5 elements

Five Elements in Chinese philosophy describes interactions and relationships between things. The five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal, and water — are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe between which interactions occur.

The name was selected to describe the variety of art shown in the exhibition: ceramics, jewellery, paintings, tea ceremonies, Japanese traditional dancing and music with traditional Japanese instruments.

Exhibiting artists include: Rory Cusack (ceramics), Maki Horanai (paintings), Sayaka Ishii (jewelry), Yumiko Kigoshi (ink paintings), Ken Kikkawa (ceramics), Kyong-Hee Kim (ceramics), Margaret Price and her students (tea ceremony), Hillel Weintraub (haiku), Sakura Dance Group and Byron Wagakki Band (traditional Japanese music).

Old Kyoto Japanese Gallery (from the Gallery Walk) will display and sell their Japanese products during the exhibition.

Performances during the exhibition:

Sunday 6th August 2017, from 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Tea Ceremony: Long time tea ceremony teacher Margaret Price and her students are offering a chance to enjoy Japanese tea ceremony. It is a very sophisticated way of art. It tells people not only to make tea, but also tells how you host your guest, how you admire beautiful art works of scrolls, tea utensils and garden. Koto music (traditional Japanese harp) is played by Sayaka Ishii during the ceremonies.

“only me am I, but we are so much more” – write-a-haiku corner by Hillel Waintraub

Sunday 13th August 2017, from 1pm – 4.30pm

Sakura Dance Group (based on the Gold Coast) presents the beautiful history and spirit of traditional Japanese dancing to the audience. The group is dressed in Kimono, the Japanese traditional outfit, and makes you feel in Japan.

Byron Wagakki Band plays traditional Japanese instruments. One of the Wagakki instruments is Koto (Japanese harp) that goes back to 9th century. This is a great chance to watch he band to play for Sakura Dance Group for the first time!