back on 2005
2005 is already drawing to a close. Compared with the past year there
was an increase in cultural activities—all of which were well attended.
As they continue to make use of this beautiful space, the staff members
will stay true in their efforts to spread the name of Tenri.
Since this year was Oyasama’s 120th Anniversary, we set the goal
for the number of students at 120 adults and 50 children. And we have
succeeded in attaining that goal. We also gave out questionnaires to our
students and received some invaluable comments—suggestions we hope
to incorporate in the future. We would like to continue to serve our students—to
keep them happy with a “bottomless kindness” on our part.
Students enjoying Japanese Class
Altogether there were 10 exhibitions, individual and group, at the gallery
in 2005—they were all very well received by the audience as as well
as by the artists themselves. The artworks that have graced the white
walls have all been wonderful and memorable. Most notably more than 300
people crowded the gallery to attend the opening reception of Frank Lind’s
Soprano Alison Buchanan recording "Beautiful One" 11/1
The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) concert 4/10
As for concerts, there were a total of 80. Similar to last year's concerts,
many were with young performers in the ever-growing New Music scene. The
New York Timeson several occasions have written rave reviews about
the performances as well as the space itself. Click on the image for a
larger view of the article.
With the help of Japanese Language School student Christiane Kromer and
Jana Morishima, the Cultural Institute has published the English translation
of Moto Nakayama’s God the Parent’s Blessings. Also soprano
singer Allison Buchanan has recorded the English version of the Women’s
and Young Women’s Association song, “Beautiful One.”
Open House New York, now in its 3rd year, chose to recognize
the Cultural Institute as part of 150 architecturally noteworthy buildings
in New York for the 3rd consecutive year.