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Key to the ethos of Japan Art Expo is the promotion of Japanese culture and understanding. For this reason, education makes up a large component of the Expo which provides an opportunity for experts and novices alike to deepen their knowledge of Japanese arts and antiques.

educational lectures about japanese antiques at japan art expo

The Expo features educational lectures provided by scholars and experts from around the world, helping to historically contextualize many of the pieces on display. Alongside these lectures, live performances and demonstrations are utilized to further understanding at a more practical level.

Draft Agenda for Japan Art expo 2023 (tentative)

Day 1

11.00 -11.15 Intro to the event and programme


11.15-12.00   Luc Taelman Japanese Armour + kabuto kantei


12.00-12.45  Dieter Kraft introduction to Japanese swords and the Gokaden

Dieter will present an overview of the unique manufacturing techniques used in the forging of a Japanese sword and also offer a brief introduction in to the Gokaden (the five traditions of the Koto sword period)




13.30 -14.00  Michael Spasov/ Dieter Kraft introduction to kantei 

An introduction explaining the origins of kantei and its importance as a learning tool.  This will be followed by a practical kantei session with 3 swords


14.00-14.45    Kantei



15.00-15.30    Kantei answers and discussion.

15.30-16.15    Dave van Gompel

The 'other' lacquer coatings: how kawanuri defined the aesthetics of the warrior class and beyond


Day 2

10.00-10.15       Intro to Day 2

10-15-11.00       Jussi Ekholm Japanese Pole-arms

Naginata of Kamakura & Nanbokuchō periods

Synopsis: In the beginning would be a brief introduction about naginata polearm, overall history throughout ages up to modern day, some terminology, naginata use in history etc. Quite general information in the beginning. The main point would be surviving original naginata from Kamakura & Nanbokuchō periods, focusing on the reference examples in the presentation.



11.15-12.00   Massimo Rossi Sword Polishing

We are delighted that this year one of the presentations will be on the subject of polishing. It will go in to detail about the process and intricacies involved. This is not a do it yourself guide; it is a clear demonstration of why polishing should only be carried out by a qualified artisan.


12.00-12.45  Eckhard Kremers/ Luc Taelman Tosogu and or armour kantei? 

                      Alternatively another sword kantei with Eckhard and Michael



13.30-14.00   Kantei answers and discussion

14.00-14.45   Eckhard Kremers A Kyoto Master And His Workshop – Kariganeya Hikobei at Edo

Within this lecture I describe the tsuba works of an unknown Kyoto master and his workshop founded maybe around the middle Muromachi period and having its main working period about the late Muromachi to Momoyama time. I follow its developments into the early Edo period, a time span of at most 50 to 70 years.


14.45-15.30    Print Presentation

Notes relating to the educational programme:

  1. Due to unforeseen circumstances it may be necessary to change the educational programme or offer alternative presentations to those listed. If this should occur the organisers will aim to retain the same balance of subject within the overall programme.

  2. All of people presenting a paper at the educational event are doing so independently, not as representatives of a Society or organisation. Information, ideas and opinions expressed are those of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the organisers. 



Demonstration & Lectures

A wide selection of lectures and demonstrations will be provided by leading experts for both novices to avid collectors

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