Tuesday May 21st – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

What’s On

CAN Japanese Festival News

Join us at the CAN to celebrate during the whole month of May, as we highlight the rich variety of traditional and contemporary arts and culture of Japan. There will be exhibitions for the public to visit, plus events and workshops to experience during the whole month.

Friday 10 May, 5-7pm with the Deputy Mayor Faye White. All welcome!

City Treasures from Japan – Main Gallery 3-30 May 2019

This exhibition showcases the many gifts that Napier City Council has received over the years from Napier’s twin city Tomokomai in Northern Japan. These items are usually stored in the archives, wrapped carefully in boxes. Generously, they have agreed to loan several items to CAN so that they can be placed on public display to coincide with the CAN Japanese Festival. Also on display are several items on loan from private collections in Napier.

Kimono by Chieko Hayashi – Small Gallery 10-23 May 2019

Chieko was born in 1933 in northern Japan, when and where western style garments were not available for most people. She grew up wearing kimono, probably handed down from other families.

Kimono became part of Chieko’s life from early on and later she learnt how to embroider on silk. Embroidering with silk thread on silk needs patience and skill. It took her several years to learn the techniques, designing, and compositions. She uses modern geometrical designs combined with traditional motifs, such as mystical creatures and flowers. Some of the work took her two years to complete.This exhibition, Chieko thinks, is a great gift for her and we believe a gift for all who appreciate traditional artisan work from far away land.

Mokuhanga Prints by Sybille Schlumbom – Foyer 1-31 May 2019

Enjoy Sybille’s beautiful Japanese woodcut prints in the CAN foyer for the month of May. Sybille completed an artist’s residency in Tokyo, Japan and since this experience has focused solely on the medium of Mokuhanga printmaking. Japanese woodcut differs from European woodcut in three particular ways:

  • the application of the water based inks by brush
  • the use of a hand held baren for printing (not a press)
  • the use of ‘kento’ registration marks, carved directly into the block

Other events include:

Calligraphy Workshop, Sushi-Making Workshop, Sybille Schlumbom – Artist’s Talk and Demo, Stab Book Binding Workshop, a Haiku Display and two Origami Drop-in Days (Sundays 12 and 19 May, 10am – 2pm).

For more details please enquire at the Front Desk, call 06 835 9448 or please visit our website.