Diving into Ukiyo-e with Rakugo Storyteller Katsura Sunshine

The Wave (here, in miniature, a refrigerator magnet purchased at Narita Airport, Japan) is a well-known example of Japanese woodblock prints known as Ukiyo-e. On the walls of art museums worldwide, as well as refrigerators and dormitories, what was created as amusement for the common people in Japan during the Edo Era is appreciated as fine art today. Rakugo, a humorous style of storytelling, was … Continue reading Diving into Ukiyo-e with Rakugo Storyteller Katsura Sunshine

Soprano Maiko Souda Gives Farewell Concerts in NYC, New Jersey

“Practice! Practice! Practice!” That is the answer to a very old New York question: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” True. But for Maiko Souda practice – and a corporate transfer – led to that exalted stage. Souda practiced in Japan – and then in New York! After the soprano’s music studies began at the age of three, she earned her Masters degree in … Continue reading Soprano Maiko Souda Gives Farewell Concerts in NYC, New Jersey

Japanese Prints to Display at the Newark Public Library

  Impressions of the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collections Division Monday, April 18 through Saturday, August 6 The Newark Public Library – 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ Admission: Free The Newark Public Library will open an exhibit of Japanese prints and ehon (woodblock printed illustrated books) from its Special Collections Division. The impressive sampling of kachō-ga (“pictures of birds and flowers”) will … Continue reading Japanese Prints to Display at the Newark Public Library

Fort Lee Public Library Hosts Tama Art University Alumni Exhibition

Tama Art University alums were invited to have an exhibit at the Fort Lee Public Library to usher in the New Year, the year of the Monkey. Twenty artists are represented in the show, which runs through February 26, in the Library’s gallery. “Last spring we had a small show in the front alcove of the library,” says Keiko Koshimitsu, participating artist and member of … Continue reading Fort Lee Public Library Hosts Tama Art University Alumni Exhibition