After you’ve seen the outdoor fireworks, enjoy some summer events in the cool indoors, whether it’s witnessing the return of one of the world’s most distinguished kabuki companies returning to New York after seven years, catching one of 20 films in Japan Society’s annual festival, or waiting for the bass to drop at a live performance from a legendary DJ.
Rose Theater, 10 Columbus Circle
The Heisei Nakamura-za company, which made its North American debut in a critically acclaimed and sold-out run during Lincoln Center Festival 2004, was founded by the illustrious Kanzaburo XVIII, the late patriarch of the Nakamura family—a veritable kabuki dynasty in Japan with an unbroken line of actors and innovators reaching back to the 17th century. For its Lincoln Center Festival engagement, the company has revived a rarely performed 19th-century ghost story, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), about the murder of an artist by a handsome samurai who desires the artist’s wife. Running the emotional gamut from drama to uproarious slapstick comedy, and culminating in a thrilling fight-to-the-death beneath a waterfall, this is kabuki theater at its most engaging. Performed in Japanese with English synopsis via a headset.
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street
North America's biggest festival of new Japanese film returns for its eighth year, serving up a thrilling cross section of Japan's diverse film cultures to New York audiences! Screening 27 features across 10 days, including co-presentations with the 13th New York Asian Film Festival, JAPAN CUTS premieres the best of recent action epics, genre oddities, touching dramas, warped comedies and cutting-edge arthouse cinema made in and around Japan. Plus, meet special guest stars and filmmakers during exclusive post-screening Q&As and raucous parties in Japan Society's theater and atrium!
Friday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.
Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Special seating $35-$72
For the fifth annual Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field, the Mets take on the Miami Marlins for this special event. The pre-show kicks off at Mets Plaza outside with an explosive taiko set from New York’s own Soh Daiko, followed by the Mets Spirit Awards inside the stadium given to honored members of the New York Japanese and Japanese American community. Prior to the first pitch at 7:00 p.m., the Japanese Men's Choir will perform our national anthem. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket bought will go to Japanese community charities through the Japanese American Association of New York. Be sure to look for fun Japanese activities and games throughout the evening at the special tables on the main concourse behind the giant video screen. Price of ticket includes a free T-shirt!
Saturday, July 12, 9:00 p.m.
The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street
$15 advance, $18 day of show
A vanguard of the international club scene who has performed in 46 countries, DJ Krush launched his solo career in 1991, immediately making his mark as the first DJ to use turntables as live instruments, doing free sessions with live musicians on stage. His debut album was released three years later, and since then he has released countless records in Japan, Europe, the U.S. and around the globe. Aside from his activities as a producer, remixer and DJ, he constantly expands his field from soundtracks for films, TV dramas and commercials to live sessions with various musicians (including Black Thought, Herbie Hancock, and k.d. lang) that transcends genre.
July 19, 21
Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue
Based on the hit anime K, K Missing Kings picks up where the series left off. Featuring the same director and scriptwriter as the series, this movie brings the characters that you've grown to love in the same spirit of action, honor, and loyalty. The story starts some time after the Island Academy Incident, in which four of the seven great Kings crossed paths. Since this time, silver clansmen Kuroh Yatogami and Neko have been searching for their master, Yashiro Isana, the Silver King. Their search having turned up fruitless, the two begin to give up hope, until they encounter Anna Kushina and Rikio Kamamoto, two members of the red clan HOMRA. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Wednesday, July 23
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight—and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words “Dear Momo” but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.
Friday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.
Stage 48, 605 West 48th Street
Hosted by Steven D’Onofrio of Studio KuNu and featuring a special guest performance by Nylon Pink, Kawaiiland features themed photo shoots, food, art, fashion, vendors, panels and celebrity appearances from style and Instagram stars in the Japanese fashion community. This ultimate kawaii experience seeks to promote and share the love for all things Japanese and feature the best of local Japanese-influenced artists, fashion designers, makeup and hairstylists, musicians, photographers and more! Attendees can also enjoy workshops, food samples, and a super purikura photo booth.
Tuesday, July 29, 4:30 p.m.
Japan Information Center Gallery, 299 Park Avenue, 18th Floor
The Consulate General of Japan in New York and the Japan Foundation, New York will co-host a special film screening of director Makoto Shinkai's two productions. The Voices of a Distant Star is a 25-minute animation set in 2046. This sci-fi feature tells the story of a long-distance relationship between a girl in space and a boy on Earth who try to keep their young love alive through text messages. 5 Centimeters per Second, which won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, is a beautifully animated story depicting a wistful sense of loss and struggles in life and relationships. To attend, please RSVP to kanako_shirasaki[at]jfny.org by July 25. Photo ID is required for entry.
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