Japanese Poetry, Art & Culture Weekend

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Spark your own poetic imagination by going deeper into some of the themes, materials, and creative processes represented in the exhibition. This occasional weekend series will feature a variety of calligraphy and ikebana demonstrations, music performances, poetry reading and writing opportunities, artmaking, and even the chance to sample Japanese small bites and sweets from local makers.

October 19, 5–8 p.m.
October 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

November 16, 5–8 p.m.
November 17, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

January 11, 5–8 p.m.
January 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Saturday, November 17
Sharon L. Miller and Family Community Free Day
FREE Museum admission open hours from 10-5 p.m.
Special programs from 11-4 p.m.

11-4 p.m., Poetic Imagination exhibition galleries
Self-Guided Poetry Writing with Write Around Portland
Pick up a card that introduces Waka, Found, Acrostic, or Sensory poetry and try your hand and writing creative verses inspired by works of art in Poetic Imagination.

11-4 p.m., Hoffman lobby, 1st Floor, Main Building
Tea Tastings with Jugetsudo Teas

11-4 p.m. Kinney Classroom, Lower Level, Main Building
Calligraphy Art-Making
Drop-in to try your own hand at calligraphy and learn more about how to use traditional tools of brush, ink, and paper.

11-Noon, Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
Ikebana Demonstration with Ikebana Portland Chapter 47
Learn more about ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging.

Noon-3 p.m., Stevens Room, Lower Level, Main Building
Origami Art-Making with Yuki Origami
Drop in to celebrate the fall season by making either a leaf, leaf notecard or toadstool origami

Noon-1 p.m., meet in the Park Avenue lobby
Drop-in Renga Poetry Workshop with creative-writing professor, Gillian Parrish
In this 30 minute session participants will learn about the collaborative poetic form of traditional Japanese renga and will explore a fun and generative contemporary form that Parrish calls “renga essays,” dipping into some freewriting to kickstart your own.

1-2 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
Calligraphy Performance with Sora Shodo
Sora Shodo is a Portland-based artist who will share her approach to Japanese calligraphy (“shodo”) that is at once traditional and also very contemporary. She will perform with musician Mitch Iimori.

2:30-3 p.m., Schnitzer Court, 1st Floor, Main Building
Zen Calligraphy Demonstration with Kihachiro Nishiura
Kihachiro Nishiura ask us to think of Japanese calligraphy for a moment as “inaudible music.” For him the dots, lines, shadings, movements, and spaces combine to compose a certain melody in our minds or an unheard music.  His approach to calligraphy draws on both traditional and innovative brushwork methods.

3 p.m., Meet in the Park Avenue lobby
Docent Tour of Poetic Imagination

4-4:30 p.m., Schnitzer Courtyard, 1st Floor, Main Building
Japanese Music Performances by Takohachi’s TakoQ with Yumi Torimaru and Kirin Kapin on Taugaru Shamisen and Shinobue (Bamboo flute).

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Shōkadō Shōjō, calligraphy; Tawaraya Sōtatsu, painting; Waka Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, One of the Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals, early 17th century
Shōkadō Shōjō (Japanese, 1584–1639), calligraphy; Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died 1643), painting, Waka Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, One of the Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals, early 17th century, shikishi mounted as a hanging scroll, ink on gold- and silver-decorated paper. Courtesy of Mary and Cheney Cowles, L2017.67.4