"KAKEHASHI Project" Invitation: Rhode Island School of Design (RI)

Invitation in June 2014

Rhode Island School of Design (RI)

Period:June 9 - 19
Local Visit Destination:Kyoto
Number of Participants:13

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Orientation 1
Orientation

Photo of Orientation 2
Orientation
(Lecture demonstration of Japanese music by Mr. Sho Asano, Tsugaru-Jamisen player)

Photo taken at Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken in Asakusa
Asakusa
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo taken at The National Museum of Modern Art
The National Museum of Modern Art
(Learning about Japanese culture)

Photo taken at Japan Institute of Design Promotion
Japan Institute of Design Promotion

Photo taken at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Exhibition “KOME - The Art of Rice” at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
(Learning about Japanese culture)

Group photo taken with young Japanese young fashion designers Akiko Iwata and Mayuko Ban
Exchange with young Japanese young fashion designers
(Ms. Akiko Iwata and Ms. Mayuko Ban)

Photo taken in Harajuku/Omotesando
Harajuku/Omotesando
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo taken at the National Theatre of Japan
Kabuki performance at the National Theatre of Japan
(Learning about Japanese culture)

Photo taken at Nishijin Textile Industrial Association
Nishijin Textile Industrial Association
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo of Paper-Lantern craft experience
Paper-Lantern craft experience
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Fushimi-Inari Taisha
Fushimi-Inari Taisha
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo taken at Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo of School exchange at Kyoto University of Art and Design
School exchange at Kyoto University of Art and Design

Photo of Kyo-Yuzen dyeing experience
Kyo-Yuzen dyeing experience
(Learning about Japanese local culture)

Photo taken at Kyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum
(Learning about Cool Japan)

Photo of School exchange at Musashino Art University 1
School exchange at Musashino Art University

Photo of School exchange at Musashino Art University 2
School exchange at Musashino Art University

Photo of School exchange at Musashino Art University 3
School exchange at Musashino Art University

Photo of Debriefing session
Debriefing session

Voices from Participants

1.Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, what do you think are Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • Japan is very good at combining history and modernity, natural and synthetic. Tokyo is a city that is heavily industrialized but the paths are beautifully designed to balance the city. Japan seems to bring traditional crafts and buildings to the citizens without feeling outdated. The shrines still seemed to be emotionally connected to individuals and a job like lantern making could still be used to celebrate during Autumn festival. Japan also brings its sense of order whether it was timelines or the way a meal was organized.
  • I think that Japanese people have a high level of awareness, not only of themselves but of their environment. It is a diverse culture in which tradition is respected and taken into consideration. It seems like the key aspect of that is the understanding of people’s value in society. The Japanese are conscious of themselves but they also care of each other. A culture that can balance the old and the new without being destructive will always be positive for people.

2.How do you change your perspective of Japan through the project?

  • Before, I felt that Japan was far removed from my own culture and understanding, however in doing this program, it has been a happy experience to see the similarities between us and the Japanese students. Our engagement with art and our passions come from a common human experience.
  • I did not realize how modest the Japanese people are.

3.After returning to the U.S., what aspect(s) of Japan do you want to learn more?

  • I know a lot of Japanese history, now I wish to learn more about modern Japan. I also want to further participate in and understand their efforts to make connection overseas.
  • I was very interested in urban planning and the development of Japanese cities. So perhaps I will examine specific architects’ writings and their approach to making – hopefully taking to heart their methods of organizing space (which ranges from meal layouts to rice paddies to urban layout of buildings).

4.It is hoped that you will promote further mutual understanding between our two countries, serving as bridges in the Japan-U.S. relationship. What will you do to deepen understanding of Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I would like to continue to draw inspiration from Japan’s traditional design. I would like to work with Japanese designers in the future. I will bring my Japanese inspiration back to the US with me.
  • I definitely plan on sharing my experiences and knowledge of Japan through stories and conversation. I plan on communicating and keeping up with the students I met. I am interested in artistic collaboration. I’m excited for them to visit so that I may return the same experiences to them in America. Hopefully, I can come to Japan again. I would truly love to study here.

5.Please freely describe your experience in the KAKEHASHI Project.

  • KAKEHASHI Project provided an excellently organized itinerary. I was able to participate in events and experiences I would never have when traveling on my own.  Meeting Japanese students was the most valuable to me. After staying with the same students for two days, I made deep connections that will continue into the future.
  • For art students coming from the U.S., interacting with Japanese art students, craftsmen and having studio visits is very valuable. It allows US and Japanese students to connect in a meaningful way despite the language barrier. Such an exchange of ideas and studio practice can build trust, respect, and a memorable, honest bond. Despite the language barrier, we can express concepts, artist, inspiration/influences, process, and intention.

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