Precious Papers: Transforming Origami into Jewelry
[Workshop] January 24, 6:30 PM
Take origami to the next level by transforming your paper creations into beautiful jewelry. At this workshop, paper jewelry designer Jewel Kawataki of PaperCraneHeart will demonstrate folding techniques to create a variety of origami shapes and teach how to turn your designs into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.
Next event1/24/2019 6:30 PM
Inside Out/Outside In: Second Nature in Japanese Architecture
[Lecture] January 31, 6:30 PM
In our climate-shifting world, the traditional Japanese notion of mediating between interior and exterior has re-emerged as an essential concern for contemporary architects. Rome Prize-winning architects Rachely Rotem and Phu Hoang, of architectural firm MODU, explore this dynamic in their own weather-centric projects. Funded by the NEA and US-Japan Creative Artists Program, Rotem and Hoang visited Japan to research the role of weather in the conception of architectural space. At this talk, they will reveal their discoveries, from their own first-hand experience of climate change to their interviews with five generations of Japanese architects including Kengo Kuma, Fumihiko Maki and Ryue Nishizawa.
Next event1/31/2019 6:30 PM
Aroma Space Design: The World of Japanese Scents
[Lecture] February 12, 6:30 PM
The elevation of scent to an art form has a long history in Japan, going back to the classical Japanese art of kodo, the incense ceremony. Scent is more than a passing phenomenon, it has a strong connection to feeling, and different smells may turn our mood bright or sour. At this talk, Megumi Futatsu, aroma space designer at At Aroma, explores the traditional scents of Japan and their uses, how aromatherapy and interior design can work together, and how to select the right scent for you.
Next event2/12/2019 6:30 PM
More Than Words: Haiku's Expressive Potential
[Lecture] February 21, 6:30 PM
Haiku: in just 17 syllables, this classic form of Japanese verse captures the essence of a moment. Mastered by poets like Matsuo Basho and Yosa Buson, this ancient literary form has captured the hearts of people around the world, inspiring modern poets like Ezra Pound and Jack Kerouac. At this talk, Hiroaki Sato, author of On Haiku and former president of the Haiku Society of America, unveils the surprising role haiku has played in social upheavals, religion, humor and more, and examines its boundless potential for literary expression in English.
Next event2/21/2019 6:30 PM