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2006/02/26

超人のKYOTO MEMOIRS

 映画『SAYURI』考のコラムの余談で京都の元芸者で今はスナックのママさんがアメリカの大学に招聘されたことを書きましたが、先週その貴重な話を聴く機会に恵まれました。
アメリカ・ワシントン州 Walla Walla(Walla Wallaとはネイティブ・アメリカン語で多くの小さい川という意味だそうです)にあるWhitman CollegeのSheehan Galleryなどで2006年1月17日から2月17日までの1ヶ月間日本紹介のイベントが開催されました。ウィットマン大学のアキラ・ロバート・タケモト教授らの主催で典型的な日本の伝統文化の和紙作り、浮世絵などの印刷技術、芸者パフォーマンスそれに京都と茶道などを紹介・講義するというもの。この企画に参画したママさんから頂きましたパンフレットを紐解くと次のようなスケジュールだっようです。題して"KYOTO MEMOIRS"。DSCF0320_sh01

Saturday,January 21 Watoji: The Art of Japanese Books and Scrolls Lecture and exhibition tour led by the 2006 Freeman Guest Artist in Residence,Atsuko Iketa, Master Book and Scroll Maker from Kyoto,Japan with Professor Akira Takemoto, Chair of the Asian Studies Program at Whitman College.
Sunday,January 22 Washi: The Art of Japanese Papermaking Lecture and exhibit tour led by the2006 Freeman Guest Artist in Residence,Kayo Toko, Master Papermaker from Osaka, Japan with Professor Akira Takemoto, Chair of the Asian Studies Program at Whitman College and Professor Keiko Hara, Whitman College Department of Art.
Saturday, January 28 Surimono: The Art of Japanese Prints lecture and exhibit tour led by Professor Keiko Hara with Maki Yamashita.
Thursday,Feburary 2 Memoirs of a Geisha: An Evening with Ihashi Hatsuko Ihashi Hatsuko is a former geisha from Gion,Kyoto.
Saturday, Feburary 11 Kyoto and the Tea Ceremony Lecture and exihibition tour by Professor Akira Takemoto
この間Sheehan GalleryではHoen Nishiyama作の絵画 A Full Moon Over the Eastern Hills, ca.1860を展示。DSCF0284

このWhitman Collegeのアキラ・ロナルド・タケモト先生の誘いでこの企画に参画したママさんの話では、すでに50年前当時の芸妓時代の写真geisha_ihashi_hatsuko
や着物それに帯などを箪笥などから探して送ったそうです。短期間で用意しなければならなく大変でしたとの事。講義もして来たそうで、アメリカの学生さんは熱心で質疑応答の時間では鋭い質問も出たそうです。このイベントは近々DVDで製作されアキラ・ロバート・タケモト先生も5月に来日するそうです。食事もサーモンなど魚介類がとても新鮮で美味しかった由。これはアメリカの小さな大学の異文化交流のプログラムの一環、この大学のweb siteを見るといろいろと文化交流のプログラムがあって活発のようです。Crossing boundries: West-Eastを掲げて。ここの大学の学生さんも大学のプログラムの一環で日本の京都にもしばしば来ているそうです。卒業して日本とアメリカの架け橋の仕事に携わる人もいるのかな。
 ところで、映画『SAYURI』については芸者の着付けなどに違和感はあるものの仕方ないね、あんなもんよとママさんが感想をポツリ、やはり原作の方がいいねとも。ママさんから見せてもらった写真の中にあの有名な作家、司馬遼太郎さんも写っていたのがこれ。何かの記念で学者先生と撮った写真でしょう。geisha2_
このママさん、芸者はねえ、むしろ芸妓(geiko、ゲイコ)と言ってほしいわ、と夜が更けかけた京都の祇園の店で最後に一言。50年前の昔の話ですしねぇー。筆者としてはオーラルヒストリーの醍醐味を味わった思いでした。

このイベントを開催したWhitman Collegeのweb site:

Making Paper, Making Books:
Exploring the World of Water Ink and Paper in Japan
Freeman East Asian Studies at Whitman College
Spring 2006
Handcrafted Japanese paper (washi) has served as an important element in traditional Japanese art and architecture. Hand-molded from the bark fibers of paper mulberry, washi has been prized for its strength and delicacy. In rooms for the Japanese tea ceremony, in the making of books and scrolls, and in the realm of multi-colored ukiyoe prints, finely crafted washi have provided generations of Japanese artists, calligraphers, and performers with a medium filled with rich colors and complex textures. In the spring of 2006, two guest artists, a master bookmaker and scroll preserver and a master papermaker will offer special classes that will introduce students to the world of paper and bookmaking. Then, in the summer of 2006, a generous grant will allow ten students to observe traditional book and paper makers in Kyoto and Tokyo and to make paper at two historic papermaking villages in Echizen and Tokushima. Through a combination of courses, public lectures, demonstrations, and a special exhibit in January, we will explore the world of water ink and paper in Japan.

