"Know Japan" in February at Your Library

Posted By:  Tina Walker Davis
Date Posted:  1/22/2020

Join Deschutes Public Library this February as we get to Know Japan. We’ll hear from experts on everything from ikebana to manga, learn about the influence of Japanese art on European culture and explore the difference between haibun and haiku. We will also commemorate the Day of Remembrance, the day that Japanese-Americans around the country mark the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the removal and incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry during WWII. All programs are free and open to the public. Programs marked with an asterisk (*) require registration.


Taiko Open Studios

Featuring Caldera’s January Artists in Residence, Unit Souzou, a performing ensemble rooted in traditions of Taiko, Japanese folk dance and theatre. Unit Souzou will share a dynamic work-in-progress showing of their new project “Constant State of Otherness,” which explores experiences of home, belonging, movement and kinship.


Traditional Origami Workshop*

Create fun traditional origami items. Start with some basic folds and easier origami items like the Samurai helmet, balloon, heart and jumping frog; then work your way to the origami crane, the most iconic of origami animals. Space is limited and registration is required. Register using the links below or call (541) 312-1029.


Ukiyo-e, Japonisme, and the Modern Art World

In this talk, COCC professor of art history Jason Lamb explores the history and influence of Japanese ukiyo-e prints on the modern European art world, as seen in the work of late 19th- and early 20th-century artists such as Mary Cassatt, Vincent Van Gogh, Alfred Stieglitz and more.


How to Read Japanese Culture through Manga

Portland State University professor Jon Holt discusses how much we can understand about Japanese culture with the country’s greatest pop culture export: its comic books (manga). Although manga stories and series can be immensely satisfying entertainment, they also create pathways to know and learn about Japanese culture.


An Overview of Haibun and Haiku

The One Breath Poets group presents a reading of selected haibun from Basho’s Narrow Road to the Interior and Other Writings, as well some of their original work. The group will discuss writing haibun and will examine some of the previously read haibun to explain why they are successful; there will also be an overview of how to write haiku.


Beyond the Barbed Wire: WWII Lessons from My Mom

During World War II, Linda Tamura’s mother was among 120,000 Japanese Americans removed from their homes on the West Coast. Though her mom remained private about the past, Linda’s questions led to a new understanding. Linda will share her mother’s words and experiences and will reflect on lessons for our future.


Day of Remembrance

Screen the documentary Oregon’s Japanese Americans: Beyond the Wire and discuss the legacy of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast during WWII.


The Art of Ikebana

Learn about Japanese and Japanese-American history and culture through a live ikebana demonstration in the style of the Toin Misho school. Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging and dates back to the 7th century.

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