Arching Oaks welcomes award-winning, visiting artist Kihachiro Nishiura for three days of Japanese arts instruction and demonstrations including Kodo incense ceremony, Shodo calligraphy and Ikebana. Participants who complete all three days of workshops will receive a certificate of completion signed by the artist.
KODO INCENSE CEREMONY
JAN. 15TH, 2024 6-8PM
Kōdō (香道, "Way of Fragrance") is the art of appreciating Japanese incense, and involves using incense within a structure of codified conduct. Kōdō includes all aspects of the incense process, from the tools (香道具, kōdōgu), to activities such as the incense-comparing games kumikō (組香) and genjikō (源氏香). Kōdō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kadō for flower arrangement, and chadō for tea and the tea ceremony.
Participants will take part in a traditional Kodo ceremony facilitated by Nishiura Sensei. Ages 16 and up welcome.
SHODO CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
JAN. 16TH, 2024 6-8PM
Japanese calligraphy (書道, shodō), also called shūji (習字), is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language. Written Japanese was originally based on Chinese characters only, but the advent of the hiragana and katakana Japanese syllabaries resulted in intrinsically Japanese calligraphy styles.
Students will practice Shodo techniques using traditional materials. Registration fee includes all supplies. Ages 16 and up welcome.
JAN. 17TH, 2024 6-8PM
Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, 'arranging flowers' or 'making flowers alive') is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is also known as kadō (華道, 'way of flowers'). The tradition dates back to Heian period (794–1185), when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, flower arrangements were instead used to adorn the tokonoma (alcove) of a traditional Japanese home.
Students will create their own Ikebana arrangement to take home using materials provided. Registration fee includes all supplies. Ages 16 and up welcome.
ABOUT NISHIURA SENSEI
Kihachiro Nishiura was born in 1970 in Tokyo to a highly acclaimed ceramics family that has produced Nishiura-yaki style porcelain since 1806. He remains devoted to continuing the mission of his ancestors through his practice of calligraphy, flower arrangement, and spatial installation art. Engaging in a variety of forms in which to express his philosophy, he aims to create a synthesis between the tradition of harmony in Japan and new outlooks from abroad.
He received his Masters of Geophysics from Ohio University. More recently, he established his own school of cultural arts, Nishiura Style. Nishiura Style is a school of teaching based on his unique philosophy of nature influenced by Eki, the traditional philosophy of the universe.
Since 2004, he has been exhibiting and demonstrating his calligraphy, incense ceremonies, flower arrangements, and art installations in Japan, the United States, and Europe.
He is currently the director of a non-profit organization, Tsukino Akari, which provides Japanese cultural experiences for children and the general public outside of Japan. In addition, he currently heads Nishiura Ryokusuido, dealing in fine art and antiques.