Monday, July 4, 2016

Tanabata + Butoh interpretation of Beksinski x 2

SJG • 6/20/16

by aleks
Tanabata or the Star Festival is happening this coming Saturday, July 9th  in Seatlle Japanese Garden, between 10 am and 7 pm.  Celebrated in Japan on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet.  Music, stories, Japanese crafts and games - hope you can visit.

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Zdzislaw Beksisnski (1929-2005) (pronounced ˈzd͡ʑiswaf bɛkˈɕiɲskʲi] was a renown Polish painter, graphic designer, photographer and sculptor, whose hauntingly evocative art is often described as  dystopian surrealism.

Dance interpretation of his work is a project that in 2016 brought together butoh artists from Warsaw, Poland and Seattle. Performed in the Polish cities of Warsaw, Krakow, and Wroclaw in March 2016 to full audiences, Beksiński_Butoh. Untitled2 is a collaboration of LimenButoh Theatre Warsaw/Poland, "The Academy of Social Skills" Association in cooperation with DAIPANbutoh Collective and co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

For gallery of Zdzislaw Beksinski's art go here...

This July Seattle will have a chance to see this work at two unrelated events (both free):

7/9 Sat. 5 pm at Seattle Center, Armory Loft #3  as part of  Seattle Polish Festival:  Robert Jedrzejewski (composer) and Joan Laage (butoh artist) will share Beksiński’s art and their new collaborative work in Beksinski_Butoh Film & Presentation

 7/17 Sun. 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center as part of Seattle Butoh Festival: Sylwia Hanff (butoh dancer) and Robert Jędrzejewski (video artist/composer) with their collaborator DAIPAN’s Joan Laage will present: Beksiński_Butoh. Untitled 2, produced by LimenButoh Theatre Warsaw/Poland, "The Academy of Social Skills" Association in cooperation with DAIPANbutoh Collective and co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

Beksiński_Butoh. Untitled 2 - Hanff and Laage

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pottery class & 11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don't Exist In English

by aleks
ON JUNE 16, Thursday, 10–Noon we have a CLASS for the Garden volunteers and staff: Reid Ozaki, an instructor of pottery at Tacoma Community College and one of the most respected potters in the Pacific Northwest —Development of a Potter: Gardens, Bonsai, Ikebana, Chanoyu, and other influences.  Tateuchi Community Room at SJG.

SJG • 6/1/2016 - Plant I never noticed until Corinne pointed it out to me recently:
Kirengeshoma palmata, native to Eastern Asia, grows along the western fence
and only emerging now; will have nodding, waxy yellow flowers in summer

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And here a post by Marie Sugio from a website I bookmarked some time ago:

11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don't Exist In English

いただきます Itadakimasu
"Itadakimasu" means “I will have this.” It is used before eating any food to express appreciation and respect for life, nature, the person who prepared the food, the person who served the food, and everything else that is related to eating.

おつかれさま Otsukaresama
"Otsukaresama" means “you’re tired.” It is used to let someone know that you recognize his/her hard work and that you are thankful for it.

木漏れ日 Komorebi
"Komorebi" refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.

For more words and their beautiful illustrations + terrific Japanese onomatopoeia words (hiso, hiso =  secretly, discretely) go here....

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Polish theater meets Japanese butoh dance

by aleks
Sunday, April 17, 4:30 pm 
Borderlines: Kantor's 'Dead Class' Revisited 
Polish Cultural Center at Capotol Hill: 1714 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Free admission

The Polish Salon of Poetry in Seattle and Kogut Butoh present evening of poetry and performance  Borderlines: Kantor's 'Dead Class' Revisited, directed by Joan Laage and staged with five other artists. 'The Dead Class' is a famous play by Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990), Polish playwright and director renown for his ascetic performances. Joan 'Kogut' Laage is known in Seattle for her dance performances based on the Butoh style. The program includes a book exhibit and video clips about Kantor.

