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Japanese Motifs: A Visual Lexicon

Japanese art is full of detailed designs, such as cherry and plum blossoms, interlocking circles, ships, dragons, pine trees, and reeds. Japanese clothing, art, architecture and more have been richly decorated with these designs for more than a thousand years. Join Tangerine Mountain as we present Japanese motifs as a visual lexicon, exploring the methods of visually depicting natural, literary, historical, and even supernatural phenomena in kimono, with an eye for seasonality. Artists, anime lovers, kimono aficionados, and anyone with an eye for design will enjoy learning more of the history and meaning of traditional motifs, how traditional motifs can be expanded to include modern phenomenon (e.g. yukata with cats and cell phones alongside motifs that have been en vogue for hundreds of years), and how motifs can be used in creative self-expression.

Visit the Traveling Kimono Exhibition page for more information.

3:00 pm
4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall A/B
Overland Park Convention Center
Tangerine Mountain


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