Goro Nakamura Photography Exhibition
From February 7 to June 16, an exhibition of Goro Nakamura’s photography
was held at New York State University’s John Jay College. Mr. Nakamura
is a photojournalist who has been, for the past 30 years, documenting
the effects resulting from the use of the chemical weapon Agent Orange,
used during the Vietnam War. The exhibition was made possible through
Tenri Cultural Institute’s curator, Thalia Vrachopolous, who is
also a tenured professor at John Jay College. Mr. Nakamura was introduced
to her by Mr. Matoba of the Doyusha Company. A television crew from the
Nagano broadcasting Company shot the exhibition as part of a documentary
they are making called, “Persisting Casualties of Agent Orange—Photojournalist
Goro Nakamura’s 30 years.” The program aired nationally on
the Fuji TV Network.
Group Exhibition of Sumi-e, Haiku, Pottery
Tadao Okazaki (sumi-e and haiku), Toshiko Nakazawa (pottery),
and Toyoshige Mizuno (pottery) held a group exhibition at TCI from June
20 to July 18. Mr. Mizuno, a follower of the Path, was the potter who
made the 90th Anniversary of Oyasama commemorative gift to churches. Mr.
Okazaki has been on the faculty at SUNY Buffalo and is also a doctor.
TCI gallery curator Thalia Vrachopoulos met him in Japan when she became
ill during her trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Okazaki (left) and Mr. Mizuno (middle)
with curator Ms. Vrachopoulos (right)
New Students are Welcomed
A new school year for children starts on September 12. From this year,
class time for Kokugo (for native speakers) classes is one hour a week.
Kokugo classes are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday or from 1 to
2 p.m. on Saturday. Japanese (non-native speakers) classes for children
are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. We hope to see many children join.