The Freer and Sackler Galleries along with Otakorp will celebrate the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival with a day full of Japanese art, anime and manga films, and family activities.
Bring the family for a day of Japanese anime in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, presented in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Copresented with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Cosponsored by Otakorp, Inc.
Please note that the venue has changed from last year due to renovations at the Freer gallery. Venue: Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, DC https://americanart.si.edu/reynolds_center/visit.cfm
Admission for this event is FREE, but keep in mind that seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 PM
Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese ukiyo-e artists. His woodblock print series' Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and The Great Wave of Kanagawa (both of which have been exhibited in the Freer and Sackler Galleries) are so iconic that they can be seen on coffee mugs and t-shirts the world over. Few people know, however, that Hokusai had an equally talented daughter, O-ei, who sometimes collaborated with him. This unique personality is at the center of this award-winning film from anime master Keiichi Hara. It tells the story of an eccentric family of artists, a troubled father-daughter relationship, and a free-spirited woman in early 19th century Japan. "A stellar example of the oft-cited principle that animation is an art form, not a genre." (Variety). (Dir.: Keiichi Hara, Japan, 2015, 90 min., Blu Ray, Japanese with English subtitles)
From Up on Poppy Hill
Saturday, April 16, 3:00 PM
Written by the legendary founder Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and directed by Goro Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill marks the first feature film collaboration between father and son. The results are stunning – a pure, sincere, nuanced and heartfelt film that signals yet another triumph for the esteemed studio. Set in 1963, the story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But – in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing – a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. The sense of yearning and new possibility is palpable (the upbeat mood is set perfectly by the period pop music), evoking both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered. (Dir.: Goro Miyazaki, Japan, 2011, 91 min., Blu Ray, English)
A Letter to Momo
Saturday, April 16, 5:00 PM
From the creators of Ghost in the Shell comes a wonderfully expressive and beautifully hand drawn animated tale that combines bursts of whimsy and kinetic humor with deep felt emotion and drama. The last time Momo saw her father they had a fight – and now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter, a blank piece of paper penned with the words "Dear Momo" but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her. A Letter to Momo was seven years in the making, and the handmade animation is superb, from the painstakingly rendered serenity of the island's Shinto shrines to the climactic finale – a frantic chase featuring thousands of squirming, morphing ghosts and spirits that is the best cinematic flight of supernatural fancy in many years. (Dir.: Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan, 2011, 120 min., Blu Ray, English)
Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
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