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Japanese Culture Night at The Kampong
Tue, April 25, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
Learn the form of traditional haiku and then explore and write inside the beautiful grounds of The Kampong to test what you've learned. Afterwards, read your brand-new haiku on stage.
A station will be set up to learn the traditional art of Japanese flower arrangment, using tropical foliage from The Kamong itself.
Japanese foods and cocktails will be available to taste and try.
FYI: PARKING is limited at The Kampong and is not included in the ticket price. (It's usually $5-10.)
WORKSHOP LEADER BIOGRAPHY
Kit Pancoast Nagamura has lived in Japan for more than a quarter of a century. A photographer and poet, she shows widely throughout Japan, and her work is currently held in numerous international collections.
In addition to awards for photography and prizes from some of the leading haiku competitions in Japan and the United States, Nagamura writes a long-running column for The Japan Times, and appears regularly on NHK World’s TV programs “Journeys in Japan” and “HAIKU MASTERS.”
The child of two pioneering Florida families—the Pancoasts and the Fairchilds--Nagamura spent her first years at The Kampong, soaking in her great-great grandparents’ paradise of flowers, fragrances, and leaf-filtered light. Her Swiss grandfather gave her a book, when she was about six and learning to read, that featured Japanese haiku of the greats, including Basho, Buson, Shiki, and Issa. These works resonated, because superb haiku does just that, across every age group.
As the daughter of outspoken environmentalist parents—one an artist and founder of The Bakehouse Art Complex, and the other a renown architect—Nagamura has long known that vanishing nature equals vanishing nurture, and she uses whatever skills she has to remind people of what we cannot live without. The haiku poem is a powerful way to accomplish that; good ones will lead the next generation into a crucial passion for the interconnectivity of nature and the fleeting moment.