The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 309

■■ Call for Entries: VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT 2017 ■■

Dear readers,

We have just entered the last week of August but still experiencing hot days with cicadas singing morning till night.
Some of us will miss their singing when they die out at the end of the season, and others may feel rather relieved being finally freed from the constant orchestration outside.

How can they sing so loudly with such a small body? They are equipped with an auditory chamber designed to enlarge the sound, and it takes up a large part of their abdomen. If you see the cross-section of their body, it actually looks hollow!

Japanese people thought their orchestrated singing sounded like rain. The word "Semi Shigure" (semi means cicadas, shigure means rain) is a beautiful word that would make you appreciate the wonder of nature.

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◇Call for entries by September 1, 2017 : VISUAL DOCUMENTARY PROJECT 2017
The Visual Documentary Project accepts 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/events/e-vdp2017/

◇Japanese Film Screening with English Subtitles- Osaka
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office and Osaka International House Foundation organize Japanese film screenings.
Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 2017
Venue: International House, Osaka (i-House)

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/world/kyoto/2017/08-01.html

◇Call for applications for Japonismes 2018 Fringe Program (provisional title)
The Secretariat for JAPONISMES has launched a framework of "Japonismes 2018 Fringe Program" with the aim of encouraging more people to participate in Japonismes 2018.

For more details:
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/area/japonismes/2017/07-01.html


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

The Japan Foundation offers various traveling exhibition programs conducted overseas.

◇Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s
New Delhi (India)
September 1 - 30, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/prints_1970s.html

◇Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master's Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics
Bangkok (Thailand)
Until September 22, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/manga_hokusai.html

◇Struggling Cities: from Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s
Gimhae City (South Korea)
September 6 - 22, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/struggling.html

◇Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art
Komsomolsk-na-Amure (Russia)
Until September 24, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/winter_garden.html

◇Parallel Nippon: Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006
Geneva (Switzerland)
September 1 - October 15, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/parallel_nippon.html

◇Handcrafted Form: Traditions and Techniques
Suva (Fiji)
September 1 - October 30, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/handcraft.html

◇The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love
Kyiv (Ukraine)
Until September 17, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/dolls.html

◇Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan
Yerevan (Armenia)
September 7 - October 8, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/handcraft_tohoku.html

◇TOHOKU-Through the Eyes of Japanese Photographers
Manaus City (Brazil)
August 29 - September 30, 2017
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/project/culture/exhibit/traveling/photo_tohoku.html

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▼△▼△More▼△▼△

◇The Visitors to the Japan Foundation (up to July 28)
http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/jfic/visitor/index.html

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

◇Performing Arts Network Japan
Artist Interview: Tetsuya Umeda
Play of the Month: Songs of the Cicada
Arts Organization of the Month: Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development (COAL)
Arts Organization of the Month: Onassis Foundation
http://www.performingarts.jp/

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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.309  8/29/2017
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