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Spring Exhibition In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 March 11 - June 12, 2016 To mark the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake in Tohoku, Japan, Japan Society will present, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers respond to 3/11, a special exhibition that focuses on the enormous response in the arts to the disaster and to the paths that lie ahead as Japan continues to rebuild. Originally organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2015, the exhibition features the works of fifteen leading photographers, some of whom are considered among Japan’s most celebrated artists (including Nobuyoshi Araki, Naoya Hatakeyama, and Takashi Homma.) Some were drawn to the affected area because they lived in the region or had once called it home. Others took the risk of entering the contamination zone around the Fukushima plant. And some remained at a distance, making evocative images from their studios in Tokyo. Admission: $12; students & seniors $10, Japan Society members & children under 16 free. Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6–9 PM. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 11 AM–6 PM; Friday, 11 AM–9 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM–5 PM. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Docent-led tours: Starting Friday, March 11, through Sunday, June 12, 2016, docent-led walk-in tours will be conducted Tuesday–Sunday at 2:30 PM and Fridays at 2:30 and 7 PM. Japanese language tours will be conducted Friday nights at 6 PM. Tours are free with admission and are approximately one hour in duration. Japan Society Gallery will be closed Memorial Day.

Still searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? Treat them to a special Gates of Paradise catalogue autog...
12/12/2017
Catalogues

Still searching for the perfect gift for that special someone? Treat them to a special Gates of Paradise catalogue autographed by Hiroshi Sugimoto on Japan Society's new online shop!
https://shop.japansociety.org/

Japan Society Gallery is the premier institution in the United States for the display and interpretation of Japanese art and culture. Shop our store for an assortment of beautiful exhibition catalogs and books.

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11/06/2017

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Japan Society Gallery Director, Yukie Kamiya, featured on Bloomberg's 'Brilliant Ideas' Episode 53:
06/29/2017
Yayoi Kusama on 'Brilliant Ideas' | Episode 53

Japan Society Gallery Director, Yukie Kamiya, featured on Bloomberg's 'Brilliant Ideas' Episode 53:

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is best known for her inexhaustible creations involving polka dots, pumpkins, and vibrant colors. Her love of design has seen her join forces with top fashion houses. (Source: Bloomberg)

What are the complexities of representing LGBTQ+ issues in art exhibitions? Join A Third Gender catalogue co-author Dr. ...
05/12/2017

What are the complexities of representing LGBTQ+ issues in art exhibitions? Join A Third Gender catalogue co-author Dr. Joshua Mostow (University of British Columbia), NY-based curator Dan Cameron and gender-queer artist Kris Grey/Justin Credible​ for a panel-discussion of exhibition case studies spanning Edo Japan to the East Village.

TICKETS: http://www.japansociety.org/event/queer-representations

Kris Grey, Greenhouse from the Wave Hill Procession Series, 2017, image courtesy the artist in collaboration with Maya Ciarrocchi

Are Japanese host clubs a modern take on the wakashu culture? The 2006 documentary The Great Happiness Space investigate...
05/03/2017
THE GREAT HAPPINESS SPACE

Are Japanese host clubs a modern take on the wakashu culture? The 2006 documentary The Great Happiness Space investigates the popularity of host clubs in Japan, where young men are paid to give romantic attention to customers and are taught to be objects of desire. This documentary explores sexuality and romance in Japan via the host’s first-hand experiences. http://www.thegreathappinessspace.com

Check out Japan Society's Instagram today as we explore the parallels between A Third Gender and the #Gabritschevsky and...
04/26/2017
32 Museums Across NYC Are 'Trading Places' And Taking Fans With Them

Check out Japan Society's Instagram today as we explore the parallels between A Third Gender and the #Gabritschevsky and #Zinelli exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum as part of #MuseumInstaSwap!

During #MuseumInstaSwap, institutions are switching accounts and exploring each other's collections.

