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.
"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.
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.
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.