanese restaurants beyond Asian restaurants and share it with as many people as possible Sake is such an amazing product It s so diverse You can drink it warm hot cold ice cold on the rocks in cocktails There are so many different ways so many different expressions You can pair sake with so many different cuisines Founded in 1907 Japan Society is a world class multidisciplinary hub for global leaders artists scholars educators and English and Japanese speaking audiences At the Society more than 100 events each year feature sophisticated topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture and open critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the U S Japan and East Asia An American nonprofit nonpolitical organization the Society cultivates a constructive resonant and dynamic relationship

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  • Japan's First Official Minister to Promote Popular Culture Globally Introduces New Strategy: Press: About: Japan Society
    as well as Minister of State for Regulatory Reform Since 2005 Ms Inada has been elected to the Japanese House of Representatives 3 times as a representative of Fukui Prefecture She has served as a member on the Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications the Committee on Financial Affairs and as both member and Director of the Committee on Judicial Affairs Ms Inada has also served as Chairman of the Federation of Fukui Prefecture LDP Branches She has held the position of Chairman of the Group on Tradition and Creation since 2006 In September of 2010 Ms Inada was named Deputy Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party LDP She served this role until she became Director of the Judicial Affairs Division of the LDP s Policy Research Council in October 2012 shortly before being appointed to her current positions in December of 2012 She holds a Law Degree from Waseda University is a member of the Fukui Bar Association and is the author of several books Fred Katayama is an award winning anchor for Reuters Television based in New York He hosts and produces segments on foreign exchange and equities investment strategies for the multimedia financial news platform Reuters Insider Prior to Reuters he worked as an anchor and correspondent at CNN Business News was a business and general news reporter for CBS s Seattle affiliate KIRO TV and was a correspondent at Japan Business Today an NHK production that aired daily on CNBC While reporting for NHK he won the Asian American Journalists Association s national award in 1994 for a humorous piece on executives competing in the food industry He most recently won an AAJA award for newsroom leadership in 2004 He serves on the board of directors of the Japan Society and the U S Japan

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  • Japan Society Tours Darkly Comic Psychological Romp from Japan's Leading New Theater Artist Kuro Tanino in U.S. Debut: Press: About: Japan Society
    part of Under the Radar with whom we collaborated in 2012 on Hideki Noda s THE BEE and Toshiki Okada s chelfitsch Theater Company s Hot Pepper Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech and to be introducing Niwa Gekidan Penino to U S audiences through the five city tour this winter ABOUT JAPAN SOCIETY S 2013 14 PERFORMING ARTS SEASON In the 2013 14 season Japan Society s 60th Anniversary Performing Arts Season Japan the U S Beyond the Japan Society Performing Arts Program celebrates its kanreki one s 60th birthday with a range of international cross cultural collaborations encompassing beloved encore performances world and U S premieres legendary performers and emerging artists In Japanese tradition kanreki is a special celebration of longevity and rebirth honoring a lifetime of accomplishments taking stock of achievements and diving into the future with renewed drive and reinvigorated purpose This milestone season kicked off in September with Basil Twist s Dogugaeshi followed by two improvisational concerts by avant garde iconoclast musician composer John Zorn with Ryuichi Sakamoto on October 4 as the culminating event of Zorn s citywide 60th birthday celebration Zorn 60 Most recently the Society presented the English language premiere of Yukio Shiba s play Our Planet in a building wide theater event directed by Alec Duffy Following The Room Nobody Knows the season continues with ancient Shomyo Buddhist Ritual Chant a rare contemplative colorful performance by two dozen priests at St Bartholomew s Church March 6 the Play Reading Series Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation Getting Lost written by Shiro Maeda and directed by Dan Safer March 31 the International Premiere of choreographer Luca Veggetti s Pleiades performed by former Jiří Kylián s Nederlands Dans Theater soloist Megumi Nakamura in collaboration with distinguished percussionist Kuniko Kato May 2 3 and concludes with an annual summer concert HISTORY OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM Since its inception Japan Society s Performing Arts Program has presented well over 600 events of the finest Japanese theater dance and music from the most stunningly preserved traditional to the genre busting cutting edge Today the program continues to push boundaries educate and make creative visions come to life