Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Exciting Japanese Visual Arts Events Around Toronto

This season is shaping up to be a busy one for Japanese film and other visual art-related events around the city of Toronto, including events presented by The Japan Foundation, the Toronto International Film & Video Awards (TIFVA) and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF):

The Japan Foundation, Toronto presents
Tamasaburo Bando Poster Exhibition
February 1-June 22, 2012

Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V is one of the cultural icons of Japan and an international theatrical phenomenon and by far the most published actor in Japan. This exhibition at The Japan Foundation includes posters, photo books, theatrical flyers and house programs on Tamasaburo. For more information, please visit The Japan Foundation website.

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Toronto International Film &
Video Awards
at the University of Toronto
March 2-4, 2012

The Toronto International Film & Video Awards is a Toronto-based film festival and award ceremony, honouring the hard work of independent filmmakers worldwide. To celebrate the success of their 2011 season, TIFVA is hosting a 3-day screening event of winning and nominated films from the 2011 season. Two Japanese films are being featured at this event, Yukkunn Chikyujin's avant-garde film La Vie and Satoru Sugita's La poesie de Kiyumi, la broderie de Sayuru. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the TIFVA website.

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Spirited Away: The Films of Studio Ghibli
presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
March 10-April 13, 2012

Often referred to as the Disney of Japan, Studio Ghibli has created some of the most wondrous and groundbreaking animated films in the history of cinema. Discover (or re-discover) such classics as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and many others. For more information, please visit the Toronto International Film Festival website.

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