Celebration Highlights Japan’s Cultural Wealth
How much do you really know about Japan, other than that it’s a leading exporter of automobiles and electronics?
To commemorate Japan’s rich, enduring culture, several local businesses are sponsoring Japan Week, starting Saturday and running through April 29.
The event will feature numerous activities, from lectures and dinners to concerts and art demonstrations.
The following is a selected list of Japan Week events - free unless otherwise noted.
Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main, will present Japanese storytelling and origami making from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Opening ceremony for Japan Week commences at 12:30 p.m. at the Wall Street Mall, downtown.
A Ohanami, or Japanese spring festival, takes place at Crescent Court, downtown, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
There will be more Japanese storytelling as well a host of other cultural activities at the downtown library at 2 p.m.
Saturday night, Fred Ulrich of Edmonton, Alberta, will give a lecture, “The Buddhist Influence on Japanese Culture,” at the Spokane Buddhist Church at 7 p.m.
Sunday is Japan Day at NorthTown. The event features flower arranging, origami, calligraphy and other cultural demonstrations.
Internationally known Japanese jazz pianist Deems Tsutakawa will be interviewed on 89.5 KEWU-FM at 4 p.m.
There will be a formal evening of food and entertainment called Taste of Japan at 6 p.m. in the EWU Music Building Recital Hall in Cheney.
Janet Yoder, director of English Language and International Services at Whitworth College, will give a one-hour lecture titled “Personal Reflections of Japan” at the Lindaman Center on the Whitworth campus at 7 p.m.
There will be a lecture on the origins of raku pottery along with a raku-firing demonstration at the YWCA from 3 to 5 p.m.
Deems Tsutakawa plays Hobart’s. Reception begins at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $3. You must be 21.
Gregory Smits, assistant history professor at EWU, will give a lecture, “The Emperor’s New Subjects: When Japan Opened Its Door to Diversity,” at Cheney Cowles Museum at 7:30 p.m.
Whitworth College will host a banquet for the Pacific Northwest’s Japanese consul general. For reservations, call 466-3291.
Pianist Tsutakawa will give a concert and clinic at the Spokane Falls Community College Music Building auditorium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Raku Experience is the title of a raku pottery festival that will be held at the YWCA at 6 p.m. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment. Those who attend can also select and glaze a bisque to take home. The cost is $25. For more information, call 326-1190.
The Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute will present Mukogawa Festival from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the campus commons building. The festival’s list of activities includes kimono-dressing demonstrations, origami, calligraphy, Japanese games and a tea ceremony.
Royce and Annette Gorseth from Time to Travel will be at Auntie’s Bookstore at 7:30 p.m. to speak on and help plan vacations to Japan.
The YWCA continues its raku pottery festival. This time, it hosts a hands-on workshop for those at beginner and intermediate levels. The workshop starts at noon. For more information, call 326-1190.
The 46th Annual Sukiyaki Dinner at Highland Park Methodist Church marks the week’s grand finale. The dinner lasts from noon to 7 p.m. The cost is $7; take-out will be available. Call 535-2687 for additional information.