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MUJO - An Exploration of Japanese Arts and Culture Over Time
Chapel + Cultural Center
Troy, NY
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MUJO - An Exploration of Japanese Arts and Culture Over Time
On Friday May 3rd Japanese arts and culture will come alive with 'MUJO - An Exploration of Japanese Culture Across Time.' The exhibition segment of MUJO will be an exploration focused on two classical disciplines: Japanese Ikebana and Calligraphy. Designed to show the variations in styles and techniques over time, the installation will exploring how they have adapted to fit the changing needs and demands of a vibrant society. Additional programming will include Japanese music, food and beverages. In addition to the exhibition, a variety of demonstrations including Ikebana, Calligraphy and Aikido are planned for Saturday.


Classical Japanese philosophy understands reality as continual change or MUJO (a Buddhist expression) meaning impermanence. The world of flux that presents itself to our senses is the only reality as it continues to change. The arts in Japan have traditionally reflected this fundamental impermanence - sometimes lamenting, more often celebrating and always evolving.

The core exhibition artists have a deep connection to Japan.

Katsuko Morisawa started her Ikebana education in Japan in 1990. She continued studies in Hong Kong where she lived from 2001 until 2011. Katsukos training includes 4 diplomas in the Sogetsu style of Ikebana and she is currently studying for a 4th and final diploma. Katsuko has been chosen 27 times to demonstrate and exhibit her arrangements in international Ikebana (Sogetsu) exhibitions in Asia. She was chosen each of the last 5 years to demonstrate her style at the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Exhibition.

Miki Imai began her Japanese calligraphy practice at the age of five. She obtained the title of Shodo Shihan (Master Calligrapher) at The Japan Calligraphy Education Society in 2011. She received several awards in local and national competitions including an Excellence Award at the 31st Thousand Character Text Competition held by the Japan Society of Calligraphic Education.

Saturday will offer an Ikebana demonstration with Katsuko and some hands on participation with Miki. Additionally, Tim Cooper an Assistant Professor of History at Siena College will be demonstrating live Aikido. A fifth-degree black belt and a licensed instructor (Shidoin) of Aikido, Tim has practiced for over thirty years. He has studied Aikido under some of the highest-ranking Aikido instructors in the United States and Japan, where he lived for over a decade. Tim earned his Masters degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley.

"The Japanese approach to art and the predominant focus on nature and peace feel very relevant to me at this current moment in history..." say Corey Aldrich, Exhibition Producer. "I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team to introduce residents of the Capital Region to this rich cultural heritage."

As Japan prepares to transition into the new imperial era of REIWA (translated as 'beautiful harmony'), MUJO will strive to create a foundational understanding of these important art forms of the past as they continue to adapt to a beautiful and harmonious future.

For the program, production company 2440 Design Studio partnered up with the Chapel + Cultural Center in Troy New York, a not for profit educational institution with a mission that includes creating awareness of the rich cultural diversity in our region.


Friday Night, 05/03 from 5:00 to 6:00
Sneak Preview Event w/ Food and Beverage Tasting ($20 Tickets Available at RSVP link.)

Friday Night, 05/03 from 6:00 - 9:00
Exhibition Opening (FREE)

Saturday 05/04 from 12 Noon - 5:00
Exhibition Space (FREE)

Saturday 05/04 from 12 Noon - 5:00
Demonstrations (FREE)

Additional programming and scheduling to be announced.

While the event is free to the public, RSVP's though not required are recommended through the Brown Paper Tickets Website. Walk ins are welcome!


Chapel + Cultural Center (View)
2125 Burdett Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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