Japanese Dolls On Display in Da Nang
|In the opening program in May 30, many interesting Japanese cultural experience activities will be organized and free for all visitors.|
To commemorate the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic Relations between Vietnam and Japan, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Da Nang Fine Arts Museum, proudly present to locals an exhibition themed “Japanese dolls."
This exhibition will be held at Da Nang Fine Arts Museum (78 Le Duan, Hai Chau) from May 30 afternoon to June 20.
Ever since ancient times, dolls have been an integral part of the daily life of Japanese people. Japanese dolls reflect Japanese cultural practices, aspirations and beliefs accumulated over centuries. Japanese dolls are divided into different types according to the skills and materials, as well as their themes and shapes.
For Japanese people, a doll is not merely a decoration but also a confidant, expressing the feelings of its owner. Therefore, most traditional Japanese dolls carry a lot of expressive nuances and gestures, showing the skillfulness of the doll craftsmen.
The exhibition “Japanese dolls” in Da Nang consists of nearly 70 pieces of dolls, both traditional and modern, that were made in Japan, displayed in two sections included human-shaped dolls and wooden dolls Kokeshi.
|Some of dolls will be displayed at the exhibition.|
In the first section of the exhibition, visitors will witness the gorgeous 32 dolls depicting a variety of characters, from children to grown-ups, in the setting of daily life to theater. All the dolls are sophisticatedly made by the skillful hands of many craftsmen over a few year’s time, with each craftsman taking part in a different stage of the process. These dolls have high artistic values, and are often offered as gifts on special occasions.
In the second section of the exhibition, visitors will get to know the unique wooden doll Kokeshi provided by Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum. Kokeshi originated from the Tohoku (Northeast) region of Japan in the 19th century and is usually sold as souvenirs for children. Each town has its own Kokeshi type, characterized by its unique pattern and technique.
12 types of Kokeshi will be on display with detailed comparison and in various sizes, accompanied by modern Kokeshi works, whose five of them are inspired by Vietnamese culture.
Accompanying that is many interesting experience activities for the opening day, such as wearing the traditional clothes Yukata for female vistors, folding Origami. Moreover, a limited number of paper dolls in traditional clothes will be given out to visitors who take photos and check in this event on Facebook.
Through experiencing this generous array of Japanese dolls, visitors are hoped to be aware of the depth and diversity of Japanese culture, while also gaining insight into its creativity.
Da Nang was the first city in central Vietnam to promote cooperation with Japanese partners in high-quality human resources training, with 450 students from Da Nang-based Dong A University working for businesses in Japan.
The first Japanese language studies and culture research centre in the central and Central Highlands region was founded at the university.
Japan also promoted its Consulate Office in Da Nang city to the Consulate General after two years of establishment to boost trade, tourism, investment and relationship ties with the central city and the entire central region.
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