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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.
    • 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.
    • The Magical Art of Translation: From Haruki Murakami to Japan's Latest Storytellers

      The Magical Art of Translation: From Haruki Murakami to Japan's Latest Storytellers

      Thursday, May 7, 6:30 PM

      Since 1989, Jay Rubin has translated many of Haruki Murakami's most successful and prize-winning novels, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. In this program, he is joined by Ted Goossen, translator of Murakami's most recent U.S. publications, The Strange Library (Knopf, December 2014) and Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels (Knopf, August 2015), and co-editor of Monkey Business literary magazine, which showcases the best of contemporary Japanese literature for an international audience.
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    • Book Club:<br><em>I Am a Cat</em> by Natsume Sōseki

      Book Club:
      I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki

      Friday, May 8, 6 PM

      Sip sake and enjoy light Japanese snacks while we look into the all-time favorite Japanese cat book I Am a Cat by Natsume Sōseki. Written over the course of 1904-6, this classic Japanese literary masterpiece is one of Natsume's most famous works. The story depicts the lives of the people who surround this furry little observer from the stray kitten’s whimsical perspective. This book club is led by Dr. Satoru Saito, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Rutgers University.
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    • New and Traditional Noh:<br> <em>Holy Mother in Nagasaki</em> & <em>Kiyotsune</em>

      New and Traditional Noh:
      Holy Mother in Nagasaki & Kiyotsune

      Thursday, May 14 — Saturday, May 16

      Explore Japan’s time-honored noh theater in a rare double bill that offers plays from the modern and traditional repertories. The evening features the poignant new play Holy Mother in Nagasaki, in which a pilgrim learns about the legend of a woman, surmised to have been the Virgin Mary, who appeared to console the victims of the atomic bomb. Kiyotsune, one of Zeami’s (1363?-1443?) masterpieces, is offered as a companion piece. This centuries-old noh play tells the story of  a grieving widow who meets her warrior husband in a dream to learn of his final battle.
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    • Caturday Craft Day

      Caturday Craft Day

      Saturday, May 16, 12:30 PM
      Saturday, May 16, 3 PM

      Maneki neko, known as the “beckoning cat”, is believed to bring luck and fortune to those who own it. For Caturday Craft Day, see the exhibition and be inspired to create Edo period or modern patterns and motifs to decorate your own maneki neko!
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    • <em>Noh and Nagasaki</em> Language Workshop

      Noh and Nagasaki Language Workshop

      Saturday, May 16 — Sunday, May 17

      Calling all Advanced Japanese Language Learners for a unique 3-day language workshop that offers the opportunity to explore the double bill program Holy Mother in Nagasaki and Kiyotsune 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’sStories 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. 
    • Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Monday, May 18 — Thursday, May 21

      Have you always wanted to learn Japanese, but were unsure where to start? Come for a Free Trial Japanese Lesson, taught by the Toyota Language Center’s Director, Tomoyo Kamimura. This lesson is structured for complete beginners of Japanese.
    • East Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Alliances

      East Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Alliances

      Tuesday, May 19, 6 PM

      The U.S. alliance system has been the key to peace and prosperity in Asia since the end of World War II. How can the U.S. coordinate with its allies to shape the broader regional security architecture while maintaining cooperative relations with China? Join us as our experts discuss the power transition in East Asia as it relates to the opportunities and challenges in alliance management.

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