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    • Performing Arts 2016–2017

      Performing Arts 2016–2017

      Friday, September 16 — Tuesday, March 28

    • A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

      A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

      Friday, March 10 — Sunday, June 11

      A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints is the first exhibition in North America devoted to the portrayal of wakashu, or beautiful youths—a “third gender” occupying a distinct position in the social and sexual hierarchy of Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). Featuring over 65 woodblock prints, as well as paintings, luxury objects and personal ornaments, A Third Gender illuminates the richness of lived experience in Edo society, where complex rules governed gender constructs.
    • Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema

      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.
    • Meet Pepper: The World's First Humanoid Robot That Reads Human Emotions

      Meet Pepper: The World's First Humanoid Robot That Reads Human Emotions

      Tuesday, March 28, 6 PM

      In this program, a representative from Softbank Robotics Corp. shares behind-the-scenes stories, plans for launching Pepper in North America, and the impact of Pepper and artificial intelligence on society. In addition to a demonstration of Pepper’s functionality and features, the program offers participants the opportunity to meet and experience Pepper during the reception.
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    • Queer Japan with Graham Kolbeins

      Queer Japan with Graham Kolbeins

      Friday, March 31, 7 PM

      Explore the lives of the quiet radicals from Japan's contemporary LGBTQ+ culture with an exclusive preview of this much anticipated documentary-in-progress by filmmaker Graham Kolbeins. Footage screened this evening has been specially selected by the director to focus on transgender expressions in Japan, bringing the history revealed in the spring exibition A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints up to the present day.
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    • School in the Crosshairs

      School in the Crosshairs

      Friday, March 31, 7 PM

      This early "idol" movie by genre master Nobuhiko Obayashi (House) features Hiroko Yakushimaru, then the heart-throb of millions of Japanese fans, as a spunky teen defending her high school from infiltration and domination by fascistic aliens. The action is more mind-bendingly fantastic than soberly scientific, featuring delightfully bizarre effects designed by Obayashi himself.
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    • <em>Forbidden Colors</em> by Yukio Mishima

      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

      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

      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

      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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