• 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.

    • Japanese Design Talk at the Yuchengco Museum

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      The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) in cooperation with the Yuchengco Museum is bringing to Manila Ms. Hiroko Takahashi, one of Japan’s up and coming artist/designer for a one day lecture on Japanese Design on November 24 (Saturday) 10:00 am at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City. 

      TAKAHASHI Hiroko(1977) is a Fashion Design Major graduate of the Saitama Prefecture Niiza Comprehensive Technical High School.  She studied dyeing at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where she finished her masters in 2002.  In 2003, she re-enrolled in the university for her doctorate and worked as an artist at The Cité Internationale des Arts upon the invitation of the AFAA of French Ministries of Foreign Affairs in 2005.  After successfully holding two exhibitions in Paris, she returned to Japan in 2006 to establish her own company, HIROCOLEDGE Co.,Ltd.  In March 2008, Hiroko received her Doctorate in Fine Arts.

      The signature feature of Takahashi’s HIROCOLEDGE is its eye-catching, graphical patterns composed only of dots and straight lines.  Using various materials and techniques like chusen (the Japanese traditional dyeing method), Takahashi’s patterns are expressed on the traditional form of Japanese clothing such as kimono, obi sashes, yukata, tenugui, t-shirts and other items.  She has also collaborated with artisans and craftsmen to create new product designs for lamps and other home furnishings.

      Hiroko Takahashi’s lecture will focus on the use of modern product design principles in traditional Japanese crafts. The lecture is part of Yuchengco Museum’s “Design as Art” theme under their 2012 Culture and Development Program.  A short workshop on origami will also be held after the lecture. 

      For inquiries, please contact the Japan Foundation, Manila at telephone numbers (02) 811~6155 to 58; email@jfmo.org.ph or the Yuchengco Museum at telephone number (02) 889~1234; info@yuchengcomuseum.org. The Yuchengco Museum is located at the RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City.