Upcoming Events during JapanPhilly2020:
- Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will expand into two days, creating a weekend destination in Philadelphia with sponsor Subaru of America.
- Shofuso Obon Festival will expand, with more vendors and a wider range of activities.
Cultural Exchange and Conferences
- Grassroots Summit, is a citizens exchange program between Japan and Philadelphia, organized by John Manjiro Commemorative Center for International Exchange (CIE). The Summit includes homestays, an opening ceremony at the Franklin Institute, and a closing ceremony at the Independence Seaport Museum.
- National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS) annual conference will take place in Philadelphia.
- The 12th International America-Japan Society Symposium will be hosted by JASGP partnered with NAJAS and the America-Japan Society, Inc. of Tokyo.
Arts Exhibitions and Programs
- “Shofuso and Modernism” exhibition, presented by JASGP, tells the story of friendship and architectural achievements of Junzo Yoshimura, George Nakashima, and Antonin and Noemi Raymond in mid-century Japan and Greater Philadelphia. The program is organized in partnership with George Nakashima Woodworkers, Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design in New Hope and Wakita Museum in Karuizawa, Japan.
- Collaborative Cataloging Japan and Strange Truth 2020 presents Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver: De-time, which highlights the artist’s consideration on the concept of time.
- The Independence Seaport Museum will present As We Saw Them, an exhibit which explores the evolution of the complicated and lasting partnership between Japan and the United States from its taut beginnings to a flourishing relationship spanning two centuries.
- The Rosenbach Museum will be exhibiting the John Manjiro Manuscript written in 1852 from the museum collection.
- The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College presents an exhibition of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Ohara Ikebana for a weekend of extraordinary flower arrangements.
- The Fleisher Art Memorial presents, The Third Space: Japanese American Resettlement in the Greater Philadelphia Region, which explores how Philadelphia became the first major US city to welcome Japanese Americans after internment during WWII.
- To coincide with the Tokyo Olympics, the Please Touch Museum will host three events: an Opening Ceremony Torch Parade, the Vetri Mobile Teaching Kitchen: Japanese Eats, and a show from the KyoDaiko Drum Ensemble.
- Tyler School of Art at Temple University presents an exhibition on its former Printmaking professor, Arthur Flory’s (1914-1972) journey to Japan, cultural exchange and international collaboration through printmaking.
- Fleisher Art Memorial displays the history of Japanese Americans who settled in the Greater Philadelphia area during and after the Second World War throughout a photography exhibition.
- Rosenwald Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts presents Gutai, an innovative artists’ group from Osaka, Japan, founded in 1954.
- Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival is an annual, week-long Japanese film festival.
- US-Japan Business & Public Policy programs will occur throughout the year with partners Japan Export Trade Organization (JETRO), the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) in Pittsburgh, PA, and media partner Philadelphia Business Journal.