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  • Press: About: Japan Society
    More General Japan Society Gallery Director Joe Earle Announces Retirement July 2 2012 Read More Arts Culture Japan Society presents New York Debut of Japan based American Enka Superstar Saturday June 9 2012 Read More Arts Culture Day Long Culture Festival Blooms with Art Cinema Live Concerts Workshops a Roundtrip Ticket to Japan Giveaway Saturday April 14 2012 Read More General Global Affairs Japan Society Allocates Over Half of Earthquake Relief Fund with 4th Round of Grants March 9 2012 Read More Global Affairs March Series Commemorates Victims of Japan s 3 11 Disasters and Examines Recovery Progress and Challenges Ahead March 6 20 2012 Read More Arts Culture Global Affairs Six Week Program Series Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Japan s Cherry Tree Gift to America March 6 April 14 2012 Read More Arts Culture Education Japan Society s 2012 Family Programs Kick Off with Oshogatsu Part of Citywide CelebrASIA Asian New Year s Festival January 29 November 4 2012 Read More 5 6 7 8 9 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

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  • In 'Edo Pop' Contemporary Art Magnifies the Artistic Force of Ukiyo-e Masterworks: Press: About: Japan Society
    the variety of expressions of 21 of its masters The legacy of ukiyo e so well represented here is inspiration for Ishii Tōru a 31 year old artist based in Japan More than any other of the featured contemporary artists Ishii who creates pop paintings not on canvas but on silk using a method of dyeing called yuzen has challenged himself to reinterpret the spirit of Hokusai and other ukiyo e artists in the visual language of today Exhibition Organization The contemporary portion of the New York presentation is organized by Miwako Tezuka PhD who assumed the position of director of Japan Society Gallery in July 2012 Dr Tezuka is an internationally recognized curator and expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art who has contributed greatly to the field through her scholarly and curatorial work Prior to her appointment Tezuka was associate curator at Asia Society New York where she was responsible for Yoshitomo Nara Nobody s Fool 2010 and Mariko Mori Kumano 2010 among other notable exhibitions The original iteration of Edo Pop The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints was curated by Dr Matthew Welch deputy director and chief curator and curator of Japanese and Korean art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts The MIA has produced a major catalogue of the top 300 ukiyo e prints in its extensive collection nearly 100 of which will be featured in Japan Society s presentation Worldly Pleasures Earthly Delights Japanese Prints from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis 2011 is available through MIA museum shop at http artsmia museum shop stores yahoo net wopleadejapr html hardcover 375 pages full color 49 95 plus shipping and handling Sponsorship Edo Pop The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints is generously supported by Chris A Wachenheim Tsuneko and Shoji Sadao Blakemore Foundation Peggy and Dick Danziger Sebastian and Mieko Izzard Joan B Mirviss Ronin Gallery NYC and Satoko Miyake and Aaron Nir 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 and the Friends of the Gallery Related Programs All events at Japan Society unless otherwise noted Special Display Trailblazer The Art of Shinoda Toko March 9 31 2013 Japan Society honors the centennial of the granddame of Japanese art Shinoda Toko with this special A Level exhibit Hailed as a trailblazer by TIME magazine Shinoda broke the boundaries of old and new word and image and East and West Admission Free Panel Discussion Edo Pop Contemporary Artists Panel Saturday March 9 1 00 3 00 pm Edo Pop artists AIKO Tomokazu Matsuyama and Ishii Tōru discuss with Japan Society Gallery Director Dr Miwako Tezuka the ways in which ukiyo e artists style technique and engagement in popular culture informed and inspired their respective artistic practices Tickets 12 8 Japan Society members seniors students includes exhibition admission Film Screening Utamaro and His Five Women Saturday March 9 6 00 pm Based on the

