Three-Generation Exhibition of Tsumami-Kanzashi in Xi'an: Report 1

1997 July 4 (Friday) - July 6 (Sunday)

The "Three-Generation Exhibition of Tsumami-Kanzashi", as a commemoration of the 25th anniversary on the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, was held at ANA Grand Castele Hotel Xi'an in Xi'an City, China, from July 4 (Friday) to July 6 (Sunday), in cooperation with the International Cultural Exchange Center of Shan xi Sheng and the China International Cultural Exchange Fundation. This report describes the event, though some photos may be of poor quality.
In front of the castle wall near the exhibition venue.
Xi'an, an unbegun city of China, once called "Chang'an" some 1,400 years ago, brought to Japan various cultural amenities through "Kenzui-Shi" and "Kento-Shi",or cultural missions for learning Chinese civilization dispatched from Japan during the Sui and Tang dynasties of China. We might say the origin of the "Tsumami-Kanzashi", born in the Edo period, had also been introduced to Japan in the days of those Chinese dynasties. In this sense, the exhibition could be considered as revisiting a once known home.
Four members, visiting China:
Kenji Ishida, craftsman of Tsumami-Kanzashi (center)
Tsuyoshi Ishida, craftsman of Tsumami-Kanzashi
Maiko Dancer of Kyoto (left)
Wakaba Suga (right)
Tsuyoshi Ishida is not in this photo, since he was the cameraman. Maiko Dancer and Wakaba attracted the attention of Chinese visitors with their kimono and yukata, informal cotton kimono. Maiko Dancer, in particular, drew considerable attention wherever she went, with her hair done in an "Ofuku a la Kyoto", a typical hairstyle among apprentice geisha dancers, finished with a hairpin.
Participating members (in front of the venue)
Distant view
Distant view of the venue
The exhibition venue is situated on the second floor of ANA Grand Castele Hotel Xi'an in front of the castle wall and the South Gate in Xi'an City. The place is shown as a small red image in the upper part of the photo. Due to the features of this location, it seems academics andstudents of the cultural and artistic fields tend to visit here, rather than general public. A Chinese-style opening ceremony was held at the concourse shown in the center of the photo.