Director Ryota Nakano to be Special Guest at Japan Society’s Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan and Japan Society are proud to announce the eighth installment of the ACA Cinema Project film series, Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux. The series examines the shifting dynamics and struggles of the Japanese household in contemporary cinema. Showcasing 10 features, including premieres and revivals, Family Portrait celebrates the complexities of familial bonds in the face of adversity—bringing to question what truly defines a family and its values in the modern world.

Still Walking © 2008 “Still Walking” Production Committee

Limited tickets are still available for the final weekend of Japan Society’s Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux—showcasing three films from director Ryota Nakano (Her Love Boils Bathwater, A Long Goodbye and The Asadas) on Feb. 23 and 24. Nakano will attend all three of his films in person—Her Love Boils Bathwater on Feb. 23 will feature a post screening Q&A and reception and The Asadas on Feb. 24 will conclude with a post-screening panel discussion.

To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit japansociety.org.

Her Love Boils Bathwater © 2016 “Her Love Boils Bathwater” Film Partners

Hoyaman © 2023 SIGLO/OFFICE SHIROUS/Rooftop/LONGRIDE

Yoko © 2022 “Yoko” Film Partners

Tokyo Sonata © 2008 Fortissimo Films / “Tokyo Sonata” Film Partners

Tokyo Twilight © 1957/2017 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Step Into a World of Contemporary Japanese Art at New Exhibition in New York

a series of washi paper prints by artist takayuki. o

“Stepping Into A World” is a the 5th in a series of juried open call exhibitions aimed at showcasing undiscovered Japanese artists and integrating them into the forefront of the global art scene. The exhibition, which includes paintings, digital prints, and sculptures, is on view at Gallery Max in Soho and was curated by New York-based curator Kyoko Sato and television writer Motoichi Adachi.

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Takenokuma Cafe is a Water Garden Inspired by the Lush Nature of Kumamoto

In the peaceful town of Minami-Oguni (Kumamoto Prefecture) is Takenokuma, a new cafe inspired by the many water sources that flow freely from nearby Mt. Aso. These water sources manifest themselves in many ways including rivers, hot springs and channels that flow into the abundant rice paddies, all of which inform the “water-centered architecture.”

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Go on the Tokyo Toilet Tour and Never Worry About Finding a Public Restroom Again

Japan’s public restrooms have in international reputation for being clean and well-maintained, but apparently that still wasn’t good enough. In 2020, the city of Shibuya and Nippon Foundation embarked on an initiative called Tokyo Toilet. They brought together some of the biggest names in architecture and design to renovate 17 public restrooms all throughout Shibuya. Now that all of them are complete, a new tour promises an in-depth exploration into the crossroads of public hygiene and architecture.

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Evolving Themes of Absence and Presence in the Paintings of Minoru Nomata

Still-28 1986

Painting is an escapist world, but I would like it to be a place to become energized

Minoru Nomata

Over the past four decades, Minoru Nomata has developed a distinctive painting style characterized by imaginary architectonic and topographical forms. His works transcend specific time and place, marked by a lack of human presence. He combines the familiar with the mysterious, creating visionary paintings that are both heroic and haunting.

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Kawazu Cherry Blossoms in Shizuoka Now in Full Bloom

The Kawazu-Zakura cherry blossoms 

If you’re sick of winter and ready for spring, head to Shizuoka’s Kawazu City, the host of one of Japan’s earliest cherry blossom festivals. The Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms are known for blossoming early and some trees are already beginning to bloom. 

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Tachinomi Ura is a Standing Eatery in Kurashiki Carrying on Local Sake and Cuisine Culture

unless otherwise noted, all photos by Go Itami courtesy Schemata Architects

Located steps from Kurashiki Station in Okayama is Tachinomi Ura, a new standing eatery that opened late last year. Ura emphasizes local ingredients and seafood sourced from the Setouchi region, stylishly paired with sake from smaller makers you typically wouldn’t find elsewhere. The late-night eatery offers locals and visitors a welcome respite from the conflicting powers of tradition and tourism that have put strain on the area.

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Japan Society Presents Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan and Japan Society are proud to announce the eighth installment of the ACA Cinema Project film series, Family Portrait: Japanese Family in Flux. The series examines the shifting dynamics and struggles of the Japanese household in contemporary cinema. Showcasing 10 features, including premieres and revivals, Family Portrait celebrates the complexities of familial bonds in the face of adversity—bringing to question what truly defines a family and its values in the modern world.

Still Walking © 2008 “Still Walking” Production Committee

Series highlights include the U.S. Premiere of Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s Yoko, with international star Rinko Kikuchi in a bravura performance as a woman hitchhiking over 400 miles to her father’s funeral; the U.S. Premiere of Keiko Tsuruoka’s Tsugaru Lacquer Girl, the story of a family lacquerware business on the brink of collapse run by Seishiro (Kaoru Kobayashi, Midnight Diner) and his daughter, who strives to carry on his legacy despite deeply held traditional gender beliefs; and a Classics slate featuring a rare 35mm presentation of Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Twilight. A special spotlight will shine on director Ryota Nakano, whose latest film, The Asadas, centers on the power of family in the aftermath of the Fukushima tragedy and is presented along with his previous works A Long Goodbye and Her Love Boils Bathwater. Nakano will be a guest speaker at select screenings in the Family Portrait series.

To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit japansociety.org.

Her Love Boils Bathwater © 2016 “Her Love Boils Bathwater” Film Partners

Hoyaman © 2023 SIGLO/OFFICE SHIROUS/Rooftop/LONGRIDE

Yoko © 2022 “Yoko” Film Partners

Tokyo Sonata © 2008 Fortissimo Films / “Tokyo Sonata” Film Partners

Tokyo Twilight © 1957/2017 Shochiku Co., Ltd.

Pioneering Japan’s Zero-Energy Hospitality, ‘ITOMACHI HOTEL 0’

Courtesy of Itomachi Hotel 0

Ito-Machi, launched in 2020, is an urban development in Ehime prefecture’s Saijo, featuring a master plan by the esteemed Kengo Kuma Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. The project encompasses a residential zone with detached houses and a commercial zone hosting hotels and markets. Its purpose is to infuse new vibrancy into Saijo through a unique blend of urban living and disaster-resilient infrastructure.

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Tokyo Here & Now: Private Art and Design Tours by Mirit Weinstock

Mirit Weinstock is an artist and designer living in Tokyo, specializing in Japanese crafts and working in a variety of mediums. The creative director and founder of “Mirit Weinstock” jewelry brand, the artist is steeped in the Japanese crafts of ikebana floral arrangement, washi paper as well as ceramics. As a result of her love for Japanese arts, Mirit has been giving private daily art tours since Japan re-opened its borders in October 2022.

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