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Ceramic Ikebana Lecture & Performance Aug. 24

August 14, 2018

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels, join a special lecture and performance on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan. 

Akira Satake (Photo by: Japan Information & Culture Center) Akira Satake

Show curator and renowned ceramist, Akira Satake, and distinguished Ikebana artist, Sheila Advani, will mark the opening of the new exhibition, "Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessels.”


"In the history of Ikebana practice, there has always been the search for and appreciation of new styles of vessels to bring a breath of fresh air and new inspiration to Ikebana practitioners. This exhibition expounds on that dynamic, challenging both the potters and Ikebana artists to honor the traditions of the Ikebana schools while collaborating on new directions of creative expressions to enhance the future of the exquisite marriage of ceramics and flower arrangement." - Akira Satake, Curator


Mr.Satake will talk about his work and experience as both a ceramic and ikebana artist, focusing on his creative philosophy and his personal vision for this exhibition. He will discuss some of his work as a composer, and will perform a mini concert with shamisen and banjo. Distinguished Ikebana artist Sheila Advani, who holds the advanced master degree of komon from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will also join us for this lecture to discuss the history and schools of Ikebana, and her own views regarding the relation of an Ikebana arrangement to its ceramic vessel. Following her lecture, Ms. Advani will hold a live demonstration of an ikebana arrangement.


Tickets are free. Register here.


Japan Information & Culture Center is located at 1150 18th Street NW.

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Get to Know Your New Roots

August 2, 2018

Celebrating 45 years of authenticity, Roots, the outdoor lifestyle brand initially inspired by the rugged beauty of Algonquin Provincial Park and Canada's great outdoors, is coming to Georgetown at 3259 M Street on August 9, 2018. 


“We are confident the distinct character of Roots is an excellent fit for the Washington D.C. market,” said Jim Gabel, Roots President and CEO. “We are committed to offering a unique shopping experience that facilitates a deeper consumer interaction with our products in a visually engaging environment. Through our two new stores and on, D.C. consumers will have more opportunities to engage with our brand.”


One of just six in North America, the ‘Roots Cabin’ design offers premium apparel, leather goods, accessories and footwear. The award-winning ‘Roots Cabin’ store design evokes the comforts of a modern cabin, bringing Roots style to life. The store includes a customization workshop where consumers can personalize their very own handcrafted leather bags and jackets; a Salt & Pepper Sweat Bar; fitting rooms featuring iconic Greater Washington D.C. area landscapes; a comfortable lounge to read about the Roots history and charging stations; and a heritage art wall displaying images of many prominent brand ambassadors over the years.


With the opening of the 3,550 square-foot ‘Roots Cabin’ store in Georgetown and a second 3,200 square-foot location on August 10 at Pentagon City Mall, both new stores unite the worlds of cabin and city through modern design and innovation, bringing the Roots brand to life.





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'Behind Blue Skies' at House of Sweden July 29

July 17, 2018

As part of its summer film series, House of Sweden is hosting a screening of Behind Blue Skies on July 29, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Starring Bill Skarsgård (also known from It, Deadpool 2, Allegiant, and Atomic Blonde), the film is a dark, complex depiction of Swedish society in the 1970s. Martin (Bill Skarsgård) is a young man who escapes his alcoholic father for the summer job of his life at the exclusive Royal Yacht Club in the idyllic archipelago of Stockholm. The hotel manager Gösta (Peter Dalle) is a playboy at the center of high society and takes the young Martin under his wing. Martin meets true love for the first time while being drawn into events beyond his control. 

English subtitles. 107 min.

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House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown


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