#9:Winter 2014

J-COLLABO held two Winter Festivals for Artists from Japan & NY and Kids in Park slope.

The audiences enjoyed uniquely constructed a multi disciplinary art showcase or games at J-Collabo’s 3500 square feet with seatings on three sides experimental space, J-LABO Brooklyn.

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Original Performance and Art Showcase by Artists from Japan & NY

J-COLLABO held its first Winter Festival on Saturday November 8th with an exciting variety of performances and exhibits including contemporary dance, collaborative art and photography exhibits, a Japanese magic show and a reading of Japans oldest historical essay “The Tale of the Pillow”.

 

 

J-Collabo presented works by Yuki Kawahisa (Dance-Monologue), Rio Koike (MC/Creative Japanese Magic), Maki Kitahara (Comtemporary Dance), Seiren Aoi (Japanese Calligraphy Live Performance), Kei Ota & Brian Broderick (Collaborative Art Installation), Chiyo Abe (The Oldest Historical Japanese Essay “Makurano-soushi: the tale of the pillow” Reading), Jeremy Hoare/Kyoto Photo Gallery (Photography), and all artists had taken full advantage of the experimental possibilities afforded by J-LABO’s space.

 

With such a vibrant and diverse selection of contemporary Japanese artists from Japan and here in NY, J-Collabo’s adventurous on-going programming opened new door of culturally enlightening experience for both artists and audiences.

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Participated Performing Artists:
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Rio Koike (Magician/Comedian)

Maki Kitahara & Makoto Saito (Contemporary Dance)

Yuki Kawahisa (Dance-Monologue)

Chiyo Abe/Fujisankei Communications International, Inc. (Reading)

Seiren Aoi (Calligraphy Artist)

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Jeremy Hoare / Kyoto Photo Gallery

presented a carefully selected collection of fine art photographic images taken in and around the cultural capital of Japan by leading photographers Jeremy Hoare and Chizuko Kimura. For more information at http://www.kyotophotogallery.com/

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Presentation by Kyoto “MIYABI” products

Traditional crafts/Miyabi products, curated by the city of Kyoto in Japan, was displayed. Audiences experienced contemporary elegance inspired by ancient Kyoto.

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KYOTO/MIYABI kindly provided special sake “Tsuki no Katsura”

 

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Pleasant chat! Artists, Audiences and presenters from Kyoto.

 

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AMAZAKE Workshop by MKB/MYKITCHEN IN BROOKLYN

MYKITCHEN IN BROOKLYN provided AMAZAKE workshop at 3rd floor and introduced Japanese drink made from fermented rice.

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Amazake dates from 250 AD and it is mentioned in The Chronicles of Japan, the second oldest book of classical Japanese history. It is part of the family of traditional Japanese foods made using koji and the koji mold that includes miso, soy sauce, and sake. Amazake is believed to be very nutritious, can be used as baby food, a dessert, snack, natural sweetening, dressing, smoothie and more.

 

Kanami Chocolate with Ippodo NY

Kanami Chocolate collaborated with Kyoto-based purveyor of premium Japanese green tea, Ippodo NY which has been providing the highest quality Japanese green tea for nearly 3 centuries.

 

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous blend of silky smooth richness paired with the subtle bitter sweetness of organic chocolate.

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Special thanks to Mizu Shochu

 

Mizu Shochu is proudly distilled by the Munemasa Shuzo Co. of Arita, Japan. While honoring the traditional shuzo methods, Munemasa is driven by a passion to craft the unexpected and to create shochu of uncommon character. Founded in 1985, Munemasa infuses creativity, innovation and a unique perspective into the traditional Japanese spirit. http://www.mizushochu.com

 

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All Photos:

Kimio Takeyama

Shinji Kasahara

 

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J-COLLABO KIDS FETIVAL  presented by Bit’z kids

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We are happy to announce it’s first Kids Festival, presented in collaboration with Bit’z Kids(http://www.bitzkidsnyc.com), the popular Japanese children’s clothing brand both in Japan and here in NY.


On Saturday, December 13th, we hosted a day long festival featuring performances, toys, treats and art workshops, all designed to entertain not only children but adults while introducing them to Japanese culture.

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Bit’z Kids also offered giveaways of its children’s clothing on the day of the festival.

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Performances

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MC : Yoshi Amao and Saori Goda

Kendama* Show by Takahiro Sato

Balloon Show by Robert Moy

Samurai Show by Yoshi Amao and Saori Goda

Puppet Show demonstration by Donovan Hall (Puppet Works)
 
 

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CREATE YOUR OWN Kendama* Painting

Origami and Holiday Card Making by Alison Reisel and Sachi Shimoda

Photo Shooting by Kanna Sasa Photography

Kid’s Amazake** by Mykitchen in Brooklyn
 

*Kendama

Kendama is a traditional Japanese toy consisting of a ken (sword) and tama (ball) connected by a string. The ken has three cups and a spike which fits into the hole in the ball. Basic kendama tricks consist of catching the ball in the cups and on the spike, however a huge variety of kendama tricks can be performed by juggling the ball between the cups, balancing it in various positions on the ken, balancing the ken on the ball and juggling the kendama.

**Amazake

Amazake is a traditional sweet, low- or non-alcohol (depending on recipes) Japanese drink made from fermented rice. Amazake dates from 250 AD and it is mentioned in The Chronicles of Japan, the second oldest book of classical Japanese history. It is part of the family of traditional Japanese foods made using koji and the koji mold that includes miso, soy sauce, and sake. Amazake is believed to be very nutritious, can be used as baby food, a dessert, snack, natural sweetening, dressing, smoothie and more.

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