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    • <em>Forbidden Colors</em> by Yukio Mishima
      BOOK CLUB

      Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima

      Saturday, April 1, 2:30 PM

      Burrow into the tortuous mind of controversial Japanese author Yukio Mishima with this tale of homoerotic desire, manipulation and revenge. Widely thought to be autobiographical, the novel follows aging writer Shunsuke, embittered by years of rejection, as he instructs his handsome, unhappily engaged protégé Yuichi in the skill of making the world his plaything, leading to an erotic downward spiral into the gay underworld of postwar Japan.
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    • Invisible Man
      FILM

      Invisible Man

      Saturday, April 1, 4:30 PM

      One of the many films inspired by the 1897 H.G. Wells sci-fi novella The Invisible Man (including a 1949 film by the Daiei studio), Toho's Invisible Man was released less than two months after Godzilla with Eiji Tsuburaya handling effects for both films. For the former, Tsuburya used optical compositing to enhance the illusion of invisibility, such as a motor scooter ridden by the invisible hero that seems to move on its own. Meanwhile, the ending recalls the famous farewell-in-a-fireball climax of Raoul Walsh's White Heat.
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    • The Secret of the Telegian
      FILM

      The Secret of the Telegian

      Saturday, April 1, 7 PM

      Directed by Jun Fukuda and scripted by Shinichi Sekizawa, who were to later work together on Godzilla series entries, The Secret of the Telegian is a fast-paced thriller with a sci-fi twist: A scientist uses teleportation—and the services of a former military man—to revenge himself on other ex-soldiers who tried to kill him during the war. Once again Eiji Tsuburaya supplies the effects, including a teleportation device that sparks and crackles in a spookily vivid electric blue.
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    • Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
      TALKS+

      Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

      Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 PM

      Fumio Sasaki, minimalist and author of Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, joins us at Japan Society to discuss how he opted for minimalism over materialism and share his insight on this life-altering philosophy. Followed by a book sale and signing reception.
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    • Zatoichi the Fugitive
      FILM

      Zatoichi the Fugitive

      Friday, April 7, 7 PM

      The fourth episode in the immensely popular 25-film action series features the iconic blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) going up against a legion of local yakuza henchmen who target him after he defeats them in a wrestling tournament and then kills one of their own in self-defense.
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    • Blue Christmas
      FILM

      Blue Christmas

      Saturday, April 8, 4 PM

      Best known for his samurai and war films, Kihachi Okamoto (Sword of Doom) made Blue Christmas from So Kuramoto's original script as a rare sci-fi for adults. Despite a sensationalistic premise—contact with mysterious UFOs creates a new "race" of humans with blue blood—the film offers a serious critique of social discrimination and government oppression. A box office disappointment at the time of its release, it has since acquired cult cachet in Japan, while still dividing critics and fans.
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    • Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris
      FILM

      Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris

      Saturday, April 8, 7 PM

      Starting in 1995 with Gamera, the Guardian of the Universe, Shusuke Kaneko rebooted the Gamera tokusatsu series with a new trilogy starring the title flying giant turtle. The third film, Gamera 3: Revene of Iris, which mixes ancient folktales about monsters asleep in mountains with modern fears about scientific horrors, is the best of the lot—one big reason being the monster-versus-monster battles created by effects supervisor Shinji Higuchi (Shin Godzilla) intended to frighten and awe, not amuse with campy antics.
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    • Say Sayonara to Long Hours: Work-Life Balance in Japan and the U.S.
      BUSINESS & POLICY

      Say Sayonara to Long Hours: Work-Life Balance in Japan and the U.S.

      Wednesday, April 12, 6 PM

      This program focuses on the professional life and appropriate working styles for increasing productivity and efficiency. Speakers discuss how organizations are responding to increased work-life balance concerns, as well as their personal stories and insights on balancing family, work, and life. The panelists also examine what kind of programs and policies are needed in order to achieve a healthy work-life balance that allows both men and women to succeed at home and in the workplace.
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    • Free Trial Japanese Lesson
      LANGUAGE CENTER EVENT

      Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 PM

      Have you always wanted to learn Japanese, but were unsure where to start? Come for a Free Trial Japanese Lesson, taught by Language Center instructors. This lesson is structured for complete beginners of Japanese language learning.
    • Connoisseurship: Erotic Prints <em>Shunga</em> and <em>Abuna-e</em>
      WORKSHOP

      Connoisseurship: Erotic Prints Shunga and Abuna-e

      Saturday, April 22, 10:30 AM

      Learn about selecting, collecting and appreciating Japanese erotic prints (shunga and abuna-e) and other Edo-period arts in this special workshop. Collector Lou Forster (Japan Society, Board of Directors) moderates a discussion with ukiyo-e specialist Dr. Sebastian Izzard (Japanese Art Society of America, Board of Directors) and other experts on identifying fine-quality prints, and also shares some examples of abuna-e from his own collection.
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