• The Japan Foundation, Manila conducts a wide range of activities in introducing the different facets of Japanese culture. Activities/projects that deepen the understanding and appreciation of Japan include invitations extended to different cultural groups; workshops on human exchange programs that are directed towards personnel development and self-reliance are also undertaken.

    • A Weekend of Learning and Weaving Lecture and rattan weaving workshop set on July 26, 2015

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      The Japan Foundation, Manila is pleased to invite the public to the lecture and workshop components of Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan – the ongoing exhibition at the Ground Floor Gallery of Ayala Museum, which features wood crafts, lacquerware, textiles, baskets, and metalwork from the prefectures in the region devastated by the colossal earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

      On July 26 (Sunday, also the last day of theaforementioned exhibition) at one in the afternoon, join Dr. Norma Respicio as she discusses the general similarities and differences in the aesthetics and techniques of certain textiles and woven handicrafts common to both Japan and the Philippines. Dr. Respicio is a professor of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines-Diliman whose expertise on Japanese traditional art forms is honed through intensive research in Japan.

      At three in the afternoon of the same day, Baguio-based basket artist Jason Domling will conduct a basic rattan weaving workshop featuring a technique used in the Northern region. Appreciate our Filipino weaving heritage through this hands-on workshop that would let you add your own native-style touch to a wine bottle and a mug. Domling’s bamboo and rattan works have been exhibited in Japan, Vietnam, Qatar, and Spain.

      Both activities will be held at the Ground Floor Lobby of Ayala Museum. The lecture comes free with the museum admission (information below), while the workshop fee is P1,500 per person inclusive of all the materials. The discounted rate of P1,400 is applicable to the members and employees of the Ayala Group of Companies.

      Ayala Museum is located at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Museum admission fee: P150 (regular) and P75 (students and senior citizens). Email hello@ayalamuseum.org or call 759-8288 local 35 to inquire or to reserve a slot.