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    • The Southern Barbarians Arrive: Navigating the <em>Nanban</em> Screens

      The Southern Barbarians Arrive: Navigating the Nanban Screens

      Friday, December 1, 6 PM

      Explore nanban images from Japan's "Christian Century" with Prof. Matthew McKelway (Columbia University), who will address questions of artistic competition and collaboration, and the thematic adjustments that underlie what these works of art say about their time and audience.
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    • Manji


      Friday, December 1, 7 PM

      This erotic and darkly comic melodrama by Yasuzo Masumura stars a stunning Ayako Wakao as a beguiling woman at the center of a tangled bisexual love quadrangle between a bored housewife, her husband and an equally deceptive former fiancé. Adapted from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki.
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    • Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao

      Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao

      Saturday, December 2 — Sunday, December 3

      Just ahead of his centenary, Japan Society presents three brand-new 4K restorations of director Yuzo Kawashima’s collaborations with legendary actress Ayako Wakao.
    • Women Are Born Twice

      Women Are Born Twice

      Saturday, December 2, 2:15 PM
      Sunday, December 3, 4:30 PM

      The first of Yuzo Kawashima’s Daiei Studio collaborations with Ayako Wakao centers on the life of a Tokyo geisha who gradually becomes more self-aware through her experiences with various men.
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    • Elegant Beast

      Elegant Beast

      Saturday, December 2, 4:30 PM
      Sunday, December 3, 6:45 PM

      This brilliant satirical comedy about self-interest and postwar recovery penned by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba) centers on the cutthroat Maeda family, who manage to lie, cheat and steal their way out of poverty, outsmarted only by a cunning accountant played by Ayako Wakao.
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    • The Temple of Wild Geese

      The Temple of Wild Geese

      Saturday, December 2, 6:45 PM
      Sunday, December 3, 2:15 PM

      Living in a Buddhist temple famous for its paintings of wild geese, a young, troubled disciple is cruelly bossed around by the lascivious chief priest, who indulges his sexual desires for a hired mistress.
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    • Gift Wrapping with Tenugui, the Essential Japanese Cloth

      Gift Wrapping with Tenugui, the Essential Japanese Cloth

      Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 PM

      Just in time for the holiday season, join us to learn traditional tenugui gift wrapping with Ruri Kippenbrock, founder of tenugui retailer Wuhao New York.
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    • Hanjo


      Thursday, December 7, 7:30 PM
      Friday, December 8, 7:30 PM
      Saturday, December 9, 7:30 PM

      Based on a 14th-century noh play with the same title, Hanjo, by provocative Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), is a timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. Performed in English and Japanese.
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    • Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness & Memory Originate

      Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness & Memory Originate

      Friday, December 15, 5:30 PM

      Join exhibition artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for this introduction to Enoura Observatory, the headquarters of his Odawara Art Foundation, which received Japan Society grants in 2011 and 2014 and opened to the public this October. Sugimoto will also discuss his other recent architectural projects and their connection to his photographic practice and exhibitions, including Gates of Paradise
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    • Mugen Noh Othello

      Mugen Noh Othello

      Thursday, January 11, 7:30 PM
      Friday, January 12, 7:30 PM
      Saturday, January 13, 7:30 PM
      Sunday, January 14, 4 PM

      Following a sold-out run of Medea in 2011, Satoshi Miyagi and his company SPAC return to New York with another literary masterpiece, Othello. Miyagi re-tells Shakespeare’s famed tragedy through noh theater’s most distinct storytelling structure, mugen noh. Performed in Japanese with English titles.
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