Monday, April 6, 2009

Japan Day!

Every year the locals come on base and exhibit a bit of Japanese culture, food, art, crafts, music. Here is some of what we saw.

Here are the kids making scenic boards with only rocks and sand and a black plate.
They both really enjoyed this art.


I love her smile here.

These are pictures made from dried flowers, flower petals, leaves and other organic matter.

These people are making carved Kyogen Noh masks from solid pieces of wood. SO cool!

Some of the masks.

These are Washi Paper Dolls, they have a class on base you can attend to learn how to make these, and they sell washi paper at the arts and crafts building. I plan on taking it one of these days.

Also made from washi paper.

These were AMAZING! These pictures were made of nothing but torn paper fibers, It's hard to see the detail in these pictures, but you could see individual paper fibers.

This is embroidery on hemp fabric of varying quality, the craft was origionally invented to reinforce work clothes and patch holes.

These women are braiding Obi Ties, they were taking a break though, so I didn't get any "action" shots.
These are Bonsai trees, some were as old as 60 years old, very fragrant and beautiful! The tallest was about 3 feet tall, most were about 2 feet tall.

We really enjoyed "Japan Day", even though we went late and missed quite a few exhibits, it was still wonderfully interesting!


Anonymous said...

Great fun looking at the experience of Japan Day. They do know what to do with little pieces of paper/ribbons/fabric, etc. I believe the second mast is actually a LaVoy relative!! He looks familiar :-) Looking forward to more of Japan. Can't wait to share this blog with Uncle Phil. Love, Aunt Teri

Anonymous said...

Teri, I think your are correct. That does look like a LaVoy. Anyway can't wait untill I come and visit. Looking forward to see all this in person. Love Mom.