Friday, November 12, 2010

Several Places at Once

I'm not sure why I made the decision months ago not to work this upcoming weekend, but I'm glad. It's going to be a great weekend for people who are, as I am, obsessed with Japanese culture. So many things are happening across different platforms and genres.

As it is, I want to be in several places at once. Just when I think I have my itinerary planned, I read something on Twitter or in a text message with another event.

Here are the highlights:

Nobuko Otawa in Onibaba © 1964 Toho Co., Ltd.
Yes, yes, Halloween was two weeks ago, but Onibaba is a spiritual film! There are references to one of Zen Buddhism's Six Realms of Existence. Read all about it here.

This might be a lowlight, based on the gravity of the program. Nonetheless, Love & Peace 2010 ~ Revenge to Forgiveness ~ is an important event. It's a poetry reading, and the poems were written by people who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Pretty powerful stuff. You can read more info about this and a related event here.

Unfortunately, the above event coincides with the one below:

Max Gimblett © John Savage
The artist Max Gimblett is leading a sumi ink workshop at the Japan Society. It's in conjunction with oxherding, his exhibit that is currently on display there. I'm not an artist, but I'm curious about this particular art form. Since I'm leaning heavily on attending the poetry reading, I'll probably check out Max Gimblett's website and this video produced by the Japan Society instead:

There will be music . . .

. . . from a veritable carnival of Japanese performers at The Eighth Annual Amnet New York Japan Arts Matsuri . . .

DUMBO Arts Center
. . . to hip jazz with the Japanese band Robin's Egg Blue and Alexandra Honigsberg accompanying on viola at the closing of an exhibit at the DUMBO Arts Center in Brooklyn.

Two documentary screenings at roughly the same time on Sunday afternoon:

Cineminga filmmaker Naomi Mizoguchi discusses training and working with indigenous people in Colombia on film projects.

Hiroshima Nagasaki Download makes its New York premiere.

I'm still debating on whether I'll attend the movie involving Hiroshima, but I'm definitely looking forward to Hiroshima style okonomiyaki on Sunday evening:

If you don't know what okonomiyaki is, you'll find out next week on this blog.

For more info on they myriad Japanese-related events happening at the same time this weekend, please click here.

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