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    • Michiko Godai<br><em>Yokohama Rosa</em>
      THEATER

      Michiko Godai
      Yokohama Rosa

      Saturday, April 25, 7:30 PM
      Sunday, April 26, 2:30 PM

      Travel through time with legendary actress Michiko Godai in Yokohama Rosa, an intimate portrait of a woman whose life was forever changed by WWII. In this original one-woman comedy inspired by the mysterious real-life woman known by Yokohama locals as "Merii san," Godai transforms on stage from a vulnerable young woman to a confident streetwalker, a love-sick middle-aged woman and finally, a frail but compassionate homeless old lady.
    • Life of Cats:<br>Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection
      EXHIBITION

      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.
    • 2015 Japan Society Gallery Benefit Auction
      SPECIAL EVENT

      2015 Japan Society Gallery Benefit Auction

      Wednesday, April 29, 6 PM

      Join us at the third annual Gallery Benefit Auction featuring exceptional contemporary and traditional works by Japanese artists and others deeply influenced by Japan, such as Yayoi Kusama, Mariko Mori, Daido Moriyama, Kohei Nawa, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Proceeds from the event will support Japan Society Gallery exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives and an artist residency program.
    • Folklore Family Day: Celebrating Children's Day through Mukashi Banashi
      FAMILY PROGRAM

      Folklore Family Day: Celebrating Children's Day through Mukashi Banashi

      Sunday, May 3, 11 AM

      Step into the folktales of Peach Boy, Urashima Taro, Princess Kaguya and more in a day-long adventure that transforms Japan Society into the set of Japan’s most well-known fables.  Fantastical performances, mystical films, and real-life characters greet children as they learn about these wonderful stories.
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    • Japan’s New Role in the 21st Century
      CORPORATE PROGRAM

      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.
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    • Changes in Japanese Management Style--An Insider's Look
      CORPORATE PROGRAM

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

      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
      GALLERY EVENT

      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>
      THEATER/TRADITIONAL

      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
      WORKSHOP

      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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