Annual Dinner 2019
6:30 PM18:30

Annual Dinner 2019

Officers and Directors of the Japan America Society request the pleasure of your company at the Annual Dinner on Thursday, June 5, 2019 at the Detroit Athletic Club beginning at 6:30 PM.


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Japanese Girls' Day Celebration - Hina Matsuri
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Japanese Girls' Day Celebration - Hina Matsuri

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Come by the Museum on Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-5 PM for a celebration of Japanese Girl's Day, or Hinamatsuri, with demonstrations of Ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremonies, calligraphy demonstrations, sweets making, games and musical performances. Presented by the Japan Business Society of Detroit, Japan Cultural Development, The Japan Society Women's Club, and the the Consulate General of Japan.

Free for Museum visitors

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Japanese Garden Lecture Series - Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
7:00 PM19:00

Japanese Garden Lecture Series - Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

The Series of four lectures will all begin at 7PM in the Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium.

$10 for individual lectures payable at the event or an online reservation of $25 for the Series of four. Free Parking is available in the Institute's adjacent parking deck. 

The lectures will take place:

Tuesday, May 1st - Shinichiro Abe, ZEN Associates, Boston MA

Tuesday, May 15th - Sadafumi Uchiyama, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland OR

Thursday, May 17th - Gregory De Vries, Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, May 22nd - Marc Peter Keane, Ithaca, NY

Sponsored by Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, Clannad Foundation and Karen Hagenlocker in association with the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario.


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3:00 PM15:00

Lecture & Reception 'Cranbrook's Japanese Garden in Context: Japanese-Style Landscapes in America, Then and Now'

Lecture by Dr. Kendall Brown, California State University, Long Beach

Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium Free parking is available in the Institute of Science parking deck.

The Lecture will be followed by a Sushi Reception in the West Entrance of the Cranbrook Institute of Science

Admission is Free.

Presented by Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Co-sponsored by the Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario and hosted in partnership with Cranbrook Institute of Science.

In 1915, Cranbrook founders George and Ellen Booth attended the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Inspired by the exposition’s Japanese pavilion, they returned to Cranbrook and transformed a humble rock garden on their country estate in Bloomfield Hills into a serene Japanese garden. This lecture explores the fashion for Japanese gardens in America in the first decades of the 20th century, tracing their presence at worlds’ fairs, commercial sites, and great country homes. It then explores both the social and psychological reasons that explain this "Japanese garden madness." The presentation concludes by sketching how Japanese gardens are playing new, dynamic roles as sites of wellness and transformation today.


Dr. Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach. He received BA and MA degrees in history and art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. In addition to actively publishing in several areas of Japanese art, including 16th- and 17th-century painting and 20th-century woodblock prints, Professor Brown is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America. His book, Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle, 2013) is considered the definitive study in this field. After planning the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan in 2009, he served as President of the Board of the North American Japanese Garden Association from 2012-2014. He currently is working on a book, Visionary Landscapes, which explores the styles, meanings, and functions of Japanese gardens in the 21st century. This is his first lecture in Michigan.



Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at  For more information, please contact the Center for Collections and Research at 248-645-3307.

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