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Ohayo Ohio Brings Japan to Antioch College, Yellow Springs May 18-26

Several slices of Japanese culture are on their way back to Antioch College and Yellow Springs.

Ohayo Ohio, a nine-day Japanese symposium and cultural event, takes place at various sites at Antioch College and throughout Yellow Springs May 18-26, 2017. A variety of workshops, presentations and exhibits on traditional and contemporary Japanese art, culture and language will be offered. “We have added several unique events spotlighting contemporary Japanese arts and culture,” said Caitlin Meagher, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and one of the organizers of the event.  

There are events for families as well as experienced artists. Free events include a gallery talk by photojournalist Everett Brown; Japanese storytelling by former Antioch professor Harold Wright and his wife Jonatha; an exhibition of current Japanese Antioch students and one recent alumna of their photographic images of Japan at the Emporium and Underdog Café, a Japanese calligraphy demonstration and workshop; and a koto (Japanese harp) performance.

Workshops will include arts such as raku (pottery firing), washi (paper making) with MacArthur Fellow Timothy Barrett ’73, bento box preparation, and shibori (cloth-dyeing techniques). These workshops have limited space and require pre-registration and pre-payment.

Antioch College and the Village of Yellow Springs enjoy a long and storied connection with Japan. The Village welcomed and sponsored families from internment camps during World War II, Antioch professor Earle Reynolds served on the U.S. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima after the war (which led to the founding of the World Friendship Center), and Antioch professor Harold Wright established of the College’s exchange program with Kyoto Seika University. Reflecting this strong legacy, Japanese is one of three languages offered at Antioch College.

Ohayo Ohio is generously supported by the Japan Foundation and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation.

The current schedule of events is as follows:

Thurs., May 18, 7:30 – 9 pm: Sake tastings and opening of student photo exhibition

Emporium Wines and the Underdog Café, 233 Xenia Ave.

Fri, May 19, 6:30 pm: Harmony of Japan choral concert and discussion

Antioch College, Herndon Gallery (South Hall)

Sat., May 20, 3 pm: Shibori workshop with Jackie Muhall and Shannon Hart ‘17

Antioch College, Arts & Science Building

Sat., May 20, 7 pm: Everett Kennedy Brown gallery talk and exhibition

Antioch College, Herndon Gallery (South Hall)

Sun., May 21, 11 am: Lauren and Kazuko Heaton, healthy bento workshop

Antioch College, North Hall

Sun., May 21, 2-4 pm: Harold and Jonatha Wright, storytelling

Antioch College, Herndon Gallery (South Hall)

Wed., May 24 9 am - 3 pm: Tim Barrett, washi papermaking workshop

Antioch College, Arts and Science Building Room 107

Thurs., May 25, 5 pm: Tomoko Hetherington, shodo calligraphy workshop

Antioch College, Herndon Gallery (South Hall)

Fri., May 26, 10 am-2 pm: Todd Hickerson, raku pottery workshop

John Bryan Community Pottery, 100 Dayton St.

Fri., May 26, 7 pm: Gai Koto Jin, koto performance and education

Antioch College, Herndon Gallery (South Hall)

Ohayo Ohio continues in November with a symposium on the film Orizuru , which tells the story behind Sadako and the Paper Cranes and the bombing of Hiroshima. Abel Coehlo, butoh performer, and Dr. Julie Iezzi, theatre professor and kyogen performer, will offer a variety of workshops and performances.

For pre-registration, please visit (search under Ohaya Ohio).  For more information, please see Ohayo Ohio’s Facebook page or contact Caitlin Meagher at 


Image Credit: Hannah Priscilla Craig