Workshops and Japan Giveaway at j-CATION: Sakura Festival, April 14
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by BWW News Desk
Japan Society's annual all-day culture festival j-CATION traditionally promises "a trip to Japan without ever leaving New York City". But the 2012 installment themed around sakura-or cherry blossoms, a spring season delight in Japan- promises more: one lucky person will walk away with an actual trip to Japan.
As the concluding event in the Sakura – Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms programming series commemorating the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to Washington, DC and New York City's Upper West Side, this year's j-CATION: Sakura transports visitors to a cherry blossom-filled haven of workshops, crafts and mini language lessons; a classic film screening; a Japanese-style game show with a grand prize of a round trip ticket to Japan; live music concerts; DJ party; stunning design art from the exhibition Deco Japan; and a hana-mi (cherry blossom viewing) lounge with seasonally appropriate drinks and snacks for purchase.
Taking place Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 am-11:00 pm, j-CATION: Sakura kicks off with an outdoor taiko drum salute. Throughout the day, Japan Society's 262-seat auditorium sets the stage for several feature presentations. Participants can try their luck with You're on Standby! A Japanese Game Show, a spectacular travel quiz contest with the prize of a roundtrip ticket courtesy of United Airlines. Later j-CATIONers are transported to the vivid land of geishas, samurai and cherry blossoms in the early afternoon movie screening of Killing in Yoshiwara A.K.A. Heroes of the Red-Light District.
The evening continues with breakout artist Alex York, whose Japanese song "Change" (written for Tohoku earthquake relief efforts) received over 100,000 hits on YouTube in its first few weeks of release and continues to climb. The beloved Japanese girl band, The Suzan, whose "Come Come" was selected by an NFL Verizon TV campaign for the 2011 NFL season, returns following their debut at Japan Society's 2011 CONCERT FOR JAPAN.
Throughout the day, master instructors teach spring-themed shodo (traditional Japanese calligraphy), cherry blossom woodblock print demonstrations, basic Japanese language lessons, and origami how-to's. Everyone is invited to contribute pink paper blossoms with words of support for Japan to an ever blooming cherry tree near the gallery. For the youngest visitors, traditional kamishibai (picture card storytelling) delights the senses.
Whether staying all-day or just for one event, admission is $10/$5 Japan Society members and children under 12/FREE for children 2 years and under. Main stage presentations and workshops have a limited capacity and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event only from 11:00 am-10:00 pm (no advance ticket purchase is available.) More at www.japansociety.org/j-CATION.
j-CATION: SAKURA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Origami in Full Bloom
Memory: Things We Should Never Forget
Simply Stunning Shodo
You're on Standby! A Japanese Game Show
Sakura Cinema -
Japanese for Beginners
Cherry Blossom Block Printing Demonstration
Hana + Haiku
Japan Society launched j-CATION in 2010 to give a glimpse of Japan Society's perennial garden of programming in film, performance, exhibitions, workshops, talks, language lessons, family activities, food, fun and more. Having drawn nearly 3,000 visitors at the initial "Taste Japan" j-CATION, 2011's festival was transformed into a benefit CONCERT FOR JAPAN-a full day of music performances with 100% of all proceeds (over $88,000) going to Japan Society's Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
Japan Society's programming series Sakura – Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms (March 6–April 14, 2012) commemorates the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to New York and Washington, DC, where American's national cherry blossom festival is held. This series of programs is shaped around the many meanings of sakura, or cherry blossoms. In addition to j-CATION, events include live performances of centuries-old kabuki dance; a 10-part film series showcasing Japanese cinema's beauty of transience ( mono no aware); a haiku workshop; and separate Japanese confections discussion and workshop.
Founded in 1907, Japan Society is an American nonprofit committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language, and education.
Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 and 7 subway at Grand Central or the E and V subway at Lexington Avenue). For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit www.japansociety.org.
Part of Sakura-Spring Renews, Beauty Blooms . j-CATION is generously supported by Kikkoman Corporation, Mitsubishi International Corporation, and Sir Howard Stringer. Additional support is provided by Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Chartis, Alan S. MacDonald, Megu, Jun Makihara and Megumi Oka, Satoru and Hiroko Murase, Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc., Motoatsu and Nobuko Sakurai, and Jonathan B. Kindred. Game show grand prize is courtesy of United Airlines. Sweets for the free tasting are provided by Minamoto Kitchoan Co., Inc.