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Sumie Society Annual Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: The Sumie Society of Hawaii will present its 17th annual exhibition featuring paintings by the students of Sachie Saegusa-Sensei. The exhibit will include over 80 sumie (black ink) shikishi and nihonga ink paintings. WHEN/WHERE:...
Setsuko Morinoue’s ceramics are of a practical nature, designed for every day use. (Photos courtesy Fishcake)

Art Review “Big Fish, Little Fish”

A Cozy Little Art Show by Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald There’s a fine little shop/art gallery in an awful location for parking on Kamani Street, just off of Ward Avenue. It’s called Fishcake, and it’s where you will find Hawai‘i Island artists Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue’s art....
Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shöken, are featured in this print by Hashimoto Chikanobu (1838-1912). It commemorates the first time a Japanese emperor attended a kabuki play and was publicized in order to help resuscitate the art of kabuki, which, along with other traditional arts, was dying due to rapid Westernization. (Courtesy Honolulu Museum of Arts, Anonymous gift)

Art Review – Changing Times

Exhibit Celebrates 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and Immigration to Hawai‘i Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the “I Ching,” there is a popular canard, or myth: In crisis or change, there is opportunity. This is based on a false and superficial reading of the Chinese characters, or hanji (in Japanese:....
Dark black and white photo of a vase with a board featuring Japanese characters above it, on behalf of the Zen Ken Sho Art Show and Sale

“Zen Ken Sho” Art Show and Sale

WHO/WHAT: The Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo will hold its annual art show and sale, “Zen Ken Sho.” It will include demonstrations of martial and fine arts used in Zen training at Chozen-ji, including...
“He keeps looking for visual patterns, similarities, recurring motifs in the wild disorder of everyday life,” says art critic Wayne Muromoto of 86-year-old artist Harry Tsuchidana.

Arts Review – Wild About Harry Tsuchidana

Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was pretty funny the first time I met Harry Tsuchidana a couple of decades ago. It was for an interview for The Hawai‘i Herald. I knocked on the door of his apartment studio. It swung open and there was Harry, his mouth agape, eyes bulging out....
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“Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art”

WHO/WHAT: An exhibition of Okinawan ceramics, lacquer and textile works from the Honolulu Museum of Art’s extensive collection of Okinawan art. The exhibit includes rare works from the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879), which played a...
Allison Arakawa Sears performing “Bashofu” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Musical Classic – “Bashofu” – Taking Us Home

The “Bashofu” Story Has Roots in Hawai‘i and Okinawa Jodie Chiemi Ching Umi no ao sa ni, sora no ao . . . (Deep emerald hues of the sea, the radiant blue hues in the sky . . .) For many Uchinanchu around the world, just hearing the first line of the song “Bashofu” triggers....
Hiroko Matayoshi working on a hanaui project. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake VISITING YOMITAN HANAUI Location: Takashiho, Yomitan; July 16, 2018 This morning, fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyou-kai member Masaji Matsuda asked if I could come over to Yomitan Hanaui’s Namihira studio, which, actually, is located in Takashiho. He wanted to introduce me to some ladies who weave traditional Okinawan textiles. Yomitan Hanaui’s main....
Ai Iwane working with the Kodak Cirkut camera in Fukushima. (Photo by Haruo Imazumi)

The Arts – Fukushima …. Hawaii

Japanese Photographer Connects Fukushima with Hawai‘i Through Her Love of Bon Dance Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald From now through Aug. 17, Japanese photographer Ai Iwane’s photo exhibits — “Island in My Mind, Fukushima” and “Fukushima Ondo” — are on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. The....
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Okianawa Kucho Presentation

WHO/WHAT: Allison Yanagi-Sensei, an Okinawan kucho (upright fiddle) instructor, and her student, Yukiko Pierce, will present a public performance as part of their Apprentice Mentoring Grant. The grant program is part of the Hawai‘i...

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