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Performing Arts Spring 2018 Season

Tickets on Sale Today for Japan Society Members!
Tickets Available Tuesday, February 20 for General Public

Rounding out Japan Society’s 110th anniversary, our spring season focuses on the Society’s relationship with New York artists featuring a staged reading of Manhood by director Sarah Hughes; a public forum about immigration and theater, led by performance artist Shirotama Hitsujiya; and concerts by local koto and shamisen masters Yumi Kurosawa and Yoko Reikano Kimura as well as renowned jazz pianist Makoto Ozone.

Tickets for Makoto Ozone: Jazz Virtuoso go on sale for members on March 30 and for the general public on April 6.


Manhood   Rest in Peace, New York.
Monday, March 26, 7:30 PM

Award-winning playwright Hideto Iwai depicts the twisted fates of four men as they face the harsh realities of growing old in Manhood. Enjoy director Sarah Hughes’ gender swapped rendition of this off-kilter, dark comedy.

Rest in Peace, New York.
Monday, May 14, 7:30 PM

Performance artist Shirotama Hitsujiya returns to New York for a residency focused on the stories of Vietnamese women living in this megacity. Join us in an intimate public forum that explores the crossroads between theater, women’s issues and immigration.

Koto and Shamisen   Makoto Ozone: Jazz Virtuoso
Koto & Shamisen — A Contemporary Spin on Traditional Instruments
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 PM

Travel around the world and across time with New York’s own koto and shamisen masters Yumi Kurosawa and Yoko Reikano Kimura in an evening of contemporary and classical selections, interspersed with duets from the cello and tabla.

Makoto Ozone: Jazz Virtuoso
Thursday, June 7, 7:30 PM

Celebrated jazz pianist Makoto Ozone performs selections from his wide-ranging repertoire, from Gershwin to Bernstein to Piazolla and Ravel, in this upbeat and fearless solo performance.

Tickets go on sale for members on March 30 and for the general public on April 6.

From Our Friends

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents
February 7–18

Studio Theatre at Theatre Row
410 W 42nd St., New York, NY 10036

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  Vangeline Theater & New York Butoh Institute present
Noguchi Taiso / Butoh workshop with Mari Osanai
February 15–18

This workshop will take place in different locations.

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Music From Japan (MFJ) presents
MFJ Festival 2018
February 17–18

Scandinavia House/Victor Borge Hall
58 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016

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  MetLiveArts presents
Japan Across the World
February 23

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Astor Court
1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028

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2017–2018 Performing Arts Season

Lead Sponsor:

Major Support:

ORIX Americas Miyauchi Charitable Foundation

Doug and Teresa Peterson, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc., the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, an anonymous donor, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

NYSCA      NYCulture 

Additional Support:

Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dean Jeanette C. Takamura, Gary M . Talarico and Linda W. Filardi, Hiroko Onoyama, Jun Makihara and Megumi Oka, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Jon T. Hutcheson, Amy and Joseph Perella, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Mr. Norton Belknap, Nachiketa Das, Louis J. Forster, Dr. John K. Gillespie, an anonymous donor, Jonathan B. Kindred, Ms. Paula S. Lawrence, Satoru and Hiroko Murase, Pamela Perlman, and Alex York.


Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In-kind Support:

Special transportation assistance for Japan Society 110th Anniversary Performing Arts programs is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society.


MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.

Manhood is supported by The Saison Foundation.

Images: Yumi Kurosawa © Akira Takahashi; Illustration by Ben Warren © Japan Society; © Shirotama Hitsujiya; Yumi Kurosawa © GION; Yoko Reikano © George Hirose; © Yow Kobayashi/Yamaha

Unless otherwise noted all programs are held at Japan Society.
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New York, NY 10017

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