by presenting and touring works by leading international artists promoting cross cultural exchanges commissioning new works and coordinating artist residencies and public programs Beginning with its first presentation in 1953 at Columbia University the Society has shared the unique arts and culture of Japan with U S audiences In 1957 the Program began actively presenting Japanese musicians of both Eastern and Western traditions through concerts at schools and leading New York City venues In the years to follow programs such as gagaku Imperial Court music 1959 and the NY premiere of bunraku 1966 were among Americans first tastes of the traditional performing arts of Japan In 1971 the completion of the Society s building landmarked in 2011 at the current location gave the program a permanent stage of its own and opened its doors for year

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  • Japan Society Allocates 12 New Earthquake Recovery Grants Totaling $1.7 Million: Press: About: Japan Society
    contemporary films Films and workshops will take place at temporary housing locations and in community spaces O G A for Aid supports economic social and community rebuilding and healing in Minamisanriku and Kitakami The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will support OGA for Aid s Green Farmers Miyagi project including land reclamation to start new farms sourcing new markets for local farmers and developing secondary processing of food products to sell as Minamisanriku omiyage gifts Rias no Mori works in Ishinomaki on restoration and community building efforts in a way that takes into consideration the area s educational environmental economic and welfare needs A second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will continue support for the Satoyama Activity Center s educational and recreational programs for children and adults Supporting Union for Practical Use of Educational Resources in partnership with Abukuma NS Net both of which run summer camps for children all over Japan started the Fukushima Kids Summer Camp in the summer of 2011 for first through ninth graders from Fukushima Prefecture who were not able to enjoy the outdoors due to radiation concerns In the summer of 2014 with support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund the Supporting Union will organize its fourth Fukushima Kids Summer Camp in Hokkaido Sweet Treat 311 provides educational support to children affected by the 3 11 disasters through the Ogatsu Academy which provides academic support farming fishing and nature programs and IT training programs for children of Ogatsu Sweet Treat 311 recently purchased an abandoned school and a matching grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will support the renovation of the school into a place that connects the children and citizens of Ogatsu to nature and others from around Japan and the world Tsumugi Inc a social business started the Kumiki Project which produces interlocking wood blocks that can be made into furniture and buildings With a grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund it will use the wood blocks to construct a building in Ishinomaki that will serve as a community space a market for local businesses who haven t been able to rebuild and space that will serve as an archive for the disaster Tumugiya provides economic social and community support in Tohoku With a second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Tumugiya will work with the local fishing community on the Oshika Peninsula to revitalize the cultivation and sale of wakame seaweed and wakame products World in Asia WiA works with social enterprises in Tohoku to strengthen their capacity and impact in the region The grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will provide administrative support to the organization as well as support for four of the social enterprises they work with In October 2013 members of Japan Society s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund team traveled to Iwate Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures and met with 14 grant recipients to monitor and observe projects first hand and to better understand the work and challenges grantees face going forward The

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  • Film Series Highlights Five Directors Introduced by Legendary Japanese Cinema Critic Donald Richie: Press: About: Japan Society
    introduced Yasujiro Ozu to the world with a retrospective at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1963 followed by a European tour of his films Richie s book Ozu University of California Press 1974 illuminated Ozu s uniquely serene style and went on to bring him international recognition A thoughtful and elegiac late work by Ozu Late Autumn revisits the premise of Late Spring 1949 in which a daughter refuses to marry in order to take care of her single parent and implements some subtle but powerful changes Having played the part of the daughter in the earlier film the beautiful Setsuko Hara returns in Late Autumn as the widowed mother making a poignant connection that movingly speaks to the passing of time and to children growing up to be parents Screening on the 110th anniversary of Ozu s birth and the 50th anniversary of his passing the screening