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May 31 @ 6:30 pm - June 2 @ 8:30 pm

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One event on April 20th, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on April 28th, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on May 19th, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on May 26th, 2017 at 6:30pm

One event on June 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm

Cost: Free

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The Japan Foundation, Toronto will be presenting a film series called Tenpyo Art Screening Series and also an exhibition artist talk by Miro Ito, in conjunction with the current exhibition “Road of Light and Hope: National Treasures of Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Photographs by Miro Ito”. For more information click here >

Nara was the capital of Japan in the 8th century. At that time a robust cultural style flourished called Tenpyo. The screenings series explores the precious legacy of the Tenpyo culture preserved and passed down in Nara for over 1,200 years.

Friday, June 2, 2017, 6:30 pm 
Tenpyo Art Screening Series V 

The Book of the Dead

Animation, 70 min. 2005

An animation film by Kawamoto Kihachiro. Based on a novel by Shinobu Origuchi.

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Previous Tenpyo Art Screening Series

Photo by Miro Ito (Media Art League)

Friday, April 7, 2017, 6:30 pm
Tenpyo Art Screening Series I 

GIGAKU, Reviving a Mysterious Ancient Masque

Documentary, 58 min. 2002

Giant masks from ancient times are stored at the Todai-ji Temple and Horyu-ji Temple. These are the reminiscence of Gigaku, a performing arts tradition which became extinct more than seven hundred years ago. The late Mannojo Nomura V (1959-2004), a Kyogen master, revived Gigaku in 2001 in the belief that the tradition of masked pantomime theatre travelled along the Silk Road, absorbing local arts on the way to Japan. This is a documentary of the collaborative performance of multiple nationalities, such as Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Indian, Congolese, and Japanese, which resulted in an outstanding celebration of humanity.

Photo by Miro Ito (Media Art League)

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:30 pm

Tenpyo Art Screening Series II 

Dancing Flames in the Winter Night: The Ancient Capital of Nara

Documentary, 25 min.

Introduction to the seasonal festivals of fire in Nara. The screening will include additional video presentations.

 Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Tenpyo Art Screening Series III 

GAGAKU, Music for Eternity

Documentary, 28 min. 2009 in addition to other videos of full performances of Gigaku.

Transcending time and space for hundreds and thousands of years, Gagaku, the traditional music of the Japanese Imperial Court, represents the spirit of an ancient time. Gagaku was introduced from its continental birthplace to Japan between the 5th and the 9th century, becoming fused with ancient Japanese music and adopted in the Nara and Heian periods as the traditional music of the Japanese Imperial Court, a tradition which continues to the present. Gagaku is the oldest orchestral music in the world.

Photo by Miro Ito (Media Art League)

Friday, May 19, 2017, 6:30 pm 
Tenpyo Art Screening Series IV 


Video presentation of the original festival ceremony and a dance performance inspired by the fire ceremony Dattan. 

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Friday, May 26, 2017, 6:30 pm

Photo by Miro Ito (Media Art League)

Exhibition Artist Talk 

Artist Talk: Miro Ito

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For profile of artist Miro Ito click here >






May 31 @ 6:30 pm
June 2 @ 8:30 pm
Doors Open:
6:00 pm
Japanese with English subtitles
Event Category:


The Japan Foundation, Toronto


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
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Tenpyo Art Screening Series + Artist Talk

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