The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 307

■■ SUNSHOWER - The Largest-ever Exhibition of Southeast Asian Contemporary Art Now Showing ■■

Dear readers,

July 25 is the Midsummer Day of the Ox. On this day, we customarily eat grilled eels. So, around this time of the year, the media often report the price of eel, especially because it is becoming higher and higher during the past years due to a decrease in the number of eels. According to the news report, the wholesale price is 10% lower compared to last year. However, as it is still expensive, some of us would rather eating it at home than at restaurant.
To eat at home, we buy vacuum-packed eels from supermarket or online store, and make a little bit of effort, like grilling them again, not just putting them in microwave oven so that we might be able to make those eels taste like ones served at restaurant.
"Eel" is "unagi" and "ox" is "ushi" in Japanese. It was believed that eating something beginning with "u" on the Days of the Ox brought you good fortune. This is said to be one of the reasons we eat eel on the Midsummer Day of the Ox. This sounds not too logical but, funnily enough, we still eat eels on the day.

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◇SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now Exhibition
The largest-ever exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art is now being held.
Dates: Until October 23, 2017
Venues: The National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum

For more details:
http://jfac.jp/en/culture/events/e-sunshower2017/

SUNSHOWER Exhibition Related Program: [Screening] FUN! FUN! ASIAN CINEMA @ SUNSHOWER
Dates: August 10 - 13, 2017
Venue: The National Art Center, Tokyo

For more details:
http://sunshower2017.jp/en/programs.html#ffac

◇CROSSCUT ASIA #04 to Showcase Next Generation of ASEAN's Filmmakers
The Japan Foundation Asia Center will present the new generation of Southeast Asia's filmmakers recommended by the maestros in the same region at the fourth edition of "CROSSCUT ASIA," the Asian film showcase series, entitled "What's Next from Southeast Asia" at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.

For more details:
http://jfac.jp/en/culture/news/n-crosscut-asia-04/

◇Call for Entries! VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT 2017
The Visual Documentary Project invites documentary submissions from Asian filmmakers and, through film screenings, introduces them to a wider audience in Japan. The theme for this year is "Urban Life in Southeast Asia."

For more details:
http://jfac.jp/en/culture/news/n-vdp2017-call-for-entries/

◇Call for Applications: Asia Students Package Design Competition(ASPaC) 2017
An international packaging design competition intended for students living in Asian countries and regions, and the students compete by country or region creating packaging on the same theme.

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/exchange/aspac/2017/index.html

◇Questionnaire for the Japan Foundation Library Users
We would like to hear opinions from our Library users to improve our service and collection.

To answer the questionnaire:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSmt0H4fWti0cKYiTbixcfzE9oL5YBmQnyFRoADWWeUO6sIg/viewform

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

The Japan Foundation offers various traveling exhibition programs conducted overseas.

◇Variation and Autonomy: The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Until August 20, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/variation_autonomy.html

◇Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art
Khabarovsk (Russia)
Until August 6, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/winter_garden.html

◇Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan
Santa Monica (U.S.A.)
August 11 - September 2, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/future.html

◇TOHOKU-Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers
Curitiba-PR (Brazil)
Until August 13, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/photo_tohoku.html

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▼△▼△More▼△▼△
◇Japanese Learning Site 'Marugoto Plus Elementary2 (A2)' has been released.
http://a2-2.marugotoweb.jp/

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

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◇JF E-mail Magazine would like to hear your comments and suggestions.
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/contact/index.html

Vol.307  7/25/2017
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