WSHU Public Radio Group - - 30th Anniversary

Swords and Stories: A Celebration of Japan and Its History

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Museum admission required


Join us as we celebrate the opening of the temporary exhibition Samurai and the Culture of Japan's Great Peace.  Through more than 150 objects, many of which have never been on display, this exhibition will explore the fascinating history of the samurai from their violent beginnings to the 250-year Great Peace that marked the final period of their reign.  We’ll have games, craft activities, a scavenger hunt and performances.  Come and learn about the samurai and Japanese culture.


Schedule of Performances

11:30 am    Fire Horse Aikido, children and adults will be demonstrating the typical movements and techniques of Aikido, a modern Japanese martial art, and Iaido, traditional Japanese sword-drawing. Fire Horse Aikido Chief Instructor Liese Klein is a graduate of Yale College and completed a four-year Aikido teacher training program in addition to studying Aikido and Iaido in Japan for three years.


Japanese calligraphy, or shodo, is the practice of writing the Japanese language with ink and a brush. Keiko Ishibe has been practicing shodo since the age of 6 and is ranked 7th dan in the Yugensha School.  She also has a professional license to teach Japanese tea ceremony of the Omotesenke School and Japanese flower arrangement of the Ikenobou school.


1:00 pm      Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. The Taiko is a large, barrel-like drum that can fill the air with the sounds of rolling thunder. Roughly translated, Taiko means “big drums”—and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy.


2:00 pm      Yale Aikido campus group will show vignettes from their class on this modern Japanese martial art, which is a modern budo study with technical origins and moral values evolved from the samurai. The children’s class will also present from their current study topics.