This Week at Japan Society: Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?
from Bill, February 2nd, 2014 1:26 pm, Japan

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Lolita

Next Wednesday, an expert panel goes behind the seams of Lolita, the kawaii cult fashion (and sometimes lifestyle) that could only have been born in Japan. Gwynn Galitzer, performance artist and Founder of Dirty Bird Productions, moderates the panel featuring Japan’s former “Kawaii Ambassador” Misako Aoki, appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2009, Carolyn Dee, author of the popular Lolita blog F Yeah Lolita and administrator of the largest English-speaking Lolita online community, and Christina Gleason, researcher of Lolita culture, author of the blog Ramble Rori, and founder of the first Northeast USA alternative fashion conference, RuffleCon.

Japanese boutique Baby the Stars Shine Bright will present a collection of coveted Lolita fashions direct from Japan chosen specifically for our event. A meet and greet wine reception with Lolita icon Misako Aoki follows.

January 30–February 6, 2014


0523 event  LECTURE
Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM

Japan’s playful and avant-garde take on Victorian-era clothing, known as Lolita, has created a vibrant fashion subculture that started on the streets of Harajuku and has spread overseas. A panel of experts committed to both living and understanding Lolita delves into the origins, history, styles, international permutations, and what’s new and on the horizon.

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Lang  LANGUAGE CENTER
Registration Open for Spring Courses

Registration is open for Spring Japanese, Intensive Weekend Japanese, Hiragana and Katakana Workshops, Shodo and Weekend Shodo, English, and our new Rodoku course. We are also pleased to now offer online registration.

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Te-form  VIDEO
Katakana Lessons

Learn to read and write the Japanese alphabet known as Katakana with these 10 flashcard videos!

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Upcoming Events


0523 event CORPORATE PROGRAM
Toray’s Strategy for Expanding in the Composite Materials Industry
Tuesday, February 11, 12 PM

In this lecture, Moriyuki Onishi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Torayca & Advanced Composites Division of Toray Industries, Inc., discusses Toray’s strategy for further expanding its business in composite materials and carbon fiber, with a particular focus on its regional strategy in the U.S.

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After Life FILM
After Life
ワンダフルライフ (Wandafuru Raifu)

Wednesday, February 19, 7 PM

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s second feature is a moving and reflective fantasy in which the recently deceased arrive at a way station before going onto the next world, having to determine the one memory to take with them. Presented on the one-year anniversary of Donald Richie’s passing.

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Images: © Misako Aoki; © Misako Aoki; © George Hirose; Moriyuki Onishi, Rob Baur; After Life © New Yorker Films.
Unless otherwise noted all programs are held at Japan Society.
333 East 47th Street (at First Avenue)
New York, NY 10017

Japan the Otaku Show: Maruhan game center
from netlex, January 20th, 2014 11:52 am, Japan The Otaku show

Japanese game centers are an explosion of lights and sounds.

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Christmas Godzilla style
from Rob, December 18th, 2013 5:51 pm, Japan

We have see this online before, but this was posted today on Stan Winston’s school Facebook page.

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See Yasujiro Ozu’s “Late Autumn” On His 110th Birthday w/ Raffle + Reception!
from Bill, December 11th, 2013 10:28 pm, Entertainment, Japan

 

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Late Autumn
Late Autumn (1960)

Thursday, December 12, 7 PM

We reach the halfway point of our film series A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1 with a unique occasion: the 110th anniversary of Yasujiro Ozu’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his passing. Japan Society is celebrating the late master with a screening of his poignant 1960 family drama Late Autumn, starring the beautiful Setsuko Hara.

“Another gem from the Ozu canon, a masterpiece of tenderness and serio-comic charm, as tonally ambiguous and morally complex as anything he ever made.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

To make it a real celebration we are hosting a post-screening Ozu birthday reception with Japanese tea and sweets! Plus, all ticketholders will be entered into a raffle drawing with a chance to win exclusive commemorative Ozu materials from Shochiku + more!

Introduction by director, writer, and producer Atsushi Funahashi, who recently completed a documentary on Ozu for NHK.

All films are 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles.

TICKETS
$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students

If you are interested in purchasing group tickets for the event (10 or more), please email f2@japansociety.org for information on our discounted rate.

Film Schedule



Light Himatsuri
火まつり (Fire Festival)

Friday, January 24, 7 PM

This rarely screened controversial fourth feature from Mitsuo Yanagimachi is an enormously lush and mysterious film revolving around a gruff lumberjack’s refusal to sell his land in the green mountains of Kumano and his ensuing battle with the forces of nature.
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After Life After Life
ワンダフルライフ (Wandafuru Raifu)

Wednesday, February 19, 7 PM

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s second feature is a moving and reflective fantasy in which the recently deceased arrive at a way station before going onto the next world, having to determine the one memory to take with them. Presented on the one-year anniversary of Donald Richie’s passing.
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Images, from top: Late Autumn © 1960 SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.; Fire Festival © Kino Lorber; After Life © New Yorker Films

A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924–2013), Part 1 Richie’s Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi, & Kore-eda is co-presented with The Japan Foundation.

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Additional generous support is provided by Dr. John K. Gillespie.

Japan Society’s Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Mr. Kenneth A. Cowin, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, Geoff Matters, and Dr. Tatsuji Namba.

