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    • <em>The Story of Tokyo Rose</em> Language Workshop

      The Story of Tokyo Rose Language Workshop

      Friday, January 30 — Sunday, February 1

      Calling all Advanced Japanese language learners for a unique 3-day language workshop that offers the opportunity to explore Miwa Yanagi’s Zero Hour and the historical story of “Tokyo Rose” through the original script, the theatrical presentation and intimate discussions with Miwa Yanagi and Japan Society’s Artistic Director. This workshop is one of three special advanced Japanese workshops coinciding with Japan Society’s Stories 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.
    • Miwa Yanagi<br><em>Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape</em>

      Miwa Yanagi
      Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape

      Thursday, January 29 — Saturday, January 31

      Stranded in Japan during WWII, a young Japanese-American woman was forced to serve as a radio broadcaster for a propaganda program run by the Japanese Imperial Army, and was subsequently tried for treason. Seventy years later, this historic incident is brought to life through a visually stunning whodunit, conceived, written and directed by internationally renowned visual artist Miwa Yanagi.
    • Glenview Capital’s Larry Robbins on Investing in Today’s Markets

      Glenview Capital’s Larry Robbins on Investing in Today’s Markets

      Tuesday, February 3, 12 PM

      Since its creation in 2001, Glenview Capital Management has gained prominence for its impressive returns under the leadership of CEO Larry Robbins. By expertly applying growth at a reasonable price (GARP) investment strategy, Robbins’ firm has earned its place as a top-tier hedge fund. In this lecture, Robbins discusses his investment strategy, market outlook, and his views on opportunities for investment in the current global marketplace.

    • Maritime Security in East Asia: Creating a New Landscape for U.S.-Japan Relations

      Maritime Security in East Asia: Creating a New Landscape for U.S.-Japan Relations

      Wednesday, February 4, 6 PM

      Under the Abe administration, the Japanese and American governments have been revising their defense guidelines for the first time since 1997. With these new defense guidelines, how will the relationship between the U.S. and Japan change? Furthermore, by re-evaluating the security agreement, what type of implications will U.S.-Japan relations have on the territorial disputes in East Asia and maritime security on the South China Sea? This event features international security experts discussing the trends and prospects of the future of the Asia-Pacific region, and how the U.S.-Japan defense agreement impacts these prospects.
    • Noh Workshop and Demonstration with Yamai Tsunao

      Noh Workshop and Demonstration with Yamai Tsunao

      Sunday, February 8, 11 AM

      Chosen this year as a "Cultural Exchange Ambassador" by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs, Yamai Tsunao returns to Japan Society for a full-day workshop on noh theater's stylized movement and vocalization. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn to chant an excerpt from the noh play Takasago, learn basic moves from Hagoromo and try on costumes and masks.
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    • Shake Up Your Valentine's Day: Romantic Sake Cocktails

      Shake Up Your Valentine's Day: Romantic Sake Cocktails

      Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 PM

      Stir your passion with this hands-on workshop led by certified sake sommelier Chris Johnson. Participants will learn about the varieties of sake that exist and how they can fit into any mixologists' cocktail-making repertoire, especially for this time of the year. Under Chris's guidance, each participant will mix and enjoy several Valentine's Day-themed sake cocktails and receive a cocktail-making kit to take home after the workshop. Participants must be at least 21 years old.
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    • Nihongo Chat

      Nihongo Chat

      Tuesday, February 17, 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.
    • Activism, Independence, Stewardship—Current Trends in U.S. and Japanese Corporate Governance

      Activism, Independence, Stewardship—Current Trends in U.S. and Japanese Corporate Governance

      Wednesday, February 18, 8 AM

      This panel discussion will address current trends in Japan and U.S. corporate governance, including: how the recent corporate governance initiatives will affect Japanese boards; what ideas Japanese directors can gain from U.S. best practices; and what threats U.S. activist shareholders might bring to Japan.
    • Meet the Author: An Evening with Julie Otsuka, <em>When the Emperor Was Divine</em>

      Meet the Author: An Evening with Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine

      Thursday, February 19, 6:30 PM

      PEN/Faulkner and Asian American Literary Award-winning author Julie Otsuka speaks about her writing on events and themes surrounding WWII. Her spellbinding debut novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, is an in-depth portrayal of a Japanese American family during their WWII internment, written from the perspectives of each of the four family members. She is joined by a guest moderator and an actor who will perform an on-stage reading. When the Emperor Was Divine has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for inclusion in their "The Big Read" program.
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    • Nagisa Oshima’s It’s Me Here, Bellett<br><em>Preceded by</em><br>8 Experimental Shorts by Tezuka

      Nagisa Oshima’s It’s Me Here, Bellett
      Preceded by
      8 Experimental Shorts by Tezuka

      Friday, February 20, 7 PM

      One of the few films produced by the Directors Guild of Japan was a promotional film for the Isuzu Bellett- a sedan car that began manufacture in Japan in 1963. Starting with Yasujiro Ozu as advisor to the script, the credits include a slew of A-list film directors such as Heinosuke Gosho and Yoshitaro Nomura with a hip jazz soundtrack by jazz pianist and composer Hachidai Nakamura (also famous for being the composer of the hit song "Sukiyaki"). Originally made for television, It's Me Here, Bellett is a must-watch for Oshima fans as this will be the first ever official screening in the U.S.

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