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  • Japan Society Marks 2nd Anniversary of Japan’s Earthquake with 7 Recovery Grants Totaling $1.78M: Press: About: Japan Society
    spaces in communities devastated by the tsunami Partnering with a younger generation of architects and in close collaboration with local residents Home for All provides a place of comfort for sharing information and for discussing recovery and reconstruction The Relief Fund will support the construction of a Home for All for fishermen in Kamaishi city NPO Riku Café began as a small community space where local residents could relax come together over tea or coffee and share information in Rikuzentaka Given the success of the space the Relief Fund will provide support to build a larger café that will be designed pro bono by architect Yuri Naruse so the organization can provide more services and activities for the community re terra created the Kesen Tsubaki Dream Project which encompasses community job creation forestry conservation and tourism Partnering with a small refinery damaged as a result of 3 11 an NPO that helps the disabled find employment and a group of women doctors re terra developed and sells Kesen Tsubaki hand crème using oil from camellia re terra also supports the conservation of the cedar forests in Kesen where the camellia plants grow Sweet Treat 311 is an NGO that provides educational support to children affected by the 3 11 disasters through the Ogatsu Academy The Academy will provide academic support farming fishing and nature programs and IT training programs for children of Ogatsu Additionally Sweet Treat will bring visitors from outside the region to their programs so that visitors can interact with the local community and stimulate the local economy through tourism In addition to the latest round of relief fund grants Japan Society also holds a series of programming March 10 12 to commemorate the two year anniversary of the disasters Hope Struggle Rebirth in the Shadow of 3 11 Film Concert Lecture explores the impact and aftermath of 3 11 as seen through the eyes of an award winning film director an acclaimed pianist and visual artist and a leading scholar on Japan On Sunday March 10 the Society screens the New York Premiere of The Land of Hope famed Japanese director Sion Sono s impacting fictional film about the human and emotional toll from the Fukushima crisis On Monday March 11 composer performer visual artist Tomoko Mukaiyama gives the U S premiere concert of her powerful multimedia work Nocturne that combines classical and contemporary pieces and other music for solo piano with soundscapes from the impacted Tohoku region such as a children s choir The concert opens with classical works performed on a violin made from tsunami debris Finally on Tuesday March 12 MIT s Richard Samuels discusses his book 3 11 Disaster and Change in Japan considered the first broad assessment of the effects of the 3 11 disasters on Japan s government society and on the U S Japan alliance Discussing the series Mr Sakurai said With these special events around the second anniversary of the disasters we take a moment to reflect on the

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  • Double Bill of One-Act Plays Features Android Robot and Human Actors: Press: About: Japan Society
    in systems engineering from Osaka University in 1991 He teaches in the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University where he is the group leader of the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute ATR His research interests include distributed sensor systems interactive robotics and android science He has published more than 300 papers in major journals and conferences Ishiguro has developed many humanoids and androids called Robovie Repliee Geminoid Telenoid Elfoid and Hugvie These robots have been featured in major media outlets such as the Discovery Channel NHK and BBC and Ishiguro received the Best Humanoid Award four times in RoboCup In 2007 Synectics Survey of Contemporary Genius 2007 named Ishiguro one of the Top 100 Living Geniuses In 2011 he won the Osaka Cultural Award presented by the Osaka Prefectural Government and the Osaka City Government for his contribution to the advancement of culture in Osaka Dr Ishiguro directs the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University aims to develop technologies that support future generation information infrastructures based on computer vision robotics and artificial intelligence With this goal in mind the laboratory focuses on the research and development of two main platforms Perceptual Information Infrastructure and Intelligent Robot Infrastructure Through this research the laboratory hopes to create robots that can successfully co exist with humans The Perceptual Information Infrastructure platform monitors and recognizes environment patterns through sensor networks These sensor networks track people in real time and recognize human behavior providing rich information for understanding real world events and how people and robots can work together in actual situations The Intelligent Robot Infrastructure platform is an interaction based infrastructure By interacting with robots people can establish nonverbal communications with artificial systems The laboratory s research on the coexistence of humans and robots is closely linked to the fundamental question of what makes humans human The Intelligent Robotics Laboratory also conducts experiments on street corners and in hospitals to assess how robots might assist humans in everyday life Applying research results in actual situations allows the laboratory to continue working to find a perfect model for the application of information infrastructures in near future society About the Robots Geminoid F Sayonara is a female type tele operated android that resembles the person it was originally modeled after Geminoid F is equipped with 12 motorized actuators powered by air pressure which allows it to mimic human facial expressions Geminoid F is more cost efficient and lighter weight in comparison to the other model the Geminoid HI 2 With these features the Geminoid F has potential to go beyond an experimental platform and become a commonly used robot in human society Geminoid F made its theatrical debut in Sayonara Robovie R3 I Worker is a life sized robot invented to research communications between humans and robots Robovie R3 was released in the market in April 2010 as the successor of Robovie R ver 2 a high performance robot designed to perform daily activities

