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For information, the Japan foundation is directly linked with the Japanese Embassy and is the basic organ for international exchange on cultural level, also in term of support for according exchages.
Any embassy will immediately lead you to them.

Also, subscription to their newsletter-email list is highly recommended and free!

Dear readers:

It is getting warmer and don't you want to experience something hot?
The 12th Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) on March 3 through 5
will be a good place to visit. TPAM is a market of theater, dance
and music organized by Secretariat of Tokyo Performing Arts Market
2008 (The Japan Foundation/Japan Foundation for Regional Art-
Activities/Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication) and
drawing more attention from performing arts industries across the
world.
For more information, please see the following site:

http://www.tpam.or.jp/index_e.html

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Table of Contents: The Japan Foundation's Activities

<Japan>
(1) Japanese American Leadership Symposium (Fukuoka, 3/6)
(2) Drama "Un hombre que se ahoga" (3/6-9, Tokyo)
(3) Lecture "Feeling European: context, culture and the role of art"
(3/14, Tokyo)
(4) Arabic Film Festival (3/17-19, 3/23-25, Tokyo)

<Asia & Oceania>
(5) Japan-South Korea Exchange Program for 2007, Korea and Japan's
Approach to Aging Society - Dialogue over a Movie "Oriume"
(3/7-8, Soeulツ)
(6) Opening of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in
Viet Namツ(3/10, Hanoiツ)

<Americas>
(7) Kimono Lecture and Demonstration (3/11-17, Los Angeles)
(8) Exhibition "Kara" by Daisuke Takeya (3/11-5/9, Toronto)

<Europe>
(9) Exhibition "Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in
Japan (3/1-4/26, London)
(10) Bunraku - Marionnette Theater of Japan (3/5-8, Paris)
(11) Lecture "Primitive Future - Between Nature and Construction"
(3/7, Cologne)
(12) Lecture "Anti-cinema of Ozu" (March 11, Rome)

<Publications>
(13) The 2006 Japan Foundation Annual Report Posted
(14) "SUKI" Volume XI Issue 3 Issued (Manila)
(15) "WAVES" No.8 Issued (Cairo)

<Japanese Film Screenings Overseas>
(16) Japanese Film Screenings Overseas in March


<Library Information>
(17) A List of new arrivals in January, 2008

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<Japan>
(1) Japanese American Leadership Symposium (Fukuoka, 3/6)

This symposium entitled "Reconnecting with Japanese Americans - Beyond
100 years of Emigration" is sponsored and organized by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation CGP in cooperation
with the Japanese American National Museum, with a view to promoting
mutual understanding between Japanese American community and Japan,
and strengthening long-term Japan-U.S. relations.
For more information, please access the following site:

http://www.jpf.go.jp/cgp/e/exchange/event/080306_e.html

*Admission is free but advance application is required by Friday,
March 5. English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation will
be provided.

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(2) Drama "Un hombre que se ahoga" (3/6-9, Tokyo)

This performance is a part of Tokyo International Arts Festival (TIF)
2008 organized by Arts Network Japan and supported by the Japan
Foundation. In this performance, Argentina's stage director Veronese
presents a contemporized version of Chekhov's "Three Sisters."
The performance is in Spanish with Japanese subtitles.
For more information of the performance and TIF, please access:

http://tif.anj.or.jp/

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(3) Lecture "Feeling European: context, culture and the role of art"
(3/14, Tokyo)

The Japan Foundation would like to welcome you to join us for the
lecture by Ms. Mary Ann DeVlieg, Secretary General of IETM-
international network for contemporary performing arts. She will
lecture on new concept of European identity and how artists engage in
this evolution.
For more information, please access the following site:

http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/intel/news/0802/02_03.html

The lecture will be in English with consecutive interpretaion.
Admission is free and if you would like to attend the lecture, please
notify Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. by March 13,
2008. Tel: 03-5562-3521 Fax: 03-5562-3467

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(4) Arabic Film Festival (3/17-19, 3/23-25, Tokyo)

The Japan Foundation's annual Arab Film Festival is being held for the
fourth time this year with new Arab cinema of well-known masters and
the encore of Arab Film Festivals 2005-2007.
The festival's main attraction this year is a musical road movie BOSTA,
a record blockbuster in Lebanon. Its lead actress Nadine Labaki is
also known as up-and-coming movie director.
For theater and ticket information, please see the following site:

http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/topics/movie/arab_2008.html

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<Asia & Oceania>
(5) Japan-South Korea Exchange Program for 2007, Korea and Japan's
Approach to Aging Society - Dialogue over a Movie "Oriume"
(3/7-8, Soeulツ)

The Japan Foundation will hold Japan-South Korea Exchange Program in
Soeul. On March 7, movie director Hisako Matsui and Young-joo Byun
will talk about how they, as a female movie director, address social
problems. On March 8, elder care specialists in Korea and Japan talk
about various problems and their solutions concerning elder care.

