Japanese cultural celebrations mark opening of Detroit Institute of Arts' new gallery

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Three dolls by Master Fujimura - COURTESY OF THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
  • Courtesy of The Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Three dolls by Master Fujimura
The Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting a major Japanese cultural celebration on the weekend of Nov. 4 and 5 to mark the museum's newest art gallery.

Visitors can expect to experience a variety of activities found specifically in Japan.(Without the expense of a plane ticket!) Activities range from artist workshops to food demonstrations, and most of the programs are free with museum admission, which is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. The workshops require a fee.

Artist workshops provide a take-home creation made by students: you can learn how to make a tie-dye silk scarf, how to make washi paper using traditional and modern tools, and learning how to make ceramic bowls. Pre-registration and a $25 fee is required.


Meanwhile, the Lecture Hall will allow visitors to engage with the instructors, including Saturday's session "Doll Making, Master and Disciple: Teacher Relations" and "Celebration of Life: Ceramic Art of Tomoko Konno." Sunday will conclude the lectures with Tale of Tenugi.

The Detroit Film Theatre auditorium will host Japanese films and performances, including the Japanese Kikuno-kai Dance Troupe and the animated film Kimi no Na Wa. And Rivera Court will lead the demonstrations from dance practices to common games played in Japan. Meanwhile,
Kresge Court will host food demonstrations.

See dia.org for the full schedule of events.

Nadia Koontz is a Metro Times fall intern.


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