3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, North Gallery
Exhibition Description: The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING, one of the artist’s iconic Infinity Rooms, on loan from the Vinik Family Foundation Collection. An immersive, experiential work of art, LOVE IS CALLING invites visitors to enter a mirrored room with tentacle-like soft sculptures hanging from the ceiling and positioned on the floor. These forms glow with changing colors and feature Kusama’s signature polka dots. Mirrored walls create a kaleidoscopic effect, with the reflected imagery of the tentacles seemingly extending into infinite space. Visitors hear audio of the artist reciting a love poem in Japanese as they walk throughout the installation.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) is one of today’s most recognized and celebrated artists. In addition to her widely popular Infinity Rooms, such as LOVE IS CALLING, Kusama creates vibrant paintings, works on paper, and sculpture with abstract imagery. Her artwork has been shown and collected by leading institutions across the globe and she is considered “the world’s most popular artist.” A comprehensive retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is currently travelling around the US and Canada. In October 2017, the Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in Tokyo. The artist lives and works in Tokyo.
Exhibition description by Tampa Museum of Art
Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Presentation Topic: The Consulate-General of Japan in Miami presents a series of lectures by renowned Japanese pottery artist Ohi Toshio Chozaemon XI on Wednesday, January 23.
Mr. Ohi will host “The Spirit of Japanese Craftsmanship (Kogei) and Tea Ceremony” at 10 a.m. at Florida International University, located in the College of Business room CBC R233 at 11200 S.W. 8th Street in Miami, and at 3:30 p.m. at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach. Admission to the lecture at FIU is free. The lecture at Morikami is free with paid museum admission.
Born in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Mr. Ohi is the 11th generation in a family of potters known for “Ohi Yaki” pottery, a traditional style of Raku ware dating back more than 350 years. Raku is a type of pottery customarily used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Therefore, most “Ohi Yaki” consists of tea utensils and bowls.
The Ohi method of pottery-making involves using soft clay soil, shaping the piece by hand, coating with a ceramic glaze and firing in a kiln at low temperatures. The pieces are often removed from the kiln while still glowing hot and then allowed to cool in the open air, resulting in fairly porous vessels. The final distinctive glaze is meant to contrast with the powdered green tea used in tea ceremonies.
In conjunction with “The Spirit of Japanese Craftsmanship (Kogei) and Tea Ceremony” at FIU and Morikami, Mr. Ohi will lead two full-day, hands-on pottery workshops at the Ceramic League of Miami on January 21 and 22. Both workshops are sold out.
Mr. Ohi is a proponent of Kogei, a highly-regarded Japanese art form that combines form and function, bringing beauty to everyday objects such as ceramics, lacquer designs, silk fabrics and more. Ohi transcends the physical and cultural boundaries of Kogei by promoting its discourse beyond Japan through his partnerships with universities, cultural organizations and ceramic programs around the world.
Presentation description by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami
JET alumni have an opportunity to revisit their home from when they were employed on the JET Program and make new contributions in those communities. CLAIR and local governments of Japan have recently begun the JET Furusato Vision Project to send over a number of lucky alumni with the hopes of further promoting globalisation.
To learn more, please visit http://jetprogramme.org/en/furusatovisionproject/ and https://www.facebook.com/furusatovisionproject/?hc_location=group.
UCF is looking for someone qualified to teach college-level Japanese courses.
Position: 1-year Visiting Instructor position
Starting: January 2019
Job: Teach 4 sections of Japanese language
Requirements: Master’s degree and native/near-native fluency in Japanese with high English proficiency
Send CVs to: Pamela.McGlinchey@ucf.edu.
This is one of the largest Japan festivals in Florida. This is the 18th annual.
Admission is FREE!
When: Sun. 11/4, 11am-5pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park – 69 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741
On stage performances:
Also featuring special guest performer Mr. Yasunori Kimatawe, who is a live Shodo artist. Shodo (or Shuji) is a Japanese form of calligraphy. Mr. Kimata will paint live, using various brush strokes and movements.
Join the festival for the authentic Japanese food, performances, and experience Japan right in Orlando!
For more information, please visit the Japan Association of Orlando website.
Florida JETAA will have a presence at the Orlando Japan Festival by manning a booth. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:
Assistance that will be needed:
These shifts are available. (Feel free to stick around as long as you’d like. )
This upcoming year, with the kind funding of Japan Foundation, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is able to debut the Morikami Film Series this October. The first film of the season is the classic Japanese movie, “Tokyo Story“.
Tokyo Story – A film by Yasujirō Ozu (136 min., 1953)
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Cocktail reception: 6:00 pm
Film Showing: 7:00 pm
Price: $7 (members $5)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)
RSVP 561-233-1367 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 19, 2018
20 Complimentary tickets are provided to the first FL-JETAA members that RSVP. It will be an interesting event for JETAA members to network with the community interested in Japan and Asia. When you RSVP, you must mention that you are a member of FL-JETAA. Deadline for RSVP is Oct. 19, 2018.
For this debut film, special guests from the film series sponsor, the Japan Foundation, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami will be in attendance.
A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujirō Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. – Criterion Collection
As part of the Studio Ghibli Fest 2018, the Hayao Miyazaki classic “My Neighbor Totoro” will be showing nation-wide on Sunday, September 30, Monday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 3.
For tickets, showtimes, movie trailer and more, please visit here.