About the exhibition: This exhibition of a selection of projects by Toru Mitani and firm, Studio on Site, is about how small things have a significant, perceptual impact on diffuse landscapes. Over the past two decades, Mitani’s work has explored how perception is altered through minute dimensional changes in the prosaic components of everyday landscapes. Incremental variations in the heights and widths of curbs, in the rim of a drain, or the trimming of foliage, when repeated across space, induce shifts in perception intended to make the landscape intensely vibrant and present. Projects by Mitani on display include his Okutama Forest Therapy, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and Machida City Hall projects, among 14 total projects in the exhibition.
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YOKO TANAKA Professor of Economic History, International and Advanced Japanese Studies, the University of Tsukuba; HYI Visiting Scholar Chair/discussant: Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
Harvard-Yenching Institute lunch talk co-sponsored by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Belfer Case Study Room S020, Concourse Level, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St.
Conference: Debating Japan's Constitution: On the Streets, In Parliament, and In the Region
Moderators: Alexis Dudden, Professor of History, University of Connecticut; Helen Hardacre, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society, Harvard University; Timothy George, Professor of History, University of Rhode Island; Franziska Seraphim, Associate Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies, Boston College
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This international conference is organized by the Constitutional Revision in Japan Research Project at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and is co-sponsored by the Asia Center, Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Program on US-Japan Relations, and Reischauer Institute. The conference is free and open to the public.
Harvard Fim Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St.
About the filmmaker: "Poet, playwright, novelist, photographer, sports critic, filmmaker and cultural agent provocateur Shuji Terayama (1935-1983) was among the most broadly influential and innovative figures active in the post-WWII Japanese avant-garde. Throughout his all-too-brief but astonishingly prolific and multifaceted career, Terayama deliberately confused boundaries between high and low, between history and myth, while working inventively across different media. Terayama’s intermingling of theater, film and photography was an especially important inspiration for his visionary art practice." - Haden Guest For information on films and screening details, please viewhere