Kimiko

Rigidity and Flexibility in the Traditional Japanese Arts

Discussion led by Kimiko Gunji

Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 PM

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One of the distinctive characteristics of traditional Japanese arts and culture is the co-existence of rigidity and flexibility.  Kimiko Gunji will introduce Japanese arts that demonstrate these characteristics and offer insights into the way the traditional art forms have influenced Japan’s contemporary industry and the daily life of the Japanese people.

Kimiko Gunji is Professor Emeritus of Japanese Arts & Culture in the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She has taught at the University since 1979 and was Director of Japan House from 1998 until 2011.  She is a Full Professor of the Ikenobo Ikebana School (Japanese flower arranging) in Japan and Chapter President of the Illinois Prairie Ikenobo Ikebana.  She holds the tea name, or Chamei, Souki from the Urasenke Tea School and serves as President of the Urbana-Champaign Association of Chado Urasenke Tankokai, Inc. as well as teaching certificate of Japanese Classical dance.

Kimiko has received numerous awards for her teachings as well as for her contributions to promote Japanese arts and culture.  Among them were University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in the Field of Ethnic and Folk Arts, the Commendation from the Foreign Ministry in Japan and her contribution to promote and strengthen the ties of friendship and goodwill between the United States and Japan.  The most distinguished award she has received was the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Government, which was bestowed by the Emperor on June 6, 2012.

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