Handicrafts from Japan’s disasters-hit Tohoku on display in Hanoi

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An exhibition of handicrafts made by artisans of Japan’s Tohoku region, which was seriously affected by earthquake and tsunami three years ago, will be opening 6 p.m. Friday at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi.
Entitled “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan”, the exhibition features works of mingei (the Japanese folk art movement developed in the late 1920s and 1930s in Japan) members, including Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Shiko Munakata.
The exhibits are made of various materials like ceramics, lacquerware, metal, wood and bamboo, offering visitors a chance to discover Tohoku’s high level of traditional craft techniques as well as the aesthetics of daily utensils used since ancient times in Japan.
The display, supervised by curator Ryuichi Matsubara, aims to commemorate the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region, which is famous for its beautiful mountains and seascapes as well as its rich local culture and history.
The 2011 natural disaster has badly affected Tohoku’s handicraft industry and the local residents have had to make great effort to overcome its consequences and rebuild their lives, according a statement from the organizer - The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.
The exhibition will be open free to the public 8:30 - 16:45 daily until December 22 at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District.
Another similar exhibition was held in Ho Chi Minh City in October this year.

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