Giri, Japanese American Exhibit
Exhibit: July 8 through August 6
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 8, 5:00 p.m.
Gualala Arts is privileged to present "Giri: Giving
Back...Going Forward", a visual exhibit by the Japanese
American Citizens League of Sonoma County, honoring
the Giri concept, a Japanese term which means an
obligation to reciprocate favors and acts of kindness.
Documentation by the League includes photographs and
oral histories of both Japanese American and non-
Japanese American individuals who lived in Sonoma
County before, during, and after World War II.
The history behind this project began in the spring of
1942, within months of the attack on Pearl Harbor,
when Sonoma County's Japanese American residents
were "relocated" to Camp Ameche, in the Colorado
desert. Sonoma County was unique in its treatment of
its Japanese residents. Friends and neighbors came to
their aid with many acts of kindness, including paying
taxes on their land, tending their orchards, and
watching over their homes, businesses and places of
worship until their return. The Giri Project, still ongoing,
reveals the unique interactions among the various Sonoma County communities. Many
historical images from this period will be shown in the Gualala Arts Jacob Foyer.
Giri is also reflected in the recognition by Yawatahama City,
Japan, of Point Arena, Mendocino County, residents who
were hospitable to would-be Japanese immigrants, who
sailed for almost 60 days on a fishing boat, landing in a cove
just south of the Point Arena Lighthouse, in 1913. Though
their stay was brief before authorities deported them, their
home city of Yawatahama was grateful for their treatment in
this small coastal town. In 1995, a delegation came to find
the landing location; in 1996, other dignitaries came to
dedicate a monument of friendship; in 1999, another
delegation came to install a plaque, in Japanese, with the
names and ages of the 15 men. Historical images along with
this story will be also presented in the Gualala Arts Jacob
In celebration of the Japanese culture will be works of contemporary artists in the
Gualala Arts Burnett Gallery, many of them Japanese Americans, others with an
appreciation of the Japanese ethos, who live in various northern California counties. A
partial list of over 30 participating artist include includes Lucy Arai, Sanae Nakjima,
Noriko Hasegawa, Shoko Kageyama Klyce, Michiko Kinoshita, Machiko Kondo, Lucien
Kubo, Miki Hsu, Chiyomi Taneike, Mikio Matsumoto, Tomoko Murakami, Hiroshi
Sakaguchi, Naoko Satake, Seiko Tachibana, Takayuki Zoshi and many more.
Their oils, watercolors, painted silks,
creations of wood, clay, metal, and
cloth, made a visual impact in the
show that was originally at the
Sebastopol Center for the Arts in
February and March, 2005.
We are very fortunate to have all the elements, historical and visual, presented once
again, here in at the Gualala Arts Center.
This is such a grand opportunity for learning and enjoying the Japanese arts and
culture, the Gualala Arts Center is offering other Japanese inspired experiences.
Along with the Japanese American exhibit, Gualala Arts is planning additional events
and classes during July such as a Japanese dinner, a Tea Ceremony, cooking classes
and a lecture on Torii Gate.
Akiko Docker will be returning as a
cooking instructor for
on Thursdays in July. She offers hands-on
cooking demonstration for up to twelve
people who will have the opportunity to
learn how to cook Japanese home-style
favorites: Sea Food and/or Vegetable
Tempura, Chicken Kara-age (fried
chicken), Gyoza (Pot Sticker), Ginger
Pork, Yaki-soba (fried noodles), Okonomiyaki
(cabbage and meat/seafood
pancakes), Ramen-style noodle soup and
Onigiri (rice balls with various filling).
Classes are $20 each or four for $60. Call 707.884.1138 to register by June 29.
A Japanese Book making workshop
is being planned for Saturday and Sunday, July 29
and 30th. This two-day workshop covers all aspects of assembling a book using
traditional Japanese methods including designing, bluing a cover, punching and
stitching. Japanese binding has a simple elegant look and is suitable for books and
portfolios of all sizes and shapes, including non-traditional formats. This workshop will
fill quickly so register by July 14 ($80 members; $95 non-members). Gualala Arts accepts Visa and MC.
On July 14 at 6:00 p.m. the Culinary Arts Guild will be
presenting a Japanese Dinner for those lucky enough to
make reservations by July 6 ($25/person). The menu is still being
discussed, but the Guild has a long running record of giving
"wow" dinners, so we're sure this
will be memorable.
A Japanese Tea Ceremony, by
Eiko Mouri will be conducted on
Sunday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m. at
Gualala Arts Center ($10/person). This should
be a beautiful ceremony as Eiko
Mouri will be in full Japanese attire. For both the dinner and
the Tea Ceremony, Yasuko, located in Healdsburg will be
showing her beautiful clothing, which will also be for sale.
Four-Eyed Frog, a local Gualala bookstore, will have a variety
of books for sale reflecting the Japanese arts and culture.
Michael Anderson will present a
lecture on the Torii Gate.
He is constructing one at Gualala Arts prior to the lecture.
The Gate marks the gateway between the physical and spiritual worlds,
and is often an entrance to a Shinto shrine.
Michael studied in Japan and often uses traditional Japanese building
techniques in his Laughing Moon business.
Speaking of traditional building techniques, a tansu chest, by Ki Arts, will
also be shown.
The opening reception for Giri: Japanese American exhibit will be Saturday, July 8 from
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Music for the opening will be Karl Young on the shakuhachi flute. Bob
Shimon will be displaying many of his award winning bonsai
for the opening and the other events.
Please join Gualala Arts as we celebrate
Giri: Giving Back...
Gualala Arts Center is located
at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, and is open from 9 am to 4 pm weekdays,
and weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information.