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    • For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979

      For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979

      Friday, October 9 — Sunday, January 10

      In the wake of the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s, Japanese artists and photographers began crafting a new visual language for an age of uncertainty. For a New World to Come is the first comprehensive exhibition to spotlight this radical break with the past. With some 200 works by such luminaries as Miyako Ishiuchi, Daidō Moriyama, Jirō Takamatsu, and Shōmei Tōmatsu, the exhibition charts the stunning diversity of photographic practices during this pivotal era, from conceptual series situated squarely within global artistic currents, to visually arresting meditations on time, place, and self.
    • 1968 and Beyond: The <em>New World</em> of Art & Photography
      ART TALK

      1968 and Beyond: The New World of Art & Photography

      Friday, October 9, 6:30 PM

      Join For a New World to Come artists Miyako Ishiuchi and Kunié Sugiura in conversation with exhibition curator Yasufumi Nakamori (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) for their insiders' perspective on the earliest stirrings of contemporary art in Japan and New York during the late 1960s and 1970s.
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    • The Physics of Success: Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Shuji Nakamura on Fostering Innovation

      The Physics of Success: Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Shuji Nakamura on Fostering Innovation

      Wednesday, October 14, 6 PM

      Dr. Shuji Nakamura, Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earned the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of the blue light emitting diode (LED), a result of his tireless devotion to his research in the field of semiconductor technology. In this lecture, he discusses his achievements, his thoughts on innovation in Japan and the U.S., and the effect that Japan’s corporate culture has on its scientists.
    • Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Free Trial Japanese Lesson

      Thursday, October 15, 12 PM
      Monday, October 19, 6:30 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 language learning.
    • Conflagration


      Friday, October 16, 7 PM

      Known as Ichikawa's favorite of his own films, Conflagration is the pinnacle of the many acclaimed literary adaptations he and his wife Natto Wada worked on together. Loosely based on true events that also inspired Yukio Mishima's novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the story involves the spiritual and psychological breakdown of an introverted, troubled youth named Goichi (Raizo Ichikawa), whose desire for pure beauty leads him to Kyoto's Shukaku temple, where he becomes an apprentice to the priest.
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    • Open House New York Weekend

      Open House New York Weekend

      Saturday, October 17, 11 AM
      Sunday, October 18, 11 AM

      In conjunction with Open House New York Weekend (, Japan Society Gallery opens its doors with free admission all weekend!
    • Her Brother

      Her Brother

      Saturday, October 17, 4 PM

      In writing about Her Brother, Ichikawa asks "...if one starts with the premise that everyone is essentially alone, then what follows?" Based on the autobiographical novel by Aya Koda, Ichikawa's film is a moving, restrained family melodrama told from the viewpoint of Gen (Keiko Kishi), a lonely yet resilient young woman obligated to her distant writer father (Masayuki Mori) and invalid, devoutly Christian stepmother (Kinuyo Tanaka).
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    • <em>The Key</em> by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

      The Key by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

      Saturday, October 17, 5 PM

      Sip sake and enjoy mouthwatering Japanese snacks as we discuss Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s controversial psychological novel The Key (1956).
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    • An Actor's Revenge

      An Actor's Revenge

      Saturday, October 17, 7 PM

      Ingeniously conceived and executed as a mix of hyper-stylized kabuki theater and Western cinematic realism, An Actor's Revenge features some of Ichikawa's most elaborate use of the widescreen frame, spotlighting Yoshinobu Nishioka's breathtaking production design and Setsuo Kobayashi's vivid Cinemascope photography.
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    • Nihongo Chat

      Nihongo Chat

      Friday, October 23, 6 PM

      Join Japanese-language students and native Japanese speakers at this informal gathering to practice Japanese and English! Anyone with some Japanese language experience is welcome to attend.

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