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    • Maborosi


      Friday, March 10, 7 PM

      The first narrative feature by Hirokazu Kore-eda is a contemplative and poetic film about loss. After her husband is killed in an apparent suicide, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) struggles to process the meaning of his death as she tries to move on with her life.

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    • John T. Carpenter: Amusements in a Samurai Mansion—Male Youths as Actors, Escorts or Outcasts in Early Edo Art

      John T. Carpenter: Amusements in a Samurai Mansion—Male Youths as Actors, Escorts or Outcasts in Early Edo Art

      Sunday, March 12, 11 AM

      Join John T. Carpenter (Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) for this discussion on the imagery of male youths in Japanese painting, from medieval to early modern times. Followed by refreshments and post-lecture tours by Japan Society staff, first-come, first-served.

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    • Sen So'oku: The Subtle Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

      Sen So'oku: The Subtle Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

      Monday, March 13, 6:30 PM

      Sen So’oku, heir to the Mushakouji Senke tea school, returns to Japan Society for a special talk on the Japanese art of chanoyu, or tea ceremony. Followed by a reception.
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    • After the Storm

      After the Storm

      Tuesday, March 14, 7 PM

    • U.S.-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Opportunities in Troubled Waters

      U.S.-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Opportunities in Troubled Waters

      Wednesday, March 15, 6 PM

      Competing maritime sovereignty claims in the East and South China Sea have the potential to spark a dangerous conflict between major powers in East Asia. How should the U.S., Japan and Australia work together to uphold existing international norms and laws? Please join our experts as we discuss trilateral maritime security cooperation as it is today, and how to strengthen future cooperation on this issue.
    • Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa Sato

      Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema

      Friday, March 24 — Saturday, April 8

      This seven-film series curated by film critic and writer Mark Schilling goes beyond Toho's superstar monster Godzilla to introduce a selection of titles that display the wide-ranging imagination of the Japanese sci-fi/fantasy genre, including innovative B-movies, kaiju eiga ("monster movies") and non-Godzilla classics involving director Ishiro Honda and effects maestro Eiji Tsuburaya.
    • The H-Man

      The H-Man

      Friday, March 24, 7 PM

      Based on a scenario by Toho actor Hideo Unagami, this Ishiro Honda classic blends sci-fi, horror and noir to spooky and thrilling effect. The H-Man of the title is a creature formed of radioactive goo that is driven to liquefy humans--and can only be vanquished by electrifying or incinerating it to vapor. The film's science may be dodgy but the tense climatic chase through underground sewers, with H-Men lurking about, is a Honda career highlight.
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    • Beyond Godzilla

      Beyond Godzilla

      Saturday, March 25, 5 PM

      Beyond Godzilla series curator Mark Schilling traces the evolution of the sci-fi/fantasy genre in Japan that (save for one big, scaly beast) remains largely neglected, considering its prewar origins to the present. The lecture will introduce Schilling’s selections and provide context for their inclusion in relation to the history of sci-fi/fantasy films in Japan, from Toho sci-fi epics helmed by Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya to fantasies by pioneering indie auteur Nobuhiko Obayashi and beyond.
    • Latitude Zero

      Latitude Zero

      Saturday, March 25, 7 PM

      Starring Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero and Richard Jaeckel—then Hollywood actors well known to Japanese fans—Latitude Zero was Toho's attempt to make an "international" film, though the studio had to downsize the budget when its U.S. production partner bailed. Nonetheless this genre mash-up of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lost Horizon and The Island of Dr. Moreau has its charms, from its sleek giant submarines to an undersea Shangri-la, ruled by Cotten's urbane, benevolent sub captain, that still looks inviting.
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