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May 19, 2024


Members-Only Birthday Event. Japan Society was founded on May 19, 1907, and in honor of our 117th anniversary, we’re hosting a birthday feast for the senses featuring one of Japan’s most iconic films followed by sparkling wine, sake and cupcakes. From director Juzo Itami, “ramen western” Tampopo is an essential, eclectic film following Tampopo (Nobuko Miyamoto) and her journey to save her ramen shop with the perfect recipe. Featuring an eccentric all-star cast including a young Koji Yakusho and Ken Watanabe, Tampopo is a swerving, silly, sensual film about people who take ramen very seriously. About far more than noodles, Tampopo is a meditation on movies, society, etiquette, family, love, life and death—and we’re honored to share it as a birthday gift with the Japan Society family.

Dir. Juzo Itami, 1985, 114 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Koji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe.

Screening begins at 2 PM. Reception follows at 4 PM featuring beverages generously donated by Brooklyn Kura, Moshi, and Sapporo-Stone Brewing. Cupcakes from NYC’s acclaimed Buttercup Bake Shop.

“There is no more ‘foodie’ a film, though it predates the term, anticipating a kind of insane fetishism that no longer seems that unlikely.” —Anthony Bourdain

Image courtesy of Janus Films.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Anime NYC and Yen Press. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund and The John and Miyoko Davey Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family and Friends of Film. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the official Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film. Housing assistance is provided by the Prince Kitano New York, the official hotel sponsor of Japan Society Film.

  • Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • 2:00 pm
  • In-Person Event
  • Reserved Tickets
  • $8 Members

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