Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saugatuck Japan Festival Stars of Japanese Cinema/plus- Post 7

"About it!" From Kurosawa to Anime: Stars of Japanese Cinema
Thurdsay, April 22, 7pm, FREE of  CHARGE
Professor Peggy Goetz (Calvin Collage) prsents a fasciating look at iconic Japanese films that not only defined the nation's cinematic history but also influenced generations of filmmakers around the globe.  Prof. Goetz focuses on three major filmmakers, Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and all so explores the moderm phenomenon of anime(Japanese animation).  Prf. Goetz also discusses the current batch of Japanese horror films that are making their mark around the world.

Workshop for Adults/ The Ritual of Kimono Dressing
Sautrday, April 24, 10-noonpm, $35.00
Professor Kimiko Gunji reveals the beauty, complexity, and mystery of Japan's national outfit.  Traditionally kimonos are mad from single bolt of fabric called a tan-adn the entire bolt is used to make one kimons.  The finished kimona has only four main pieces of fabric-two panels vovering the body and two panels forming the sleeves.  Prof.  Gunji demonstrates the artistic ritual involved in putting on and waring a kimono and discusses the varity of kimonos Japanese men and woman traditionally wore throughtout their lives.

Work Shop for Adults/ Tea Ceremony
Saturday, April 24,  1-3pm ,  $40.00
Prof. Kimiko Gunji shares "The Way of Tea" which is the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea.  Whether you are a tea lover, interested in Zen Buddhism(which stronly influenced the tea ceremony), or intrigued by Japanese rituals, don't miss this opportunity to watch a tea ceremony unfold and participate in the artful performance.

Public Performance / Nagata Shachu Japanese Drumming Ensemble
Saturday,  April 24, 8pm , $35.00 adults / $10 students
Based in Toronto, Canada, the group has enthralled audience with its mesmerizing and heart- pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998.  While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the group's principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko.

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