The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 299

■■ The Japan Foundation Awards 2017 Call for Nominations ■■

Dear readers,

The birth of a new Yokozuna made a headline last week.
Kisenosato, who had won the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, promoted to the highest rank. We all hope he and three other Yokozuna will make sumo much more interesting.
Although sumo is a Japan's traditional sport, there are many wrestlers from overseas. The countries they come from include Mongolia, South Korea, China, Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, and Egypt. Thanks to those wrestlers, sumo-related topics are reported in the newspaper and tournaments are watched via satellite or Internet outside Japan.
Also, there are more and more foreign tourists who go to the stadium to watch tournament. At the stadium, you can not only watch sumo matches, but also eat "chanko nabe" (stew eaten by sumo wrestlers), a variety of bento (only available at the stadium), yakitori, and so on. You can drink sake, too.
The Sumo Association delivers news and information in English. It is worth checking out!

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◇The Japan Foundation Awards 2017 Call for Nominations
The awards are presented to individuals or organizations that have significantly contributed to the promotion of international mutual understanding and friendship through their academic, artistic, or cultural activities over the years and are expected to continue to do so.
We look forward to receiving your nominations!

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/award/apply.html

◇Japanese Film Screening - Osaka
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office and Osaka International House Foundation organize Japanese film screenings.
Dates: February 10 and March 17, 2017
Venue: International House, Osaka (iHOUSE)

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/world/kyoto/2016/01-01.html

◇Noism, RYUTOPIA's residential company, to perform in two cities in Romania
The Japan Foundation, in co-operation with Romanian organizations, will send Noism, a professional dance company based in Niigata, to Bucharest and Sibiu,
Dates: March 30, 2017 (Bucharest), April 5 – 6 (Sibiu)
Venues: Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, Teatrul National Radu Stanca Sibiu

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/perform/oversea/2017/01-01.html

◇The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
Exhibition focusing on Post-war Japanese Residential Architecture held in Rome
The exhibition is being held in cooperation with the National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI) – Italy's first national museum of contemporary art, established in 2000 – as part of the commemorative celebrations marking 150 years since the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and Italy in 1866.
Dates: Until February 26, 2017
Venue: National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI)

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/oversea/2017/01-01.html

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▼△▼△The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition▼△▼△  

The Japan Foundation offers various traveling exhibition programs conducted overseas.

◇Japanese Design Today 100 <renewal version>
Qingdao (China)
February 12 - 25, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/n_design_100.html

◇Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art
Lima (Peru)
Until February 19, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/winter_garden.html

◇Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present
Manama (Bahrain)
February 5 - 25, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/photo_1970s.html

◇Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006
St. Petersburg (Russia)
February 9 - March 12, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/parallel_nippon.html

◇Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan
Budapest (Hungary)
February 2 - March 12, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/future.html

◇The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love
Vientiane (Laos)
February 24 - March 9, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/dolls.html

◇Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan
Colombo (Sri Lanka)
February 10 - 19, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/handcraft_tohoku.html

◇TOHOKU-Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers
Leon (Mexico)
February 11 - March 24, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/photo_tohoku.html

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▼△▼△Japanese Film Screenings Overseas in January 2017▼△▼△

Japanese Film Festival (Canada)
Japanese Cinema Month (Germany)
FOOD CINEMA (Italy)

http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/media/oversea/2017/1701.html

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▼△▼△More▼△▼△

◇The Visitors to the Japan Foundation (up to December 16, 2016)
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/jfic/visitor/index.html

◇"Nihongo Kyoiku Tsushin" was updated
https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/japanese/teach/tsushin/index.html

◇Performing Arts Network Japan
Artist Interview: Tadashi Miroku
Play of the Month: Go-n-do-la-La-do-n-go
Presenter Interview: Jenny Sealey
Arts Organization of the Month: Yayasan Sime Darby
http://www.performingarts.jp/

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Vol.299 1/31/2017
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