Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Stage name: Hiroko & Gerard Senese
Performer name: Ryu Shu Kan Japanese Arts Center
Phone: 631-698-2467
Mailing address: 1256 Waverly Ave.
Farmingville, NY 11738
E-mail address: director@ryushukan.com
Website: http://www.ryushukan.com
Previous appearances at: Wang Center, Stony Brook University, Brentwood Library, Wyandanch Library, Mineola Library, Sachem Library
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 02/27/2018

Records  1-10 of 10
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Sho-Do Japanese Brush Calligraphy Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Painting
Our Sho-Do workshop will begin with a brief history of calligraphy & painting in China & Japan and will explain how these arts are relevant today in Asia and in the West. Following will be a brief explanation of the body-mind-spirit unification through the basic techniques of controlling the brush along with the aesthetics and principles that are universal for the Japanese arts for cultivating calmness and concentration. Then the participants will experience the “Way of the Brush” as they begin to brush basic strokes of Japanese Characters.
$201- $350
Shimenawa - Japanese New Year's Wreath History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Shimenawa are lengths of braided rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in Japan. They can vary in diameter from a few centimeters to several meters, and are often used at the entrance to temples or homes for good luck and to keep away evil spirits. Patrons will make their own Japanese style New Year's Good Luck Wreath with material supplied by us. There is an additional Material fee of $10/person.
$201- $350
A Taste of Japan - How to make your own Sushi Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Food,
Multicultural- Other
A Taste of Japan: Patrons learn how to make Sushi Rice at home & then how to prepare & make their own Sushi rolls. They learn what kind of rice is used to prepare Sushi and what ingredients work best in making their own Sushi rolls. A Japanese dessert dumpling, Dango, is also prepared. All Patrons will taste the completed Sushi rolls and Dango during the presentation. The patrons DO NOT make their rolls but view all the steps in the preparation and creation of the rolls.
$201- $350
Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arranging Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Gardening
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing closeness with nature. Join Hiroko & Gerard Senese, from the Japan Center at Stony Brook University for a demonstration of the different styles of Japanese flower arrangements. Hiroko Uraga-Senese studied Ikebana in Osaka, Japan in the prestigious Misho-Ryu style of Ikebana, which was established over 200 years ago. She received her Shihan-Teacher's License in 1980 and has been introducing Ikebana to the Long Island community since 1998. Learn about the history, concepts, principles and aesthetics behind each arrangement, and the relationship of the flowers to each particular vase being used.
$201- $350
Origami - Japanese Paper Folding Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. The best-known origami model is the Japanese paper crane. Traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo period (1603–1867), begins with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be of different colors, prints, or patterns.
$101- $200
Cha no Yu Japanese Tea Ceremony History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Cha-no-Yu is commonly translated as Japanese Tea Ceremony but the word(s) literally mean hot water for tea. The art of Cha-no-Yu is a synthesis of many Japanese arts with the focus of preparing and serving a bowl of tea with a calm mind, serene spirit, and pure heart. The tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) developed Wabi-Cha or the style of tea that reflects a simple and quiet taste. It is this simple style of tea that is practiced and taught in Japan and throughout the world today. The principles of Kei Sei Wa Jaku (respect, purity, harmony, and tranquility) are the principles that practitioners of Cha-no-Yu integrate into their study of tea and into their daily lives. Sen Rikyu said that tea is nothing more than boiling water, making tea and drinking it. It is this simplicity that makes the study of Chanoyu a lifelong pursuit. Our Tea Ceremony workshop will include tea tasting (accompanied by traditional Japanese sweets) & a discussion of the history of the tea culture as well as the zen aesthetics which infuse the tea culture.
$201- $350
Japanese Taiko & Kendo Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The traditional Japanese Taiko Drums and the Martial Art of Kendo, provide a glimpse into the unique SAMURAI SPIRIT, which has pervaded Japanese culture for hundreds of years and still influences the Japanese today as seen in the popularity of Samurai based Anime & Manga. Workshops with the Taiko drums & Kendo introduce the Teens to these exciting aspects of Japanese culture and get them involved in physical activities which they might not normally be involved in. This program is presented by the Ryu Shu Kan and sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University's Community Outreach programs.
$201- $350
Taiko Drums of Japan Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Drawn from the rich folk heritage of Japan, the Ryu Shu Kan presents: Taiko Drums of Japan. This hour long program introduces the audience to the exciting sounds and sights of a Taiko performance. The Drummers play powerful rhythms as they move around the drums with martial arts choreography. Karate & Samurai Forms enhance the feeling of the ancient Samurai spirit of the Japanese people and traditional Japanese Folk dance weaves its way throughout the show. The elegant sound of the Japanese harp -Koto- is played as well as the haunting sounds of the Shakuhachi bamboo flute as an interlude between the thunder of the Taiko pieces. The Ryu Shu Kan is sponsored by the Japan Center at Stony Brook University and this program is part of their community outreach program: Introduction to Japanese Culture.
$351- $500
Create your own Zen Rock Garden History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Gardening
The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden, often called a Zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A Zen garden is usually relatively small, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint such as the veranda of a temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. Participants will learn about all the features that go into creating their own garden at home, with photos of and directions on how to place the elements in proper spacing and design.
$201- $350
Taiko Drums Workshop Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Workshops allow our performers to share the joy of Taiko with their audiences. Taiko is used as an educational tool to teach the music, culture and history of Japan to the community; and to imbue a strong appreciation for cultural tradition and the arts. Our Taiko workshop begins with a warm-up routine to prepare to strike the Taiko in a safe and controlled manner so there will be no injuries during the class. We then proceed to teach the basic swings involved with the various traditional pieces to be taught. After learning a few basic rhythms, the participants will learn two pieces that require not only striking the Taiko; but also movement around the Taiko which incorporate Martial Arts movements & traditional Folk Dance movements.
$351- $500
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