Summer Days with Coo (film screening)
December 9 @ 12:45 pm - 3:15 pm ESTCost: Free
Summer Days With Coo 河童のクゥと夏休み
Saturday, December 9, 12:45PM (ET)
Doors open 12:15PM | Film Screening | JFT Event Hall
Directed by HARA Keiichi • 2007 • Anime / Comedy / Fantasy • 138 minutes • Presented in Japanese with English subtitles • Free Admission • Trailer
One day, Koichi Uehara, a fourth-grader living in the suburbs of Tokyo, picks up a fossil that looks like a large stone while on his way home from school. To his surprise, he has picked up a baby Kappa (Japanese water imp), who has been asleep underground for the past 300 years. Koichi names this baby creature “Coo” and brings him to live with his family, and soon the two are inseparable friends. However, trouble abounds as Coo struggles to adjust to modern life, and begins to miss his family, leading Koichi and Coo to embark on a summer road trip adventure in search of other Kappa.
Awarded for Best Animation Film at Mainichi Film Concourse, Best Screenplay at the Tokyo Anime Awards and nominated for Best Animation Film from the Japanese Academy.
Free admission. Register below.
Born in 1959, HARA Keiichi started his career with Tokyo-based studio Shin-Ei Animation, where he worked on two of Japan’s longest-running animation series: Doraemon and Crayon Shin-chan. Although he kept a fairly low profile early on in his career, Hara steadily built international recognition with his award-winning and critically acclaimed films such as Summer Days with Coo, Miss Hokusai, and The Wonderland. His latest film Lonely Castle in the Mirror was released in 2022 and was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 46th Japan Academy Film Prize.
Nengajo (New Year’s Cards) Making Workshop 2023
Saturday, December 2, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (ET)
Library Workshop | Admission Free | Registration Required
Immerse yourself in the Japanese New Year’s tradition at our workshop, where you’ll not only create your own greeting cards but also learn essential Japanese New Year phrases for 2024 – the Year of the Dragon – and discover the cultural significance behind traditional designs!
Our Little Sister
Saturday, December 2, 5:00 PM (ET)
Film Screening at JFT | Admission Free | Registration Required
Three sisters—Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika—live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their estranged father suddenly dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral. There, they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them.
Kamishibai Storytelling — The Goblin, The Water Imp and The Thunder God & The Three Magic Charms
Saturday, December 9, 3:30 PM – 4:00PM (ET)
Library Storytelling Event | Admission Free | Registration Not Required
Step into a world where Japanese ghosts and goblins come alive! JFT Library will celebrate Halloween with tales of yokai, Japanese ghosts, goblins, and mysterious creatures from folklore through the enchanting art of kamishibai storytelling!
Whether you’re a fan of manga/anime featuring yokai characters, looking for engaging reads for young readers, or simply curious to learn about the rich history and folklore surrounding these enigmatic creatures, JFT Library collection has something for everyone. Check JFT Library Item List to help you decide which item to explore!
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