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  • 15th Japan and East Asia Dance Showcase Features Four North American Premieres: Press: About: Japan Society
    in December 2008 his company Tokyo Electrock Stairs employs a wide range of dance vocabulary choreographed to original sounds The group suggests the unsettled feeling of young generations through the portrayal of common daily occurrences One of the most sought after young companies Tokyo Electrock Stairs is scheduled to present three new works in 2013 As a choreographer KENTARO has received numerous awards including the Young Choreographer Prize sponsored by the French Embassy in Japan at the Yokohama Dance Collection R 2008 the Audience Award and the Special Prize at the Tokyo Choreography Awards 2008 and the Japan Dance Forum Award 2010 As a solo dancer KENTARO has been invited to perform by many international presenters and had three city tour in Germany in 2011 followed by three city tour in India in 2012 Kosei Sakamoto choreographer director leader of Monochrome Circus was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1967 and studied aesthetics at Kyoto University and anthropology in graduate school at Kyoto Seika University His choreographic method is centered in contact improvisation and communication with one s body incorporating inspirations from his research on urban design landscape and architecture Sakamoto formed his Kyoto based dance company Monochrome Circus in 1990 Through an exploration of the human body in various environments in daily life the group continually searches for the most inventive moments Monochrome Circus has been invited to perform at prestigious festivals around the world including Bates Dance Festival Lyon Biennale the Kaunas Festival Lithuania the Seoul Modern Dance Festival the Bangkok Fringe Festival and others The group performed at Japan Society in the 8th Japanese Contemporary Dance Showcase Sakamoto serves as Representative Director of the Dance and Environment Association Program Director at the Kyoto International Dance Workshop Festival and teaches at Tenri University of Health Sciences He has received many awards and fellowships among which includes Asian Cultural Council fellowship 2002 and Kyoto City New Artist Award 2008 HAIGAFURU Ash is falling was originally created as a part of FIN JPN Contemporary Dance and Residency Exchange and Co production Program The program initiated and carried out by Zodiak Center for new Dance Finland and Japan Contemporary Dance Network Japan was a collaborative partnership aiming to international co productions Chieh hua Hsieh choreographer Artistic Director of Anarchy Dance Theatre received his BA in architecture at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan A love of modern dance led him to enter graduate school in dance choreography at the Taipei National University of the Arts TNUA Since graduation Hsieh has devoted himself to the creation of modern art His works display a special texture of creativity influenced by his architecture and dance backgrounds Recently Hsieh was invited to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts WAAPA to create a new piece in April 2012 In 2010 he was invited by Frontier Danceland in Singapore to cooperate with the Artistic Director Low Mei Yoke and presented a new piece in Esplanade Hsieh s work Seventh Sense 2011 and Seventh Sense II Sensory

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  • Bang On A Can All-Stars Perform Japan Society Commissions from World Renowned Composers: Press: About: Japan Society
    open until 7 30pm performance night and free to with concert ticket holders Tickets are 28 23 Japan Society members can be purchased online at www japansociety org or by phone at 212 715 1258 Artist Websites http bangonacan org http www vijay iyer com http www fujiedamamoru com http someis wix com home http hana busa jp RELATED GALLERY EXHIBITION Silver Wind The Arts of Sakai Hōitsu 1761 1828 Through Sunday January 6 2013 Hailed as ravishing by the New York Times this first American retrospective of Japan s celebrated samurai turned monk Sakai Hōitsu delights with compositional daring and seasonal splendor Reviving the Rimpa tradition Hōitsu tamed the raw power of nature from still spirited animals and hypnotic tableaus to elegantly rendered bursts of blooms and grand crashing waves The exhibition features 58 masterpieces including folding screens hanging scrolls and fans as well as lacquer works and woodblock printed books from public and private collections throughout the United States including five loans from The Metropolitan Museum of Arts Tue Thu 11 6 Fri 11 9 Sat Sun 11 5 closed Mondays and major holidays Admission 15 12 students and seniors FREE Japan Society members and children under 16 Admission is free to all on Friday nights 6 00 9 00 pm Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new Since its first Marathon concert in 1987 Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music wherever it is found With adventurous programs it commissions new composers performs presents and records new work develops new audiences and educates the musicians of the future Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders Bang on a Can plays a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn t concern itself with boundaries If music is made with originality and integrity these listeners will come The New York Times Bang on a Can celebrated 25 years during the 2011 2012 season having grown from a one day New York based Marathon concert on Mother s Day in 1987 in a SoHo art gallery to a multi faceted performing arts organization with a broad range of year round international activities When we started Bang on a Can in 1987 in an art gallery in SoHo we never imagined that our one day 12 hour marathon festival of mostly unknown music would morph into a giant international organization dedicated to the support of experimental music wherever we would find it write Bang on a Can Co Founders Michael Gordon David Lang and Julia Wolfe But it has and we are so gratified to be still hard at work all these years later The reason is really clear to us we started this organization because we believed that making new music is a utopian act that people needed to hear this music and they needed to hear it presented in the most