For more information, please see:

http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/intel_j/news/0802/02-04.html (In Japanese)

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(6) Opening of the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in
Viet Namツ(3/10, Hanoiツ)

The Japan Foundation opens a new center, the Japan Foundation Center
for Cultural Exchange in Viet Nam, in Hanoi to support rapidly
increasing Japanese-language learners and the government of Viet Nam
to introduce Japanese language in secondary education.

Press release in Japanese can be seen in PDF file below:

http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/about_j/press/dl/0320.pdf (In Japanese)

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<Americas>
(7) Kimono Lecture and Demonstration (3/11-17, Los Angeles)

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is scheduled to invite Kimono
stylist (Mr. Nobuaki Tomita) from Japan to present a lecture and
workshop introducing Japanese Kimonos in March. His lecture will
cover the importance of the Kimono in Japanese culture and the
historic significance of the costume.
For more information and venue, please see:

http://www.jflalc.org/?act=tpt&id=375

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(8) Exhibition "Kara" by Daisuke Takeya (3/11-5/9, Toronto)

The Japan Foundation, Toronto is pleased to present "kara" by Daisuke
Takeya. In this project, both Canadian and Japanese cityscapes are
depicted as subjects being observed from a distance. "kara" in
Japanese means "empty" and this same character can also be pronounced
as "sora" which means "sky." Lecture and artist talk of this exhibit
are also scheduled.
For more information and details, please see:

http://www.jftor.org/whatson/upcoming.php

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<Europe>
(9) Exhibition "Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in
Japan (3/1-4/26, London)

Wolverhampton Art Gallery will host the only UK showing of the Japan
Foundation Touring Exhibition Passage to the Future. This exhibition
comprises paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video
works produced at the beginning of the 21st Century by eleven young
Japanese artists. For more information, please access:

http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.html#Passage+to+the+Future:+Art+from+a+New+Generation+in+Japan

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(10) Bunraku - Marionnette Theater of Japan (3/5-8, Paris)

This is the first performance of Bunraku, a Japanese traditional
marionnette theater, by MCJP (Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris).
Related to this performance, lecture on Bunraku and workshop for
children will also be held.
For more information, please visit the following site:

http://www.mcjp.asso.fr/pjanv2008/spect/bunkaru/ (In French)

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(11) Lecture "Primitive Future - Between Nature and Construction"
(3/7, Cologne)

The Japan Foundation, Cologne hosts So Fujimoto's lecture on March 7.
This is related to now exhibiting "Parallel Nippon: Contemporary
Japanese Architecture 1996-2006" and Fujimoto is one of the exhibitors.
For details, please access:

http://www.jki.de/kulturinstitut_lesung_symposien.html#489 (In German)

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(12) Lecture "Anti-cinema of Ozu" (March 11, Rome)

The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome hosts a lecuture on Japanese
films during Eccentric Vision film screening. This time, Kiju Yoshida
will talk about his newly published book in Italian.
For details, please access:

http://www.jfroma.it/attivita/conferenze.htm (In Italian)

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<Publications>
(13) The 2006 Japan Foundation Annual Report Posted

The Japan Foundation Annual Report 2006, that introduces the
Foundation's global cultural exchange activities in Fiscla Year 2006,
is now available on the web. Please download from:

http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/business/ar/2006/

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(14) "SUKI" Volume XI Issue 3 Issued (Manila)

February issue of "SUKI," the official newsletter of the Japan
Foundation, Manila is issued as follows :

http://www.jfmo.org.ph/pdfFiles/2008/february/Suki Newletter_Feb2008.pdf

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(15) "WAVES" No.8 Issued (Cairo)

The Japan Foundation, Cairo issued the latest issue of their
periodical,"WAVES."
To see the issue, please go the following website and click Waves 8:

http://jfcairo.org/periodical.html

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<Japanese Film Screenings Overseas>
(16) Japanese Film Screenings Overseas in March

The March schedule of Japanese film screenings overseas is now
posted on the Japan Foundation website.

http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/culture/news/0803/03_01.html

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<Library Information>
(17) A List of new arrivals in January, 2008

The list in the following site shows new arrivals in January, 2008.
It is in Japanese and some English titles are included.

http://www.jpf.go.jp/j/jfic/lib/newly/0801.pdf

Library will be closed from March 20, 2008 through June 30, 2008.

The Japan Foundation http://www.jpf.go.jp/
 
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