Japan House is honored to announce the visit of Noboru Fujinuma, a Living National Treasure of Japan. Living National Treasures are individuals certified as Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, as based on Japan’s Law for the Preservation of Cultural Properties.
Mr. Fujinuma is a renowned contemporary basket artist in Japan. It is a tremendous honor to have an artist of this stature visiting Japan House and the University of Illinois campus.
On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Mr. Fujinuma will offer a special hands-on basket making workshop. The participants will learn how to make a chabana container, or a basket container used for flowers during the tea ceremony. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants. Tickets for University of Illinois students will be $60, Tomonokai members will be $75, and tickets for the general public will be $100. This will be a extraordinarily rare opportunity to study with a Living National Treasure of Japan.
Tickets can be reserved at http://go.illinois.edu/japanhousetickets, beginning Monday, September 18 at 8:00 am.
Mr. Fujinuma will also present a public talk on his artwork Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Japan House. The talk will be followed by a tea ceremony performed by Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato. The presentation is free and open to the public.