Japanese Culture Day This Saturday!

Posted: July 9, 2013

For Immediate Release -

Japanese Culture Day This Saturday!

Japanese Culture Day

On July 13, from 1-4 p.m., the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will host a free afternoon of activities exploring Japanese art, clothing and food with staff and volunteers from the WMU's Soga Japan Center for Japanese Culture.

The activities include:

- Make (or sample) a colorful, yummy sushi roll

- Watch a demo and learn about Japanese calligraphy

- Try on a yukata (summer robe) and geta (clogs)

- Create an origami shape

- Make a Gyotaku (Japanese fish print)

- Okinawan-style Taiko dancing at 2:15 p.m. by Michigan Okinawa Association Chimugukuru-kai.


The event is taking place in conjunction with the Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art exhibition. Gallery admission for the exhibition is: Free for KIA members, active military, and children under 13; $2 for students and youth 13 & up; $5 for adults.

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art

Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
June 22 - Sept 15, 2013

Modern Twist explores the innovative shape that bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century, highlighting the creativity of 17 contemporary artists through a stunning collection of 37 works. These artists have challenged previous aesthetic conventions of bamboo art by experimenting with nonfunctional, sculptural forms and have pushed their medium to new levels of concept and technique.



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