Don’t miss the special Connoisseurship Workshop on Japanese erotic prints being held at Japan Society this Saturday, A...
04/20/2017
Connoisseurship: Erotic Prints Shunga and Abuna-e

Don’t miss the special Connoisseurship Workshop on Japanese erotic prints being held at Japan Society this Saturday, April 22! Learn to appreciate and study erotic prints and other Edo-period art forms from experts in the field including Dr. Sebastian Izzard (Japanese Art Society of America), Dr. Julie Davis (University of Pennsylvania), and collector Lou Forster (Japan Society Board of Directors).

Tickets available for purchase on our website:
http://www.japansociety.org/event/connoisseurship-erotic-prints-shunga-and-abuna-e

Learn about selecting, collecting and appreciating Japanese erotic prints ( shunga and abuna-e ) and other Edo-period arts in this special workshop. Collector Lou Forster (Japan Society, Board of Directors) moderates a discussion with ukiyo-e specialist Dr. Sebastian Izzard (Japanese Art Society of…

That in-between age: ‘A Third Gender’, New YorkThe Japan Society presents an eye-opening survey of sexual fluidity i...
04/13/2017
That in-between age: ‘A Third Gender’, New York

That in-between age: ‘A Third Gender’, New York
The Japan Society presents an eye-opening survey of sexual fluidity in the Edo period
Financial Times

The Japan Society presents an eye-opening survey of sexual fluidity in the Edo period

Get an intimate look into the radical scene of Japan’s #LGBTQ+ culture during this lecture/ sneak peak of Graham Kolbe...
03/18/2017
Queer Japan with Graham Kolbeins

Get an intimate look into the radical scene of Japan’s #LGBTQ+ culture during this lecture/ sneak peak of Graham Kolbein’s highly anticipated documentary #QueerJapan, following artists, activists, and everyday individuals ranging from all across the spectrums of #gender and #sexuality in Japan. Followed by a Q&A session with Graham Kolbeins and Anne Ishii. Get your tickets now: http://www.japansociety.org/event/queer-japan-with-graham-kolbeins

Explore the lives of the quiet radicals from Japan's contemporary LGBTQ+ culture with an exclusive preview of this much anticipated documentary-in-progress by filmmaker Graham Kolbeins. Footage screened this evening has been specially selected by the director to focus on transgender expressions in J...

From Japan Society Talks+Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa SatoMarch 22, 6:30 PMUniqlo Creative direct...
03/17/2017
Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa Sato

From Japan Society Talks+
Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa Sato
March 22, 6:30 PM

Uniqlo Creative director Kashiwa Sato, the creator of clothing brand Uniqlo’s logo, discusses “iconic branding,” which dips into traditional Japanese #design concepts and infuses them with modern tastes to craft a brand’s identity. For tickets & more information click the link below:

Japan Society 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017Box Office Hours: Monday—Friday, 11 AM—6 PM Weekends during exhibitions, 11 AM—5 PM Box Office: (212) 715-1258 Japan Society Gallery is currently closed for installation of our spring exhibition A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints...

Due to inclement weather Japan Society will be closed today, March 14. Stay safe and warm NYC! We'll see you tomorrow!
03/14/2017

Due to inclement weather Japan Society will be closed today, March 14. Stay safe and warm NYC! We'll see you tomorrow!

Visitors to A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints, “can take a big historic journey with us, and hopeful...
03/14/2017
Three to see: New York

Visitors to A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints, “can take a big historic journey with us, and hopefully come out of it with a knowledge of the past that might help inform the present conversation" on gender identity, says curator, Michael Chagnon.

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/three-to-see-new-york-9-3-17/

Explore the collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, which reopened its SoHo home this week after a renovation that included an expansion into a former retail space next door. Ar...

A fascinating article by Kristen Sollee, Journalist, Curator, and Founder of Slutist and Former Japan Society Gallery Of...
03/13/2017
5 Revelations About Sex And Gender In Tokyo

A fascinating article by Kristen Sollee, Journalist, Curator, and Founder of Slutist and Former Japan Society Gallery Officer, giving her firsthand accounts of her experience in Japan in “5 Revelations About Sex and Gender in Tokyo.”

