The Exquisite World of Old Japan

23feb7:30 pm9:30 pmThe Exquisite World of Old JapanAustralian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Lecture by Meredith McKinney7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Presented by Meredith McKinney

A thousand years ago, when Japanese court culture was at its height, a gentlewoman at the empress’s court described her world in a unique and intimate journal called The Pillow Book. From clothing, incense, fans and folding screens to a critique of types of lovers, how and when to compose a poem, and how to conduct an elegant flirtation, Sei Shōnagon is an entertaining guide to the exquisite sensibility and intriguing day-to-day life of the ancient Japanese court. Through her long-ago words we can glimpse the origins of Japanese aesthetics as we know it today.

Meredith McKinney returned to Australia in 1998, after living and working in Kyoto for twenty years. She has a PhD in classical Japanese literature from ANU and has focussed on literary translation, publishing 21 books to date. Her translations range from the earliest Japanese poetry to contemporary novels. She is currently translating the life story of the 14th century Lady Nijo, concubine of the retired emperor who later became an intrepid wandering nun.

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ADFAS Shoalhaven promotes interest in the study of decorative and fine arts by offering high quality monthly lectures on a wide range of subjects including art, history, gardening, design, and architecture.

The monthly meetings are a wonderful and informal way to make friends and to get to know others in the community. Visit our website for information on membership. Visitors are always welcome. Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start.


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