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    • Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Monday, March 9, 6:30 PM
      Thursday, March 12, 12 PM

      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.
    • Play Reading Series<br><em>Dancing with the Bird</em>

      Play Reading Series
      Dancing with the Bird

      Monday, March 9, 7:30 PM

      With her hair stuck in a fan nearly eight feet in the air, a young woman finds herself in a most peculiar predicament when a man appears to have come to her rescue. This Hitchcock-esque cliffhanger is written by Kishida Kunio Award-winning playwright/director Seiji Nozoe, whose plays weave unusual but convincing realities as backdrops to his amusing explorations of the inner self. New York-based director, actor and filmmaker James Yaegashi translates the play and leads a cast of American actors in this minimalist three-person play that unleashes a world of emotion.
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    • Transformation of Morgan Stanley: CEO James Gorman on Creating a More Balanced Business Model

      Transformation of Morgan Stanley: CEO James Gorman on Creating a More Balanced Business Model

      Thursday, March 12, 12 PM

      In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, banks were compelled to adapt to a new environment characterized by increased regulation, difficult markets and a heightened risk aversion on the part of stakeholders. In this program, James Gorman discusses his experiences in navigating Morgan Stanley through major structural changes, and shares his vision for the future of financial service firms.
    • 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.
    • Playful Heart: Cats in Ukiyo-e Prints

      Playful Heart: Cats in Ukiyo-e Prints

      Friday, March 13, 6:30 PM

      What was ukiyo-e to people during the Edo period? One of many answers to this question is asobi gokoro, literally translated as "playful heart." Japan Society Gallery Director Miwako Tezuka talks with Mitsunobu Satō, Director of the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, about the playfulness abundantly expressed in the cat prints from his foundation.
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    • Feline Fantasies: Cats in the Floating World

      Feline Fantasies: Cats in the Floating World

      Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 PM

      Drawing on both the current Japan Society exhibition and the massive Japanese art collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sarah E. Thompson, Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will examine depictions of cats in three aspects: the elegant cat, a symbol of sophistication and allure; the predatory cat, from helpful mouser to supernatural monster; and the comical cat, an anthropomorphic vehicle for humor and satire.
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    • China Nights

      China Nights

      Saturday, March 21, 7 PM

China Nights was the second film in what came to be known as the “Continental Trilogy,” along with Song of the White Orchid and Vow in the Desert. All three are national allegories centered on a romance between the Japanese star Kazuo Hasegawa and Shirley Yamaguchi (Ri Koran). Like its predecessor, the film centers on misunderstanding, mistrust and the redemptive power of romance.
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    • Nihongo Chat

      Nihongo Chat

      Monday, March 23, 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.
    • Abenomics in the New Stage

      Abenomics in the New Stage

      Tuesday, March 24, 8 AM

      The Japanese economy showed signs of growth soon after Prime Minister Abe took office and implemented a series of proactive economic policies. Professor Heizo Takenaka of Keio University, a leading scholar on structural reforms, will share his views on how the Abe administration plans to stimulate the economy. The speaker will also be joined by a panel of experts to discuss Abenomics in a global context.
    • The New Earth

      The New Earth

      Tuesday, March 24, 7 PM

      A Japanese man returns from Europe and filled with admiration for European culture…and women, as he rejects marriage with Setsuko Hara. Her father, played by Sessue Hayakawa, brings him around to a re-appreciation of both Hara and Japanese culture. This film catapulted Hara to instant movie stardom and she became a mainstay of the Japanese war film.
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