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