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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.
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Historical Contact between Japan and the United States at the Freer House 113 Years Ago

Historical Contact between Japan and the United States at the Freer House 113 Years Ago
Written by Takashi Omitsu
JBSD Executive Advisor and a DIA Board Member


The Freer House, located just north of the Detroit Institute of Arts, was once the residence of Detroit industrialist Charles Freer from the late 1800s until 1919. Freer was an art collector who bequeathed his collection to the United States. He also built a museum with his own money to house his collection on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Some of the Japanese art he collected would be considered national treasures if they would have remained in Japan. It is remarkable that Freer recognized and appreciated the beauty of Eastern art more than 100 years ago. …………….

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*** The above article was translated to English by Hiroko Lancour, who is a Japanese born visual artist and a long-time volunteer for the Freer House in Detroit. For more information about Hiroko’s work, visit hirokolancour.com.

THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS’ A FREE ONLINE LECTURE [5-1-2022]

A FREE ONLINE LECTURE This event will be live streamed on the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Facebook page and YouTube channel. You may use either of the links below to access the lecture.

MAD ABOUT PAINTING: HOKUSAI AND FREER
TUESDAY MAY 24, 2022 6:00PM
Guest Speaker: Frank Feltens, PhD

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See you then!!

Past Events 2017-2019 in DIA by JCD

Hinamatsuri 2020 “Spring starts here” HINAMATSURI -2020-
[3/1/2020]
welcoming the Princess
[6/12/2018]
HINAMATSURI -2019-
[3/2,3/2019]
HINAMATSURI -2017-
[3/4/2017]
HINAMATSURI -2018-
[3/5/2018]

JAPAN CURTURAL DAY
[11/4, 5/2017]
[Past Events 2017-2019 in DIA by JCD (Planned and Implemented)]

• Hina-Matsuri 2020 in March 2020
• Hina-Matsuri 2019 in March 2019
• 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.
• Hina-Matsuri 2018 in March 2018
• Japan Cultural Days featured Japan Gallery Opening in November 2017
• Hina-Matsuri 2017 in March 2017

GALLERY

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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