Events related to Japan!
1. A poetry reading by Sawako Nakayasu
2/19 Mon. 6:00-, place : Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk, This event is free & open to the public
Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet, translator, and occasional performance artist who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014), Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015), as well as unconventional translations such as Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations, and Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (Rogue Factorial, 2011), a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She is co-editor of A Transpacific Poetics (Litmus Press, 2017), a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She has also performed on Japanese television as a poetry judge, in a re-enactment of Yvonne Rainer’s Grand Union Dreams (dir. Yelena Gluzman), and in Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraphs 4 & 7 from The Great Learning (dir. Tomomi Adachi).
2. Discussion with Japanese students
3/1 Thur. 5:00-7:00, place : Fagan 114
Discussion Topic: The Social Cost of Technology – A discussion on what our generation is losing due to the convenience of technology
A group of Tokyo University students are coming to Penn. We are excited to be hosting a discussion with them, and you are welcome to join us! Free pizza will be provided afterward! Japanese speaking is NOT required – the discussion will be in English. If you are interested (or have any questions!), RSVP at Jacob Linfesty.
3. “Afterlives” Japanese film series: Films of life and rebirth from Japan
2/7 Wed. 7:00-, place : Claudia Cohen Hall – 402
「Ikimono no kiroku 生きものの記録」(Record of a Living Being, a.k.a. I Live in Fear), 1955, Directed by Kurosawa Akira 黒澤明
2/14 Wed. 7:00- place : Claudia Cohen Hall – 402
「Wandafuru Raifuワンダフル•ライフ」(After Life), 1998, Directed by Kore’eda Hirokazu 是枝裕和
2/21 Wed. 7:00- place : Claudia Cohen Hall – 402
「Ringuリング」(Ring), 1998, Directed by Nakata Hideo 中田 秀夫
2/26 Wed. 7:00- place : Claudia Cohen Hall – 402
「Shin Gojiraシン・ゴジラ」(Godzilla REsurgence), 2013, Directed by Anno Hideaki 庵野 秀明
4. Shofuso Japan House and Garden Events
4/5 Thursday 6:00-7:30 pm Kyo Diako Beginner Taiko Class
Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums from Philadelphia’s community taiko drumming group! Kyo Daiko’s Beginner Taiko Classes are open to adults of all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. We will teach you everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks, striking technique, and the history and traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.
4/8 Sunday 1:00-4:30 pm A Taste of Kabuki Dance
Hungry to learn something new? Shofuso’s dance tasters are a great way to experience both classical and folk dance styles of Japan. Meet the instructors, get an introduction to the styles and learn more about our dance classes. Get an introductory classical Japanese dance lesson, open to anyone from 10 to 80. Meet our instructor, Fujima Nishiki-no, with assistant dancer Yoshiko Furuse (below), and see a demonstration of male and female-style dance. Then we’ll put on yukata, learn to walk, and how to open a fan. We’ll begin to learn a very simple dance that can be continued in the first lesson of the semester. No previous dance experience is necessary.
5. “A Teahouse for Philadelphia”
New exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daily
The teahouse named Sunkaraku, which stands in the Japanese garden gallery (244)in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was built one hundred years ago in Tokyo as a private setting for the practice of the tea ceremony. The ritual drinking of tea in Japan has its roots in the Zen Buddhist temples, where it served as a stimulant for the monks to keep alert during long hours of meditation. Each tea gathering is a unique event. The Japanese phrase used to describe this is “ichigo ichie” (each meeting, only once.) The art and utensils the host chooses for a particular occasion are dictated by the guests, the season, and perhaps a special event such as New Year’s celebrations. This exhibiton features tea utensils from the collection, including the complete tea set sent with the Sunkaraku in 1928.
Place: Philadelphia Museum of Art Japanese Galleries (2nd Floor)