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    • Life of Cats:<br>Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection

      Life of Cats:
      Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection

      Friday, March 13 — Sunday, June 7

      Japan Society Gallery hosts a major exhibition that focuses on cats in ukiyo-e prints. The exhibition is divided into five sections: Cats and People, Cats as People, Cats versus People, Cats Transformed and Cats and Play. 90 ukiyo-e prints in the exhibition are on loan from the esteemed Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation whose holdings are revered in Japan. Select prints, paintings, sculptures, and other works borrowed from U.S. collections complement these prints, making the exhibition over 120 artworks. With cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal, Life of Cats takes viewers on a wild ride through Japan’s love affair with our feline friends.
    • Fukushima: In Search of a Lost Future

      Fukushima: In Search of a Lost Future

      Monday, April 20, 6:30 PM

      Join us for a multi-disciplinary look at Fukushima today, which faced an unprecedented triple disaster on March 11, 2011—an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Otomo Yoshihide, a renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist, grew up in Fukushima and is a vocal force for the plight of the prefecture. Otomo, who provided the soundtrack, introduces ASAHIZA and will touch on his work supporting on Fukushima. Dr. Shin-Ichi Niwa, a psychiatrist based in Fukushima, discusses the state of the mental healthcare in Fukushima.
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    • U.S.-Japan Ties: Image and Reality

      U.S.-Japan Ties: Image and Reality

      Tuesday, April 21, 9 AM

      On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan Society and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA will co-host a half-day public panel discussion to examine the depth and strength of U.S. ties with Japan based on public opinion and statistics.
    • Meet the Author: <em>Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi</em> by Hayden Herrera

      Meet the Author: Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi by Hayden Herrera

      Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 PM

      Isamu Noguchi, born to a Japanese father and American mother in 1904, struggled with self-identity and his dual heritage, which he transformed into statues, gardens and furniture. Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Hayden Herrera discusses Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of Isamu Noguchi, her new major biography of one of America's most iconic sculptors. Moderating the discussion is acclaimed art critic and author Irving Sandler, who is a contributing editor at Art in America.
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    • <em>The Life of Yokohama Merii</em> Language Workshop

      The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop

      Saturday, April 25 — Sunday, April 26

      Calling all Advanced Japanese Language Learners for a unique 3-day language workshop that offers the opportunity to explore the theatrical presentation Yokohama Rosa through original scripts, the plays themselves and intimate discussions with special guests. This workshop is one of three special advanced Japanese workshops coinciding with Japan Society’s Stories from the War theatrical presentations this spring. Workshops are open to students who are in Japanese levels 12-13 and/or Kanji 3-4 or have the equivalent level of proficiency. 
    • Michiko Godai<br><em>Yokohama Rosa</em>

      Michiko Godai
      Yokohama Rosa

      Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM
      Sunday, April 26, 2:30 PM

      Travel through time with legendary actress Michiko Godai in Yokohama Rosa, an intimate portrait of a woman whose life was forever changed by WWII. In this original one-woman comedy inspired by the mysterious real-life woman known by Yokohama locals as "Merii san," Godai transforms on stage from a vulnerable young woman to a confident streetwalker, a love-sick middle-aged woman and finally, a frail but compassionate homeless old lady.
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    • 2015 Japan Society Gallery Benefit Auction

      2015 Japan Society Gallery Benefit Auction

      Wednesday, April 29, 6 PM

      Join us at the third annual Gallery Benefit Auction featuring exceptional contemporary and traditional works by Japanese artists and others deeply influenced by Japan, such as Yayoi Kusama, Mariko Mori, Daido Moriyama, Kohei Nawa, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Proceeds from the event will support Japan Society Gallery exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives and an artist residency program.
    • Folklore Family Day: Celebrating Children's Day through Mukashi Banashi

      Folklore Family Day: Celebrating Children's Day through Mukashi Banashi

      Sunday, May 3, 11 AM

      Step into the folktales of Peach Boy, Urashima Taro, Princess Kaguya and more in a day-long adventure that transforms Japan Society into the set of Japan’s most well-known fables.  Fantastical performances, mystical films, and real-life characters greet children as they learn about these wonderful stories.
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    • Japan’s New Role in the 21st Century

      Japan’s New Role in the 21st Century

      Tuesday, May 5, 6 PM

      The Mt. Fuji Dialogue, cosponsored by the Japan Center for Economic Research and the Japan Institute of International Affairs, began in November of 2014 as a forum to discuss the current and future relationship of Japan and the United States. In this seminar, a panel of prominent Japanese leaders share their thoughts on the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the future of Japan’s security policy, the prospects of new trade initiatives, and the blueprint of economic prosperity for both countries.
    • Changes in Japanese Management Style--An Insider's Look

      Changes in Japanese Management Style--An Insider's Look

      Wednesday, May 6, 12 PM

      Yoshihiko Miyauchi has been piloting ORIX from its earliest innovations, through its navigation of constantly changing global waters, to its evolution into a domestic and international financial services powerhouse. In this lecture, Mr. Miyauchi shares the story of modern changes in Japan's management style from the perspective of an inside witness and participant in the events that have shaped those changes.

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