THE FREEMAN FOUNDATION
AND WHITMAN COLLEGE'S ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM
The Freeman East Asia Program is made possible by a grant from the Freeman Foundation to promote and develop the East Asian studies program at Whitman College. The goal of the program is to expose students of all interests and backgrounds to a broad range of topics pertaining to East Asia. All students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

FACULTY
Professor Keiko Hara, Whitman College Department of Art

Professor Akira R. Takemoto, Whitman College Program in Japanese Studies

Atsuo Ikuta, Master of Traditional Book and Scroll Making

Kayo Toko, Master Japanese paper maker

Maki Yamashita, Special Assistant and Translator

SPECIAL COURSES FOR SPRING 2006
Emaki: An Introduction to the Art of Japanese Narrative Scrolls known as makimono.
This class will explore the Japanese tradition of unrolling handscrolls that illustrate Buddhist and secular stories with a sequence of paintings. We will begin with an introduction to the world of classical Japanese tale literature (setsuwa) and trace how many of these stories--both historical and legendary--of monks and nuns, of the nobility and of the warriors, and of demons and animals, inspired artists to create picture books. With this background, we will ask students to switch their energies to the process of making handscrolls. Students will learn the vocabulary for the art of making handscrolls; then step-by-step, they will be introduced to traditional techniques that will lead to the making of traditional Emaki. Students who elect to enroll in this course have an option to apply to the Freeman Study Tour Program. This program is limited to ten students who will have the opportunity to travel for two weeks to Japan in May-June, 2006. Participation in the Kyoto tour is not required for course enrollment. Art studio majors may elect this as ArtS 302. Fee: $85. Ikuta and Takemoto.

Watoji: An Introduction to Traditional Japanese Bookmaking.
Accordion folds, long scrolls, pages that form pouches, and pages that flutter like butterfly wings: these are the names of pages that make up traditional Japanese books. The class will begin an introduction to the art and the history of the handmade book in Japan. Students will learn traditional Japanese bookbinding terms and they will learn a variety of traditional bookbinding techniques. They will also undertake both traditional and contemporary bookbinding projects. The class will also have the opportunity see examples of variety of rare handmade books from Japan. Students who elect to enroll in this course have an option to apply to the Freeman Study Tour Program. This program is limited to ten students who will have the opportunity to travel for two weeks to Japan in May-June, 2006 . Participation in the Kyoto tour is not required for course enrollment. Art studio majors may elect this as ArtS 302. Fee: $85. Ikuta and Yamashita.

Washi: An Introduction to the Art of Traditional Japanese Papermaking.
This will be an opportunity for students to learn the vocabulary and the techniques for producing traditional handmade Japanese paper. Students will learn about traditional fibers and learn how to free them from impurities by soaking, scraping, washing, and boiling. By practicing the careful and studied techniques of Japanese papermaking, students will understand some important aesthetic ideas that have influence Japanese art and culture. Historically, calligraphers, painters, woodblock printers, and makers of Japanese screens have treasured handmade paper. This class will explore the fibers, the tools, and the techniques important in creating unique sheets of handmade paper. Students who elect to enroll in this course have an option to apply to the Freeman Study Tour Program. This program is limited to ten students who will have the opportunity to travel for two weeks to Japan in May-June, 2006 . Participation in the Kyoto tour is not required for course enrollment. Art studio majors may elect this as ArtS 302. Fee: $85. Toko and Yamashita.

Installation Work with Washi
Students in this class will not only learn the vocabulary and the techniques for producing traditional handmade Japanese paper, but they will develop and work on a variety of advanced projects. By examining how Washi was used in traditional arts and crafts in Japan, students will explore both traditional and contemporary ideas to develop installation projects both large and small. Students who elect to enroll in this course have an option to apply to the Freeman Study Tour Program. This program is limited to ten students who will have the opportunity to travel for two weeks to Japan in May-June, 2006 . Participation in the Kyoto tour is not required for course enrollment. Art studio majors may elect this as ArtS 422. Fee: $85. Toko and Hara

SHEEHAN GALLERY EXHIBITION
"Kyoto Memoirs: Moon, Bridges, and Geisha Along the Kamo River"

