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DON ! - Taiko (Japanese drums) Exhibition -

January 5 -30, 2013

Japan is blessed with bountiful forests, and that is a source of Japanese wood culture. Japanese drums are one of the objects which were born out of the long-nurtured wood culture.
Wood as material is an ideal for drum-making; it can expand or contract, yet very durable. It has impressive visual appeal with beautiful wood-grains, and its texture is very smooth and warm.

Asano Taiko, established in 1609, is one of the leading taiko makers in Japan, and makes approximately 8,600 various taiko drums a year. They have 60% of the market share in large drums.
Exhibited here are the drums made of Japanese zelkova. Asano Taiko, with their exceptional craftsmanship, has been crafting a wide range of taiko drums to meet the various requests on sound quality from many artists.

The sound of Japanese drums is deep and full, and very relaxing. Its sound exists within us.
We believe that the spirituality of the sound comes from its material “wood,” which roots in Japanese soil and grow slowly over many years in Mother Nature. The sound touches the heart of those who listened to it.
Please take your time to look into the drums exhibited here.


January 5 - February 27, 2013

The exhibition displays the works of nine artists, which were selected by Ishikawa Design Center.

Selected Artists in alphabetical order:
HATA Manabu, HISATSUNE Toshiharu, INO Koichi, MATSUKAWA Asuka, NAGATA Kumiko, NAKAMURA Isao, OHTA Masanobu, TAKEUCHI Ruri, and the select shop “UTSUWA WAICHI”

Kaganui A to Z -the world of Kaga Embroidery-

through January 30, 2013

Embroidery was introduced to Japan with Buddhism, and it was soon being used for the ceremonial robes of the nobility.
In 794, an official embroidery department (nuibe no tsukasa) was established at the court of the emperor in Kyoto. By the Kamakura period (1185-1333) embroidery was being employed for sword-hilt covers, sashes, and other decorative elements of the warrior’s wardrobe.
After that, embroidery was combined with other materials and techniques to create more elaborate, outstanding works, such as Noh costumes with gold and silver leaf, robes with tie-dyeing and yuzen dyeing. The embroidery techniques are said to have been introduced to Ishikawa from Kyoto during late Muromachi or early Edo period.

The exhibition shows 20 specific stitches together with the embroidery tools, and approximately 50 works of Kaga Embroidery. Starting from traditional kimono robe and obi sashes with exquisite embroidery to modern bags and pictures, the exhibition introduces all about Kaga Embroidery.