East finally meets Western New York – this Friday starting at 5 PM, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be hosting a Gusto event all about Japanese culture of peace. Events include a lecture on Japanese gardens, traditional Japanese music, and a demonstration of Japanese Tea Hospitality.
Viewers can experience the serenity of Japanese culture by watching Atsuko Nishida-Mitchell’s Japanese tea ceremony performance, a complex ritual meant to show hospitality and respect. You can also hear the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, to be played by Buffalo’s own Joshua Smith. Joshua has been abroad studying the shakuhachi in Japan for several years. He will be playing traditional Zen solo pieces as well as modern and classical themes.
Friday’s lecture will discuss Japanese garden traditions, which are very distinct from European style gardens. A gift from Buffalo’s Sister City, Kanazawa, the Japanese Garden of Buffalo is located just across the lake from the Albright-Knox and represents international peace and cooperation. Like all Japanese gardens, ours maintains authentic design and requires specialized care. In these gardens, stone and water features are always included and space surrounding plantings are equally important as plants and stones. They are designed symbolically to remind viewers of the relationship between man and earth.
As for the visual arts, the Albright-Knox will be hosting an exhibition by Mark McLoughlin who has compiled photographs from Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima from memorial ceremonies for the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. Opening today, the exhibition can be viewed from 5-10 PM. From 5-7 PM, and the gallery will have art activities on the go too, where participants can make their own Japanese lanterns.