September 2016

Gifu Prefecture, tucked in the heartland of central Japan, is a place of stunning natural surroundings, pristine waters, and time-honored traditions. From the thatched-roof folk houses of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to hon-minoshi, a type of washi paper that has been registered to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Gifu is steeped in cultural treasures. Isamu Noguchi’s Akari light sculptures were inspired by Mino washi lanterns, and the Japanese diplomat, humanitarian Chiune Sugihara, who made a selfless decision, despite orders of his own government, to issue transit visas to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust and saved many lives, hails from southern Gifu. In this series, discover Gifu’s enchanting culture and traditions, enjoy an exhibition of beautiful Gifu-made pottery and handicrafts, and try your hand at making your own chigiri-e paper art using Mino washi.



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This program is co-organized by Gifu Prefectural Government.

All photos © Gifu Prefecture, excepting exhibition image, courtesy of Japan Design Committee.

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