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  • 6/12: We are pleased to announce that our guided tours of the Old Ambassador's Residence and Ippakutei Teahouse have been rescheduled! Come join us for this rare opportunity!
  • 6/5: Get outside and unleash your creativity at our special pop-up origami workshop at Golden Triangle's Farragut Friday!
  • 6/3: The JICC is participating in the 10th EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival! This year, the theme is “Food for Thought” and will explore cross-cultural views of food through short films. We will present six short films from Italy and Japan, followed by a discussion, on June 3rd at the JICC!
  • 6/11: Japanese guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen joins the DC Jazz Festival at the JICC with his group.
  • 5/27: In the midst of war, the prince of Levamme proposes to Juana del Moral of Amatsukami and vows to end the war between their nations in a year. However, after an attempt is made on her life, Levamme hires a mercenary pilot, Charles, to escort the future princess safely to the capital.
  • 5/20: A father and daughter find a book of recipes left by their late wife/mother, Otomi — recipes for a "happy life". Together with two strangers, Imo and Haru, the family begins to rebuild their lives and learn about Otomi through these instructions for life.
  • 5/5: Celebrate and learn about Children's Day with us all month long through koinobori displays, fun activities, and more!
  • 5/2: Join us as we celebrate Passport D.C.'s Around the World Embassy Tour at the Old Ambassador's Residence with various displays of traditional culture and modern technology, as well as tasty treats!
  • 4/30: Due to the popularity of the first screening, the JICC will present a second bonus screening of the award-winning animated film “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” on April 30! From Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata comes this beautifully hand-drawn film based on one of the oldest folktales of Japan.
  • 4/24: We sincerely regret to announce due to circumstances beyond our control, our Architecture Week 2015 guided tours of the Old Ambassador's Residence and Ippakutei Teahouse have been postponed.
  • 4/22: This month's J-Film is A Tale of Samurai Cooking! Haru, a cook par excellence, marries Yasunobu, a "kitchen samurai" (chef) to the Kaga clan. The only problem is: he cannot cook. Now, Haru must teach him to be a chef.
  • 4/24: Come celebrate Architecture Week 2015 with guided tours of the Embassy of Japan's Old Ambassador's Residence and Ippakutei Teahouse!
  • 4/15: The JICC will present the award-winning animated film “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” on April 15! From Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata comes this beautifully hand-drawn film based on one of the oldest folktales of Japan.
  • 4/8: Professional shogi players Madoka Kitao and Asuka Ito will explain and demonstrate the game of shogi. Attendees will also have a chance to try out Let's Catch the Lion, a simple shogi variant!
  • 3/27: Based on a true story, “Sunshine Ahead” is about one couple’s passion to revive the beautiful coral in Okinawa.  The JICC will present “Sunshine Ahead” on Friday, March 27th as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital!
  • 3/5: Our "Regional Economic Integration in Asian Pacific and Japan's Foreign Economic Policy" lecture with Professor Shujiro Urata has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.
  • 3/18: For our J-Film we will be showing Koki Mitani’s “The Kiyosu Conference”, a tongue-in-cheek look at the historical meeting that changed the course of Japanese history! After the death of warlord Oda Nobunaga, Japan’s powerful gather to resolve the question of his succession. What unfolds is a Machiavellian (but hilarious) political power struggle!
  • 3/13: Patema, a headstrong young girl, has lived her entire life underground.  While exploring the “Danger Zone” she falls into a pit and is pulled up to the surface world where gravity is reversed.  After she is saved by a young boy, Age, the two start to uncover the truth about their worlds... “Patema Inverted” will show at the JICC on March 13!
  • 3/10: Our spring featured artist, Tokio Kuniyoshi, opens his solo exhibitition "twelve" with a lecture and reception.
  • 3/5: Professor Shujiro Urata from Waseda University will discuss the current state of the Asia-Pacific region in regards to the economic integration, including the ongoing TPP negotiations and Japan's foreign economic policy.
  • 2/27:  “The Wound and The Gift” uses the Japanese fable of “the Grateful Crane” as the narrative frame for this documentary film about animal rescue.  From wild animal sanctuaries in the U.S. to a crane village in Hokkaido, Japan, the film asks the questions: Who is saving who?  This documentary film is screening at the JICC on Friday, February 27 with a visit from special guest, director Linda Hoaglund!
  • 2/18:  In 2nd-century Rome, architect Lucius is experiencing “builder’s block” in coming up with a new bathhouse design.   While visiting a spa he is inexplicably sucked into a time-warp and ends up in modern Japan at an “onsen” (bathhouse).  In awe of the bath culture, Lucius determines to bring these innovations to his own time!  Based on the wildly popular manga and starring Hiroshi Abe, the smash-hit comedy "Thermae Romae" will be showing at the JICC on February 18!
  • 1/30: For this month's Animezing we bring the first feature film from director Makoto Shinkai, "The Place Promised in Our Early Days."  In an alternate timeline where Japan is divided by war, a mysterious tower may hold the key to resolving the conflict.  Three friends vow to uncover its secret until suddenly one of them goes missing...
  • 1/21: In “A Gentle Breeze in the Village”, Soyo, the senior student in the village school of only six, finds her world shaken up when a new boy her age, Hiromi, transfers from Tokyo. This tender coming-of-age story directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita will be screening for our J-Film at the JICC on January 21!
  • 1/5: Welcome the Year of the Sheep all month with a mini-exhibit featuring the submissions from our 2015 Nengajo Design Contest!

 

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Guided Tours

OAR & Ippakutei Tours

Friday, June 12th | 1pm-4pm | Old Ambassador's Residence

Join the Embassy of Japan for guided tours of the Old Ambassador's Residence and Ippakutei Teahouse in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects' (AIA).

Film Festival

EuroAsia Shorts 2015

Wednesday, June 3rd | 6:30pm | JICC Auditorium

EuroAsia Shorts 2015

Joining in the 10th EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival, the JICC will screen six short films from Japan and Italy. This year, the theme is “Food for Thought” and will compare and contrast cross-cultural views of food, sustainability, ecology and even human hunger for knowledge, companionship, and spirituality.

Special Event

Golden Triangle Farragut Fridays: Origami Workshop

Friday, June 5 | 12-2pm | Farragut Square Park

Farragut Friday

Escape the indoors and unleash your creativity with our special pop-up origami workshop at Golden Triangle's Farragut Fridays!

DC Jazz Festival

Nobuki Takamen Trio

Thursday, June 11th | 6:30pm | JICC

Nobuki Takamen

Japanese guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen joins the DC Jazz Festival at the JICC with his group!

Events Calendar

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JN Newsletter

JN vol10no02

In the current issue of Japan Now: Prime Minister Abe visits the Middle East, JapanGov has an app, and the JICC hosts its 5th Annual Nengajo New Year Card Contest. Click here.

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