Paper Flowers That Bloom in the Land of Yellow Earth

Setagaya Culture Life Information Center, Seikatsu-Kobo

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China’s Shaanxi Yanchuan region, located in the Loess Plateau, extends from the source of the Yellow River to its central region. Many of its people live in cave homes called Yaodong. On New Year’s Eve, when Yaodong residents replace their paper doors, they add red paper ornaments called “window flowers” to welcome the New Year. This annual tradition produces window flowers that “bloom” in the land of yellow soil. This exhibition introduces the beauty of these paper flowers and gives visitors a taste of life in the Loess Plateau.

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Workshop: Making Chinese Shoe Inserts
Chinese women make layered shoe inserts out of wheat flour for their family members. In this workshop participants can make shoe inserts with cloths from home. These crafts will be displayed at the exhibition.
Instructors: Tomoko Niwa (cultural anthropologist) and Naho Shimonaka (sculptor)
Date: Feb. 9 (Sun) 13:00–16:00
Participants: 20 (reservations taken on first-come basis)
Fee: Fee: Adults ¥1000 (High School Students & Younger ¥500)

Gallery Talk and Workshop: “Paper— Joining this World and the Next”
Clothes, money, cars, and household appliances all made out of paper are features of Chinese funerals and grave visits. This talk explores funeral traditions and perspectives on death in China, Japan, and around the world. Participants can also make paper crafts as gifts to their ancestors. These crafts will be displayed at the exhibition.
Instructor: Naho Shimonaka (sculptor)
Date: Mar. 1 (Sat) 13:00–15:30
Application deadline: Feb. 19 (Wed)
Participants: 20 (chosen by lottery)
Fee: Adults ¥1000 (High School Students & Younger ¥500)

Gallery Talk and Workshop: “Let’s Make Window Flowers”
Learn about China’s agricultural villages and how to create window flowers by watching a video showing Chinese women farmers at work on the craft.
Instructor: Naho Shimonaka (sculptor)
Date: Mar. 9 (Sun) 13:00–15:30
Application deadline: Feb. 27 (Thurs)
Participants: 20 (chosen by lottery)
Fee: Adults ¥1000 (High School Students & Younger ¥500)

(4) Film Screenings: “Yaodong, a Little Treatise on Construction”
This documentary showing the process of building Yaodong cave homes won an award at the 2012 Jean Rouche International Film Festival. Short talks will be given after the two screenings. Film in Chinese with Japanese subtitles (90 min).
Date: Mar. 15 (Sat) 13:00–15:00 and 16:00–18:00
Guest speaker: Naho Shimonaka (sculptor)
Audience: 70 (admission on first-come basis)
Fee: ¥500

Please see the official website for details and reservations.

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from February 28, 2014 to March 16, 2014
Exhibition Hours: 11:00–19:00.

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