The Art of Japanese Painting
An Evening of Style and Technique

Friday, March 30, 2018
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC
1819 L St NW, Suite B2, Washington DC 20036

*Participants are asked to meet at the Society. The program will then move to the JICC for the exhibit tour.

$40 for JASWDC members
$50 for non-JASWDC members

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Join the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC as we explore Japanese art – its materials, stylistic expressions, and aesthetic concepts found in traditional Japanese paintings and their modern, evolved counterparts. Up-and-coming artist Yuki Ideguchi and painting materials expert Dr. Kei Iwaizumi will lead participants in a unique style of painting called tarashikomi, which is used in traditional Japanese paintings.

Workshop attendees will also be given a private tour of the JICC’s exhibition, Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan. Dive into the vast sea of Japanese paintings, from traditional to modern, with works by Ideguchi, a unique collection of rarely seen paintings from the Embassy collection housed in the Ambassador’s Residence, and a vitrine dedicated to Japanese painting materials and brushes.

About the Artists

Yuki Ideguchi settled in New York after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts with a Master’s in Japanese painting. Ideguchi uses both traditional Japanese painting materials and recently developed acrylic and spray paints to showcase the relationship between Japan and America.


Kei Iwaizumi is the chief of Traditional Art Materials lab PIGMENT. He received a Ph.D with a dissertation about animal glue methods from Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2015. While researching and instructing art materials at PIGMENT, he also creates artworks reflecting his philosophy of material existence.



This workshop is co-sponsored by the Japan Information & Culture Center, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, and art materials lab PIGMENT.