Mission of JCD

Japan Cultural Development is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers who help promote friendship between local and Japanese communities through the demonstration of Japanese culture in Detroit, Michigan.

“Paper-Craftsman Resident and Cultural Exchange” Program

“Paper-Craftsman Resident and Cultural Exchange” Program with Masters TomomiHisashi Kano of Obara, Toyota City.

Papercraft Masters’ Kano will introduce their culture’s traditional art craft to locals in the Detroit area. Implementing an academic approach, the program will help develop a cultural exchange with young artists allowing them to appreciate Japanese culture.

In addition, this idea will help promote and globalize their traditional Japanese art and craftsmanship from extinction.

Our goal is to create a twoway exchange and mutual understanding about the issues occurring in both the communities of the US and Japan.

Looking for ideas of cultural exchange Some examples of ideas so far…
① Host paper-making workshops in local JBSD companies and Ringo-kai
② JBSD hosts receptions to encourage the cultural exchange between Mastersʼ Kano and local communities.
③ JBSD provides exhibitions to display masterʼs and studentsʼ artwork at art museums or libraries for the public to see.
and more…

*JCD is still looking for more ideas from the public. If you have any, please find the CONTACT in JCD Web site jcd-mi.org and mail us.

Sponsor: University of Michiganʼs Art Department (STAMPS) and JBSD
Co-Sponsor: UMMA and the Center for Japanese Studies of the University of Michigan
Program: Sep. 20th (Fri) ~ Nov.2nd (Sat), 2019

Detroit Film Theater Presents “Asako I & II”


SCHEDULE: 4:00pm, 7:00pm, Oct.5 (Sat), 4:00pm, Oct.6 (Sun)
ADMMISION: $5.00, Free for DIA Members
LOCATION: Detroit Film Thetre 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

TICKETS: www.dia.org/events/asako-i-ii

Mari Katayama Special Exhibition at University of Michigan Museum of Art

Japanese artist Mari Katayama (born 1987) features her own body in a provocative series of works combining photography, sculpture, and textile.

Born with a developmental condition, the artist had both her legs amputated at the age of nine and has worn prosthetics ever since. In order to fill a deep gap between her own understanding of self and physicality, and contemporary society’s simplistic categorizations, Katayama began to explore her identity by objectifying her body in her art.

Plcae: University of Michigan Museum of Art
Date: 2019/10/12(Sat) – 2020/1/26(Sun)
Tue-Sat: 11:00am–5:00pm / Sun: 12:00pm–5:00pm

Special lecture

Penny Stamps Speaker Series:

Mari Katayama: My Body as Material

Date: October 10, 2019 / 5:10pm-6:30pm
Place: Michigan Theater
        603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Free Admission
*The lecture will be in Japanese with English interpreter.

For more details, download PDF file.

Mari Katayama Special Exhibition and Special lecture

Past Events in DIA by JCD (Planned and Implemented)


[11/4, 5/2017]

welcoming the Princess
[Past Events in DIA by JCD (Planned and Implemented)]

• Hina-Matsuri 2017 in March 2017
• Japan Cultural Days featured Japan Gallery Opening in November 2017
• Hina-Matsuri 2018 in March 2018
• Symposium of “Interconnections Through Arts and Culture:
American Museums and US-Japan Relationships” welcoming Her Imperial Princess Akiko of Mikasa of Japan as a special lecturer in June 2018. Curation event with Historical Friendship Doll between the US and Japan.


JCD organized the Japan Cultural Days Event to celebrate DIA’s newly installed permanent Japan Gallery. The event was held for two days where more than 50 traditional and contemporary cultural masters in dances, art crafts, and martial arts performed and exhibited their work. There was special transportation arranged so that people in the suburbs could attend. The DIA received over 7,000 visitors for this event.

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