Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Diplomats express 'wabi,' 'sabi' concepts via lens"

From Japan Today, 10/24/09:

An exhibition of photographs taken by diplomats and members of their families in Japan will open Oct 27 in Tokyo, showcasing a variety of work imbued with the Japanese concepts of "wabi" and "sabi."

About 90 works by 58 diplomats and family members, representing 37 countries plus the European Commission and Palestine, were selected from about 500 submissions that freely interpreted the theme "Colors of Japan" for the annual show, known as "Japan through Diplomats’ Eyes."

This year’s show, which will move to Nagoya in November and Osaka in December, features a special theme, "Wabi-Sabi," with "wabi" reflecting beauty found in simplicity and tranquility and "sabi" showing appreciation of transience and withered things. It is the first time that the event has carried a second theme, making it more challenging for participants to express their interpretation of Japan through the lens.


The show will run through Nov 3 at the Roppongi Hills business and commercial complex in Tokyo. It will be held in Nagoya from Nov 21 to Dec 3 at the Central Park shopping mall, and in Osaka from Dec 16 to 24 at Osaka University of Arts’ Hotarumachi Campus in Fukushima Ward.

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