We’re going to Japan! We will fly directly to Tokyo where we will be based for seven nights, then we stay for two nights in the lake region at Hakone, followed by five nights in Kyoto. We will visit special collections: the Yamatane Collection of traditional paintings and screens by contemporary artists; the Idemitsu Collection of Zen painting and Chinese porcelain and bronzes; the Nezu Collection of Chinese pottery; the Mitsui-Bussan corporate collection of 19th century Western painting; the Hara Collection of contemporary Japanese and Western art; the Atami Collection of Chinese, Japanese and Korean artifacts; the Hakone Collection of 20th century Western art and Chinese sculpture; the Sumitomo Collection of Chinese scrolls and bronzes; and the ‘state of the art’ Museum of Oriental Ceramics collection of Chinese and Korean porcelain. We will have the honor of being entertained by the following hosts: Nippon TV in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; sculptors, Noguchi and Nagare in their studio/homes; the Director of the Ohare Museum, Mr. Foujita; collector/dealer, David Kidd in his ‘movie set’ surroundings and Zen disciple, John Toler, in his ‘monastic retreat’; and U.S. Ambassador, Mike Mansfield, in his residence. This trip promises to provide an extraordinary opportunity to look at, first hand, the dichotomy of Eastern/Western cultural differences of yesterday and today, both public and private, and to evaluate how the complementary and/or contradictory aspects of these differences affect our own lives today.
15 October, 1983 – 30 October, 1983 – Travel