Monday, December 14, 1998

TEMARI, Center for Asian and Pacific Arts
A TEMARI volunteer wraps a kadomatsu with rope.
The Center for Asian and Pacific Arts will show
how its done at its Kadomatsu and New Year's
Festival on Dec. 27.

Celebrate 'Spirit' of the New Year

The Japanese Women's Society of Honolulu is preparing a number of public presentations to celebrate the coming New Year. They include:

Bullet "Spirit and Symbol: The Japanese New Year" is a slide show and lecture that takes place 2 p.m. Sunday in the Honolulu Academy of Arts Theatre. The presentation by Barbara Stephan will includes images of regional folk art and Shinto offerings. Free.

Bullet Two "Preparing for O-Shogatsu Lestures and Workshop" will be presented at 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Mauna Kea Ballroom in the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Topics include "Nikkei O-shogatsu Traditions," "Shinto New Year's Blessings," and a cooking demonstration by chef Masami Shimoyama of the Hawaii Prince Hotel, and Michiyo Taniguchi. There will also be a buffet meal and parking validation. Make check out to "Japanese Women's Society of Honolulu" and mail to P.O. Box 3233, Honolulu, Hawaii 96801. The deadline is tomorrow for $15 early registration (mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Dec. 15); $25 late registration.

There are accommodations for children. For information, call 528-2291.

Volunteers go to work constructing kadomatsu

Kadomatsu are the bamboo, evergreen and rope constructions placed near the doorway of Japanese homes to welcome the new year, and making them is apparently quite a sight.

More than a hundred volunteers will construct hundreds of kadomatsu for TEMARI, the "Center for Asian and Pacific Arts," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 27 at Ward Warehouse, the first time this has been open to the public.

Just in case kadomatsu-crafting isn't enough, the "Kadomatsu and New Year's Festival" -- held in anticipation of TEMARI's 20th anniversary next year -- will also feature taiko drumming by master Kenny Endo and students, gyotaku printing with fresh fish, mizuhiki knotted artwork lessons, shodo or calligraphy, the martial art of naginata using 7-foot swords, mochi pounding, a parade of Okinawan paranku drummers and kimono and plantation fashions.

It's free. For more information: 735-4384.

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