Co-sponsored by the Japanese Art Dealers Association (JADA)
Designed for Pleasure: Popular Culture in Edo Japan
March 1, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 7th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Author, playwright, and tea ceremony practioner Ellis Avery reads from her new novel, followed by a demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony and a book signing. "Saturated with color and detail.... Avery manages to make 19th-century Japan both accessible and exotic, infusing her story with a sense of dignified calm. A deeply engrossing, multifaceted work." — The Boston Globe
March 6th - April 17th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Gangsters are not nice people but when portrayed by James Cagney, Chow Yun-Fat, Tsuruta Koji, or Takakura Ken - we flock to see them. In 1960s Japan, millions of fans made yakuza movies some of the biggest box office hits of the period. Gangsters, gamblers, hookers, and cops lit up the screen to create the Golden Age of Japanese yakuza films. Their tales of chivalry, revenge, betrayal, and the thrill of violence captured the spirit of the post-war generation. Join us for a look into the flowering of the Japanese yakuza movie.