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Kazari: Bonsai Display Competition & 10th Annual Spring Festival

Date: 18-Apr-2010


10:00am to 12:00pm (Hands-on Interactive Workshop on the Art of Tokonoma Display) 12:00pm to 3:00pm (Kazari)


The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture
15770 Tenth Avenue
Hanford, CA 93230

Come and join us for a day you are sure to remember!!  Your chance to learn about, walk thru and enjoy the beautiful Clark Japanese Garden, see and purchase Japanese art, participate in activities and workshops, watch spectacular performances, and enjoy Japanese food.

Free activities (with admission)
Art Show and Sale 10:00am to 5:00pm California artists will display and sell their artwork-watercolors, ceramics, glass, greeting cards, baskets, and more. Participating artists: Ronnie Wrest, Hisako Koga, Patt Rank, Michael Garcia, and others.
Sand Stone Art by Bob Sandoval 10:30am to 1:30pm Create your own decorative sand stone, using a mold, sand, sea shells, and bits of stained glass. Limited to 12 students per session.
Hands-on Pottery Experience 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Art Show area. Make and decorate your own pottery! Ceramic artists will demonstrate how to glaze your own piece.
Hands-on Origami 1:30pm to 5:00pm Origami artist Ray Thomas will introduce the delights of traditional Japanese paper folding.
Kendo Demonstration 3:00pm Shin Fresno Dojo of the Central California Kendo Federation (CCKF) will demonstrate this martial art of sword-fighting.
Taiko Performance by Fresno Gumyo Taiko 12:00pm and 2:30pm outdoors. Taiko, which literally means "fat drum," has been described as the heartbeat of Japan. Its powerful rhythms, harmonies, and movements are unforgettable.
Bonsai Exhibition at the Center's Bonsai Garden 10:00am to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:00pm
Bonsai Demonstration and Lecture 12:30pm outdoors. Conducted by Kathy Shaner, Curator of the Golden State Bonsai Federation Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, using selected plant material from the Clark Center bonsai reserve collection.
Bonsai and Art Auction 1:30pm outdoors. The auction items will be selected bonsai and potential bonsai plant material from the current inventory of the Center's bonsai collection as well as artworks.

Preticketed Activities (pre-registration required)  
Clark Garden Tours
Four tours: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm Landscape architect Bob Boro and docents will take you on a tour of the beautiful private Japanese garden. 60 minutes: $7 for members; $10 for non-members
Tea Demonstration Two sessions: 10:30am and 2:30pm outdoors. Mrs. Kay Tokumoto, a master of the Urasenke School, will perform a tea demonstration. Observe the graceful movements of Mrs. Tokumoto preparing and serving tea. 45 minutes: $5 for members; $7 for non-members
Bonsai Workshop for Adults and Kids Two sessions: 1:00pm and 3:00pm in Tent A. Participants will learn the fundamentals of bonsai and leave the workshop with an actual bonsai they have created. 90 minutes: $20 for members; $25 for non-members (Fee includes a bonsai tree.)

KAZARI: Bonsai Display Competition 11:00am to 5:00pm Fifteen competitors will be coming from all over the state to create unique displays in this national competition. Naturally, the bonsai tree is a vital part of the display but, different from other bonsai competitions, it is not the best tree that will win this event. The challenge is to consciously create a harmonious display that uses the entire allotted space.
KAZARI is a judged competition and the prize money in honor of the late Tom Yukiyasu Uyeoka for the best displays is $2,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Judging criteria are for example the cohesiveness of the display, the viewing enjoyment, the communication between the accessories.
Kazari is a general term for display or decoration. The Clark Center's KAZARI focuses on toko-kazari, a display in a tokonoma, the traditional alcove in a Japanese house where art is displayed according to the season. The museum gallery will be divided in 15 equal spaces, each space approximately the size of an average tokonoma.
The 15 competitors will be either individuals or groups, for example a club working as a team. Each competitor has freedom in the arrangement of the display. There are no fixed rules for the use of hanging scrolls and subsidiary ornaments like suiseki (unhewn stone formed by nature) or shitakusa (complementary, potted plant). Care must be taken not to overload and clutter the display. The traditional Japanese triangle of the bonsai representing Man, the scroll being Heaven, and the subsidiary ornament standing for Earth, is just one way of creating an appealing toko-kazari.

Contact: The Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture
Phone Number: 559-582-4915


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