KIMONOS WITH A MODERN TWIST: AT THE BRÖHAN MUSEUM

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For the past few years, kimonos have been listed as a must-have during the summer. Regrettably, it’s gotten to a point where it seems like every discount retailer now has a “trend alert” kimono rack. Cutting against this impoverishing force of Western appropriation, Japanese textile artists Fukumi and Yoko Shimura have been reviving the classic styles of their national garment. This talented mother and daughter pair uses traditional methods to weave contemporary kimonos. Inspired not only by Japanese culture but also by Goethe’s color theory, their unique silk pieces are treated with natural dyes and often named after Western plays (i.e. Othello). At the Bröhan-Museum, these garments begin to drift away from their original function, resembling abstract, natural paintings. The presentation is also complemented by art dating from the Japonisme era. It’s a great example of Japanese culture adapting on its own terms to modern times. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photo: Martin Adam (top); all images courtesy of Bröhan Museum)

Bröhan-Museum, Schloßstr.1A, 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Tue-Sun, 10-18h

[Source – via Saori Kanemaki]

Free Japan choir concert at the Berliner Philharmonie

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DEUTSCH-JAPANISCHES FREUNDSCHAFTSKONZERT

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 8 p.m.
Philharmonie

MIZU NO INOCHI CHOIR
SUITA & CANARY CHOIR
KAMMERCHOR DES COLLEGIUM MUSICUM DER BERLINER UNIVERSITÄTEN FU/TU

Kazunobu Kurokawa Conductor

Kunihiko Umetani Conductor

Donka Miteva Conductor

Programme:

Saburo Takada
Mizu no Inochi Choir
Mizu no Inochi

Shunichiro Genda
Japanese Home Song-Medley

Traditional
Four Seasons

Traditional
Sakura Sakura, Melodies by Ludwig van Beethoven and other composers

Adolphus Hailstorck
Crucifixion

Knut Nystedt
Peace I leave with you

John August Pamintuan
Salva me

Claudio Monteverdi
Sfogava con le stele

Sven-David Sandström
Hear my prayer, o Lord

Free tickets at the Philharmonie box office, for group bookings please send e-mail to: tterasaki@gmail.com

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