Private view: Thursday 2 June 2016
Umi Kumano creates his works by pairing seemingly un-related scenes and motifs as if they were part of a single event in one world. Although these elements may share no meaningful connection, the imagination of the viewers spins them into ‘Unexpected Stories’. Kumano’s sense of density and scale brings the viewers into a delicate atmosphere of joy and pale gloom, where the unpredictability of the artist’s narrative will surprise them.
Special event: Wednesday 8 June 2016
Zen teaches that gods, Buddhas and enlightenment all exist in our own minds. Thus, central to Japanese Zen Buddhism is the practice of meditation. Zensho-an is said to be the most popular temple for Zazen meditation, with waiting times for meditation sessions exceeding more than two months.
The Foundation is delighted to offer this unique opportunity to experience a Zazen workshop and to learn more of its history and practice.
Special event: Thursday 9 June 2016
Miso is an essential ingredient for miso soup, but it can also be used as a condiment for cooking meat, fish and vegetables. Sake, Japanese rice wine, has a mild taste with light acidity, bitterness or astringency, and is also low in calories.
For this special tasting, we will show you some recipes to go with sake using miso and other ingredients, so that you can try cooking with miso at home!
Seminar: Tuesday 21 June 2016
In this seminar, the artist Isao Miura will discuss ‘Sketches from the Poem Road’, the upcoming exhibition at Oxford Brookes University. The exhibition is the result of a creative collaboration between Isao Miura and poet Chris Beckett. The poet and artist undertake an interpretative journey in the footsteps of Matsuo Bashō and his 1689 trip which resulted in The Narrow Road to the Deep North.