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March 20 - April 15, 2018

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Cine Matsuri 2017

Cine Matsuri 2017

Washington, DC first ever Japanese film Festival.

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MEET NETSUKE! – Storytellers of Japan

MEET NETSUKE! – Storytellers of Japan

Special spring exhibition of the Japanese artful miniature sculptures “Netsuke” from Edo period.

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Moonlight Revelry: A Rakugo Performance

Moonlight Revelry: A Rakugo Performance

A traditional Japanese form of comic theater, marks the opening of the landmark exhibition Inventing Utamaro. Actor Katsura Sunshine will bring a masterwork by the 18th century artist Kitagawa Utamaro to life, revealing its hidden stories.

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Inventing Utamaro: A Conversation with the Curators

Inventing Utamaro: A Conversation with the Curators

Gain insight into the work of Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro through a public conversation with James Ulak and Julie Nelson Davis, curators of the exhibition Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered.

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Film Screening: Yojimbo

Film Screening: Yojimbo

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

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Film Screening: Mifune: The Last Samurai

Film Screening: Mifune: The Last Samurai

Academy award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki explores the career of Toshiro Mifune, one of the true giants of world cinema. Mifune made 16 remarkable films with director Akira Kurosawa during the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema, including Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. Together they thrilled audiences and influenced filmmaking around the world.

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An Introduction to Japanese Kyogen Theater by Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

An Introduction to Japanese Kyogen Theater by Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

A joint presentation of the Freer, The Japan information and Culture Center (Embassy of Japan) and the Japan Foundation.

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An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

An Evening of Kyogen: Shigeyama Kyogen Troupe

Collaboration with The Japan Foundation, The Library of Congress and The Japan information and Culture Center

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Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Netsuke in Japanese Culture

Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Netsuke in Japanese Culture

Before the introduction of European fashions, Japan was a “world without pockets.” Men carried their belongings in small pouches suspended from their kimono with toggles, or netsuke, which were enviable symbols of status. Discover this traditional art through a discussion with Freer|Sackler Curator James Ulak and a demonstration by master netsuke carver Ryushi Komada. Offered in partnership with the Japanese Information and Culture Center.

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Kimono Exhibit and Kimono Sale

Kimono Exhibit and Kimono Sale

Educational program that fits under the category of Japanese culture. The kimono sale raises funds for the NCBF.

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