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  • Internationally Acclaimed Music Maker Hosts One-Night NYC Dance Party Spectacular: Press: About: Japan Society
    album Cosmic Coco as well as classic tracks from the artist s back catalog click here for a select Oorutaichi Spotify playlist COMPLETE CONCERT INFORMATION OORUTAICHI Cosmic Coco Dance Party Friday November 16 Cash Bar Opens Show Begins at 7 30pm File Under Electronic Pop Japan Multi Media Tickets 23 18 Japan Society members Purchase www japansociety org or call 212 715 1258 C oncertgoers attending dressed in space costumes will receive a complimentary drink Japan s unparalleled vocalist and multi track sound mixmaster Oorutaichi propels audiences into orbit as his colorful yet experimental pop music brings crowds to their feet Time Out Tokyo praises Oorutaichi s live performance as A chain of amusement Amazingly great Dubbed imaginary electronic folklore by Oorutaichi his music weaves fanciful language into never heard before beats and loops Titled after Oorutaichi s latest album Cosmic Coco this exhilarating event features a celestial inspired multi media projection installation by Oorutaichi and his creative team transforming Japan Society s foyer into a revolving nightclub Local sensation DJ Aki opens and concludes the night with contemporary Japanese and American rock pop and hip hop Scheduled Running time 3 hours Founded in 1907 Japan Society is a world class multidisciplinary hub for both English and Japanese speaking artists and audiences Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953 Japan Society has produced more than 600 showings of Japan s finest performing arts to an extensive American audience in and out of New York City Program topics range from the traditional to the avant garde Japan Society commissions new works administrates national tours organizes residency programs for American and Japanese artists and develops and distributes educational programs The Society is responsible for hosting more than 100 events each year An American nonprofit nonpolitical organization the Society s overarching goal is to cultivate a constructive resonant and dynamic relationship between the people of the U S and Japan Tickets Information Tickets for performances and related events at Japan Society can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 212 715 1258 or in person at Japan Society M F 11 00am 6 00pm and Sat Sun 11 00am 5 00pm Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues accessible by the 4 5 6 at 42nd Street Grand Central Station or the E and V at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street For more information call 212 832 1155 or visit http www japansociety org Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953 Japan Society has introduced more than 600 of Japan s finest performing arts to an extensive American audience Programs range from the traditional arts of noh kyogen bunraku and kabuki to cutting edge theater dance and music The Program also commissions new works to non Japanese artists produces national tours organizes residency programs for American and Japanese artists and develops and distributes educational programs Major support for Japan Society 2012 2013 Performing Arts Programs is provided by the

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  • Japan Society Tours Centuries-Old Dance and Music from Japan’s Tsunami-Devastated Region in Rare U.S. Performances: Press: About: Japan Society
    routes Following the destruction caused by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami many of these supporters were forced to close down their businesses for a time endangering the future of this centuries old practice By organizing a U S tour of Kuromori Kagura we hope to play a small part in the preservation of this exceptional tradition and also to share with a wider audience the true artistry in this practice The fall 2012 four city tour for Kuromori Kagura includes Japan Society New York NY October 27 28 Wesleyan University Middletown CT November 1 Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia PA November 2 and Towson University Baltimore MD November 3 Related Family Event Kuromori Kagura Traditional Music Dance Sunday October 28 11 00am At this special event for families children of all ages are invited to enjoy Kuromori Kagura s ritual dances This event offers the opportunity to try basic kagura dance moves participate in craft making and receive good luck from the lion shaped Gon gen sculpture Part of Japan Society s Japan s Annual Festivities series Tickets are 12 5 Japan Society members children ages 2 or under free Members may purchase tickets for family at the discounted price Please see http www japansociety org event kuromori kagura traditional music and dance for details Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953 Japan Society has introduced more than 600 of Japan s finest performing arts to an extensive American audience Programs range from the traditional arts of noh kyogen bunraku and kabuki to cutting edge theater dance and music The Program also commissions new works to non Japanese artists produces national tours organizes residency programs for American and Japanese artists and develops and distributes educational programs At once diverse and daring the program stands toe to toe with some of the most comprehensive cultural exchange endeavors today Back Stage The current Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Performing Arts Season launched with the music offering Kinya Sogawa Shakuhachi Exploration co presented with and performed at Roulette Japan Society s tradition of presenting boundary pushing original music events continues with performances by the avant garde pop music explorer Oorutaichi November and one of New York City s unrivaled contemporary music ensembles Bang on a Can All Stars December premiering two Society commissioned pieces inspired by traditional Japanese paintings in Rimpa Reimagined This season also marks the return of Japan Society s Contemporary Dance Showcase January with the 15 th installment running in conjunction with The Association for Performing Arts Presenters APAP annual New York conference In addition the season features the innovative Robot Android Human Theater February and the Annual Play Reading Series Contemporary Japanese Plays in English Translation with Strolling Invader by Tomohiro Maekawa April introducing audiences to topical theater from Japan 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

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