Special Event     Series: Family Day

Family Day: Japanese Cultures in Oregon

Free and open to the public
Sunday, September 23, 2018
12PM – 4PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

Families are invited to an all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. Please join us for our fourth Family Day of 2018, featuring a calligraphy demonstration by Grand Master Fujii, whose work is featured in our new exhibit The Playful Brush: Works by the Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association.

From 12pm – 1:30pm, Japanese calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii will give a demonstration of his dynamic yet precise and flawless style. Watch as he creates calligraphy artworks of various sizes for the audience, then view his work and the work of his students in The Playful Brush exhibit.

At 2:30pm, enjoy a performance by members of Oregon Koto-Kai. The koto is a relatively rare and venerable traditional Japanese musical instrument. It has a very beautiful yet dynamic sound, and unique methods the player must use to bring forth its lovely voice. Oregon Koto-Kai was founded by koto master Mitsuki Dazai, who moved to Oregon in 2002. 

Craft and other activities taking place during the day include:

  • Origami: Jumping Frog and Ladybug
  • Japanese Lanterns 
  • Den-den daiko drum
  • Hanging Japanese Fish  
  • Calligraphy your name and Japanese words on a Buddha Board
  • Try your hand at Kendama, a traditional Japanese toy
  • Fidget with The Original Kururin
Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

An OHS docent leads a group tour.

Want to volunteer at Family Day?

Spots are still available to help lead the craft and activity tables! If interested, please email ally.huffman@ohs.org