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Tale of Heike, Biwa music performance & Japanese Prints
Tale of Heike, Performance & Japanese Prints Heike Biwa Performer, Arao Tsutomu, and Japanese prints from Frank Lloyd Wright's collection September 24-28, ASU Art Museum The Tale of the Heike is the greatest of all samurai tales and one of the seminal works that have shaped Japanese literature, theatre, art, and film down to the present day. The Heike were the most powerful clan in the late 12th century, and had close ties to the Imperial Court. The story is about the battle between the Heike and another powerful clan, the Genji, and it ends with the total defeat of the Heike in the tragic sea battle at Dannoura. The American architect Frank Lloyd Wright became interested in Japanese art in the 1890s and in 1905 he traveled to Japan. From that time to his late years spent at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, he maintained his collecting and studying of Japanese prints. Prints that he once owned are in major art museums around the United States. Taliesin West holds his collection of surimono, the privately printed Japanese prints commissioned by poetry societies in the early 19th century. A selection of surimono relating to The Tale of the Heike will be lent to ASU Art Museum for several weeks so that ASU students and faculty and members of the community can view them. ASU Art Museum will make its collection of ukiyo-e prints relating to The Tale of the Heike available for viewing as well. Tsutomu Arao, performing 'The Tale of the Heike Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Katzin Concert Hall, ASU School of Music Sept. 25, 7 p.m.; Cabaret, Taliesin West, Scottsdale Sept. 26; time and specific location at the University of Arizona in Tucson to be announced Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m.; Liberal Arts Building, Room 120, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff * We will meet in front of the concert hall on the 24th Monday at 7:15PM. For the art exhibit which is the next door to the concert hall, you are welcome to go anytime you wish during the exhibit week. If you live in Scottsdale, Flagstaff, or Tucson area, concert schedules are posted above. Hope to see you ! Junko

ASU Katzin Hall

50 E. Gammage Pkwy. · Tempe, AZ

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Meet and mingle with local Japanese language and Japanese culture enthusiasts! We do a variety of fun events, both language oriented and social. We offer a regular introductory language event (hosted by native speakers) but otherwise most of our events are social. Past events have included viewing Japanese drama series ( (English subtitled), Japanese food potlucks (, karaoke (, Awa Odori dance (, Bon Odori (, Phoenix Matsuri (, making Natto ( (ew!), or mochitsuki ( (yum!), visiting local Arizona onsens ( (natural hot springs, very nihon-teki!), going out for sushi ( or other Japanese cuisine (, and anything else our members come up with! Our group has a attracted a nice mix of culture enthusiasts, language learners, and native speakers. If you are interested in Japanese culture or language and want to meet others who are as well, join our group! We look forward to meeting you!

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