Joan Laage is one of our docents and she is also an accomplished butoh dancer/director - many Garden visitors know her work from various performances on different occasions, from Moon-viewing celebrations to annual Wandering and Wondering presentations .  Come to Polish Cultural Center to see how she and her dance group Daipan butoh translated the famous Polish theatrical piece of 1970s into 21 century butoh dance.

Press release for the performance is here...
More about Tadeusz cantor and his work at CRICOTEKA - Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor.

SJG • 3/31/16

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Our book club has a BOOK SHELF!

Recommended Reading to Better Understand Japanese Gardens and Japan in General
Recommendations of Seattle Japanese Garden (SJG) Docents and Friends

Browse this list as you might a bookshelf in a friend’s home; the readings have been submitted by SJG docents and friends, for which, and whom, the SJG Reading Group facilitators are grateful! The list is in alphabetical order by title, although none of our bookshelves might actually be organized that way….   One asterisk (*) at the end of a listing means a reading was discussed by the SJG Reading Group, and two asterisks (**) mean it’s scheduled to be discussed in the future. Go and browse the shelf here!

After this post goes to archives you can still access the BOOK SHELF - it's now pinned on the left side of this blog, above the FILM BANK. Enjoy!

Hanami continues at UW quad: yoshino cherries  - 3/12/116
Is it just me, or the yoshinos are getting paler in color with each year?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The garden is open & sakura on the UW quad

SJG • 3/6/16 - Reverend Barrish of Tsubaki Shinto temple in front of the Garden's gate , blessing ceremony
by aleks

The SJG officially opened for 2016 season on March 6 and welcomes you for the reminder of the year, and the 2016 Cherry Blossom Viewing (sakura) on UW quad opened 2 days later, on March 8 with calligraphy, aka poetry and tea ceremony - the blossoms will be there for you for another 2 weeks or so.

SJG • 3/6/16 - Rev. Barrish inside the Garden, blessing the pond with offering of sake and rice

Only 3 years earlier those events were like 3 weeks apart (check this blog's  past entries)  - what can I say?  We had another warm winter in Seattle and the cherries are blooming almost immediately after, or nearly with  the ornamental plums - a traditional Japanese spring harbinger...

UW Quad yoshino cherries • 3/12/16

UW yoshino cherry blossoms - up close on the trunk

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome Rock Arrangement By Dick Yamasaki

Seattle Japanese Garden At Washington Park Arboretum
By Koichi Kobayashi
SJG •  “Welcome Rock Arrangement by Dick Yamasaki “ - photo by Koichi Kobayashi

SJG •  “Welcome Rock Arrangement by Dick Yamasaki “ - photo by Koichi Kobayashi

This is a story about a set of rock installment.

I have been trying to determine who is responsible for placing an impressive set of rock you can see on your left hand side of pathway right after entering current south gate at the Seattle Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum. It is widely known that most of rock installation in this garden was executed by Yamasaki/Yorozu team and supervised by Juki Iida during 1959-1960 construction period.  But this set of rock is very powerful and is not a typical rock set as seen in other gardens produced by Juki Iida and other parts of this garden.

 Area between the current entrance gate to WPA vintage stone bridge was not completed by end of initial construction and there was no entrance at the south end of the garden.  I verified this by examining original construction drawing and as built drawing produced by Nobumasa Kitamura of Tokyo Metropolitan Parks Department.  It has been documented that completion of this area was supervised by Dick Yamasaki who was also responsible for installing rock retaining wall on the north end of lake. I speculated that Dick Yamasaki installed this set of rocks.

In a strange encountering recently with Larry Hettick who is married to Suzie, who is related to Fumi Yamasaki, wife of Dick Yamasaki, Larry was told by Dick Yamasaki that Dick Yamasaki himself installed this rock arrangement.  That cleared my speculation over a long time.  Now I would like to propose to name this rock arrangement as “Welcome Rock Arrangement by Dick Yamasaki “.

For more (supporting documents for this article) go here.