Traditional Japanese Woodcarving with Mitsuaki Yokoya

Tuesday November 7, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Join us for a lecture and live demonstration of traditional Japanese woodcarving by Master Mitsuaki Yokoya. He will be visiting from Japan to talk about the woodcarving process and show some of the steps to a completed sculpture.

Mitsuaki Yokoya was born in 1952 to a family of woodcarvers known for their Buddhist temple decorations in the Asakusa district in Taitō, Tokyo. As a third generation woodcarver, he inherited the title Soshu III. Before becoming a master, he spent years learning the art of Buddhist sculpture and design as an apprentice under four master carvers. His current work includes commissions for Buddhist art, architectural decoration, and restoration works.

This event in collaboration with the Japan Business Society of Detroit.

Be sure to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts on November 4 and 5 — a major Japanese cultural celebration will take place all weekend to mark the opening of the museum’s new gallery of Japanese art. In addition to enjoying the new gallery, visitors can take part in a variety of activities that they would otherwise have to go to Japan to experience. Most of the programs are free with museum admission. The full schedule of events is available on the DIA's website.