Aloha and E Komo Mai

“Aloha” is a special Hawaiian greeting and “e komo mai” means welcome. Hello and welcome to the 2017 Third International Mokuhanga Conference. Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States in 1959, but Japan and Hawaii’s relation goes farther back, to the period between 1844 and 1925 when Hawaii was still a kingdom. At Read More …

Greetings from the Chair of the 2015-2017 International Board of the International Mokuhanga Conference

On September 28th 2017, IMC will launch its meeting for the first time beyond the Japanese archipelago fittingly to that of another, the Hawaiian Islands. An eminent and longstanding base for Japanese and other artists who reflect both the diversity of Hawaii’s indigenous and hybrid cultures and its international presence, Hawaii represents a natural segue Read More …

IMC2017 HAWAII Introduction

The Third International Mokuhanga Conference will be held in Hawaii, U.S., in the fall of 2017. The first conference was held in Japan in 2011 with an attendance of 80 and the second, also in Japan, had an attendance of 110. This is the first meeting held outside Japan. It is expected to attract even Read More …

IMC2017 Hawaii: The Bridgemakers

IMC 2014 Tokyo was held at the Tokyo University of the Arts with the Satellite events held at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda complex. It was a very rich experience and a celebration of art and culture that seems to have happened just yesterday. During the conference, we exchanged some thoughts about holding the next IMC Read More …

IMC2014

At the 2014 IMC Hiroki and Setsuko Morinoue discussed the possibility of hosting the next conference in Hawaii, since that location offers good support for Japanese artists and craftspeople who may have have language and cultural barriers to face during the first trip outside Japan. We approached Prof. Charles Cohen at the University Hawaii Manoa Read More …