CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Kenji Shinoda, the
consul general of Japan in Chicago, will be the featured speaker at
the annual spring open house on April 14 at
Japan House at the University of Illinois.
Located at 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, Japan House is an
educational and cultural facility focusing on Japanese arts, and is
affiliated with the university's
College of Fine and Applied Arts.
The open house is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shinoda will speak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on “Japan and Illinois:
Partners for Today and Tomorrow.” He also will present the Japanese
Foreign Minister Commendation to Morton Weir, former U. of I.
chancellor. The award recognizes Weir's long-time promotion and
support of Japanese arts and culture.
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Also during the open house, Japan
House gardens designer and builder James Bier will conduct garden
tours at 1 and 3 p.m.
Throughout the day, members of the Urbana-Champaign Association of
Chado Urasenke Tankokai will present tea ceremonies, and ikebana
(Japanese flower arrangement) by U. of I. art students will be on
More information about the open house, and other upcoming Japan
House events – including a workshop (and lecture-demonstration at
the U. of I.'s Krannert Art Museum) by Japanese calligrapher Eishi
Sakuta on April 25 – is available
by calling 244-9934.
University of Illinois news release]