The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Japanese Business Society of Detroit present a celebration of Japanese art focusing on how arts and culture have advanced, and continue to advance, relationships between the United States and Japan.
The day includes a symposium, artist demonstrations and a display of a Japanese Friendship Doll, «Miss Fukiko Akita,» given to the Detroit Children’s Museum in 1927, along with a new male Friendship Doll crafted by Japanese doll maker Master Fujimura.
The symposium is from 10 a.m. to noon and features a panel discussion with Takashi Omitsu, executive advisor to IMRA America Inc. and the JBSD; Katherine Kasdorf, DIA curator of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World; Alison Jean, DIA interpretive specialist; Natsu Oyobe, curator of Asian art at University of Michigan Museum of Art; and William Colburn, executive director of Wayne State University’s historic Charles Lang Freer House.
Following the panel discussion, Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa, a scholar of Japanese art who holds a doctorate from University of Oxford, will give a talk on how arts and culture have historically fostered, and continue to foster, relationships between the U.S. and Japan.
From 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Great Hall, two Japanese master artists will demonstrate their crafts: Master Fujimura will demonstrate the art of doll-making, an important cultural tradition in Japan; and Master Kawakami will show how Japanese cloth known as tenugui is created.
Admission to the panel discussion in the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre is free with registration. Admission to the artist demonstrations and Japanese Friendship Doll display in the Great Hall is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.