Come hear Kristen speak about #AThirdGender and contemporary gender and sexuality in Japan on March 26, 2 PM!
(Free with gallery admission.)

For the uninitiated, Tokyo conjures scenes of bright lights and unknown pleasures. It's a hedonistic paradise plucked from a retro futurist sci-fi novel where anything goes — for men, at least. After recently examining gender and sexuality in Tokyo a

"When you think of Japan you may think of a formal society bound by strict gender binarism, hierarchical codes, and a su...
03/11/2017
Genderfluid Japan

"When you think of Japan you may think of a formal society bound by strict gender binarism, hierarchical codes, and a suppression of female sexuality. That's only partly true. In Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868), gender roles and sexual relations were more flexible and openly enjoyed than history has us believe. And of course, it is the surviving art that pulls back the curtain on some enlightening and erotic Japanese customs and pursuits, which are of particular interest to the #LGBTQI community." - Merryn Johns, Curve Magazine

A new exhibition reveals surprisingly queer gender and sex roles in Edo-period Japan.

Japan Society Language Center / 語学センター
03/10/2017
Japan Society Language Center / 語学センター

Japan Society Language Center / 語学センター

Word of the Week: 若衆 (wakashu)= beautiful youths—a “third gender” occupying a distinct position in the social and sexual hierarchy of Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868)

"A Third Gender" Japan Society Gallery exhibition opens this Friday!

"A figure in a translucent kimono coyly holds a fan. Another arranges an iris in a vase. Are they men or women?As a mind...
03/10/2017
When Japan Had a Third Gender

"A figure in a translucent kimono coyly holds a fan. Another arranges an iris in a vase. Are they men or women?

As a mind-bending exhibition that opened Friday at the Japan Society illustrates, they are what scholars call a third gender — adolescent males seen as the height of beauty in early modern Japan who were sexually available to both men and women. Known as wakashu, they are one of several examples in the show that reveal how elastic the ideas of gender were before Japan adopted Western sexual mores in the late 1800s."- Susan Chira, The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html?_r=0

For centuries before Japan adopted Western sexual mores, its ideas of gender were elastic, with adolescent males seen as the height of beauty.

Tickets for Asato Ikeda's opening night lecture for #AThirdGender are going fast! Get your tickets soon to hear about a ...
03/07/2017
Asato Ikeda: A Third Gender and Edo Visual Culture

Tickets for Asato Ikeda's opening night lecture for #AThirdGender are going fast! Get your tickets soon to hear about a side of Japanese culture that "you can't find in the history books" from the expert herself!

http://www.japansociety.org/event/asato-ikeda-a-third-gender-and-edo-visual-culture

Think differently about sex, sexuality and gender with this opening night lecture by exhibition guest curator Asato Ikeda (Fordham University). Highlights from A Third Gender are used to illustrate fundamental questions at the core of the exhibition, including how gender and sexuality were structure...

03/07/2017

With the opening of the much anticipated exhibition #AThirdGender fast approaching, don’t forget to note Japan Society’s new gallery hours!

The Gallery is closed on Mondays and major holidays but is open to the public on
Tuesday-Thursday: 12 noon – 7:00 pm
Friday: 12 noon – 9:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00 pm
$12/$10 students and seniors

& on #MembershipMonday we would like to remind you that Gallery admission is FREE for all Japan Society members and children under 16 all the time!

"International observers often rely on the perception that culture from Japan is “exquisite” or “cool” without k...
02/27/2017
'Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan': Reiko Tomii brings Japanese art in from the cold | The Japan Times

"International observers often rely on the perception that culture from Japan is “exquisite” or “cool” without knowing how or where to place it in an international context. Japan does often present a cliched parade of exotic, weird and plain off-the-wall culture. As a consequence, its contemporary art is too often misunderstood as derivative of international trends, or baffling in its extremity." - Adrian Favell, The Japan Times

Reiko Tomii's profound and accessible study of 1960s avant-garde art from Japan offers an answer to a perennial problem in the appreciation of Japanese cul

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