Japan House open house to feature art demo

URBANA — The public is invited to join Japanese artist Hisako Tsutsui in a hands-on workshop in the traditional art of mizuhiki at 1 p.m. next Sunday, the day after she gives two presentations during the Japan House Spring Open House.

Mizuhiki is traditionally used for the decoration of gifts, but in Japan today it is used for everything from jewelry to artwork. Workshop participants will learn how to create an extraordinary setting for a table with mizuhiki artwork, including wine bottle wrapping, napkin rings, paper wrapping for chopsticks and stands for chopsticks.

The cost for Tomonokai (Friends of Japan House) members and University of Illinois students is $30; all others pay $40. Call Japan House at 244-9934 to reserve a spot. Space is limited; no prior experience is needed.

As part of the Japan House Spring Open House on Saturday, Tsutsui will conduct a presentation on mizuhiki at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. called "The Aesthetics of Honored Gifts: Ancient Japanese Art of Mizuhiki." Those are free.

The Spring Open House at Japan House, 2000 S. Lincoln Ave., U, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and include tours of the spring gardens at 1 and 3 p.m. by gardens designer Jim Bier. Tea ceremonies will be offered throughout the day by Chado Urasenke Tankokai Urbana-Champaign Association for a reduced rate of $5. The ceremony is free for Tomonokai members.

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