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Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Keiko Toda
KCJS offers a monthly guest lecture on Japan-related topics in October and November. #2: Thursday, November 18, 7-8:30 pm (EST) Taking Historical Craftsmanship Into the Future: Environment and the Art of Urushi Speaker Mr. Takuya Tsutsumi (Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi-Ten) Language used Japanese with an English interpreter Abstract Today, historical craftsmanship is being steadily erased as mass consumerism has become the status quo of modernity. Along with it, old forms of sustainability, in which objects were repaired continuously and used for decades if not generations, have also been replaced by cheap consumption and manufacturing. This presentation will explore these issues as well as potential solutions through the art of Urushi, a traditional Japanese lacquer, which has been used for approximately 10,000 years. Featured is the project ‘Urushi x Alaia’, in which Mr. Tsutsumi worked with Tom Wegener to create an urushi surfboard, bridging everyday activities and ancient craft. This is also a rare opportunity to tour a 111-years-old urushi-refining workshop in the heart of Kyoto. About Mr. Takuya Tsutsumi Takuya Tsutsumi is the 4th generation successor of the Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi-Ten, which has been refining urushi since 1902. He is currently involved in revisioning the role of historical craftsmanship in contemporary society, as well as forging new paths to take tradition into the future, all with a focus on sustainability. These have included numerous projects and collaborations, including ‘Urushi x Alaia’, and ‘Urushi x Skate’, in which urushi is used on skateboards. He has also received the Ronnie Prize Award, from the Japanese Traditional Craft Revitalization Contest. More information can be found on the website