JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - University Art Museum 東京藝術大学大学美術館
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In an adjacent room, they showed a short documentary previously aired by NHK TV. Unfortunately, they did not sell an exhibition catalog unlike in the States where they had one in English for sale (also available at Amazon).With all this interest in Japan, I hope they will be able to show it in more cities here (and in Hawai'i). I'm told that this exhibition in Tokyo is pretty much the same as the one at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2010. See their site for more (and clearer) photos of the art works: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/gaman/index.cfm Geidai: http://www.geidai.ac.jp/museum/exhibit/2012/gaman/gaman_en.htmApr 23, 2014
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It is obvious that they still had a very strong attachment to Japan and their cultural heritage despite Japan being the "enemy."Apr 23, 2014
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I was surprised to see so many Japanese things made at a time when anti-Japanese sentiment was rampant. Butsudan, chopsticks, geta, swords, and these Japanese dolls.Apr 23, 2014
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Covered bowl and chopsticks. Also see a list of Japanese-American and nikkei museums in Japan here..Apr 23, 2014
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Ink wells made of stone.Apr 23, 2014
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Geta clogs.Apr 23, 2014
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Wooden sword and sheath.Apr 23, 2014
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Buddhist altar made with scrap materials. The top roof was made of tree bark. Apr 23, 2014
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Barrack model made of toothpicks.Apr 23, 2014
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Embroidered signatures.Apr 23, 2014
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Santa Fe camp on wood. Apr 23, 2014
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Santa Fe camp on wood. Apr 23, 2014
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Drawing of a dust storm entering the barracks.Apr 23, 2014
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Drawing of someone getting shot by an MP.Apr 23, 2014
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Heart Mountain, Wyoming.Apr 23, 2014
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The artist of some of the works was unknown.Apr 23, 2014
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Brooch made of small shells. Shells were found when they dug into the ground. Apparently, the desert was once covered by ocean.Apr 23, 2014
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One glass case showed these brooches made of shells. Apr 23, 2014
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Pair of cranes made of scrap wood. There were other wooden sculptures of a lion, cow, snake, and boar, all from scrap wood.Apr 23, 2014
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Created with scrap wood.Apr 23, 2014
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ChessApr 23, 2014
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Toy train made of scrap metal. In the front is a caster wheel, perhaps from a chair.Apr 23, 2014
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The exhibition drew large crowds in Tokyo.Apr 23, 2014
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They used whatever scrap materials they could find to create these very imaginative and intricate works of art. "Gaman" basically means "to endure hardship."I wonder why the exhibition's Japanese title does not use the word "gaman." It instead uses the word 尊厳 (songen) which means dignity. Apr 23, 2014
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"The Art of Gaman" is an exhibition of art and crafts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated in Japanese internment camps in the US during 1942-46.Apr 23, 2014
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University Art Museum is part of the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), one of Japan's most venerated art universities.Apr 23, 2014
 
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