The Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to present: Pecha Kucha: Spring 2012 which will be held on April 20 at 5:30pm in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319). What is Pecha Kucha? It is a presentation style where a short lecture is given 20 slides and are shown for 20 seconds each. The presentations are intended to be visually striking and upbeat. Pecha Kucha at CJS is a popular event where CJS graduate students and faculty get together in a relaxed atmosphere.
We have six individuals giving Pecha Kucha talks this semester: Dr. Gay Satsuma, Associate Director of CJS; Ms. Tokiko Bazzell, Japan Studies Librarian at UH Manoa Library; Dr. Yuma Totani, Associate Professor of History; Mr. James Canegata, MA Student in EALL; Mr. Kei Imafuku, MA Student in Asian Studies; Mr. Stevie Suan, MA Student in Asian Studies.
UH Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies will be having their annual graduate student conference from April 11-13 2012. The title of the conference is “Asia/Pacific Junctures: Challenging Notions of Interdisciplinarity and Regionalism. Questions regarding the conference should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UH Manoa East Asian Film Society will be presenting: “Japanese Films of the 1980’s” for its Spring 2012 series. All showings will take place on Tuesdays in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium. For more information about the movies or the East Asian Film Society, please see this link for their online newsletter.
Also, CJS has put a schedule of the showings in our “Upcoming Events” to the right of our webpage.
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Academy Art Center at Linekona present “Life in Colors in Hawai‘i” by the internationally renowned textile artist, Akihiko Izukura, from Kyoto, Japan. “Life in Colors” is exhibited at two locations—both with indoor and outdoor displays; the show features impressive large-scale textile installations, splashes of color on the landscape, as well as innovative examples of his natural dyeing and weaving. The philosophy behind Izukura’s art pieces is based on sustainability and the desire to improve the surrounding environment and hand it down to the next generation in a better state than it is now. In conjunction with the show, Izukura offers personalized Senshokudō [dyeing and weaving] workshops at the Academy Art Center at Linekona and a public lecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Izukura was born into a family who for many generations weaved obi in Nishijin, Kyoto. After graduating from Doshisha University, he became president of his family’s business; he developed his own laboratory where he devoted himself to the study of dyeing and weaving. Almost immediately his textile works garnered national prizes. He reached a turning point when he received a major prize in 1986 for a work of braided tapestry made with chemical dyes; he discovered within himself a conceit—the conceit of trying to bring nature under his control. At that moment, he began his dialogue with nature; this personal journey continues today and has taken him to many places in Japan and overseas to demonstrate this ongoing dialogue.
Hawai‘i is an ideal location for “Life in Colors.” The natural beauty of the islands, with its underlying radiance and power, provides inspiration to Izukura, a natural textile artist, who seeks to find a path for people to coexist with nature.