Here and There

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


After Ever Happily Ever After

Wednesday, March 4 – Sunday, March 8, 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 7 – Sunday, March 8, 4 PM
Saturday, March 7, 4 PM: Kid Friendly Performance


HERE Arts Center
145 6th Avenue (between Dominick and Spring Streets)

Tickets for After Ever Happily Ever After are free, but patrons can choose to make a donation to help support the company. Pay-what-you-can tickets will also be available at the door, based on availability. Pay-what-you-can door tickets are CASH ONLY.

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away… Kaso Jogi’s new play “After Ever Happily Ever After,” written and directed by Saori Aoki, featuring the original music of Makoto Honda, and starring Koji Higuchi, Madoka Suehiro, and many more, is about what happens to the fairy tale characters after the book has been long-closed. These are characters we recognize, but something isn’t quite right…! How will it all end? The audience will have to decide! All the way from Tokyo, Japan, the 1h20m show is performed in Japanese with English dialogue projected on a screen. It features an energetic cast, original songs, and vivid costumes and makeup. Audiences will find themselves humming along and thinking about how to become the writers of their own stories.
Run Time: 80 Minutes

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Enshrining Women’s Rights in the Japan Constitution: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Legacy and its Implications for other Countries

Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:15 – 7:45 PM

Please note: This event has been cancelled, as per the recommendations by the UN Secretary-General, UN Women and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Church of the U.N.
777 United Nations Plaza (44th St. off 1st Ave.), 2nd Fl.
Attendance is free; seating on first come, first served basis

The Women’s Rights Clause, Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution, was drafted in 1946 by Beate Sirota Gordon, a 22-year-old college graduate. A multi-lingual woman, Beate was born in Vienna to Russian-Jewish parents and raised in Japan. At Mills College in California when Pearl Harbor was bombed, she was alone in a foreign country while her parents spent the war interned in Japan. She returned to Japan to look for them after the war and, as a fluent Japanese-speaker, worked for General MacArthur’s staff in the occupation and was fortuitously assigned to work on the Japanese Constitution.

Her remarkable story is recounted in her autobiography, “The Only Woman in the Room” (U. Chicago Press). Learn more about the life and legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon, here.

The panel addresses the history and current status of the Japanese Constitution, Sirota Gordon’s role in its creation, and ensuring women's rights in Japan and other countries.

Speakers:
Prof. Carol Gluck, Sir George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University
Reiko Aoki, Visiting Researcher, National Women’s Education Center of Japan
Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman, President of Mills College
Nicole Gordon (moderator), daughter of Beate Sirota Gordon

Sponsors:
National Women’s Education Center of Japan, Saitama, Japan; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Japan Society, New York, NY

Click here for the event flyer (PDF).

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