MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 / CLOSED

Exhibition Talk + Cultural Demonstrations

9/15/2019 / 1:30pm

Spend part of an afternoon experiencing Japanese art and culture. Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma will talk about select pieces from his exhibition featuring historic and contemporary Japanese works on paper and taking queue from the imagery therein, the Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI) will present two cultural presentations—the ritual of kimono dressing and a demonstration of Kendo, a form of martial arts related to the samurai spirit. 

The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment worn for important festivals or formal occasions in Japan. It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners. Throughout most of its history, kimono remained relatively consistent in its structure and silhouette, playing little mind to the body of the wearer and masking the figure beneath. The shape rarely changes, regardless of the wearer’s class, gender, or position. All personal details and identifying factors appear on the surface, in the fabrics, colors, patterns, and details adorning the kimono’s rich surface.

Kendo is a samurai martial art (referred to as “budo”) with roots traced back to several renowned schools of swordsmanship with prominent instructors from their respective eras. These techniques were consolidated into what is known today as Kendo and are taught around the world by representatives of the All Japan Kendo Federation. The purpose of Kendo is to mold the mind and body and to cultivate a vigorous spirit. Through Kendo training, one strives to hold in esteem human courtesy and honor, to associate with others with sincerity, and to forever pursue the development of oneself. These virtues enable practitioners to love his/her country and society, to contribute to the development of culture, and to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.

Chie Schiller is the President of Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI), the owner of Yumeya Kimono online store, and JASI Kimono Club committee chair.  JASI provides community outreach events to demonstrate Taiko (Japanese traditional drum music), Calligraphy, Tea Ceremony, Kimono (Japanese traditional costume), and other Japanese cultural activities at local schools and other Iowa community organizations or companies.  JASI Kimono Club was established in 2018, and the members get together and learn Kimono Kitsuke (how to wear Kimono), going out for dinner in Kimono, present Kimono fashion shows, conduct tea ceremonies or Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangements) in Kimono.

Raccoon Valley Kendo Club Bio:

Raccoon Valley Kendo Club practices and provides kendo instruction Sundays at Danzarts Studio in West Des Moines.  Membership is inclusive of all skill levels and ages 7+.  Please contact them via Facebook to learn more.  Raccoon Valley is an affiliate dojo of the All United States Kendo Federation and was established in the Des Moines area in 2002.

If you are interested in further learning about Japanese culture, JASI invites the community to their 30th Anniversary event on Saturday, October 12 (11 am – 9 pm, approximately) at Grand View University Student Center, 2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA. More information can be found at https://www.japaniowa.org/.

2019-09-15 13:30:00 2019-09-15 00:00:00 America/Chicago Exhibition Talk + Cultural Demonstrations Spend part of an afternoon experiencing Japanese art and culture. Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma will talk about select pieces from his exhibition featuring historic and contemporary Japanese works on paper and taking queue from the imagery therein, the Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI) will present two cultural presentations—the ritual of kimono dressing and a demonstration of Kendo, a form of martial arts related to the samurai spirit.  The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment worn for important festivals or formal occasions in Japan. It is a formal style of clothing associated with politeness and good manners. Throughout most of its history, kimono remained relatively consistent in its structure and silhouette, playing little mind to the body of the wearer and masking the figure beneath. The shape rarely changes, regardless of the wearer’s class, gender, or position. All personal details and identifying factors appear on the surface, in the fabrics, colors, patterns, and details adorning the kimono’s rich surface. Kendo is a samurai martial art (referred to as “budo”) with roots traced back to several renowned schools of swordsmanship with prominent instructors from their respective eras. These techniques were consolidated into what is known today as Kendo and are taught around the world by representatives of the All Japan Kendo Federation. The purpose of Kendo is to mold the mind and body and to cultivate a vigorous spirit. Through Kendo training, one strives to hold in esteem human courtesy and honor, to associate with others with sincerity, and to forever pursue the development of oneself. These virtues enable practitioners to love his/her country and society, to contribute to the development of culture, and to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples. Chie Schiller is the President of Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI), the owner of Yumeya Kimono online store, and JASI Kimono Club committee chair.  JASI provides community outreach events to demonstrate Taiko (Japanese traditional drum music), Calligraphy, Tea Ceremony, Kimono (Japanese traditional costume), and other Japanese cultural activities at local schools and other Iowa community organizations or companies.  JASI Kimono Club was established in 2018, and the members get together and learn Kimono Kitsuke (how to wear Kimono), going out for dinner in Kimono, present Kimono fashion shows, conduct tea ceremonies or Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangements) in Kimono. Raccoon Valley Kendo Club Bio: Raccoon Valley Kendo Club practices and provides kendo instruction Sundays at Danzarts Studio in West Des Moines.  Membership is inclusive of all skill levels and ages 7+.  Please contact them via Facebook to learn more.  Raccoon Valley is an affiliate dojo of the All United States Kendo Federation and was established in the Des Moines area in 2002. If you are interested in further learning about Japanese culture, JASI invites the community to their 30th Anniversary event on Saturday, October 12 (11 am – 9 pm, approximately) at Grand View University Student Center, 2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA. More information can be found at https://www.japaniowa.org/ . Exhibition Talk + Cultural Demonstrations

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