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    • 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.
    • Butoh/Movement Workshop with Kota Yamazaki

      Butoh/Movement Workshop with Kota Yamazaki

      Saturday, May 30, 12 PM

      New York-based Japanese choreographer Kota Yamazaki teaches the somatic movement techniques that he has developed out of his training in butoh and Noguchi Gymnastics. In this workshop, Yamazaki offers a series of exercises that guide participants in the composition of renga collaborative poems through movement. These poems are a source of inspiration for his newest work OQ.
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    • JAPAN CUTS & Japan Society Gallery Present:<br><em>Neko Samurai ~Samurai ♥ Cat~</em><br>and Edo Cat Party!

      JAPAN CUTS & Japan Society Gallery Present:
      Neko Samurai ~Samurai ♥ Cat~
      and Edo Cat Party!

      Saturday, May 30, 7 PM

      The JAPAN CUTS 2014 fan-favorite film is back by popular demand to celebrate the Life of Cats exhibition. Kazuki Kitamura stars as masterless samurai Kyutaro Madarame, who is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of their rival gang's beloved pet—an adorable white cat. Upon raising his sword, however, he cannot bring himself to go through with the act and the cat melts his ronin heart. This charming and hilarious period romp is purr-fect for cat lovers and cinephiles alike!
    • Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug<br><em>OQ</em>

      Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug

      Friday, June 5, 7:30 PM
      Saturday, June 6, 7:30 PM

      Global traditions flow together in this latest work by Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki. Inspired by ritual poetry readings held at the Japanese Imperial Palace (utakai), Yamazaki's OQ (ōkyu) is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for "palace") features dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western contemporary, butoh and hip-hop.
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    • Fumihiko Maki: The Construction of Place

      Fumihiko Maki: The Construction of Place

      Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 PM

      Throughout his career, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki has focused on maintaining several major principles in his designs, regardless of the location, type or scale of his projects. Maki will discuss these principles as well as his recent projects in Japan and overseas, including 4 World Trade Center in New York, MediaCorp in Singapore, The Bihar Museum in Patna, India, and The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Moderated by Toshiko Mori.
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    • Japan Society 2015 Annual Dinner

      Japan Society 2015 Annual Dinner

      Thursday, June 11, 6:30 PM

    • Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: Demystifying Sake

      Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: Demystifying Sake

      Monday, June 15, 6:30 PM

      Sake expert John Gauntner returns to Japan Society for our popular annual sake talk and tasting event. This year, he dispels some of the myths surrounding sake, guiding attendees through the finer distinctions between varieties. Whether it's nama (unpasteurized) or pasteurized, junmai (pure) or alcohol-added, Gauntner will show how each kind of sake is delicious in its own way.
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    • Demystifying the AIIB: Implications for China, Japan & the U.S.

      Demystifying the AIIB: Implications for China, Japan & the U.S.

      Tuesday, June 16, 6 PM

      Japan Society and China Institute co-present this panel discussion on the newly established Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an ambitious initiative by China that aims to provide financing for infrastructure projects in Asia. In this panel discussion, we invite experts in global finance to discuss the outlook for China’s new $100 billion bank, and how the U.S. and Japan should engage with it.
    • JAPAN CUTS 2015 Film Workshop

      JAPAN CUTS 2015 Film Workshop

      Sunday, June 21, 11 AM

      In this one-day workshop participants will learn to manipulate the surface of the film using a variety of camera-less filmmaking techniques: painting, scratching, collage, and masking in order to create an experimental film on 16mm. This intensive workshop is designed to introduce, explore and master (on some level) the ability to articulate movement through the tactile gesturings of this beautiful cinematic language.

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    • Nihongo Chat

      Nihongo Chat

      Wednesday, June 24, 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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