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    • Japan 1600-1900: From Shogunate to Global Power

      Japan 1600-1900: From Shogunate to Global Power

      Saturday, March 3 — Sunday, May 13

      This 25-hour, five-session professional development course examines historical experiences in Japan during the Tokugawa period (1600-1867) and offers an introduction to the Meiji period (1868-1912), during which Japan underwent a transformation from a relatively isolated, fragmented land to a modern nation central to the development of world events.
    • Morning Meditations

      Morning Meditations

      Tuesday, March 13 — Tuesday, May 1

      Practice the art of meditation in these weekly 45-minute sessions led by masters from New York Zendo Shobo-ji in Midtown Manhattan.
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    • The Way of Whisky

      The Way of Whisky

      Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM

      What makes Japanese whisky "Japanese?" That is the question award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom set out to answer in his book, The Way of Whisky. Join us to discover the subtle characteristics of this finely crafted spirit and the role Japan's traditional arts play in its production and appreciation.
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    • A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku

      A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tōhaku

      Friday, March 9 — Sunday, May 6

      The first ever exhibition in the U.S. dedicated to Hasegawa Tōhaku, founder of the Hasegawa school of painting and one of 16th-century Japan's leading artistic innovators, A Giant Leap traces the artist's evolution from a provincial painter of Buddhist subjects to a master favored by shogun, samurai, and other cultural luminaries.
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    • Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer

      Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan's Greatest Cinematographer

      Friday, April 13 — Saturday, April 28

      In celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, Japan Society presents an 11-film retrospective surveying the work of Kazuo Miyagawa (1908-1999), the most influential cinematographer of postwar Japanese cinema.
    • Crash Course for Travelers to Japan

      Crash Course for Travelers to Japan

      Friday, April 20, 6 PM

      This crash course for travelers offers a quick introduction to the Japanese language as well as Japanese customs, which can be very helpful for first-time or even veteran travelers to Japan.
    • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

      Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

      Friday, April 20, 7 PM

      This sixth installment in the popular Zatoichi film series finds director Kazuo Ikehiro injecting a hefty dose of style with Miyagawa’s visuals, including a flashy opening credit sequence and an unforgettable final showdown between Shintaro Katsu’s Zatoichi and a rival swordsman played by Katsu’s brother Tomisaburo Wakayama.
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    • Tokyo Olympiad

      Tokyo Olympiad

      Saturday, April 21, 2 PM

      In this landmark sports documentary, Miyagawa and director Kon Ichikawa supervised over 150 camera operators who utilized a wide range of lenses and shooting locations to cover every angle of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, capturing the human spirit of the games with artistry and supreme technical skill.
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    • The Devil's Temple

      The Devil's Temple

      Saturday, April 21, 6 PM

      Primarily known for his masterful chanbara films, director Kenji Misumi teamed with Miyagawa to transform this four-person chamber drama about exorcising evil within a mountain temple into an operatic, visually flamboyant and psychologically charged masterpiece of mood and claustrophobic mise-en-scene.
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    • The Spider Tattoo

      The Spider Tattoo

      Saturday, April 21, 8:30 PM

      Miyagawa referenced the rich colors and sharp tones of ukiyo-e woodblock printing for this darkly erotic Junichiro Tanizaki adaptation about obsession, vengeance and a large spider tattoo. A highlight of the many fruitful collaborations between director Yasuzo Masumura and star Ayako Wakao.
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