This exhibit, curated by Keiko Hara and Akira R. Takemoto, will highlight traditional hanging scrolls, paintings, and books that focus on life along Kyoto's Kamo River in the 17th to the early 20th centuries. In addition to this collection by Atsuo Ikuta, a master of traditional Japanese book and scroll making, the exhibit will also feature the work of Toko Kayo, an artist known for her skills in Japanese paper making. The show will also feature two handmade books. "Distant Rain" a book by Tess Gallagher and Jakucho Setouchi will be produced by Keiko Hara, Atsuo Ikuta, and Maki Yamashita. "Reading the Vimalakirti Sutra" a book by the late Nagao Gadjin will be translated by Akira Takemoto and produced by Atsuo Ikuta and Maki Yamashita. Demonstrations of the tea ceremony, introductions to the classical culture of Kyoto, demonstrations of book and papermaking, and talks on Geishas along the Kamo River will serve to provide background for a full appreciation of the exhibition. The exhibit will open on January 17, 2006. The opening reception will be on January 20.

SUMMER FIELD STUDY:
Making Paper Making Books in Japan
The Whitman program will culminate in a two-week summer field trip to observe traditional book and paper makers in Kyoto and Tokyo and to make paper at two historic papermaking villages in Echizen and Tokushima (Tentative dates, May 28- June 12, 2006). In addition to visiting the workshops of book and paper makers in Kyoto, students will have opportunities to explore the ancient and cultural capital of Japan and to visit gardens and temples not normally open to ordinary tourists. In Tokyo, Japan's modern capital, a Japanese professor of architecture will conduct a walking tour that will help students appreciate Tokyo's buildings and experience the vibrant pop culture of Japan. They will also visit the workshops of Tokyo papermakers and bookmakers. The program will conclude with trips to traditional papermaking villages in Echizen and in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku where students will make paper under the guidance of master papermakers. The trip will provide students with a dramatic introduction to both traditional and modern Japan and allow students to focus on the history and cultural significance of book and paper making in Japan. Professor Hara and Takemoto will guide students to these sites and conduct on-site discussions that will prepare them to make paper and books in Japan.

Applicants for the summer program must enroll in at least one of the courses listed in this pamphlet. Because of generous funding from the Freeman Foundation, successful candidates will earn a grant that will cover all program expenses for the two-week trip to Japan. The goal of the program is to expose students of all interests and backgrounds to Japan. All students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Applications for the summer program are available through the Study Abroad Office. The deadline for submission is October 7, 2005, including receipt of two letters of recommendation. Applicants for the summer program must enroll in at least one of the courses listed in this pamphlet. Applications will be reviewed in mid October, and the 10 successful applicants and 3 alternates will be notified by October 21, in time for spring semester pre-registration (November 4-11, 2005). If you have any questions please contact Professor Takemoto at takemoto@whitman.edu or Professor Hara at harak@whitman.edu.




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本漁りをひとつ。百万遍は京大近くの古本屋で絶版本の岩波文庫版滝井孝作著『無限抱擁』(200円)を発見、ヤッタと思いながら、序にストリンドベリイ作小宮豊隆訳『父』(500円、これは掘り出し物 !)田山花袋著『蒲団・一兵卒』(100円)と中勘介作『銀の匙』(200円)を4冊1000円で買い込みました。その中の二冊は以前に買って読んだものもありましたが・・・。谷崎潤一郎作品ナビなぞ知りませんでしたが、すでにその文庫本を買い込み面白く読んでいて、またかと多少鞄の中身が重くなるのを感じながら。(ーー;)
tanizaki 【写真左:湯河原町立図書館にあった佐藤隆司氏寄贈の谷崎作品展示コーナー 2006年3月3日筆者写す】

追記。この記事を書いてから2年半近くが経とうとしているが、1ヶ月半ほど前に毎日新聞朝刊の人欄(2008年6月21日)で浅草初の外国人芸者 紗幸(さゆき)さんの記事を読んだ。オーストラリアメルボルン出身の女性で英国オックスフォード大大学院経営学修士、社会人類学博士号を取った、テレビのフリープロデューサーだ。日本をテーマにした番組を制作、英国で放送されているらしい。初来日は15歳での交換留学生、『Memoirs of a Geisha』の影響で実地体験を決意。昨年4月から置屋に入り、礼儀作法や日本舞踊などの修行を積み、料亭で仲居見習いまで体験したという。正座が一番苦労したとこの記事に書かれているが、日本の慶応大も出ていて、年齢は非公開だそうな。それなりの年ではないかと邪推してみたくなる―。興味ある方はアクセスしてみてはいかが。http://www.sayuki.net/
(2008年8月3日 記)

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