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Shigeo Kawashima, Bamboo Sculptor: WA

Shigeo Kawashima's sculptures take bamboo as an artistic medium to a new level. His work WA ("Ring") was commissioned for the festival and constructed on site.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Building Exterior Grounds
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Yayoi Kusama, Avant-Garde Artist: Dots Obsession - Day and Dots Obsession - Night

An icon of the visual arts world, Kusama invites visitors to experience her world-premiere mixed media installation. One room, Night, is black with yellow polka dots, while the other, Day, is yellow with black polka dots.

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Mika Ninagawa, Photographer: Everlasting Flowers

One of Japan's most popular photographers and filmmakers, Ninagawa specializes in portraits and still life photography. On display will be a sampling of her brightly colored floral work.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Grand Foyer
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Hiroyuki Suzuki, Photographer: A Moment

This black and white photo series records the progression of a major highway in downtown Tokyo being constructed, depicting a sense of fear and instability.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Parking Garage Level A
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Junko Koshino, Fashion Designer: Theater Costumes

The Tony-nominated fashion designer left Japan for Paris in the early '80s and started showing garments that drew on the basic Kimono shape. Interested in contrasts, she claims opposites come together to form a whole.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Theater Lobby
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Reiko Sudo and Nuno Corporation: "Koi Currents" Textile Installation

Reiko Sudo is the co-founder of Nuno Corporation, renowned for their innovative textiles. Their exhibition illuminates textile design in the form of a giant fish, inspired by the Japanese holiday Kodomo No Hi ("Children's Day").

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Terrace Gallery
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Nobuyuki Tanaka, Urushi Artist: Lacquer Sculptures

One of Japan's leading urushi artists exploring the sculptural possibilities of this ancient art form that starts with the toxic sap from a lacquer tree, indigenous to East Asia.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Hall of States
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Mikimoto: Antique Sash Clips

Mikimoto has been dedicated to presenting the finest quality cultured pearls for more than a century. For the 150th anniversary of its founder's birth, Mikimoto lends its rare collection of sash clips worn on the front of kimonos.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • North Gallery
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Image for Motoko Maio, Folding Screen Artist: <i>Moment by Moment - Heartbeat by Heartbeat</i>

Motoko Maio, Folding Screen Artist: Moment by Moment - Heartbeat by Heartbeat

The artist has been reinventing the art of byobu (folding screens) for more than two decades, using traditional materials and techniques to express contemporary themes. Her screens for the festival will be made out of ancient kimonos.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Hall of Nations
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Tadao Ando, Architect: Four Cubes to Contemplate Our Environment

The world-renowned architect Tadao Ando presents this world-premiere glass installation, which explores sustainability and the environment. It was constructed on-site specifically for the festival.

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Manga Café and Reading Lounge

Enjoy a bite to eat while reading VIZ Media mangas, watching anime trailers, and viewing vintage robot toys. Manga author Robin Nishi will capture festival happenings in a daily drawing and conduct a free workshop.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • South Gallery
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Robotopia Rising

Don't miss this robot extravaganza that highlights the science and culture of Japanese robotics. The most sophisticated robots in the world will be present, and daily shows will provide a fascinating showcase for all of their amazing talents.

  • Feb. 7 - 17, 2008
  • Nations Gallery
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Robot Lectures during Robotopia Rising

Distinguished writers and researchers in the field of robotics will conduct lectures about the evolution of robots, from Karakuri dolls to life-like humanoids.

  • Feb. 9 - 10, 2008
  • Millennium Stage
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Ebina Performing Arts

Kenichi Ebina, a multiple-style dance performer, started out dancing freestyle hip- hop and expanded his style to poppin’, lockin’, mime, house, jazz, contemporary, and ethnic dance. Kenichi is the first and only two-time grand champion in the Showtime at the Apollo history.

  • Mon., Feb. 11, 2008, 6:05 PM
  • Free Millennium Stage Performance
  • Artist Page
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Maywa Denki

The unique performance art troupe's robotic instruments will be on display and demonstrations will be held twice daily.

  • Feb. 13 - 15, 2008
  • Millennium Stage
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Strange Kinoko Dance Company

The acclaimed all-female dance company presents the world premiere of Flowers, a new site-specific piece created for the festival.

  • Sat., Feb. 16, 2008
  • KC Café
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Rebel, Artist, Superstar: The Films of Tadanobu Asano

The Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler Gallery presents five films starring Tadanobu Asano. His riveting, rebellious screen presence has made him a star in Japan and abroad, earned him comparisons to such actors as Johnny Depp, and prompted Time Magazine to dub him Japan’s “collective Mr. Hyde.” Asano will appear in person with the first three films in the series. Vital - Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.; Last Life in the Universe – Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.; Sad Vacation – Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.; Tori – Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; Bright Future – Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. All films will be screened at the Meyer Auditorium in the Freer-Sackler Gallery, 1100 Independence Ave., SW (Metro: Smithsonian). Free tickets required. Maximum 2 tickets per person distributed at the auditorium one hour before start time. For more information, visit the Freer-Sackler Gallery Web site.