is followed by an Ozu birthday celebration reception The Guardian s Peter Bradshaw called it a masterpiece of tenderness and serio comic charm as tonally ambiguous and morally complex as anything he ever made David Sterritt of Cineaste wrote that the film offers a near perfect balance between the persuasive pull of tradition and the unstoppable sway of Westernized modernity Ozu s sociopolitical side surfaces again subtly but surely in this portrait of postwar realities rubbing uneasily against their prewar counterparts And his cinematic skills are as strong as ever not least in his brilliant casting of Hara the daughter of Late Spring as the deeply sympathetic mother here Donald Richie on Late Autumn A daughter is reluctant to leave her widowed mother even though it is time for her to marry The story could be seen as a remake of Late Spring and though more autumnal it is just as moving Himatsuri Friday January 24 7 00 pm Introduction by author Ian Buruma 1985 126 min 35mm color in Japanese with English subtitles Directed by Mitsuo Yanagimachi With Kinya Kitaoji Ryota Nakamoto Kiwako Taichi Norihei Miki Junko Miyashita Following Mitsuo Yanagimachi s debut documentary God Speed You Black Emperor 1976 Richie promoted the independent director by introducing his films and eventually presenting a retrospective at the 1990 Toronto International Film Festival The rarely screened Himatsuri is Yanagimachi s controversial fourth feature revolving around a gruff and proud lumberjack who refuses to sell his land set in the beautiful mountainous area of Kumano and is eventually driven to commit horrendous sacrificial acts against himself and his family as his desires merge with the fierce forces of nature surrounding him Himatsuri is an enormously lush and mysterious film that is certain to leave a lasting impression however confounding or unsettling Dave Kehr of the New York Times called it a work of exquisite sensitivity corrosive wit and great technical prowess Himatsuri established Yanagimachi as the leading Japanese filmmaker of his generation Donald Richie on Himatsuri A modern macho lumberjack faces vengeful nature but such a one line précis cannot begin to communicate the enormous potency of the film With luminous photography by Masaki Tamura a ravishing score by Toru Takemitsu Kitaoji as the lumberjack and Nakamoto as his shifty sidekick After Life Wednesday February 19 at 7 pm 1998 118 min 35mm color in Japanese with English subtitles Directed by Hirokazu Kore eda With Arata Erika Oda Susumu Terashima Tsuyoshi Naito Kei Tani Toru Yuri Hisako Hara Kazuko Shirakawa Richie recognized the remarkable talent of a young Hirokazu Kore eda from his debut film Maboroshi 1995 and continued to promote the director s films thereafter The passing of time has come to justify Richie s early endorsement yet again as Kore eda has since become one of the brightest Japanese talents on the international film scene After Life Kore eda s second film features his trademark sensitivity and humanism through a fantastical tale in which the recently deceased arrive at a way station before going onto the next world having to determine the one memory to take with them A seasoned TV documentarian Kore eda interviewed hundreds of Japanese people asking them to reflect on their lives and even used some of the original footage within the film in a seamless hybrid of fact and fiction After Life remains a reflexive and thoughtful meditation on the fragile power of both memory and cinema as potential vehicles for transcendence With this film Roger Ebert said Kore eda earned the right to be considered with Kurosawa Bergman and other great humanists of the cinema His films embrace the mystery of life and encourage us to think about why we are here and what makes us truly happy Donald Richie on After Life A thoughtful and moving elegy in which the dead line up to be processed into the next world Their passport is the single memory they choose to take with them This is then filmed by a dedicated staff comprised of those who could not or would not themselves choose a memory Donald Richie 1924 2013 was born in Lima Ohio Richie developed his interest in film as a young child and began to make Super 8 films In 1947 he went to Japan to serve in the U S Occupation forces and soon began to write film reviews for The Pacific Stars and Stripes Richie went back to the United States in 1949 and graduated from Columbia University in 1953 with a degree in English In 1954 he returned to Japan and wrote film and book reviews for The Japan Times and Variety Named by TIME magazine as the dean of Japan s art critics Richie was one of the West s most influential experts on Japanese culture During the 66 years that he lived in Japan Richie wrote some 40 books on Japanese films Akira Kurosawa Yasujiro Ozu and Japanese culture among other subjects Richie introduced Japanese directors at international film festivals and served as film curator at The Museum of Modern Art in New York from 1969 to 1972 He

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  • Japan Society Gallery Presents Mariko Mori's First Major U.S. Museum Show in More Than a Decade: Press: About: Japan Society
