Events

EdoPop
“Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints” Exhibit
The Japan Society Gallery will be hosting the continuing power and influence of Japanese popular culture in “Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints”. Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into alluring worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture in which change is the only constant.
Price: $12.00; students & seniors $10; Japan Society Members and children under 16 are free. Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6-9pm.
Date: March 9 – June 9
Hours: Tu-Th 11am-6pm; Fri 11am-9pm; Sat/Sun 11am-5pm; closed Mondays
Location: 333 E. 47th St. (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.) New York, NY 10017
Link: http://www.japansociety.org/event/edo-pop-the-graphic-impact-of-japanese-prints

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Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell
Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell is a new version of a kabuki classic, written by Ernest Abuba and directed by Pan Asian Rep Artistic Director Tisa Chang. Dojoji is a visually stunning dance/drama/multimedia reimagining of an ancient legend, telling a story of eternal love, destiny, and power of transformation, which spans Japan from 929 AD to the anime and Harajuku worlds.
Price: $50 ($100 for Opening Night with party)
Date: May 18 – June 9, 2013, Opening Night performance and party Thurs, May 23
Hours: Tu-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2:30pm
Location: Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row – 410 W. 42nd St (bet. 9th & 10th Aves)
Link: http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2013/05/07/pan-asian-rep-reimagines-dojoji-the-man-inside-the-bell/

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Hold These Truths at SoloNOVA Arts Festival
Hold These Truths, the civil rights play about Japanese American activist Gordon Hirabayashi that had its New York premiere last fall at the Epic Theatre Ensemble, returns to New York for three performances with the Terra Nova Collective’s soloNOVA Arts Festival.
Price: $30
Date: June 4, 10, and 11 at 7:00PM
Location: Culture Project – 45 Bleecker Street
Link: http://www.terranovacollective.org/index.html

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Kenny Endo Taiko with Hiromitsu Agatsuma Shamisen
For the first time ever, revered Hawaiian taiko master Kenny Endo joins forces with Japan’s trad-pop musical virtuoso Hiromitsu Agatsuma on tsugaru-shamisen (a three-stringed banjo-like instrument which originated in Northern Japan). Endo’s adrenaline-pumping performance vibes with Agatsuma’s fast, aggressive percussive sound, as they together, push the limits of one another’s instruments.
Price: $32/$27 Japan Society members
Date: June 5 at 7:30PM
Location: 333 East 47th Street
Link: http://www.japansociety.org/event/e2B75904A-D0D8-57B1-431E9014816DBD8E

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The New York Japan CineFest
The New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) will screen 16 independent films divided into three programs over the course of two days. Co-hosted by Mar Creation, Inc. and Asia Society, the event kicks off with films by US-based filmmakers on Friday, June 7 and will be followed by a reception.
Price: $11/$9 seniors and students/$7 Asia Society members
Date: June 7 at 6:30 p.m. until Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
Link: http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2013/05/26/new-york-japan-cinefest-to-screen-16-films-at-asia-society/

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Koji: The Mother of Japanese Cuisine
Koji, grains cultured with koji mold, is a fermentation starter for Japanese food such as miso, soy sauce and sake. In this lecture, Chef Koji Hagihara of the West Village’s Hakata Tonton and Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan explore the importance of koji as a foundation of Japanese cuisine.
All audience members will receive free samples and easy-to-follow recipes. The lecture is followed by a tasting reception provided by Chef Hagihara.
Price: $12/$8 Japan Society members, seniors & students
Date: June 13 at 6:30pm
Location: 333 East 47th Street
Link: http://www.japansociety.org/event/koji-the-mother-of-japanese-cuisine

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Taikoza Live in the Park: Japanese Drum and Dance
Taikoza, the phenomenal Japanese taiko drum group presents a Japanese summer celebration, full of colorful and exciting performances. This annual event for the last 10 years is the perfect summer concerts for families and children of all ages. Experience the thunderous sound of the 200 lb taiko drums and colorful traditional dances in a wonderful setting. It will include performance by children group and Japanese Bon Festival Dancing. Bring a chair or blanket
Price: Free
Date: June 15 at 6:00pm
Location: Isham Park in Inwood (South of 215th street and Park Terrace East)
Link: http://taikoza.com/calendar#post-243

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Japanese Gourmet Fair
In addition to the well-known popular shops, selected specialty food from all over Japan will make their first appearance for this event.
Price: No entrance fee
Date: June 20-23
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace 595 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020
Link: http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=37

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East Wind Ensemble
East Winds Ensemble presents a unique concert by two amazing masters of Japanese music Marco Lienhard and Masayo Ishigure. An evening of Shakuhachi, Koto, Shamisen and Piano music that will dazzle your senses. A concert of timeless Japanese music that you will not want to miss.
Price: $25; Members $22; Seniors, Students, Children $15
Date: June 28 at 8:00PM
Location: Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
Link: http://MarcoLienhard.com/calendar#post-915

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