JapanNYC – A Citywide Festival of Japanese Arts and Culture This Spring

A citywide festival of Japanese arts and culture presented by Carnegie Hall and other New York City cultural institutions continues in March and April.  This spring, from Monday, March 14 to Saturday, April 9, Carnegie Hall launches part two of JapanNYC, an ambitious two-part citywide festival inviting audiences to explore the incredible diversity of Japanese arts and culture with more than 65 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and New York City partner venues.

The spring lineup of more than 40 events will include classical, pop, and traditional Japanese music (including free Neighborhood Concerts), noh theater, taiko drumming, dance, film, exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics. Featured artists in JapanNYC this spring include violinist Midori, the NHK Symphony Orchestra led by André Previn, Bach Collegium Japan with conductor Masaaki Suzuki, Kodo Drummers, Kasha-juku Noh Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, Eiko & Koma, jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, shamisen players Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta, pianist Aimi Kobayashi, and many more.

A number of exciting, new events have been added to the JapanNYC spring lineup since the festival began in December. Two new events kick off JapanNYC’s spring schedule on March 14:

Concert: Deerhoof & Friends

Contemporary indie rock from Japan with special guests Ichi and If By Yes (featuring Yuka Honda and Petra Haden); Monday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m. at (Le) Poisson Rouge; presented by (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Exhibition: Macy’s Flower Show

Towers of Flowers; within this year’s show, visitors will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the Japanese garden, which is unveiled with a special performance by the “Thunder Drummers” of the New York Suwa Taiko Association; begins Sunday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Macy’s Herald Square. Presented by Macy’s.

Exhibition: Brush: Recent Calligraphy by Masako Inkyo

Japan Society’s calligraphy instructor presents a show of recent work; begins Friday, April 1 at Japan Society. Presented by Japan Society.

Special Event: j-CATION 2011: Beyond Cute

An all-day open house taking visitors beyond Japan’s kawaii (cute) culture introducing them to some of the most recent, radical, and wondrous trends in Japan today; Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Japan Society; presented by Japan Society.

Bye-Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art

Curated by David Elliott, former director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, this groundbreaking exhibition features 16 artists who reject the outworn narratives of cuteness and infantilism fashionable in Western presentations of Japanese contemporary art. Melding traditional themes with radical perceptions of the present, they c

Also, special walk-in Japanese-language tours of Carnegie Hall will be given at 12:30 p.m. on March 22, March 26, April 5, and April 9. Visit carnegiehall.org/japannyc for the most up-to-date information on festival events, interviews with artists, videos, slideshows, and other content providing insight into Japan’s arts scene and JapanNYC festival offerings.


Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute will present four free Neighborhood Concerts throughout New York City as part of JapanNYC. The series will include free performances in neighborhood venues by:

Shamisen players Yutaka Oyama & Masahiro Nitta—March 26 at 3:00 p.m. Abrons Art Center at Henry Street Settlement House in Manhattan

Taiko drumming group Soh Daiko—March 27 at 2:00 p.m. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn

Line C3 Percussion Group in a program of works by Tokyo-based composers and New York composers influenced by Japan—April 2 at 8:00 p.m. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens

Taiko drumming group Soh Daiko—April 9 at 8:00 p.m. Lehman Stages at Lehman College in the Bronx

For tickets to JapanNYC partner events, please contact the specific venue.

A JapanNYC Festival Passport, priced at $10, saves 15% or more on all events at Carnegie Hall and many partner events during JapanNYC. The Passport is available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, through CarnegieCharge, or at carnegiehall.org. Some restrictions apply.