    a dark cocoon like space with a low ceiling installed with a circular convex LED light projection A faint sign of light in the center of this screen gradually grows in size and intensity spiraling from the center outward The light s spiral trajectory has been calculated by Mori in collaboration with the astrophysicist Shin Mineshige at Kyoto University based on a hypothesis of an energy generating white hole as an antithesis to a black hole Mori calls the installation which evokes the birth of a star as it is released from the gravitational pull of a black hole as a conceptual wormhole Finally the visitor may glean the scope of Mori s ambition from a video documenting a truly astounding pillar of light Sun Pillar 2011 she has stationed on a stone outcropping in Seven Light Bay Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture Mori intends to add a second element to this earthwork in progress a giant color changing moon stone that will float in the water near the pillar This outdoor sculptural project Primal Rhythm is the first of six site specific art installations that Mori will create in as many pristine ecological settings on all six habitable continents For this series begun in 2010 the artist has created Faou Foundation that is currently working in partnership with local residents scientific researchers and technicians in Okinawa and Brazil About Mariko Mori Mariko Mori is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide In 2011 a major survey of her work entitled Oneness became the world s most visited contemporary art exhibition in its venue at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro 538 328 visitors after having been seen at the Groninger Museum the Netherlands ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum Denmark and the Pinchuk Arts Center Kiev Ukraine Mori s solo exhibitions have been organized in institutions around the world including the Royal Academy of Arts London Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Centre Georges Pompidou Paris the Prada Foundation Milan the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago the Dallas Museum of Art the Brooklyn Museum New York the Serpentine Gallery London and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Mori s work was featured in the Royal Academy s group exhibition Apocalypse Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art in 2000 Mori has received numerous international awards including the prestigious Menzioni d Onore Honorary Mentions at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 for the work Nirvana and the 8th Annual Award as a Promising Artist and Scholar in the Field of Contemporary Japanese Art in 2001 from the Japan Cultural Arts Foundation Mariko Mori currently lives and works in New York London and Tokyo Catalogue The exhibition will be accompanied by a 144 page fully illustrated catalogue published by Japan Society and distributed by Yale University Press Brett Littman Executive Director The Drawing Center New York will shed new light on Mariko Mori s drawings Iida Takayo Chief Curator Aomori Museum of Art Japan with his deep knowledge of Mori s entire career thus far will provide detailed scholarly analysis of the creative development of the artist Iida was instrumental in the realization of Mori s Dream Temple 1997 99 which marked the turning point in her career merging art and technology in large scale installations He most recently participated in a conversation program with Mariko Mori at Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo focusing on the topic of harmonious coexistence of man and nature and how her art practice relates to that vision Also included in the catalogue is an introductory text on Jōmon pottery by Simon Kaner Assistant Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture UK Sponsorship Rebirth Recent Work by Mariko Mori is generously supported by Chris A Wachenheim the E Rhodes and Leona B Carpenter Foundation the W L S Spencer Foundation Harold and Ruth Newman The Japan Foundation Barrisol and Barrisol USA the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council Shiraishi Masami Lucio and Joan Noto Thierry and Yasko Porté Jack and Susy Wadsworth Charlotte Feng Ford Mika Seki SHISEIDO CO LTD and an anonymous donor Media sponsorship is provided by WNYC Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines Exhibitions at Japan Society are made possible in part by the Lila Wallace Reader s Digest Endowment Fund Director s Circle members and Friends of the Gallery Japan Society thanks Lucio A Noto for his generosity in making Mariko Mori s performance of Oneness possible Related Programs All events at Japan Society unless otherwise noted Exhibition Curator Artist Talk Rebirth Explored Friday October 11 6 30 pm Dr Miwako Tezuka dialogues with artist Mariko Mori on the evolution of Mori s artistic career the themes contained in Rebirth Recent Work by Mariko Mori and her ambitious future projects Followed by a reception with cash bar FREE Admission For reservation please email Ancient Japanese Studies Book Club October 26 27 2 00 4 00 pm Sip sake and enjoy light Japanese snacks while gaining insights into Kojiki Record of Ancient Matters the oldest extant chronicle in Japan and Man yōshū Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry Led by David Lurie Associate Professor of Japanese History and Literature Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Columbia University Tickets 75 70 Japan Society members students and seniors includes exhibition admission Email for pre meeting information Workshop Ritual Clay Creative Ceramics Workshop Saturday November 9 12 30 pm OFFSITE EVENT New York Togei Kyoshitsu 5 West 30th Street 3rd floor Prehistoric cultures such as Jōmon culture in Japan which produced exuberant pottery are one of the inspirational sources for Rebirth Togei Kyoshitsu pottery studio hosts a hands on introduction to basic Japanese pottery techniques Using the coil method participants create a small Jōmon style vessel Afterwards participants enjoy a highlights tour and discussion of Rebirth All materials included Limited class size Tickets 75 70 Japan Society

