Mundys Asia Galleries – Grand Opening

Mundys Asia Galleries Japanese Antiques New Great Barrington Warehouse – GRAND OPENING

The New 14,000 sq. ft. warehouse located directly behind our  Great Barrington location is having an Opening Party FRIDAY JULY 20th 4pm-8pm. There will be beverages and snacks for all. Please stop by and see newly arrived antique Japanese screens,Garden sculpture and lanterns, scrolls, Indigo, textiles, Kimono, Vintage and antique ceramics and of course the oddities and beautiful works of Japanese art you have come to expect from us. Please don’t miss this opening ! It will be worth the trip!

For a more complete list you can click on our NEW ARRIVALS on our Asia galleries Website at: http://www.asiagalleries.com/newsite/

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Ginkenshibu 50th Anniversary Concert

Ginkenshibu is celebrating their 50th anniversary by hosting a free to the public concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. This event will include taiko drumming, and traditional Japanese dance. In addition there is a special workshop to be hosted on July 28th involving Japanese Fan Dancing, and performing with swords.

Asian Improv Arts Midwest welcomes the Nippon Ginkenshibu Foundation from Japan for a very special collaboration event that will be held to commemorate Ginkenshibu’s 50th founding anniversary. Please join us on July 29th to witness the exciting joint stage of Japanese drum and traditional performing arts. Tsukasa Taiko’s performance will also feature a guest appearance by Grand Master Shunojo Fujima Sensei of Shubukai, Chicago’s renowned classical Japanese dance troupe.

Ginkenshibu Anniversary Info

  • Date: July 29th, 2018
  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • Admission: Free, but with limited seating.
  • Tickets: https://ginkenshibuusa.org/

Kansas City Japan Festival

Kansas City Japan Festival 2018 on October 6th, 2018. This annual festival was first hosted on September 13th, 1997 and has steadily grown as an event. The Greater Kansas City Japan Festival (GKCJF) is presented by the Kansas City chapter of the Heart of America – Japan America Society and is ran entirely by volunteers in association with employees of Johnson County Community College. This event includes a selection of hands on activities such as origami making, displays that include bonsai and ikebana, and a vendor market that features anime, manga, and even kimono for sale. To learn more visit their social media or website.

  • Website http://kcjapanfestival.org/
  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kcjapanfestival/

JASC Presents “Memories Of Now”

The JASC Legacy Center Presents A “Memories of Now” Seminar Series Presentation which is Co-sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) and JACL Chicago.  There is a special lecture event about  Japanese War Brides In Post World War II America later this month, the featured speaker is Featured Speaker: Sonia Gomez, PhD. This event will be held on July 24th, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The JASC is located at 4427 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640.

The full details of this event are below.


During the Allied Occupation of Japan and the Korean War, approximately 13,000 Japanese women immigrated to the United States as brides to American servicemen. Although U.S. immigration law excluded the Japanese from entering the country, a series of Congressional acts eventually allowed Japanese women to enter the U.S. in much the same way as the so called “picture brides,” though this time they entered as wives to American men.

This presentation looks at the marriages of Japanese women and American servicemen, beginning with a discussion of the American Red Cross Bride Schools that sought to mold Japanese women into good American housewives. Second, it looks at Japanese war bride clubs in the United States, such as the Cosmo Club, which was founded in Chicago in 1952 under the auspices of the Chicago Resettlers Committee.

Sonia Gomez is a historian of the modern United States. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of race, gender, and immigration. Sonia earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 2018, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.

Her book project, “Good Wives, Wise Mothers: Race, Gender, and Belonging in the Making of Japanese America,” investigates the ways in which marriage, the nuclear family, and female domesticity facilitated Japanese immigration and settlement, and constructed specific roles for Japanese women in the United States. Sonia is the granddaughter of Michiko Ikeda, a Japanese war bride who immigrated to the U.S. in 1952.

If possible, please RSVP with Ryan Yokota by calling or emailing at:
773-275-0097, ext. 222 or by email at ryokota@jasc-chicago.org.

Matsuricon 2018

Matsuricon is an annual anime convention hosted in Columbus, Ohio. Every year thousands of attendees take part in this convention. Though there is a heavy pop culture theme at this event, you can still find a selection of educational workshops known as panels. Panels are free to attendees. Every year there is a selection of panels dedicated to more traditional Japanese culture, from kimono to geisha. If you head over to the official Matsuricon website you can check out their special guest line up which includes a variety of professional voice actors who specialize in anime.

Website with more information: http://matsuricon.org/