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    • Doll Festival: Hinamatsuri

      Doll Festival: Hinamatsuri

      Sunday, March 1, 2 PM

      Come see our beautiful collection of intricately decorated Hinamatsuri dolls, known as hina-ningyo, and learn about the songs, tradition and history that surrounds Hinamatsuri, a festival which celebrates the health and future happiness of young girls. After examining the hina-ningyo, try your hand at creating your very own doll during the hands-on arts and crafts portion of the event!
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    • The Second Chapter of Japan’s Revitalization: The Current State of Japanese Economy & the Abe Administration’s Next Challenge

      The Second Chapter of Japan’s Revitalization: The Current State of Japanese Economy & the Abe Administration’s Next Challenge

      Monday, March 2, 12 PM

      It has been two years and two months since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s inauguration. In this talk and Q&A session, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, who is in charge of election management, one of the four executive roles of the Liberal Democratic Party, and a former Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, describes the Abe administration's plans to tackle the next challenges in revitalizing the Japanese economy, outlining the achievements of Abenomics to date, the next step of Japan's growth strategy, policies for regional economic recovery, as well as Japan's energy and trade policies.
    • Taste of Home Series<br>Flipping Out: <em>Okonomiyaki</em>

      Taste of Home Series
      Flipping Out: Okonomiyaki

      Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 PM

      Legendary Iron Chef and “Okonomiyaki Ambassador” Masaharu Morimoto will be joined by Chef Yoshio Saito (author of Okonomiyaki: Japanese Comfort Food) to discuss the history and appeal of okonomiyaki, a western-influenced savory Japanese “pancake” made with a wide variety of ingredients. The lecture concludes with Okonomiyaki Academy Master Chef Shigenori Matsumoto preparing this iconic and beloved Japanese dish in a live demonstration. Followed by a tasting reception.
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    • 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 Sato, 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.

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