Sunday, July 15, 2012

Origami and painting with Kritstie

Kristie Ming T Ngo was amazing.  She and her daughter taught an intergenerational group the principles of origami.  We made several animals before the groups were separated.  Her daughter taught animals to the children and Kristie took over teaching adults and interested youth how to make origami flowers that we later placed on a paiting of a flower basket.  Kristie stated that Chinese-Japanese brush painting is her area of passion.  She turned my ugly basket into an art piece for my eyes and personal enjoyment of what we created together.

Kristie has been a teaching artist since 1993 and is an artist-in residence with the Art Council. She has taught all over the state of Oklahoma and Texas including in many library systems and summer camp programs. Her art has been exhibited at many art festivals and her paintings have won numerous awards. Her work, A Scissortail Returns, was show-cased for the Oklahoma Centennial Chinese Cultural Exhibition in 2007, and is now a part of the Oklahoma History Center Collection.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


City Arts Center will celebrate the opening of its second contemporary arts exhibition of the 2012 season, “Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan,” with an open-to-the-public reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12 in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

The reception is free to attend and will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and music.

Soaring Voices includes 87 contemporary ceramic works by 25 women artists from Japan. The free, family-friendly exhibition will be on display June 12 through Aug. 25 during regular gallery hours (9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sundays).

According to City Arts Center Executive Director Mary Ann Prior, the exhibition demonstrates an important cultural shift in Japanese society toward individual women artists becoming recognized in an artistic realm traditionally held by men.

“Women have been highly active in the production of ceramics in Japan for thousands of years, but their names have been largely unknown,” Prior said. “We’re delighted to have the honor of displaying the high-caliber work of these extraordinary artists in our gallery, and at no cost to the public.”

Soaring Voices features pioneering ceramicists spanning generations, including members of the founding generation of Japanese female potters, such as Asuka Tsubio, Kiyoko Koyama and Takako Araki whose colorful works are innovative in form and concept. Other artists, including Eiko Kishi and Fuku Fukumoto, incorporate ancient literature and Noh traditions to create a context within their work of a deep connection with nature, a significant motif in the work of Japanese artists.

Soaring Voices is a touring exhibition that traveled to the New Otani Art Museum in Tokyo and the Shizuoka Art Gallery in Shizuoka, Japan, in 2008 and the Museé National de Céramique in Sevres, France, in 2009 before embarking on its North American tour.

Previous stops on U.S. tour have included: Sacramento, CA; Washington, DC; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX; Delray Beach, FL; Gainesville, FL; Tempe, AZ and Bellingham, WA. Following its stay at City Arts Center, the exhibit will travel to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, HI.

The exhibition was developed by The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture and hus-10, Inc. International Arts & Artists is the tour organizer.
Local sponsors for Soaring Voices include: Allied Arts, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Simmons Foundation and the Skirvin Hilton.


Friday, May 04, 2012

Tweeting Japanese Ambassador in the USA

As many of you know, we had over 450 Oklahomans meet and welcome Ambassador Fujisaki to Oklahoma last summer and many of you are included in the contact group of this e-mail. The Ambassador remembers his time in Oklahoma with fondness and, as many of you know from first hand experience, he possesses a delightful sense of humor and a wonderful perspective on matters important to Oklahoma, the U.S. and Japan. Please enjoy the Ambassador's "tweets" and feel free to forward this e-mail to all who might be interested. Thank you all for all that you do towards maintaining and improving the relations between Oklahoma and Japan. With best regards, Lloyd Hardin Lloyd T. HARDIN, Jr. Honorary Consul General of Japan

  -----Original Message----- From: IRIYA TAKAYUKI [] Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 2:47 PM To: Hardin, Lloyd; Cc: TAKASE HIROMI; ISHIHARA TAKESHI

Subject: Ambassador Fujisaki has started "Twitter"

Dear honorary consuls, Good afternoon from Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. My name is Takayuki Iriya, Counselor and Chief of Staff to Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki. We very much appreciate your great contribution to strengthening Japan-U.S. relationship. I am writing to inform you that Ambassador Fujisaki started "Twitter" a couple of months ago. He has been tweeting quite often, so you may have already read some of his tweets. The user name is AmbJapan2US. If you click the link below, you can read the Ambassador's tweets. I would appreciate if you could share this info with your friends as well as those who might be interested in Ambassador Fujisaki's tweets. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Sincerely yours, Takayuki Iriya ------------------------------------------------------- Takayuki IRIYA Counselor, Chief of Staff to the Ambassador Embassy of Japan in the U.S. tel: +1 202-238-6881 e-mail: -------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Per board decision, JASO agendas and minutes will no longer be available at this blog.  I will continue to document my learning opportunities with JASO as the new year 2012-2013 starts.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Japan in a Suitcase Grant Funded Workshops End

JASO empowered by grant funding from Center for Global Partnership, Japan Foundation. THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES TO BE SHARED WITH THE FUTURE JASO MEMBERS-BOARD AND THE OKC JOI COORDINATOR
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A testimonial from an Oklahoma educator: Our students really enjoyed this workshop and we were appreciative of this opportunity and the funds provided to make it possible. Dr. Hu did an excellent job representing the Japanese culture, and the unique manner utilized to educate our students was refreshing. Dana Myers Dana Myers, Instructor 3D Animation/Visual FX Information Technology Francis Tuttle Technology Center . Pictures taken at Francis Tuttle Institute at an animation class on March 16, 2012. About 14-15 students attended. They are 3-D animation students. The course instructor, Ms. Dana Myers looks forward to more workshops which combine film with some hands-on artistic experience of Japanese culture.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Japan in a Suitcase @ Y Senior Center

The last Japan in a Suitcase, grant sponsored workshops are taking place in March 2012.

Tuesday, May 14 at the Senior Center next to the Science Museum, Mrs. Masayo B. former JASO outreach coordinator presented Living Longer and Living Stronger.  Gigi and Keri were there to assist with the workshop.  I arrived at clean-up time so I only saw Origami, Edamame, and boxes of snacks which included seaweed and happy participants.