Dear World Artists Experiences Friends,
WAE continues to hear from the friends we have made around the world. One telephone call was from Joseph and a group of the Maasai people from Kenya who were with us a few years ago. "How are our friends?" they asked. "We are so concerned because we hear it is so bad there. Please tell our friends that we send our thoughts to them. We hope everyone will keep well."
Recently, the Embassy of Japan's Arts and Culture Center sent us a compilation of online possibilities expressing their thoughts during these challenging times. Enjoy the beauty of the arts and cultural exchange from Japan below!
Stay Well and Peace to You All,
Betty McGinnis, President
and the Board of Directors
We at the Embassy of Japan hope you all are staying safe and healthy. As part of our efforts to share Japanese culture with you remotely, our team has curated the following list. Please enjoy these relaxing online activities with your family and friends!
For more information on each resource, please click on the image.
JICC Exhibition Archive on Flickr
Photos of previous exhibitions hosted at the JICC have been uploaded to our gallery on Flickr. You can find more information about each one in our archive as well!
Google Arts & Culture - Art Collections
Explore museums all over the world virtually through Google. Some collections include online exhibits, panoramic tours, video clips, and more. There is also an Art Camera available which will allow you to zoom into famous works of art.
Washington DC's very own Freer and Sackler Gallery at the National Museum of Asian Art has its own online collection here too!
Renwick Gallery - Chiura Obata: American Modern
Chiura Obata (1885-1975) ranks among the most significant California-based artists and Japanese American cultural leaders of the last century. Check out the online gallery of his artwork on their website!
Digital Exhibition - Yōkai Senjafuda
The University of Oregon's collection of senjafuda (千社札)is one of the largest in the world! Their digital exhibition focuses on tiny slips of paper that depict Japanese ghosts and monsters known as yōkai (妖怪).
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) - Japanese Modernism
This gallery located in Melbourne, Australia is offering online and downloadable exhibition resources for student learning experiences about Japanese Modernism in art. They also have virtual tours for other exhibitions in their current collection and video highlights from guest artists!
National Museum of Asian Art - Virtual Events Schedule
Enjoy virtual events hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art! Meditation workshops, film screenings, and live online discussions are also scheduled to take place.The Freer and Sackler public progams include four spring-themed films currently streaming on the Criterion Channel!
Haruki Murakami - Free Short Stories to Read
For a limited time only, the New Yorker has made several short stories penned by Haruki Murakami free to read! You can also view another translated short story of his here.
Virtual Tours - Cherry Blossoms Around the World
Explore street views of some of the world's most scenic sakura spots as recommended by local reviewers on Google Maps. Each spot has descriptions and personal quotes from local guides.
New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra - Teleworking Performance
The New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra is a symphony orchestra founded in 1972 and based in Tokyo. They are known for their collaborations with video games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Kingdom Hearts, and the Resident Evil series. They also worked on Studio Ghibli soundtrack productions with Joe Hisaishi like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle!