Two events focus on local efforts to promote Japanese arts and culture


On Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to attend Japan House's annual open house. Located at 902 W. California St., Urbana, Japan House is home to the School of Art and Design's program in Japanese arts and culture. The facility is used for classes, workshops and seminars in tea ceremony, ikebana (flower arranging), dance, calligraphy and sumi-e (black-ink painting). At the open house, flower arrangements will be on display and tea ceremony demonstrations will take place throughout the day. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Shozo Sato, professor emeritus of art and design and visiting artist at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, will discuss "Japanese Arts in the Middle of the Cornfields."

Also open to the public is the Japan House Project Brunch, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 in the atrium of Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. The brunch will be hosted by UI Provost Larry R. Faulkner and Kathleen F. Conlin, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Former UI Chancellor Morton Weir will present a slide show about Japan House, past and present. Also making comments will be Kimiko Gunji, professor of art and design and director of Japan House, and Sato.

At the brunch, organizers plan to present details about the construction of a new Japan House, which will be located on the grounds of the university's Arboretum, east of Lincoln Avenue in Urbana.

Tickets for the brunch cost $25 per person; for more information, or to make reservations, call the Office of the Provost, 333-4523.

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