October is shaping up to be a memorable month for Japanese culture in New York. Whether itâ€™s examples of its rich past (traditional Shinto dance), something contemporary (legendary manga and anime artists), or works of art captured by others (photographer Eikoh Hosoe, a play based on the life of a Japanese American Medal of Freedom winner), autumn here is so inviting.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.
333 East 37th Street
Master photographerÂ Eikoh HosoeÂ is known for his dark, metaphorical and provocative images. First emerging in postwar Japan as a member of the avant-garde movement, he producedÂ BarakeiÂ (Ordeal by Roses), featuring author and right-wing activist Yukio Mishima in a series of dark, erotic poses. He later publishedÂ Kamaitachi, showing butoh dance founder Tatsumi Hijikata in a series of supernatural images across the Japanese countryside. Mr. Hosoe speaks about his collective work and reflects on his long and dynamic career. Moderated by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, director ofÂ Japan Society Gallery. Followed by a reception.
655 West 34th Street
First held in 2006 and paired with New York Anime Festival starting in 2010,Â New York Comic ConÂ is the cityâ€™s biggest annual fan convention dedicated to comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. Attendance has more than tripled since its launch, as last yearâ€™s estimates topped 105,000 visitors. This yearâ€™s distinguished â€œanime guestsâ€ includeÂ Final Fantasy/Vampire Hunter DÂ artist extraordinaireÂ Yoshitaka AmanoÂ (Oct. 12-13),Â SakuranÂ creator Moyoco Anno (Oct. 13-14), Tufts University Professor of Japanese Studies Susan Napier (Oct. 13), and perennial NYCC staple voice actress Veronica Taylor (PokÃ©mon,Â Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
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