"The Panorama-kan of Meiji Japan"

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January 8, 2010


The Panorama-kan of Meiji Japan


- an illustrated lecture by -
Dr. Machiko Kusahara
草原 真知子


1122 West 24th Street - LA, CA 90007

Saturday, January 16, 2010
8 o'clock pm
Tickets $10

{$8 VPES Members, Students & Seniors}
Seating is limited - advance tickets are available here

The Velaslavasay Panorama enthusiastically welcomes world renowned media art scholar Machiko Kusahara, who will present "The Panorama-kan of Meiji Japan". During her illustrated lecture, Dr. Kusahara will share her research on the aesthetics, construction, and
social function of panorama halls - known as panorama-kan in Japanese - and other related visual entertainments which were popular during
the Meiji period {1868-1912}. Little information on this fascinating era of the panorama’s history has so far been published in English.

Vicksburg Panorama Nippon- kan in Asakusa,Tokyo

The most important Panorama-kan in Japan was the Nippon Panorama in Asakusa, Tokyo, which was built in 1890 for the Battle of Vicksburg Panorama and demolished in 1910. Although the panorama craze arrived late and was short-lived, it burned quite hot; dozens of rotundas were built from Fukushima to Fukuoka, and traveling showmen introduced and exhibited oil paintings, a medium which in itself was new to
the Japanese. As with other parts of the world in which the panoramic phenomenon flourished in both the 19th century and today, many of the panoramic displays in Japan depicted battlefields; while the panorama halls themselves served as cultural battlefields for Japanese oil painters
to fight against traditional art. For the Japanese public in Meiji Japan, Panorama-kan represented modernity.

The presentation of "The Panorama-kan of Meiji Japan" has been funded in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance and The Velaslavasay Panorama Enthusiast Society. Images are from the collection of Dr. Kusahara and reproduced with her kind permission.

Located at the Union Theater in the West Adams Historic District, The Velaslavasay Panorama presents a variety of art forms which have been all but lost due to the technological advancements of our time and other specialty entertainments in our theater, panoramic hall and salon space.
The Velaslavasay Panorama, Exhibits and Garden are open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm.