culture

Indian Culture Day in Urayasu

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Tabla and Indian Harmonium

On Saturday the intercultural group UFRA (Urayasu Foreign Resident’s Association) organized an event to celebrate the 60th year anniversary of relations between India and Japan.  The event included a short presentation on some of the cultural awareness concerning India by Dr. Rabinder Malik, Odissi a form of classical Indian Dance by Sachiko Ito and a tabla drum explanation and performance by Dr. Sudarshan Ram.

The sounds of India echoed though out the hall as many of the audience members became as entranced as I was listening to the rhythms of ancient Indian culture.  The dance by Sachiko Ito captivated many of the young members of the audience as they leaned on their elbows and watched every swish of the hips and clinking of her chained outfit.

Dr. Sudarshan Ram gave an interesting and humorous explanation on the tabla Indian drum.  He followed it up by giving a tabla solo that was accompanied by one of his Japanese students on the Indian harmonium.  Dr. Ram is a music teacher at the Indian Cultural Center in Tokyo.

I really enjoyed the dance and the music. I wish the program had allowed for more music because just as I was really getting into the music the time was up on us.

A big shout out to Meme Ise the new chairperson of UFRA, Sawmi the co-vice chair, and Patrizia the other co-chair.  It was a great event to start of the new UFRA in a very positive direction.

If you are interested in learning more about UFRA please join our Facebook page.  Even if you don’t live in Urayasu we welcome foreigners from all over Japan, and Japanese that are interested in intercultural exchanges.

Classical Indian Odissi Dance Dip Pose

 

Classical Indian Odissi Dance Steps

 

Classical Indian Odissi Dance Dip

Axe Libre: Abstractions: Political Posters and Signs in Japan

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

 

 

I have been fortunate to have another portfolio published by the trend setting publication Axe Libre in Paris, France.  Please take a minute to browse their site and their portfolio section.

My portfolio can be viewed here.  Go to the right hand side and click on the Jacob Schere Portfolio.

 

an introduction to the images is below.

On the walls of Japan I have for years come across political posters from the Communists, Socialists, Democrats, and Religious Parties. All of them taped, or neatly pasted to the walls of homes, in neighborhoods though out the country. I found myself starting at these posters. Looking, deeply into them, seeing the dots, blots that build the image. We need to deconstruct and turn these political persuasions, into socially conscious works of art.

 

Affiches politiques et signes au Japon…

Apposées furtivement au ruban adhésif, ou collés méthodiquement le long des murs des maisons, dans le voisinage comme à l’extérieur, les affiches politiques fleurissent depuis des années le long des murs Japonais. 
Communistes, Socialistes, Démocrates ou autres parties religieux, depuis des années, je les observe, les scrute, me plonge profondément en elles jusqu’à n’y voire plus que des points, taches formant une nouvelle image. Je déconstruis pour transformer ces dogmes politiques, pour en faire un travail artistique, socialement conscients.

Axe Libre Portfolio

Axe Libre Portfolio Sign31

To view all the images in the Axe Libre portfolio please click here.

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