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Friday Night Lecture Series #1 and #2 (Please note this event has been cancelled)


Japanese dolls have been a big part of Japanese culture since ancient times used in several different ways - as children toys, in wedding and birthday celebrations and for other traditional seasonal festivals. Passed down through many generations this ancient craft of producing unique dolls in various shapes and sizes with ornate costumes and decorations and adorable facial expressions continues its appeal even today.  In this lecture, Mr. Itoh will introduce the special “Imperial Palace” doll, which was born in Kyoto – the ancient cultural and artistic capital of Japan. Passed down through thirteen generations, Mr. Itoh will discuss the history of the Gosho doll and its importance to the Japanese Imperial Court.

2016-2017 Friday Night Lecture Series
“The Art of Traditional Yosegi”
“Elegance in the Japanese Imperial Court: Gosho Doll”

Workshop Registration Information and Schedule

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 08:30AM – 5:00PM
Location: Hakone - Yamaboushi
Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun
Hakone-machi, Hakone 141 
Fee:15,000円 per person all-inclusive
Advance registration required.
Tour Limit: 20 people
Language: Please note this lecture/workshop is held in Japanese with English translation.
Registration: Please contact the ICJC office at 045.263.8009 or by email at  Space is limited, so please register early. Registration and payment deadline are due Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Please note the tour may be cancelled if minimum registration is not reached.



Hakone is a special place in Japan with a rich and varied tradition of wood making crafts. The Japanese traditional art of wood mosaic handicrafts or yosegi began in Hakone at the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Even nearby in Odawara, the tradition of pottery traces back over 1200 years making this area famous for fine arts and crafts manufacturing. Set in a genuine environment blessed with nature, Hakone craftsmen were able to grow and develop their art with great success. This lecture/workshop will first focus on a simple history of yosegi and its evolution through four generations followed by a workshop where participants will be able to combine shapes and build their own original yosegi coaster in either diamond or hexagonal shapes.


Earlier Event: November 17
Japanese Language Class - Beginner Level
Later Event: November 24
Japanese Language Class - Beginner Level