Matsuri are traditionally religious or agrarian festivals associated with Shinto or folk Buddhism, held on set dates at temples and shrines. Herbert Plutschow, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, discusses matsuri in their rich historical and contemporary contexts, from their structure and the deities they actuate to cultural and behavorial influences, including contributions to Japanese poetry, monogatari tales and theater.
Held in conjunction with the Japan Society Gallery exhibition Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries.
Tickets: $10, Japan Society members & seniors $8, ticketholders to the screening of The Rickshaw Man on November 1 & students $5.
- November 1, 2002
- 6:30 pm