2024/2/22/ JAPAN HOUSE features online event “Cultural Treasures | A Live Tour of Kyushu’s Craftsmanship” focusing on Hakata doll maker, Thu, Feb. 22, 5:00PM, PST

Hiromine Nakamura. Photo by Kazuo Matsumoto.

Cultural Treasures | A Live Tour of Kyushu’s Craftsmanship

Date: 02.22.2024 (Thu.)
Time: 05:00 PM – 06:15 PM (PST)
Location: Online
Fee: Free

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Program *Subject to change
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Opening Remarks
5:15 PM – 5:40 PM | Livestreaming from Fukuoka
5:40 PM – 6:00 PM | Presentation by JNTO
6:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Q&A

Embark on a captivating online journey with the two-part program, blending Kyushu’s craft culture and tourism. JAPAN HOUSE invite the public for a live virtual visit to Nakamura Ningyo, a renowned traditional Japanese doll-making studio that has preserved the artistry of crafting exquisite dolls for generations.

Delve into the fascinating world of Japanese craftsmanship with fourth generation and future organization leader, Hiromine Nakamura, who will share the intricate processes, detailing, and historical significance behind these culturally rich creations.

Hiromine Nakamura will be joined by global fashion designer Tamae Hirokawa who will introduce her perspectives on Japanese design as represented in her presentation for the Design Museum Japan exhibition, highlighting the work of Nakamura Ningyo as part of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival.

Mr. Nakamura is the fourth generation and future head of Nakamura Ningyo. Born in 1986, he has a very unique concept for his work. He has tasked himself with the question, “If a skilled doll maker from the Edo period were to suddenly time-travel to the present day, what kind of dolls would they create?”

By focusing on both the past and the present, Hiromine has worked tirelessly in elevating classical Japanese dolls to the level of contemporary works of art. He has accomplished this by utilizing traditional sculpting and coloring techniques that have remained unchanged since ancient times.

Following this immersive experience, get ready for an enlightening presentation by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). Uncover the hidden gems and explore the diverse landscapes that make Japan’s island of Kyushu a must-visit destination. Rose Lifschitz (from Japan National Tourism Organization Los Angeles Office) will guide you through some of Kyushu’s enchanting locales and cultural hotspots, providing insights into its scenic wonders and unique experiences awaiting travelers.

Whether you’re a seasoned Japan enthusiast or a curious traveler eager to discover the wonders of this captivating country, the two-part online event promises to be a virtual odyssey that immerses you in the beauty of tradition and the excitement of exploration without leaving the comfort of your home.

*Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Attendees will be prompted to select their preferred language upon entering the webinar.