Cute, Cute Kawaii! Japan's Pop Culture Movement
Join us for the next featured exhibit in the Japanese Friendship Garden's Inamori Pavilion!
June 23 - October 23, 2016
Open daily 10am-5:00pm.
Special closures due to special events on: July: 16, 17, 22, August: 5, 10-13, 16-19, 20, 27, September: 3, 4, 30, October: 8, 14, 16, 21.
The exhibit delves into the extra-adorable world of kawaii (cute) culture to look at how phenomenons such as Hello Kitty/Sanrio, Totoro/Miyazaki films, cat video games/Pusheen, anime, and Harajuku (just to name a few) have shaped contemporary life in Japan.
Kawaii is not only about expressing 'cuteness' or being cool, it is about how youth form meanings of self-expression and originality, rebel against or honor tradition, and establish Japan as a global distributor of goods and images. Kawaii is both simple and complex: it helps to form a national identity while also creating the opportunity to squeal "KAWAII!" at something or someone adorable and adorn ourselves with Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon.
Included in the exhibit will be: Group art show featuring 25 local and international artists including artists represented by Thumbprint Gallery, Japanese fashion magazines, kokeshi dolls, bento boxes, Hello Kitty ephemera, Japanese mascots (Yuru Kyara), photobooth, anime/manga art and posters and more!
Caitlan Patrice Shankles
Kristin Tercek aka Cuddly Rigor Mortis
Miggie Cake Wong
Kawaii is: cute writing, fashion, cartoons, love, imagination, anime, costumes, acceptance, magic, and friendship!
Curated by Jennifer Moreno and Christina Zakimi
Special Thank you to Thumbprint Gallery for joining forces with us on this project!