A SIAM SOCIETY STUDY TRIP
Exploring Art & Crafts and Theater of Japan
Thursday, 19th (evening) – Friday, 27th May 2016
Leader: Khun Fumiko Boughey
Council member of the Siam Society and Former Cultural Envoy, Government of Japan
Many foreign visitors go to Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capital of Japan. However on this Study Trip, we
will discover the charm of Central Japan, where the arts and crafts are very unique, with high quality
ceramics, lacquer ware, textiles and paper.
The towns of this area flourished during the Momoyama period (1568-1600) and Edo period (1615-1868).
Tokugawa Shogun and Daimyo built huge castles as the centers of power, not only for a military purpose
but also as the center of commerce. Traders supplied the lord and his retinue in established areas and
markets grew up in the towns around the castles. These powerful military lords became the patrons of the
arts. They sponsored not only palatial arts like beautiful screens, but also refined arts like the tea ceremony.
The pattern of development of Japanese ceramics in this period can scarcely be understood without
reference to the tea ceremony. Mino kilns of Gifu prefecture produced famous Shino, Oribe and Ki-Seta
wares, which were favored by tea masters. The word JAPAN became synonymous with Urushi lacquer
ware. Wajima was the biggest producer of wood-based Urushi ware in Japan. The decorative techniques of
Makie also continue to develop and produce many fine Urushi artists.
Kanazawa is sometime referred to as “little Kyoto”. During the Edo period it served as the seat of Maeda
Clan, the second most powerful federal clan of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Accordingly Kanazawa grew to
become a town of great cultural achievement, known for its traditional arts and crafts and preserved
historical districts. Kenrokuen, of Kanazawa castle is also known as one of “three best landscaped gardens”
During this trip, we will visit SHIRAKAWA-GO. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. It
is famous for its traditional Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, constructed like hands in prayer, as each
farmhouse’s steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks in prayers.
We will also visit Tokyo. Our journey by the bullet train from Kanazawa will take two and a half hours. In
Tokyo we will visit Tokyo National Museum, Tsukiji Fish Market, (just in time as this old market will close
in October). We shall also enjoy Kabuki, theater for traditional Japanese performances reflecting over 400
years of history at the theater in Ginza.
Detailed itinerary and cost of the trip will be will be announced later. Members who are interested in
signing up for this exciting adventure should mark the tentative dates in their diary and make an initial
reservation with the Society’s Travel Officers.
For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert (ext. 504) or Khun Ekkarin (ext. 506)
on 0-2661-6470-3, fax 0-2258-3491 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday–Saturday (except holidays).
The Siam Society uses any financial revenue arising from its study trips to support the activities of the Society in its library, museum and publications programmes. The partner organization of THE SIAM SOCIETY in conducting Study Travel in Thailand is Wishing Group Co. Ltd., Licence 11/06066.
This Study Trip is not sponsored by Thai Textile Society -
TTS invites all its members and subscribers to support the Siam Societies upcoming study tour