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A curated list of events from Japan Society’s friends and partners.


Thursday, March 15, 7:30 PM

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Hailing from the quaint Japanese town of Tsu City, Masayuki Hirano—the visionary musician behind BIGYUKI—creates colorful, spiritually driven electronic music that folds classical music, jazz, funk, hip-hop, club music, and gospel into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound. Colorful with power pop explosiveness, BIGYUKI has added his stylings to the live and recorded music of Bilal Oliver and Talib Kweli, he’s performed live with Grammy Award–winning pianist Robert Glasper at a special tribute to the legendary Stevie Wonder, and frequently song writes with artists like Jean and Marcus Baylor.

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Seeking Inspiration in the Japanese Garden

Tuesday, March 20, 1–3 PM

New York Botanical Garden
Ross Lecture Hall

Celebrated as havens of tranquility and beauty, Japanese gardens integrate profound spiritual attitudes and cultural values with superb design and refined craftsmanship. Over the centuries, poets, emperors, religious leaders, and aestheticians have created Japan's finest gardens. Peter Grilli, a leading commentator on Japanese culture, will discuss the Japanese garden as an endlessly enriching source of creativity and cultural inspiration.

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Adapting the Japanese Garden for the American Landscape

Monday, June 25, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

New York Botanical Garden
Watson Room 307

Join Stephen Morrell for an in-depth look at the beauty and simplicity of Japanese gardens, and enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the Rockefeller Japanese Garden, one of the east coast's finest examples. The day will begin at NYBG discussing the evolution of centuries-old design principles that inform Japanese gardens and how they can be adapted in America. In the afternoon, you'll travel to the Japanese Garden at Pocantico in Westchester for an intimate tour and tea ceremony demonstration in the sukiya-shoin style tea house designed by the renowned Tokyo architect, Junzo Yoshimura.

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2018 Day of Remembrance

Various Event Locations, Dates & Times

On February 19, 1942, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the U.S. Army the authority to remove civilians from the military zones established in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII. As a result, approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were evicted from the West Coast and imprisoned in concentration camps scattered in remote locations across the country. Some East Coast Japanese Americans were held under house arrest during this time.

On August 10, 1988, The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was signed into law by President Reagan after a decades long struggle by Japanese American activists, organizations, and their allies. The Act granted reparations to Japanese Americans who had been incarcerated as a result of Executive Order 9066, included acknowledgement of the fundamental injustice of the imprisonment without due process, and created an education fund.

Day of Remembrance is held annually on the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. Events commemorating the 76th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act will take place nationwide. Organizations holding events related to this issue are listed below (in alphabetical order). Please check links for updated event details and ticketing information.

International Center for Photography Japanese American Citizens League, New York Chapter
Japanese American Association of New York New York Day of Remembrance
Japanese American Citizens League Pan Asian Repertory

Visible Vaults

San Diego Museum of Art
On view through 11.20.2019

The Visible Vaults will recreate part of The San Diego Museum of Art's most carefully guarded area, a place that is invisible to most visitors—the vaults where the thousands of works of art in our collection are stored. Often curators cannot put everything on view that deserves to be displayed; some works of art are too fragile, some are too light-sensitive, and others do not have the proper context in the galleries. However in this behind-the-scenes display, visitors will have the opportunity to discover nearly 300 little-known masterpieces, including works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, cloisonné, snuff bottles, tiles, and paintings. They will be able to open drawers, peek into virtual storerooms, and take the time to sketch and observe some of the great treasures of the collection.

One of the strengths of the Museum’s permanent collection is its print collection. Visible Vaults introduces guests to printmaking techniques used all over the world. In the first iteration, Japanese woodblock prints from the 19th century will be showcased alongside notable prints from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Additional works from Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Charles Reiffel and Lee Krasner will also be on display.

Image credit: Ando Hiroshige, Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake, 1857. Woodblock. The San Diego Museum of Art; Bequest of Mrs. Cora Timken Burnett. 1957.247.

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