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  • Japan Society Announces New Director of the Toyota Language Center: Press: About: Japan Society
    clips and other media as vehicles to examine contemporary Japanese culture and language The more I teach Japanese the more I realize the importance of introducing the culture and customs of Japan into the curriculum she said She is currently developing courses that use film art and even karaoke as teaching tools Ms Kamimura is an agent of change with a proven track record of excellence as exemplified by her numerous successes as head of the Japanese program at The New School said Motoatsu Sakurai President of Japan Society upon the announcement She brings a wealth of experience energy and new ideas to Japan Society Given her background personality and skill set I am confident she will rise to the various challenges of running a multifaceted language program like ours and take it to new heights and directions I look forward to working with her as she embarks on this new endeavor Since 2005 Tomoyo Kamimura taught Japanese and was coordinator of the Japanese Program in the Department of Foreign Languages at The New School for Public Engagement She was academic adviser for Eugene Lang College undergraduate students where she developed a Minor in Japanese Studies and was twice nominated by students for the Annual Distinguished University Teaching Award In 2010 she served as Coordinator of East Asian Languages overseeing Chinese and Korean programs as well as Japanese and chaired the search committee for the New School s full time Chinese instructor in 2010 Kamimura grew up in Japan where she earned her BA from Waseda University and wrote her senior thesis on Japanese Language as a Reflection of its Culture She received her MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon as well as an MBA in Finance from Columbia University While teaching English at The Tokyo University of Science she co edited Obunsha s Shorter Japanese English Dictionary and co authored Josei no Shinri Women s Psychology She has translated several books and has been a contributing writer for the Weekly NY Seikatsu Press She has taught at numerous institutions including Rutgers University Kalamazoo College The University of Oregon and Baruch College and also serves on the selection committee of the Japan Exchange and Teaching JET Programme in the New York region Kamimura has been affiliated with Japan Society s language center since 2004 in varying capacities first teaching English conversation and subsequently Japanese Since 2008 she has worked with the Society to give Japanese crash courses at the annual New York Anime Festival New York Comic Con which attracts over 50 000 participants each year from around the world Beginning in 1972 with a single class Japan Society s Toyota Language Center has grown into one of the most respected language education programs in the nation The Center offers 12 comprehensive levels of Japanese from first time beginner to high level advanced as well as intermediate and advanced courses in conversation and kanji reading Classes are programmed to accommodate all possible schedules meeting once or twice a

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  • Due to Popular Demand Performance Added for Remounting of Basil Twist’s Award-Winning 'Dogugaeshi': Press: About: Japan Society
    for the Fort Worth and Phoenix Symphonies His maverick Rite of Spring a ballet without dancers made its world premiere this spring at Memorial Hall commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts Twist has taught at leading universities such as Duke New York University and Brown and as a guest lecturer of the US State Department in Russia He has received an Obie a Drama Desk Award five UNIMA Awards two Bessie Awards a New York Innovative Theatre Award a Henry Hewes Award a Guggenheim a USA Artists fellowship and was most recently awarded a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award In 2012 Washington D C hosted a retrospective of his work Twist Fest D C He is the director of the Dream Music Puppetry Program at HERE in New York His new site specific commission for the La Jolla Playhouse makes its world premiere on a beach in San Diego on October 3 as part of the WoW Festival Yumiko Tanaka Musical Direction Shamisen Improvisation Sound Design was born in Fukuoka Prefecture and received an MA in musicology from Tokyo University of the Arts In 1979 Tanaka studied with gidayu recitation artist and Living National Treasure Komanosuke Takemoto