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September 28-29, 2018
Station North Arts District - Baltimore, MD
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2018 Highlights
Art
BJAF is partnering with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to welcome illustrator Yusuke Nakamura (Osaka, Japan) as the featured guest. His centerpiece lecture and Q&A will coincide with the opening of an exhibition of his work (MICA Rosenberg Gallery), celebrating the 15th anniversary of his career.
Film
In association with the Japan Information & Culture Center (Washington, DC) BJAF is screening selections and welcoming guest directors from the New York Japan CineFest's 2018 lineup.
Outdoor Festival
The Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee will host the "Aki Matsuri", an all-ages outdoor event featuring an onigiri workshop from Table For Two, traditional Japanese festival games/activities, music, local food vendors, and more.
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Partnered Events
Additional events before & after BJAF 2018
Celebrating Yayoi Kusama
presented in association with MICA/ Film and Video

A screening of Self-Obliteration (1968) and Kusama - Infinity (2018)

Tuesday, September 18th | 7pm | Free
The Parkway Theater
5 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

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NY Japan CineFest @ JICC
presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center

This year BJAF & JICC are partnering to screen selected titles from the 2018 NYJCF lineup. The following films will be screened at the JICC:

  • SUGIHARA SURVIVORS: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future *
  • wind chime
  • All Alone in Kamiyama *
  • The Apologizers **
* JICC exclusive screening
** post-screening Q&A with director Yasu Suzuki

Thursday, September 27th | 6:30pm | Free
Japan Information & Culture Center
1150 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
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Schedule
Friday, September 28
8pm
8pm
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl
The Charles Theater - 1711 N Charles St
From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time's "Food Chain") comes The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto.

Introduction by Yusuke Nakamura (original character designer)
10pm
10pm
「 NEW DELI WAVE 」
The Crown - 1910 N Charles St
DJ dance party with Japanese music, visuals & drink specials (21+)

Featuring Doki Doki Jeff, Nikilad & Logicoma
Saturday, September 29
11am
11am
Aki Matsuri
Ynot Lot - 1904 N Charles St
Outdoor event for all-ages featuring educational workshops, traditional Japanese crafts & games, musical performances and food
2pm
2pm
Blue | Now | New: Yusuke Nakamura
Rosenberg Gallery (MICA Brown Center) - 1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Opening reception for an exhibition showcasing work from Yusuke Nakamura's 15+ year career as a freelance illustrator
5pm
5pm
Featured Guest: Yusuke Nakamura
Falvey Hall (MICA Brown Center) - 1301 W Mt Royal Ave
A lecture/Q&A on the theme of "Art for the Masses", hosted by Yusuke Nakamura
(This event requires RSVP for guaranteed seating)
8pm
8pm
New York Japan CineFest
Falvey Hall (MICA Brown Center) - 1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Selected screenings from the NYJCF 2018 lineup:
  • Wind Chime
  • Siren
  • Hatis Noit *
  • The Apologizers *
  • So We Put Goldfish in the Pool
* Q&A with guest directors after screening

< Preceded by selected shorts produced by MICA/ Film and Video students >

(This event requires RSVP for guaranteed seating)
Featured Locations
All events located in Baltimore's Station North Arts District
The Charles Theater
1711 N Charles St
MICA Brown Center
1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Ynot Lot
1904 N Charles St
The Crown
1910 N Charles St
Featured Locations
All events located in Baltimore's Station North Arts District
The Charles Theater
1711 N Charles St
MICA Brown Center
1301 W Mt Royal Ave
Ynot Lot
1904 N Charles St
The Crown
1910 N Charles St

OFFICIAL HOTEL
Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-539-8400
www.LordBaltimoreHotel.com

Reserve a room for $139/night by using the Group Attendee code "18JAPANART"
Reservations must be made by Thursday, September 20, 2018
Access to BJAF 2018 Events
With the exception of the Night Is Short, Walk On Girl screening at The Charles Theater on 9/28, all BJAF 2018 events are free to attend! However, it is strongly suggested that attendees register in advance for the limited-seating events at MICA on 9/29.

Tickets for the Charles Theater screening can be purchased via their website.
Register for 9/29 Events
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