The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome:The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome has planned a variety of events in an effort to offer a well-balanced introduction to Japanese culture in all its diversity.

The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome

topics_0707_02_01.jpg The Japanese film series that begins on October 2 will present over thirty works by legendary filmmaker Mikio Naruse (1905-1969), including several that were not shown during the Naruse retrospective held in 2003. This year's focus is on works indispensable to understanding the director as both man and artist.

The current exhibition by artist Masao Okabe, "Attingendo Memorie" continues until October 20. Whereas Mr. Okabe's current exhibition at the Japanese Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale of Art ("Is There a Future for Our Past? The Dark Face of the Light") presents works created in Hiroshima, the Rome show features details from the cities of Hiroshima, Paris, Venice and Rome reproduced through his frottage technique.

On October 12 at 6:30 p.m., the renowned Japanese stage designer and artist Setsu Asakura will speak about his work, accompanied by a visual presentation of his creations on stage. Known for his avant-garde set designs, Mr. Asakura has won numerous prizes in the course of his forty-year career as a stage artist, painter and illustrator.

"Esplorazioni Jazz" on October 19 at 9 p.m., presents a trio consisting of Alessandro Carbonare, principal clarinetist with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, award-winning Japanese pianist (and Italy resident) Aki Kuroda, and multi-instrumentalist Piercarlo Salvia, who also composes for theater, film and television. With jazz as their theme, the three will perform original improvisations and variations based on the works of such composers as Stravinsky, Brahms, Yoshimatsu, and Piazzolla.

Meanwhile, the Japanese language program begins its new term in mid-October, offering a four-year course, a two-year evening course, and a three-month short-term introductory course.

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