Past Events

  • 2018 Jun 02

    Objects of Use and Beauty: Design and Craft in Japanese Culinary Tools


    Fuller Craft Museum (455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA)
    Sat - Sun, Jun 2 to Oct 28, 12:55pm - 12:55pm

    Opening Reception: Sunday, June 3, 2:00-5:00 pm

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    Sponsored by the Caroline R. Graboys Fund, the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund, and the Japan Foundation, NY. Co-curated by Debra Samuels and Merry White

  • 2018 May 16

    Akiyama Yo: Ceramic Sculpture and the Philosophy of Arche


    Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    YO AKIYAMA, ceramist; professor, Kyoto City University of Arts

    Widely recognized as one of Japan’s preeminent sculptors, Akiyama Yo has devoted his career to exploring the dynamics of the ceramic process. Each of his powerful objects explores the tensions of binary relationships such as solid-void, gravity-antigravity, formation-destruction, and examines the compression of time. Akiyama discusses the encounter between the artist’s creative vision and the physical properties of the material with which he works.

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    Presented by Rad Smith Program in Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • 2018 May 15

    Japanese Cinema Ended in 1963?!  Rethinking Film History in Japan


    Roppongi Hills Club, TOKYO 
    7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Please note that this event takes place in Tokyo

    ALEXANDER ZAHLTEN, Associate Professor, East Asian Language and Civiliation Dept., Harvard University
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    Harvard Club of Japan seminar

  • 2018 May 04

    Tekagami and the Poetics of Fragments


    Kang Seminar Room S050, Concourse Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Studies, Yale University

    Moderator: David Atherton, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Presentation 
  • 2018 May 04

    Film Series: Umetsugu Inoue, Japan's Music Man


    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St.
    Fri May 4 (All day) to Sun May 13 (All day)

    Although Japanese filmmaker Umetsugu Inoue made movies in a number of genres, he may be best known as a specialist in musicals. He began making musicals at Nikkatsu Studios in the 1950s, eventually catching the eye of the famed Shaw Brothers, who hired him to apply his magic touch to Hong Kong movies in the late 60s. Though this retrospective includes just a handful of the more than one hundred movies he made in his career, it features three newly subtitled classics, a restored print of a film he made using the rare Konicolor process and one of his standout Hong Kong efforts. – Tom Vick, Curator of Film, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution
    Curated by Tom Vick and generously funded by the Inoue & Tsukioka Movie Foundation.

    May 4 (Fri) 7pm & May 6 (Sun) 7pm 
    The Sotrmy Man

    May 4 (Fri) 9pm & May 6 (Sun) 4pm 
    The Winner

    May 5 (Sat) 3pm 
    The Green Music Box

    May 5 (Sat) 7pm & May 13 (Sun) 4pm
    The Eagle and the Hawk

    May 5 (Sat) 9:15pm
    Hong Kong Nocturne

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    The Harvard Film Archive Film Series

  • 2018 Apr 27

    Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Associates’ Panel: Japan and Asia’s Response to a Rising China


    Room K050, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St.
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    India’s Evolving Role in the U.S.-Japan Alliance
    VICTOR TEO, The University of Hong Kong

    The Role of Domestic Laws on China’s Foreign Policies on the Sea
    YUJI MARUO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    China’s Exchange Rate Policy and Japan-China Economic Relations
    MAKOTO HOJO, Ministry of Finance

    Moderator: Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Discussant: Thomas Berger, Professor of International Relations, Boston University

  • 2018 Apr 24

    Marketcraft: How Governments Make Markets Work


    Bowie-Vernon Room K262, 2nd Level, CGIS Knafel Bldg., 1737 Cambridge St.
    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkley

    Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, Department of Government, Harvard University

    Susan J. Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

    Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations presentation
  • 2018 Apr 20

    Literary Ambulation: Tourism, Author Worship, and Hunting for the Past in Contemporary Japan


    Porte Seminar Room S250, 2nd Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Associate Professor of Japanese, University of Massachusetts Boston

    Moderator: Karen L. Thornber, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; and Chair, Harvard University Asia Center Council, Harvard University

    Reischauer Institute Japan Forum Presentation