Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography at the National Gallery of Canada

Official opening of the Exhibition

On October 10, the official opening of the exhibition named Hanran: 20th-Century Japanese Photography at the National Gallery of Canada, which will be on view from October 11, 2019 to March 22, 2020, took place at the National Gallery of Canada.
 
This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with the Yokohama Museum of Art featuring photographs taken by 28 significant photographers during the Shōwa era.
 
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Ishikane thanked the National Gallery of Canada for hosting this exhibition, on view for the first time outside Japan. He noted that this exhibit was the result of an unprecedented partnership between the National Gallery of Canada and the Yokohama Museum of Art. He also noted that it was his hope that people in Canada learn how Japan and its culture evolved. Ms. Anne Eschapasse, Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Canada and Ms. Eriko Kimura, Curator from the Yokohama Museum of Art then made their remarks.

Japanese National Culture Day

On November 3, to celebrate Japanese National Culture Day (Bunka no Hi), various Japan-related events took place at the Scotiabank Great Hall of the Gallery. The Ottawa Japanese Chorus Group “Melody of Japan” performed Japanese songs, and Ms. Ryoko Itabashi and her two daughters presented strong and dazzling shamisen and taiko music pieces. The Gallery was filled with a Japanese atmosphere the whole day. In addition to concerts, Dr. Jacob Kovalio, Associate Professor at Carleton University's Department of History offered the lecture on the Shōwa era and visitors had a chance to make Japanese paper lanterns.
 
Ambassador Ishikane delivering remarks at the official opening of the exhibition on October 10 Ms. Anne Eschapasse, Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Canada 
Ms. Eriko Kimura, Curator from the Yokohama Museum of Art Ambassador Ishikane and people who were involved with the exhibition
Concert by the Ottawa Japanese Chorus Group in the Auditorium of the Gallery Lecture by Dr. Kovalio, Associate Professor at Carleton University's Department of History 
Shamisen and taiko performance by Ms. Ryoko Itabashi and her two daughters The Scotiabank Great Hall where the shamisen and taiko performance was held