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Baltimore Japan Art Festival is an annual event that promotes Japanese Culture through art, film, music & food.
Baltimore Japan Art Festival is an annual event that promotes Japanese Culture through art, film, music & food.
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 Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) is an annual event in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD that showcases Japanese culture through art, film, music and food. The festival aims to provide a platform for Japanese artists and cultural-experts to expand American audiences' perceptions of Japan. 

Featured Guest Artist Yusuke Nakamura (illustrator)
Featured Guest Artist Yusuke Nakamura (illustrator)

For 2018, BJAF is working with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to welcome illustrator Yusuke Nakamura (Osaka, Japan) as our featured guest speaker. His centerpiece lecture and Q&A will coincide with the opening of Blue | Now | New: Yusuke Nakamura, an exhibition celebrating the 15th anniversary of his career. 

More info:

yusukenakamura.net   |   twitter.com/kazekissa   |   facebook.com/yusukenakamura.jp 

New York Japan Cinefest
New York Japan Cinefest

In conjunction with the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan (JICC), BJAF is once again welcoming the New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF), a short film festival featuring works by Japanese and Japanese-American filmmakers. The 2018 NYJCF film lineup will be divided between the JICC and BJAF, with both featuring a Q&A with guest directors.

Aki Matsuri outdoor event
Aki Matsuri outdoor event

New this year is the Aki Matsuri, an all-ages outdoor event to be held in the The Ynot Lot (corner of North Ave & Charles St), featuring food & craft workshops, traditional Japanese festival games/activities, musical performances, and more.

Our Partners

The Baltimore Japan Art Festival is a production of Nippon Motion, a Baltimore-based Japanese culture and arts promotion company, in partnership with:

Maryland Institute College of Art (Illustration / Film and Video Departments)
Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee
Station North Arts & Entertainment (The Ynot Lot)
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
Japan Foundation New York 

BJAF 2018 Poster

* actual poster design may differ (frame not included)
* actual poster design may differ (frame not included)

A minimum donation of $25 grants the backer a limited-edition 13"x19" poster. The artwork used in this design was created by Mr. Nakamura to commemorate his "Blue" book-signing tour in which he visited all of Japan's 47 prefectures. This poster is available for pickup on-site at BJAF 2018, or can be mailed anywhere in the world - please select the appropriate pickup/delivery method.

"BEST Yusuke Nakamura" art book 

Backers donating at least $60 have the chance to obtain a copy of "BEST Yusuke Nakamura", a collection of illustrations to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his debut. The book boasts over 250 works including 35 new illustrations completed since the release of his previous art book "NOW". Be one of the first people to own this fantastic, portable compendium of illustrations and impress your friends with your excellent taste!

"NOW" art book 

Backers donating at least $75 have the chance to obtain a copy of Mr. Nakamura's 2nd art book, "NOW", which features 235 works created from 2009-2014. This is a gorgeous, large-format book that belongs in any art-lover's collection and we are offering a limited number of them as a small token of our appreciation for your support.

During the final week of this campaign, we are excited to offer backers the chance to own a piece of art from the Blue | Now | New: Yusuke Nakamura exhibition, on display at MICA from September 12th to October 10th, 2018. These pieces were originally created by Mr. Nakamura from 2002 - 2018 and include work completed for musicians, authors, publications and the artist himself.

When the exhibition is installed in September, backers will receive a contact sheet (by email) including the available pieces for selection. The order in which backers will be notified and allowed to select their print is determined by the order in which they donated (ie. first-come, first-serve basis).*

The art is available in three sizes (16"x20", 20"x28" & 24"x36") and is printed with pigment-based ink on archival quality matte paper. Frames are not included, and art will be shipped in a mailing tube after de-installation of the exhibition in October. 

This is a rare chance to own a piece of Mr. Nakamura's artwork that you can display in your own home and we are very grateful for the opportunity to offer this in exchange for your support.

 * UPDATE 9/1/2018: Due to popular demand we have added addition prints as backer rewards! Please note that these rewards are now very limited, meaning that the final backer for each tier might not have the option to choose a specific print, but will simply receive the last remaining piece from the tier/size they selected. 

Explanation of Funding Goal

We feel that it's important to be as transparent as possible with you, the potential backer, because we are asking for such a large sum of money. These graphs are accurate representations of our current budgetary situation and a way of showing you exactly what your funding is going towards. The amount of the Kickstarter goal is basically what Nippon Motion has already paid/will pay in order to ensure the successful execution of the event. Please see more details about this in the "Risks & Challenges" section below.

Please visit our website for more details & updates:

www.BaltimoreJapanArtFest.com

Thank you so very much for taking the time to consider backing BJAF, we really hope to see you there!

Risks and challenges

From the very beginning Nippon Motion has hoped that the BJAF and all related events could be made available to the public free-of-charge, in order to drastically lower barriers to participation and truly reach the widest audience possible. In order to achieve this goal, we at Nippon Motion have agreed to operate the event, which numbers countless hours of design, planning, logistical, organizational and support work, without any profit.

Through the generous support of our partners we have been able to cover many of the costs of running the festival without resorting to tacky advertising or sponsorship. Every single one of our partners is exactly that, a contributor who cares just as much about promoting Japanese culture and arts in Baltimore as we do. The great news for you, the prospective attendee and backer, is that the festival is completely bought and paid for and will go off whether we receive a cent from this Kickstarter or not.

However, in order to be able to make that guarantee some portions of the budget were covered out of pocket by Nippon Motion. In order to break even on cost, and to have any possibility of planning another BJAF for 2019, we are asking you to show your appreciation for the artists, creators, volunteers, backers, partners by contributing to the event. Whether you can attend or not, your support may make the difference.

