Japanese Night at the RedBar #3


Speakers until 22.00

An evening devoted to Japanese culture abroad that makes you think about the way Japanese art, fashion and architecture interact with the modern metropolis.

How does the social fabric of Japanese cities influence fashion designs? What happens when two 14th-century wooden guards, rescued from an old Japanese temple, are moved from their religious context to that of a museum? How Japanese is Blok65B at IJburg?

Speakers include architect Moriko Kira, curator Asian Art at the Rijksmuseum Menno Fitski and fashion designer Kumi Hiroi, with a visual contribution of artist Chikako Watanabe. Show off you’re a film buff in our Japan Film Quiz with a Tokyo surprise for the winner.

Moriko Kira is an architect raised in Tokyo, who, when moving to the Netherlands, at first found the Dutch way of meticulously planning the cityscape confusing. Now, she is inspired by it. Her Blok65B at IJburg was nominated for the European Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.

Menno Fitski is curator Asian Art at the Rijksmuseum since 1997, specialised in Japanese and Chinese Art. Variety called him the 'quiet hero' of Oeke Hoogendijk's 4hr documentary the New Rijksmuseum, unbroken by the bureaucracy that cripled the renovation. At last the 'goma' could be staged; the purifying ritual using drums, bowls with offerings which welcomed the temple guardians to the Rijksmuseum.

Kumi Hiroi holds a Graphic Design diploma from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Netherlands. Having worked at various design studios, she founded her own studio in 2010. In 2012, she started Kind of Moving. Her passion is to create story-telling design with a strong concept.


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