Iwasawa Oriental Art presents Bushidou-Samurai Code of Chivalry

Exhibition: June 26 – July 24, 2009

In conjunction with Lords of the Samurai, at the Asian Art Museum, June 12 – September 20, 2009

The samurai culture and code of conduct, bushido, have long captivated the imaginations and aspirations of young and old in the Western world. More than just fierce warriors, Japanese samurai of the highest rank were also visionaries who strove to master artistic, cultural, and spiritual pursuits.

At right: Yoroi with Kabuto – Armour Suit with Helmet

Learn more about The Code of the Samurai on the Asian Art Museum website.

Samurai Society and the Art of Incense
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Join us for an afternoon of art, incense, conversation, and California cuisine as we present an exclusive afternoon at the Iwasawa Oriental Art gallery in Los Gatos. A luncheon follows at the nearby California Cafe, renowned for its use of seasonal ingredients and locally grown produce.

Our event—which begins with an introduction and private viewing of the Iwasawa collection by proprietor Kumiko Iwasawa Vadas—is structured to build on the upcoming Lords of the Samurai exhibition at the Asian Art Museum. Following the gallery tour, incense Master Kihachiro Nishiura will discuss the history of incense and its use in Samurai society. Mr. Nishiura will explain the important role incense played in Samurai life as a tool for self-enlightenment. Highlighting the Mon-Koh style of incense that evolved in the Muromachi era, Mr. Nishiura’s incense demonstration will allow you the opportunity to “listen to” incense and experience a profound, ancient art.

Mr. Kihachiro Nishiura was born in Tokyo and has a Master’s degree in Geophysics from Ohio University. He has been studying incense, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy since his childhood. With many years of discipline and his deep love for Japanese traditional arts, he founded Nishiura Style in 2002. Nishiura Style is a blend of a modern and traditional art form, which allows people to express their own uniqueness freely.

Saturday, June 27, 2009
Check-In & Gallery Preview: 11:30 am
Program: Noon to 1:00 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm

Location: Iwasawa Oriental Art

$35 Japan Society Members
$45 General Admission

Advanced registration is REQUIRED. This is a special event hosted by the Japan Society of Northern California. Lecture event discounts do not apply and guest passes will not be accepted. The deadline to RSVP for this event is Friday, June 19, 2009; refunds will not be made after this date. Lunch is included. No host bar. Register online at the Japan Society website.