Two Talks on arts of Edo Era, Kimono and Horticulture Oct 5

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Two Talks on arts of Edo Era, Kimono and Horticulture Oct 5

Post  JF on Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:52 pm

Reserve your seats now!

Talks and slide presentations by experts
from the National Museum of Japanese History

In Japanese with English interpretation
October 5, 2011 (Wednesday), 5:00-8:30 P.M.
The Japan Foundation, Toronto , 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213
Free admission, Reservation Required:
416.966.1600 x.104

Talk I
5:00 P.M.
Prof. Kazuto Sawada
Women’s Kimonos of the Edo Era: Social Class Reflected in the Patterns

The variety of artistic directions in women's Kimonos of Edo is astonishing. However, at the time the wearers could not simply choose what to put in any way they wished. There were strict rules and protocols in Kimono fashion. The women in the Edo era had to choose the appropriate pattern for each occasion. Because the external structure of Kimonos was so uniform, the patterns had a significant role to play in differentiating the social messages delivered by the robes. In particular, society demandingly prescribed the pattern choices in ceremonial female attire. This talk will examine the function of fashion as a social symbol through patterns expressing attributes of Japanese society.

Talk II
7:00 P.M.
Prof. Reiji Iwabuchi
Mutant Morning Glories: Horticulture of the Edo Era

In the big cities of the Edo era, such as Osaka , Kyoto , and Edo itself (the former name for Tokyo ), horticulture was widely appreciated. Plants at home started from an attempt to actually grow them in residents' gardens; but soon, through the use of pots, the classes who did not own their land joined in the enthusiasm for urban gardening. Encouraged by horticultural manuals published in the late 17th century and the street venders commonly seen in urban environments the ordinary people enthusiastically enjoyed their house plants. Furthermore, in the late 18th century, amongst Samurai warriers, rich merchants, and priests, it became increasingly popular to cultivate obscure breeds of morning glories. This talk will introduce the Horticulture of the Edo Era through the morning glories which are appreciated even to the present day, focusing on their special varieties: Mutant Morning Glories.

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