Students from three public high schools in NYC had a chance to learn Nihon Buyo (Traditional Japanese Dance) at Japan Society. In this workshop, students learned about the history of this centuries-old Japanese dance style, as well as its roots in kabuki theater, instructed by Fujima Naozo, accompanied by Tosha Yakimaru (Hayashi-kata/percussion), Tosha Rokon (Hayashi-kata/percussion), and Tosha Suiho (Fun/flute).
Japan Society Performing Arts
Thursday, December 7, 7:30 pm
—Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm
—Followed by a Private Gathering for Artists and Members
A paid livestream option is also available for this event.
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In collaboration with experimental sound artists Tania Caroline Chen and Victoria Shen, Tomomi Adachi recreates the essence of John Cage’s historic visit to Japan in 1962, often referred to as “Cage Shock.” Through renditions of Cage’s iconic pieces, such as Haiku and 0’00”, Adachi captures the spirit of that transformative tour. The program also features Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Sapporo, which premiered in 1962 and was conducted by John Cage. Ichiyanagi (1933-2022), an esteemed Japanese composer and the first husband of Yoko Ono, developed a close friendship with Cage during his 1950s residency in New York City and played a pivotal role in organizing Cage’s inaugural trip to Japan, with visits to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and the city of Sapporo.
A lecture on how the pieces in this radical program were received in Japan at the time, led by John Cage scholar Dr. James Pritchett, precedes the concert.
For this concert, International Contemporary Ensemble members include Kyle Armburst (viola), Katinka Kleijn (cello), Michael Nicolas (cello) and Mike Lormand(trombone).
Special screening of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Latest Film, “Monster”（怪物), with the guest speaker Yuji Sakamoto, who won the best screenplay at Cannes film festival 2023.
Gojira Mainasu Wan
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Japan Society, NYC
October 22, 2023
Inspired by the Zen rock garden of the renowned Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, which John Cage personally visited in 1962, he composed Ryoanji (1983) using a non-ordinal graphical notation. Embracing Cage’s free-spirited approach to the score, composer/musician/vocal performer Tomomi Adachi brings his composition to life in a cutting-edge concert that connects two cities remotely. New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble will perform alongside musicians in Kanazawa City, Japan–Hitomi Nakamura on the ancient hichiriki woodwind and Maki Ota on vocals–streaming live from a tea house. Immerse yourself in the hypnotic 3D visuals depicting the raked sand of the Zen garden created by Dr. Tsutomu Fujinami, a researcher at the prestigious Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, as a captivating backdrop for this one-of-a-kind concert.
A lecture on the origins of John Cage’s fascination with Japanese culture, led by Cage scholar Dr. James Pritchett, precedes the concert.
For this concert, International Contemporary Ensemble members include Michael Lormand (trombone), Lizzie Burns (double bass) and Clara Warnaar (percussion).
Screening of the original 35mm "Godzilla " from 1954.
Oct 14, 2023
Friday, October 6, 2023
North American Premiere with jazz legend and Blue Giant soundtrack composer Hiromi Uehara in-person. Screening followed by Q&A with Hiromi. Dai Miyamoto’s life is turned upside down the day he discovers jazz. A former high school basketball player, Dai picks up a saxophone and begins practicing day and night, determined to become one of the greatest of all time. He leaves his sleepy hometown for the bustling nightclubs of Tokyo, but soon finds the life of a professional musician is not for the faint of heart. His passion eventually wins over the cocky but talented pianist Yukinori, and after Dai convinces his friend Shunji to learn the drums, they launch a new jazz trio whose rough sound contains a raw energy that quickly wins attention from local audiences. But what does it take to truly be great? From director Yuzuru Tachikawa (Mob Psycho 100) and based on the award-winning manga by Shinichi Ishizuka, Blue Giant is a moving ode to the power of music and the artist, featuring electric performances and a stunning jazz soundtrack featuring renowned jazz artist Hiromi.
Tenshi no Tamago
Sunday, September 10, 2023
Japan Society, NYC
Special event with Yoshitaka Amano in-person. Screening followed by Q&A with Yoshitaka Amano and reception. A groundbreaking collaboration between two anime legends that intertwines Mamoru Oshii’s personal reflections on theology, existentialism and evolution with Yoshitaka Amano’s fantastical ink art style, Angel’s Egg remains a rarely screened and hard-to-find cult classic. Taking place in a seemingly quiescent time, two nameless strangers—a girl bearing a mystical egg and a man with a cruciate cane—journey across a primordial realm of decadent ruins, primitive fish and fossilized relics. An allegorical fantasy enriched by symbolism and biblical allusion, Oshii’s beautifully melancholic OVA ruminates on the tragic underpinnings of existence in a world untouched by God.
This event is presented in partnership with LOMEX Gallery (86 Walker Street), who will be presenting the exhibition Yoshitaka Amano – The Birth of Myth opening on September 9 from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, visit lomex.gallery.
Sunday July 30, 2023
Japan Society, NYC
Rejendo ando Batafurai
Introduced by and followed by a Q&A with director Keishi Otomo. Learn More
North American Theatrical Premiere. A sweeping historical romance created to celebrate Toei’s 70th anniversary, The Legend & Butterfly casts megastars Takuya Kimura as Oda Nobunaga and Haruka Ayase as his wife, Nohime. While Oda Nobunaga is one of Japan’s most well-documented historical figures, virtually no information about Nohime remains, and The Legend & Butterfly fills this mystery with a turbulent, thoroughly modern romance. A Sengoku era take on the expression “behind every great man lies a great woman,” The Legend & Butterfly sees over 30 years of defining moments in Japanese history driven by powerful, private moments between Nobunaga and Nohime.
Dir. Keishi Otomo, 2023, 168 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Takuya Kimura, Haruka Ayase.
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