For Immediate Release | June 2, 2020
Issho / 一緒 / Together
Enjoy Japanese art and culture from the comfort of your home with Issho Editions, a new online program from The Japan Foundation, Sydney. Developed during the COVID-19 pandemic with the intention to bring people together, the program consists of pre-recorded videos and livestreams based on sharing creativity, knowledge and connectivity. The program runs from June 30 to August 1, but all videos and livestreams will remain online for free even after the program has completed.
This program consists of a four-part series that showcases Japanese cultural practices including pop culture, craft, music and dance from local and international artists. With these four areas of focus, Issho Editions aspires to initiate a shared experience between family, friends and the greater online community, forming closer ties with one another whilst engaging with new work from a pool of creators.
As we all navigate a new mode of living, we hope that this online program offers people a sense of togetherness and a deeper level of connection to The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
Pop Japan! Australian Experts on Cosplay
June 30, July 2 & 4, 2020
Part 1 of the series, Pop Japan! Australian Experts on Cosplay, introduces three experts in the field of cosplay within Australia. Their videos will explore the history and current climate of local cosplayers and offer practical cosplay tips with makeup and costume tutorials.
Make Like Japan: Inspired Crafts at Home
July 7, 9 & 11, 2020
Part 2, Make Like Japan: Inspired Crafts at Home, presents a collection of cute, fun and easy to make tutorials that the whole family can enjoy. This series incorporates a range of crafts originating in or inspired by Japan, from origami to handmade stamps and notebooks. Whether you’re a crafting pro or looking to start a new hobby, each tutorial can be enjoyed by all, using common materials.
Living Room Tunes: Tradition and Rhythm in Japanese Music
July 21, 23 & 25, 2020
Part 3, Living Room Tunes: Tradition and Rhythm in Japanese Music spotlights the traditional sounds of Japan, featuring an array of traditional Japanese instruments including shamisen, taiko drums, and tonkori. This series is presented in the form of two at-home, intimate concerts, along with a fun and easy rhythm and percussion live workshop using found objects from around the home.
Fluid Forms: Blending Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Dance
July 28, 30 & August 1, 2020
To complete the series, Fluid Forms: Blending Traditional and Contemporary Japanese Dance focuses on multiple artistic and technical forms found in Japanese performance and dance movements. The video performances feature experimental processes of contemporary dance and visual sequences intertwined with Butoh and Nihon Buyo elements. Accompanying this is a workshop for all levels on Butoh choreography designed specifically for dancing at home.
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