Japanese travelling exhibition kicks off in Vietnam

A travelling exhibition “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan” kicked off at Exhibition Hall in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 from October 31 to  November 10 and at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District from December 12-22.

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, are the organizers of  the travelling exhibition “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan”.

Supervised by curator Ryuichi Matsubara “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan” is an exhibition planned to mark the March 11 anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The Tohoku region, known for its beautiful mountains and seascapes as well as its rich local culture and history, has suffered damage and destruction of unprecedented proportions.

Much was lost, and manufacturing and handicraft culture were hard hit. People in local areas affected by the disaster, however, have been working closely together to rebuild, intent on restoring peace and normality to their lives as soon as possible.

The displays present works of mingei members included Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Shiko Munakata with various genres—ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, metalwork, wood and bamboo crafts, etc.—allowing visitors to enjoy the diverse and exquisite world of Tohoku traditions.

The works included in the exhibit present an opportunity to discover anew the high level of traditional craft techniques nurtured in the Tohoku region and the functional beauty of daily implements used since ancient times in Japan. The art and craftsmanship of these works also help us to better appreciate the folk wisdom derived from lives lived close to nature and the manual skills and dexterity cultivated out of that wisdom.

Admission is free for all visitors. 

By Minh An - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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