Unless otherwise noted all programs are held at Japan Society.
333 East 47th Street (at First Avenue)
New York, NY 10017

Funimation DVD releases: Akira 25th anniversary
from Rob, November 12th, 2013 6:14 pm, Anime/Manga News

Funimation DVD releases: Akira 25th anniversary and Maken ki complete series

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Japan the Otaku show: Japanese beauty products
from Rob, November 11th, 2013 9:36 am, Japan The Otaku show

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Taken from Danny Choo’s Facebook page. This unique facial product is suppose to make you years younger.

What do you think?

Follow us on Twitter @AltMindz
Follow Danny @Dannychoo

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The Life of Oharu + Updated Ozu Screening!
from Bill, November 7th, 2013 8:39 pm, Entertainment, Japan, TV & Movie News

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Kirishima
The Life of Oharu (1952)

Saturday, November 16, 6 PM

Our extensive film series A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924-2013), Part 1 marches on with The Life of Oharu, a golden-age masterwork by the legendary Kenji Mizoguchi. Set in feudal Japan during the Edo period, The Life of Oharu is one of the most devastating of Mizoguchi’s films about exploited, fallen women. Starring the amazing Kinuyo Tanaka as the eponymous Oharu, who suffers repeated humiliation and abuse as the victim of a cruel patriarchal system that forces her into a destitute life as a prostitute. Featuring incredible black and white photography that is as beautiful as it is haunting, The Life of Oharu stands among cinema’s greatest achievements for its aesthetic beauty as well as the unflinching, poetic realism of its storytelling. Mizoguchi considered this his masterpiece, and it’s not to be missed.

“A near-perfect work.” – Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader

Oharu… quite likely comprises the most powerful feminist protest ever recorded on film.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

Introduction by Joel Neville Anderson, filmmaker/scholar, PhD student, Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester.

All films on 35mm, in Japanese with English subtitles.

TICKETS
$12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students

If you are interested in purchasing group tickets for the event (10 or more), please email f2@japansociety.org for information on our discounted rate.


Kirishima
Late Autumn (1960)*

Thursday, December 12, 7 PM

Yasujiro Ozu’s poignant and under-appreciated late-period gem Late Autumn is now the third screening in our monthly Donald Richie film series.

*Late Autumn is replacing our previously scheduled screening of Equinox Flower due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets for Equinox Flower will be honored for our screening of Late Autumn and do not require an exchange. Any customer who already purchased tickets for Equinox Flower is entitled to a refund upon request. All inquiries can be directed to our Box Office manager, Julia Moran, at (212) 715-1246. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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Film Schedule


Woman and War The Life of Oharu
西鶴一代女 (Saikaku Ichidai Onna)

Saturday, November 16, 6 PM

A heart-breaking account of a woman’s repeated humiliation and fall from grace in feudal Japan during the Edo period, played with remarkable force by Kinuyo Tanaka. Mizoguchi considered this moving drama his masterpiece.
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New Shoes Late Autumn
秋日和 (Akibiyori)

Thursday, December 12, 7 PM

A thoughtful and elegiac late work by Yasujiro Ozu starring the beautiful Setsuko Hara as a widow whose daughter refuses to marry in fear of abandoning her. An often under-appreciated gem, Late Autumn stands alongside the master’s best films. Screening on Ozu’s birthday!
TICKETS


Light Himatsuri
火まつり (Fire Festival)

Friday, January 24, 7 PM

This rarely screened controversial fourth feature from Mitsuo Yanagimachi is an enormously lush and mysterious film revolving around a gruff lumberjack’s refusal to sell his land in the green mountains of Kumano and his ensuing battle with the forces of nature.
TICKETS


After Life After Life
ワンダフルライフ (Wandafuru Raifu)

Wednesday, February 19, 7 PM

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s second feature is a moving and reflective fantasy in which the recently deceased arrive at a way station before going onto the next world, having to determine the one memory to take with them. Presented on the one-year anniversary of Donald Richie’s passing.
TICKETS


Images, from top: The Life of Oharu © 1952 Toho Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.; Late Autumn © 1960 SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.; The Life of Oharu © Toho Co., Ltd. All rights reserved; Late Autumn © 1960 SHOCHIKU Co., Ltd.; Fire Festival © Kino Lorber; After Life © New Yorker Films.A Tribute to Donald Richie (1924–2013), Part 1 Richie’s Fantastic Five: Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Yanagimachi, & Kore-eda is co-presented with The Japan Foundation.

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Additional generous support is provided by Dr. John K. Gillespie.

Japan Society’s Film Programs are generously supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.

Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, Mr. Kenneth A. Cowin, Mr. and Mrs. Omar H. Al-Farisi, Laurel Gonsalves, David S. Howe, Geoff Matters, and Dr. Tatsuji Namba.

Unless otherwise noted all programs are held at Japan Society.
333 East 47th Street (at First Avenue)
New York, NY 10017

Japan the Otaku show: pic of the day
from Rob, October 20th, 2013 8:00 am, Japan The Otaku show

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And you guys thought tests in your school were tough? This awesome picture was posted on Danny Choo’s Facebook page.

Now I am waiting to see which student wins and who will be set loose as the new Poke-student.

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Japan the Otaku show: Anime designs 90s vs 10s
from Rob, October 19th, 2013 8:30 am, Japan The Otaku show

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Posted on Danny Choo’s Facebook page. This model sheet shows the transition from the old ways to the new “Streamed line” way of drawing Anime girls

I really miss the old style it had a ton more detail that now has become so super simple that it looses all its charm and flair.

I personally miss the old school eye designs. The lack of detail on the hair is also a disappointing feature.

Anime hair was never really detailed but they have completely gone crazy with the new style. It’s almost all just a outline and color. the hair also looks so limp and lacks a ton of action.


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