Invitation to Film Screenings


Bannar of Invitation to Film Screenings


The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office hosts Japanese Cultural Film Screenings from September to November, 2009. Out of the Japan Foundation collection, 50 films to introduce Japanese cultures with English subtitles will be shown in 25 screenings (two films per screening).

<Relevant News>
Masterpieces of Japanese Traditional Brocade(Nishiki) and books are displayed in addition to the screening of “The Looms of Time”

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  • Free Admission
  • Reservation Not Required
  • Screenings start from 3:00pm.
  • Admission is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Venue: Event Hall, Kyoto International Community House Access
  • Presented by: The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
  • Co- presented by: Kyoto City International Foundation
    *These screening are presented as part of 20th Anniversary of Kyoto International Community House



September, 2009
Date Title Length
Sep. 1
Jewels of The Skies: The Fireworks of Japan 35
Kites of Japan 28
Sep. 2
Continuity in Craftsmanship: Lacquerware in Tohoku  30
Maki-e: Gold Lacquer 31
Sep. 3
Hand-made Japanese Paper 31
Tsutsumu 28
Sep. 4
Stencil Dyeing: Edo Komon And Chugata 30
The Beauty of Japanese Embroidery: A Meeting of Spirit and Technique 38
Sep. 8
From The Asian Continent: Chinese Characters and Buddhism in Japan 29
On A Wind from The South: The First European Impact on Japanese Culture 29
Sep. 9
Buddhist Art 27
Horyuji Temple 23
Sep. 10
Zen Culture, Zen Spirit 29
Zen Temple: The Eiheiji 50
Sep. 17
Sesshu: Great Landscape Painter of Japan 30
Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji 30
Sep. 18
The Bunraku Puppet Theatre 35
Bunraku: Sonezaki Shinju Journey to The Tenjin Woods 28
October, 2009
Date Title Length
Oct. 7
Japanese Dolls 34
From Karakuri To Modern Technology 29
Oct. 8
Utamaro: Master of Ukiyo-e 45
The Townspeople of Edo: An Ukiyo-e Portrait 20
Oct. 14
The Taiko 20
The Edo Stage:Kabuki and Bunraku 29
Oct. 15
Invitation to Kabuki 33
Koken: Stage Assistants in Kabuki 44
Oct. 16
Onnagata: The Making of A Kabuki Female Impersonator 29
The Music of Kabuki: The Almanac of Love 35
Oct. 20
Kyo-mai: Traditional Kyoto Dance-Yachiyo Inoue IV 30
Torches of The Todaiji 40
Oct. 21
The Noh Mask 35
Zeami and The Noh Theatre 50
Oct. 22
A Master of Earth and Fire: Uichi Shimizu 31
Shoen Uemura: Painter of Beautiful Women 20
Oct. 23
Shiko Munakata, Master of The Wood-block Print 32
Gyoshu Hayami: Pioneer of Modern Japanese Painting 20
November, 2009
Date Title Length
Nov. 4
Kyoto Imperial Palace 25
Gagaku (Court Music) 25
Nov. 5
Katsura Imperial Villa 21
Shugakuin Imperial Villa 23
Nov. 6
The Rooftiles of Japan: Beauty, Form, And Function 23
Ise: The Roots of Japanese Architecture 40
Nov. 10
Choju,Jinbutsu Giga: Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and People 30
Narrative Picture Scrolls 28
Nov. 11
The Spirit of Tea: Sen No Rikyu 47
Wagashi: The Beauty and Spirit of Japanese Confections 22
Nov. 12
Korin House: A Re-creation 35
Crafts of Edo 29
Nov. 13
The Yuzen Silk: The Dyeing Art of Kakoh Moriguchi  30
The Looms of Time* 45


<Relevant News>
*Masterpieces of Japanese Traditional Brocade(Nishiki) and books are displayed in addition to the screening of “The Looms of Time”


Photo of Japanese Traditional Brocade

On Friday, November 13, along with the screening of “The Looms of Time”, related brocade and books are displayed by Mr. Koho Tastumura, who is a son of Mr. Heizo Tatsumura II(Kosho), a renowned textile artist of Kyoto.
Mr. Koho Tatsumura is also a textile artist living in Kyoto, not only engaged in producing works of Japanese traditional brocade but also being actively involved in presentation of Japanese textiles as cultural assets. Mr. Tatsumura will show up at the screening of “The Looms of Time”.We hope you visit and join this very special occasion.



“The Looms of Time”
This is the story of a piece of silk…an ancient, tattered fragment of figured brocade that has supplied a long missing link in the history of cultural exchanges between East and West.
At the beginning of this century, a Japanese expedition set out to trace the fabled Silk Road that once crossed Central Asia, linking China with the Middle East and, beyond that, with Europe. On its return to Japan, the expedition took with it a mummy that it had found in a subterranean tomb with at Turfan. The brocade in question lay on the mummy's face, covering it like a mask.
The cloth was faded and rotting, yet for one man who lived in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto it was to come as a revelation. That same brocade, he realized, concealed the long-sought-after key to the origin of another, celebrated piece of broche that since ancient times had been in the possession of Japan's Horyuji temple.
On the basis of that fragile fragment, he set about restoring the original silk in all its brilliance… and, as he did so, there gradually emerged on his loom a piece of the long-lost-fabric of history, a piece of history with threads extending from Japan to China and on to the mysterious depths of Central Asia…


For more information, contact:

The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office
3rd Floor, Kyoto International Community House
2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi,
Sakyo-ku Kyoto, 606-8436 JAPAN
TEL: 075-762-1136   FAX: 075-762-1137

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