Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) is an annual festival showcasing Japanese Culture through art, film, music and food
About the Festival
The inaugural BJAF took place April 5-7, 2017 across three venues in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD. The lineup featured standing-room-only performances by Sumie Kaneko (NY) and Tenma Haru (Kanagawa, Japan), a seminar/tasting from master sake sommelier Tiffany Dawn Soto (Baltimore), select screenings from the New York Japan CineFest, a food tasting from Matcha Time Café, and additional seminars & performances from Baltimore-area guests.
BJAF 2017 Website
Sumie Kaneko
solo performance
NY Japan CineFest
film festival
Pulse Demon: Noise & Experimental Music from Japan
Sean Gray
Sake: 2000 Years of Tradition
Tiffany Dawn Soto (master sake sommelier)
Vendor Space
The Crown
Poster by Joe Maccarone

Coming for 2018
BJAF is working 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.
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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Yusuke Nakamura
After graduating from Osaka University of Arts, Nakamura started his career as a freelance illustrator. He is known for designing the CD jackets for ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION and Sada Masashi, book covers for best-selling novels including Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de (The After-Dinner Mysteries) and Yoru ha Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl), and the character design for Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (Tatami Galaxy).

Released in 2009, Nakamura's first illustration book Blue has sold 95,000 copies, and 2014 saw the releases of Kirara-chan and NOW. In 2017 he has released his first instructional book Everyone's Illustration Classroom, Nakamura Yusuke BEST (15th anniversary illustration book), and COLOR ME.

More information:
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NY Japan CineFest
Founded by Yasu Suzuki, Kosuke Furukawa and Hiroshi Kono, New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) is an annual festival of short films from up and coming Japanese and Japanese-American filmmakers. Primarily it is presented in New York City at the Asia Society, but since 2015 has expanded by holding screenings around the U.S. and in Japan. The festival focuses on the independent filmmakers who committed to achieving their full potential and expressing their voice and vision to the world.

The list of films featured at NYJCF 2018, and more information can be found online:
More Announcements & Info
coming soon
All venues are located in or around the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD.
  • MICA Brown Center (Rosenberg Gallery & Falvey Hall)
  • Y-Not Lot
  • Parkway Theater
  • The Crown
Lord Baltimore Hotel
20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Reserve a room for $139/night by using the Group Attendee code "18JAPANART"
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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