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    • The Central Banks of the U.S., Europe and Japan and the Impact on Each Economy
      CORPORATE PROGRAM

      The Central Banks of the U.S., Europe and Japan and the Impact on Each Economy

      Wednesday, September 10, 12 PM

      Multiple Central Banks are now engaging in "unconventional" strategies in response to economic weakness following the 2008 financial crisis, from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s inflation-targeting to the European Central Bank going past the zero bound to negative interest rates. As an internationally-minded investor, Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman & CEO of WL Ross & Co. LLC, will provide his thoughts on Central Bank policies around the world, discussing what he feels are the steps that need to be taken to improve the world economy.
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    • PoNJA-GenKon 10th Anniversary—For a New Wave to Come: Post-1945 Japanese Art History Now
      CONFERENCE/SYMPOSIUM

      PoNJA-GenKon 10th Anniversary—For a New Wave to Come: Post-1945 Japanese Art History Now

      Friday, September 12 — Saturday, September 13

      PoNJA-GenKon (ponja-genkon.net), an acronym for Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group/Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai, is a group of scholars, curators and researchers interested in the study of contemporary Japanese art, founded in April 2003. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of PoNJA-GenKon, the panels present the latest scholarship by specialists and academics in the field of post-1945 Japanese art history, aka “Ponja,” followed by video art presentations.
    • Kampai! The World of Japanese Beer
      LECTURE & TASTING

      Kampai! The World of Japanese Beer

      Friday, September 12, 6:30 PM

      Pull up a stool to Japan Society’s annual beer lecture and tasting, featuring unique and rare brews from Japan’s emerging craft beer industry. Mark Meli, professor at Kansai University and author of Craft Beer in Japan: The Essential Guide, delves into the culture, history and innovative brews coming out of Japan’s beer seen during the lecture. At the tasting reception, enjoy the opportunity to sample many unique and hard-to-come-by brews.
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    • An Evening with Tea Master Sen So’oku & Hiroshi Sugimoto: From Sen Rikyu to Marcel Duchamp
      LECTURE

      An Evening with Tea Master Sen So’oku & Hiroshi Sugimoto: From Sen Rikyu to Marcel Duchamp

      Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 PM

      What does Marcel Duchamp have in common with 16th-century Japanese Tea Master Sen Rikyu? Though their circumstances were continents and centuries apart, both men forged philosophy and art from elements of ordinary life. Their surprising similarities are the subject of this program, presented as dialogue between two of Japan’s most articulate practitioners of contemporary art and the art of tea. 
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    • The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 1<br> Hiromitsu Agatsuma + Akiko Yano
      MUSIC

      The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 1
      Hiromitsu Agatsuma + Akiko Yano

      Saturday, September 27, 7:30 PM

      Tsugaru-shamisen rock, pop and jazz virtuoso Hiromitsu Agatsuma and musical luminary pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano join together for the first time ever. United by their inimitable ability to transform the sentimental strains of Japan's beloved folk songs (min'yo) into cool jazz/pop tunes, Agatsuma and Yano use 3 strings, 88 keys and endearing vocals to breathe new life into this musical genre.
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    • Nihongo Chat/Oshaberi Lounge
      LANGUAGE CENTER EVENT

      Nihongo Chat/Oshaberi Lounge

      Monday, September 29, 6 PM

      Join Japanese-language students and native Japanese speakers at this informal gathering to practice Japanese and English! Anyone at any language level is welcome to attend.
    • Get to Know Japan Series<br>The Allure of Ishikawa: Where Food Meets Art
      LECTURE & TASTING

      Get to Know Japan Series
      The Allure of Ishikawa: Where Food Meets Art

      Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM

      The 2000-mile-long chain of islands that comprises Japan possesses a unique history and countless cultural traditions, which continue to flourish in the current day. In the Get to Know Japan Series’ inaugural event, the Japan Society will introduce the cuisine and cultural treasures of the Ishikawa Prefecture.
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    • East Asia on the Brink: What Japan Must Do to Assure Regional Stability
      CORPORATE PROGRAM

      East Asia on the Brink: What Japan Must Do to Assure Regional Stability

      Wednesday, October 8, 6 PM

      East Asia is at a historic crossroads, as arguments over collective self-defense in the Japanese Diet occur alongside unprecedented expansion of military assets in China. The Honorable Seiji Maehara, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of Japan’s House of Representatives, provides a keynote speech on how Japan should act, particularly with regard to China and the alliance with the U.S.

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    • Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab
      EXHIBITION

      Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab

      Friday, October 10 — Sunday, January 11

      A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to be encountered this fall in our new exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights.
    • Unearthing New Visions
      LECTURE

      Unearthing New Visions

      Saturday, October 11, 5 PM

      In this lively talk with the featured artists, exhibition co-curators Miwako Tezuka, Director of the Gallery and a specialist in contemporary Japanese art and Laura J. Mueller, an independent curator and specialist of classical Japanese art, dig deeper into the psyche of today’s Japan as reflected in Garden of Unearthly Delights.

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