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Objects, Displays, and Edible Arts in Historical Japan and Japanese-American Seattle

Objects, Displays, and Edible Arts
in Historical Japan and Japanese-American Seattle

Year of Funding: 
2011/2012
Objects, Displays, and Edible Arts

This project studies objects displayed, crafted, and consumed in a wide range of historical and modern contexts in Japan and in Asian-American communities.

This focus on technologies of display will engage a UW seminar together with local arts and cultural organizations in a relatively unexplored area of both Japanese cultural history and Seattle history.

The seminar will foster collaboration and exchange between students; visiting faculty from Japan; a cultural anthropologist; professional staff from the Wing Luke Museum of the Pacific Asian American Experience and other museums; Japanese and Japanese-American Seattle-based artists; businesses and organizations in Seattle’s Nihonmachi (the historical Japanese-American area of today’s International District)—including shops, confectioners, Japanese-American churches, temples, and galleries.

Organizers and Collaborators

  • Cynthea Bogel (School of Art)
  • Julia Harrison (cultural anthropologist, artist, confectionary arts expert)
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