and in the following year became a disciple of the late Kinshi Nozawa the gidayu shamisen master who was also a Living National Treasure in bunraku Since her debut performance in 1981 at the Honmoku tei in Tokyo Tanaka has been active as a shamisen player and vocalist not only in traditional Japanese music but also in contemporary music improvised music opera dance and musical theater She has performed with orchestras such as the St Louis Symphony Orchestra the New York Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Her career in avant garde music includes collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Otomo Yoshihide Keiji Haino Kazumi Watanabe Elliott Sharp John Russell Carl Stone Ned Rothenberg John Zorn Akira Sakata and Butch Morris Tanaka has participated in many kinds of unique contemporary music groups including the traditional Japanese instrumental ensemble Pro Musica Nipponia led by composer Minoru Miki the all Japanese classical instruments group ITO formed by composer Yuji Takahashi and the band Ground Zero led by Otomo Yoshihide Tanaka was one of three featured performers in the Heiner Goebbels acclaimed musical theatrical spectacle Hashirigaki which premiered at Théâtre Vidy Lausanne in Lausanne Switzerland 2000 and has performed all over the world including the Edinburgh International Festival and BAM in 2003 In 2012 she performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center and at the UN Headquarters in New York as well as at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles and Palais des Congrès in Paris Tanaka received the Education Minister s Art Encouragement Prize for Newcomers 1990 a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council which supported her residency in New York 2006 07 and a grant from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists Tanaka became a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property as a member of the gidayu bushi Preservation Society in 2009 RELATED WORKSHOP Shamisen Workshop with Yumiko Tanaka Saturday November 2 1 00 pm 5 00 pm Used in kabuki and bunraku puppet theater the three stringed shamisen is one of the most central musical instruments in Japanese traditional theater Master shamisen player Yumiko Tanaka from Tokyo leads a workshop on playing and chanting techniques specific to the shamisen The session includes a short demonstration performance by Tanaka and NY based shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura who also joins the workshop Max 12 participants Some music experience preferred Observer tickets may be available after participant tickets have sold out Tickets 48 42 Japan Society members ABOUT JAPAN SOCIETY S 2013 14 PERFORMING ARTS SEASON In the 2013 14 season Japan Society s 60th Anniversary Performing Arts Season Japan the U S Beyond the Japan Society Performing Arts Program celebrates its kanreki with a range of international cross cultural collaborations encompassing beloved encore performances world and U S premieres legendary performers and emerging artists In Japanese tradition kanreki one s 60th birthday is a special celebration of longevity and rebirth honoring a lifetime of accomplishments taking stock of achievements and diving into the future with renewed drive and reinvigorated purpose This milestone season kicks off in September with Basil Twist s Dogugaeshi followed by two improvisational concerts by avant garde iconoclast musician composer John Zorn with Ryuichi Sakamoto on October 4 as the culminating event of Zorn s citywide 60th birthday celebration Zorn 60 The season continues with the world premiere of Yukio Shiba s Our Planet directed by Alec Duffy a site specific building wide theater event November 20 December 8 the surreal and humorous theater production The Room Nobody Knows by Kuro Tanino January 8 12 ancient Shomyo Buddhist Ritual Chant a rare contemplative colorful performance by two dozen priests at St Bartholomew s Church March 6 the Play Reading Series Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation Getting Lost written by Shiro Maeda and directed by Dan Safer March 31 the International Premiere of choreographer Luca Veggetti s Pleiades performed by former Jiří Kylián s Nederlands Dans Theater soloist Megumi Nakamura in collaboration with distinguished percussionist Kuniko Kato May 2 3 and concludes with an annual summer concert HISTORY OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM Since its inception Japan Society s Performing Arts Program has presented well over 600 events of the finest Japanese theater dance and music from the most stunningly preserved traditional to the genre busting cutting edge Today the program continues to push boundaries educate and make creative visions come to life by presenting and touring works by leading international artists promoting cross cultural exchanges commissioning new works and coordinating artist residencies and public programs Beginning with its first presentation in 1953 at Columbia University the Society has shared the unique arts and culture of Japan with U S audiences In 1957 the Program began actively presenting Japanese musicians of both Eastern and Western traditions through concerts at schools and leading New York City venues In the

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