And by the way, our total funding goal is a pretty exact number, it is simply what we need to recoup our costs (which include: airfare, travel, and interpretation for our featured guest, translation costs, and some miscellaneous logistical and clerical needs). Any funding that exceeds the goal amount will be greatly appreciated and will be squirreled away for the budget of BJAF 2019.

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    Support BJAF 2018

    Get that warm fuzzy feeling of supporting Japanese culture and arts in Baltimore. Also, get your name on the thank you placard at the MICA Brown Center on the main programming day, Saturday September 29th.

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    Early access to programming RSVP

    All BJAF events (excluding the "Night is Short, Walk on Girl" screening at The Charles Theatre) will be open to the public, free of charge. However, some programming events (such as Yusuke Nakamura's keynote lecture, and the New York Japan Cinefest screening) will take place in a venue with limited seating and require an RSVP to attend. RSVPs will be taken for these events online, and will be first-come-first-serve. If you donate at this tier you will receive the link to RSVP for these events earlier than we will release it to the general public.

    In addition, you will also be listed on the thank you placard displayed on the main programming day, Saturday September 29th at MICA's Brown Center.

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    Early RSVP + poster

    ! Select this reward only if you plan to attend BJAF 2018 !

    This tier entitles the backer to early RSVP access as well as a limited edition BJAF 2018 poster.

    This reward is intended for those that are attending BJAF, as the posters will not be shipped. Backers must present a valid photo ID (driver's license, government-issued ID card, passport, etc) to pickup their poster at the Charles Theater movie screening on 9/28 or at MICA on 9/29. Please select the "Limited Edition Poster" reward if you cannot attend the event.

    Backers will also have their name featured on the thank you placard displayed on the main programming day, Saturday September 29th at MICA's Brown Center.

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    BJAF poster

    If you cannot attend this years event, we will send you a limited edition BJAF 2018 poster as a small token of our appreciation for your support.

    These will be shipped in a rigid mailing tube; please check shipping rates for your location. Upon successful completion of campaign you will be asked to provide your mailing address, and posters will be sent out October 2018.

    Backers will also have their name featured on the thank you placard displayed on the main programming day, Saturday September 29th at MICA's Brown Center.

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    "BEST" art book + autograph

    Backers at this tier will receive a copy of Yusuke Nakamura's most recent book "BEST Yusuke Nakamura" (collection of illustrations to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his debut) and the opportunity to have it autographed by the artist. Books will be distributed at the MICA Brown Center on Saturday, September 29th and backers must present a valid photo ID (driver's license, government-issued ID card, passport, etc) to obtain their copy and autograph session.*

    Backers will also receive early RSVP access (as per the $15 tier), and their name featured on the thank you placard displayed on the main programming day, Saturday September 29th at MICA's Brown Center.

    * In the event a backer can not make it to MICA on 9/29/2018 to collect their book in person, BJAF can arrange shipping within the United States at the backer's expense. Subsequently, the book may not include an autograph by Mr. Nakamura.

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    "NOW" art book + autograph

    Backers at this tier will receive a copy of Yusuke Nakamura's 2nd art book "NOW" (featuring works from 2009-2014) and the opportunity to have it autographed by the artist. Books will be distributed at the MICA Brown Center on Saturday, September 29th and backers must present a valid photo ID (driver's license, government-issued ID card, passport, etc) to obtain their copy and autograph session.*

    Backers will also receive early RSVP access (as per the $15 tier), and their name featured on the thank you placard displayed on the main programming day, Saturday September 29th at MICA's Brown Center.

    * In the event a backer can not make it to MICA on 9/29/2018 to collect their book in person, BJAF can arrange shipping within the United States at the backer's expense. Subsequently, the book may not include an autograph by Mr. Nakamura.

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    16"x20" exhibition print

    Backers at this tier will have the opportunity to choose one 16"x20" print from the Blue / Now / New: Yusuke Nakamura exhibition. The artwork at this tier was originally created between 2002 and 2009, and is printed with pigment-based ink on archival quality matte paper; frame not included.

    A contact sheet containing available artwork for selection will be shared with backers on a first-come-first-serve basis when the exhibition opens on 9/12/2018, and prints will be delivered via USPS after de-installation on 10/10/2018.

    Backers will also receive early RSVP access and have their name featured on the thank you placard displayed at MICA's Brown Center on Saturday, September 29th.

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    20"x28" exhibition print

    Backers at this tier will have the opportunity to choose one 20"x28" print from the Blue / Now / New: Yusuke Nakamura exhibition. The artwork at this tier was originally created between 2008 and 2018, and is printed with pigment-based ink on archival quality matte paper; frame not included.

    A contact sheet containing available artwork for selection will be shared with backers on a first-come-first-serve basis when the exhibition opens on 9/12/2018, and prints will be delivered via USPS after de-installation on 10/10/2018.

    Backers will also receive early RSVP access and have their name featured on the thank you placard displayed at MICA's Brown Center on Saturday, September 29th.

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    • Name on thank-you placard
    • Early RSVP access to limited seating events
    • 20"x28" exhibition print
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    24"x36" exhibition print

    Backers at this tier will have the opportunity to choose one 24"x36" print from the Blue / Now / New: Yusuke Nakamura exhibition. The artwork at this tier was originally created between 2002 and 2017, and is printed with pigment-based ink on archival quality matte paper; frame not included.

    A contact sheet containing available artwork for selection will be shared with backers on a first-come-first-serve basis when the exhibition opens on 9/12/2018, and prints will be delivered via USPS after de-installation on 10/10/2018.

    Backers will also receive early RSVP access and have their name featured on the thank you placard displayed at MICA's Brown Center on Saturday, September 29th.

    Includes:
    • Name on thank-you placard
    • Early RSVP access to limited seating events
    • 24"x36" exhibition print
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