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The exquisite dancers of Geimaruza—Japan’s young and rising stars, all alumni of the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts’ nihon buyo program—grace the stage March 3-5 with a gorgeous program including traditional kabuki and folk dances and original neo-traditional arrangements. [ Japansociety.org Link ]
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Enjoy displays of intricately decorated Hinamatsuri dolls, while celebrating the health and happiness of young girls with songs, activities and festival-related food. In the second half of the program, make your very own doll and try your hand at playing the koto! Both girls and boys are welcome t...

Doll Festival: Hinamatsuri

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Nihon Buyo — literally “Japanese dance” — is a modern art form based on rigorous study of traditional kabuki dance. Top performers here March 3-5!

Nihon Buyo Dance weekend

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“'Ever since Ishiro Honda's 1954 Godzilla first rampaged across screens around the world, its title monster has become both Japan's best-known pop culture export and a universal symbol of mass destruction. But Godzilla has also cast a long, scaly shadow obscuring Japan's other live-action contributi...

Japan Society Film || Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures and Fantasies in Japanese Cinema

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02/19/2017 at 18:06. Facebook
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the executive order that interned 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans during WWII. Here George Takei talks about the years he spent in an internment camp as a child, and ramifications of the interment today.

George Takei: From Barbed Wire to Broadway

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Performances of the dark comedy GIRL X continue Friday and Saturday! Trailer below and more info here: [ Japansociety.org Link ]
Day Of Remembrance resources and NYC events Feb. 19 marking the 75h anniversary of Executive Order 9066 calling for internment of Japanese during WWII. Approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry—two-thirds of whom were American citizens—were evicted from the West Coast and held in camps scattered in remote locations across the country.

Day of Remembrance Events & Resources

Happy Valentine's Day! This ukiyo-e woodblock print of two lovers playing a single shamisen will be in our exhibition A THIRD GENDER opening March 10! [ Japansociety.org Link ] via Japan Society Gallery
The writing’s on the wall: communication can be a tragedy of errors in a text message-obsessed society. Premiering here this week: GIRL X, the thought-provoking, darkly funny theatrical examination of life in an age of high bandwidth and higher anxiety. [ Japansociety.org Link ]
Celebrating cinematic iconoclast and ‘cruel beauty’ Meiko Kaji this weekend with perhaps some of the most evocative titles in film history:

New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Head (2/10, 7 PM)
Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (2/11, 4:30 pm)
Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (2/11 7 PM)
Blind Woman's Curse (2/12, 4:30 PM)
Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (2/12, 7 PM)

Cruel Beauty: A Romantic Weekend with Meiko Kaji: Film: Programs: Japan Society

From sword-wielding, kimono-clad assassins to hard-boiled girl gang bosses, actress Meiko Kaji shattered the female archetype of 70s Japanese cinema. We celebrate her 70th with love and vengeance Feb. 10-12 in the "Cruel Beauty" 5-film mini-retrospective! [ Japansociety.org Link ]
The artist's studio is a haven for creation, a beacon for inspiration and a vessel for the blood, sweat, tears and joy that go into making art. Tonight 2/7 we welcome photographer Paul Barbera who photographed some of Japan's top creatives in their studios. [ Japansociety.org Link ] Followed by a panel discussion on the necessity and nuances of creative spaces!
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Suguru Yamamoto's Girl X

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Get in the mood with some amazing original posters for films included in our upcoming series "Cruel Beauty: A Romantic Weekend with Meiko Kaji" (Feb 10-12)!
Nearly every frame of Seijun Suzuki's hyper-stylized TOKYO DRIFTER is an exceptional work of pop art. Screening tonight, Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm! [ Japansociety.org Link ] Japan Society Film
Where artists create is almost as important as what artists create. Photographer Paul Barbera, who gets up close and candid when photographing creative spaces, is here Feb. 7 to share images and stories from his new book featuring some of Japan's top creative talents, including architect Tadao Ando, design studio Nendo, artist Kohei Nawa, creative lab Party and many others! [ Japansociety.org...
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Thank you everyone for making last weekend's Oshogatsu New Years family fest the most attended ever! Join us Saturday at the American Museum of Natural History's Year of the Rooster celebration. Our booth helps kids write their names in Japanese!

Spotlight Asia: Year Of The Rooster

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Happy Tori-doshi! Year of the Rooster! Our New Year's family celebration today features taiko drumming, shishi-mai lion dancing, shodo calligraphy, rice pouiding and decorative mochi-making, kamishibai storytelling, nenga-jo card-making, games, folk toys and much more! [ Japansociety.org Link ] Part of Celebrasia NYC: New Year Festivities for Families!
We’re screening "Cutie and the Boxer" tonight with the documentary’s subjects Ushio and Noriko Shinohara appearing live for a Q&A! [ Japansociety.org Link ] The Emmy-winning, Academy Award-nominated film traces the personal and artistic struggles of the artists since their arrival to NYC in the late 1960s. Image via RADiUS.