Here and There

Here and There

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


Free Kabuki Dance Workshop for Aspiring  Actors

10 sessions from end of October to December

Performance in the New Year 
Audition: 10/19 Monday 4-5pm
For detail and registration, email to :
Sachiyo Ito and Company
The workshop is sponsored in part by the public funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Invest Japan Seminar 2015 in New York

Monday, September 28rd, 9 AM

The New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
The Japan External Trade Organization cordially invites you to the Invest Japan Seminar. In the wake of Abenomics, Japan has shown a significant strength of economic recovery. To further improve this, the government has strengthened its ability to promote Foreign Direct Investment into Japan. JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) will be hosting a powerful session to introduce Japan and its potential of business for US companies. We welcome you to join us in this opportunity to gain insight on what’s to come in the near future of Japan.

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Annual Exhibition & Sale
October 3rd – 18th, daily 11 AM – 6 PM

110 Main Street (4505 RT 27)
Kingston, NJ 08528
Featuring traditional Japanese furnishings, TANSU cabinetry, pottery, and decorative folk arts.

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Sachiyo Ito & Company: Salon No. 53

Japanese Legends: Yamanba and Hataori Monogatari (Old Woman in the Mountain and Weaving Stories) and Tsuru no Ongaeshi (Return of Gratitude by the Crane)
October 4, 2015, 3 PM
Tenri Cultural Center
43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

Tickets: $15/$10 (seniors, students)
For questions: (212) 627-0265 /
Guest Artists: Kaoru Watanabe (Flutist), Tomoko Sugawara (Harpist), Mari Nakano (Weaver)
Costume Design for the Crane: Mariko Suzuki

Salon Series No.53 explores major two genres in Japanese legends, Yamanba and Hataori Monogatari, through discussion, and presentation of two dances. Yamanba (Old Woman in the Mountain), a Kabuki dance to Tokiwazu music, and the Weaving Crane, inspired by the folk tale Tsuru no Ongaeshi (Return of the Gratitude by the Crane) choreographed by Sachiyo Ito will be performed. Japanese legends abound in Yamanba stories, which inspired plays and dances in Noh and Kabuki such as Yamanba, Adachigahara also called Kurozuka, where heroines are portrayed as Oni-baba (Demon Old woman).
The theme of “Kinshitsu” (Do not look into my room, or Forbidden Room) in Yamanba stories is shared by Tsuru no Ongaeshi, one of the most well-known folk tales. Tsuru no Ongaeshi is a part of the genre, Hataori (Weaving), which are widely spread Japanese legends, many of them are known as “Hataori-buchi” (Weaving abyss) or “Hataori-hime” (Weaving Princess).

WHITE WAVE DANCE in association with Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter presents

The 15th DUMBO Dance Festival: New York’s only 4-Day Dance Marathon of Dance Innovation

October 8, 2015 –7:30PM GALA
October 9–11, 2015 – Festival Performances
October 11, 2015 – Family Friendly Program

Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter
29 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

From October 8-11, the DUMBO Dance Festival will be held at the Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter. On Thursday October 8 the DUMBO Dance Festival (DDF) opens with our much-anticipated Gala Opening. Then one of the most adventurous festivals on New York’s dance festival begins. Committed to the future expressions of dance, WHITE WAVE scours the world seeking the most risk-taking emerging and established dance makers of our time and brings them to Brooklyn for one weekend. And its all FREE.

For the first time in its history, the DUMBO Dance Festival will be presented in association with Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter. The festival will take place in the new state-of-the-art, 300-seat theater newly named Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter (formerly St. Ann’s Warehouse).

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Lotus Music & Dance in partnership with Robert Browning Associates presents

World Dance Festival:
Dancing Across Cultural Borders

Saturday, November 7, 2 PM & 7 PM

Faison Firehouse Theater
6 Hancock Place
New York, NY 10027
(124th Btw St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenue)

Featuring Performances by:
Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance, Trinayan Odissi Collective, Gorana Dance Collective, Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, Kotchegna Dance Company, Kathak Ensemble & Friends, Danza España
Tickets: General Admission: $25/Students, Seniors, Lotus Members: $20/Early Bird (Available through Oct. 30th): $15/VIP: $50 (VIP tickets provide priority reserved seating and a refreshment voucher)


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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