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[Delve into Japanese Culture at I-House]
Ink is Alive: Japanese sumie painting


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  • Lecturer: Jim Hathaway (sumie artist)
  • Date: Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:00-11:30 am
  • Venue: Kabayama-Matsumoto Room, International House of Japan
  • Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
  • Admission: 2,000 yen (1,500 yen for students and advance payment;
    Free for guests staying at I-House on April 5 or 6)
  • Seating: 80 (reservations required)
  • Painting demonstration and talk
I-House and KISAKO Intercultural Institute launched a new program on Japanese culture in 2014. In this series, we introduce aspects of Japanese culture which can lead to new awareness both for non-Japanese and Japanese. The third of the series invites Mr. Jim Hathaway, a sumie artist who has his own studio “Jimusoan” in Yanaka where he holds an exhibition of his work every fall. Mr. Hathaway will introduce sumie as a Japanese art form. He will also demonstrate painting backed by the I-House garden when the sakura should be almost in full bloom.

Jim Hathaway (sumie artisit)

Photo: Jim Hathaway Jim Hathaway, who was born in upstate New York, attended the Art Students League of New York City in 1975-76, graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1978, and attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Brooklyn College. He came to Japan in 1989, where he studied sumi ink painting, and holding exhibitions of his work at galleries in the Tokyo area and every fall at his own studio, Jimsoan, in Yanaka. His published works include a book of essays, English textbooks, and a ren poetry collaboration. He teaches at Tama Art University, Tokyo Kase University, and Dokkyo University, but has continued to paint his whole life.