Here and There

Here and There

A list of Japan-related events and exhibitions beyond Japan Society.


Portraying the Human Condition: The Films of Masaki Kobayashi and Tatsuya Nakadai

May 15–24

Museum of the Moving Image Film Series

36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106

Legend has it that the director Masaki Kobayashi (1916–1996) discovered the young actor Tatsuya Nakadai working as a shop clerk in Tokyo and, casting him in a small part in his film The Thick-Walled Room (1953), gave Nakadai his first role, initiating one of the most legendary collaborations in all of Japanese cinema. “Nakadai embodied postwar individualism and youth culture—in his clear enunciation and strong, deep speaking voice and in his expressive body movements, facial mobility, and willingness to convey deeply felt emotions, rather than repressing them on behalf of an outworn notion of samurai dignity,” wrote film historian Joan Mellen. This perfectly suited Kobayashi, a pacifist who had suffered for his convictions during World War II. Summarizing his work, he said “All of my pictures are concerned with resisting entrenched power. I suppose I have always challenged authority.” Nakadai, returning to Museum of the Moving Image for the third time, now realizes a dream of revisiting his collaborations with Kobayashi, including their anti-war masterpiece, the ten-hour trilogy The Human Condition.

Japan Society Members: Get 20% off all films in the series by using the code JPARTNER at checkout.

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Butoh Workshop with Butoh Master Tadashi Endo

Thursday, June 11, 6-9 PM
Friday, June 12, 6-9 PM
Saturday, June 13, 1-6 PM
Sunday, June 14, 1-6 PM
Cameo Studios

307 West 14th Street
New York NY 10036
Studio A
Vangeline Theater hosts a 4-day Butoh workshop with Butoh Master Tadashi Endo. TADASHI ENDO, elève of the great butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, found his own way of dance which he calls “Butoh ­ MA”. MA is a very important word in zen buddhism which has two meanings: the “emptiness” and “the space between the things”. 

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Salon Series No. 52 
The Mundane and the Holiness: Asobime

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 3 PM

Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th Street NYC

Through the performances of the Kabuki Dance, Shigure Saigyo, and the classical Sankyoku music, Kajimakura, Salon Series No. 52 will explore the life of Asobime (Play Girl) and Shirabyoshi (Shrabyoshi Dancer). They are the medieval entertainers, described as the profane, and yet who served a sacred role in Japanese history. Originally a Noh play adapted to a Kabuki dance, Shigure Saigyo surrounds an episode about a poet /monk Saigyo and a courtesan/Boddhisattva, while Kajimakura is about the impermanence of entertainers’ lives.

Guest Artists: Yoshiro Kono, Mutsumi Takamizu and Masumi Takamizu on Koto, Shamisen, and Vocal

Dancejapan: Yuu Fujita, Keiko Ikehata, Sachiyo Ito
Admission: $15, 10 (senior & student) 
Information: (212) 627-0265 /

Advanced Summer Dance Intensive (ASDI)

182 at 182 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

At our Advanced Summer Dance Intensive (ASDI), dancers at an advanced level ages 18-24 will get to study with Shen Wei Dance Arts and Stefanie Batten Bland. The intensive consists of a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum for dancers wishing to learn repertory from the masters themselves. The classes will be held in beautiful dance studios on Governors Island that overlook the Hudson River in two sessions. Session one (August 3rd-7th) will have Sara Procopio from Shen Wei Dance Arts teach their repertory and Session two (August 10-14th) will have Stephanie Batten Bland teaching her work. In conclusion of each week, there will be a final showcase on both Fridays, to present what dancers learned during the intensive. Tuition is $655 for one week session and $945 for both sessions. Auditions are mandatory and scholarships are available. Our next two auditions will be held on June 6th and July 11th from 2:00-4:00pm at Dancewave 182 at 182 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY. To sign up for an audition, or for more information, send email at or call 718.522.4696.

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The Japanese Government’s “Cool Japan” Hotline

“Cool Japan” refers to Japanese products, media and culture that non-Japanese people feel are interesting and distinct to Japan. The Japanese Government wishes to learn what is cool to non-Japanese and  work on disseminating these things further in order to deepen cultural exchange. The Cabinet Secretariat welcomes your opinions on  what things are ‘cool’ from the viewpoint of non-Japanese people but unnoticed by Japanese, proposals on how to disseminate “Cool Japan”, and any other proposals to the Japanese Government that may be helpful for the “Cool Japan” strategy. Please note that the Secretariat will not specifically reply to each opinion or proposal received. We appreciate your cooperation.

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