Watch a series of talks by scholars and model lessons by classroom teachers on Japanese history at the Japan Teacher Institute at the Asian Art Museum (2012,2013, and 2017) in partnership with The University of California at Berkeley History-Social Science Project.
Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the ship Kanrin Maru and the first Japanese embassy to the United States, this thematic exhibit focuses on some of the first Japanese diplomats and cultural emissaries in San Francisco, and how they responded to the experience of being in America. Watch a selection of talks by renowned scholars related to this exhibition.
The interdisciplinary performance features artists Tatsu Aoki, Kioko Aoki, Francis Wong, Megan Lee, Wesley Hitomo Yee and Melody Takata, as well as master artists Chizuru Kineya and Michikaoru Hanayagi.
Asian Art Museum Docent, Peter Sinton, gives a talk on his collection of Japanese gift covers. This talk was in conjunction with In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection, wherein speakers explored their passion behind collecting. This talk was part of a Thursday Night event.
Nobu Kurashige, Head Professor and Managing Director, Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America, and Shiho Sasaki, Paintings Conservator at the Asian art Museum, create an art display in a tokonoma (display alcove) for Early Spring and Late Summer/Early Autumn.
Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
Christoffer Bovbjerg, PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley, gives an overview of Japanese history using objects from the Asian Art Museum's collection at the Japan Teacher Institute at the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley History–Social Science Project.
Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
The annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony follows the Japanese custom in which the end-of-the-year bell (joya no kane) is struck 108 times before midnight on New Year's Eve, symbolically welcoming the New Year and curbing the 108 mortal desires (bonno), which according to Buddhist belief torment humankind.
See demonstrations of employing both traditional (no electric needles!) and modern techniques. Joining Horitaka's diverse, talented crew of tattooists are special guests from Japan -- Shige, a powerhouse tattoo artist who has been showcased all over the world; Mutsuo, who's designed for Bathing Ape and Hysteric Glamour; and Kazunobu Nagashima, a client of Shige who will proudly display his backpiece, which won a 2007 Milano Tattoo Convention award.