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The second annual Ohayo Ohio event will include a Washi papermaking workshop with Antioch alum and MacArthur Fellow Tim Barrett, who studied Japanese printmaking in Japan. He is shown here with participants at last year’s event. (Submitted Photo)

The second annual Ohayo Ohio event will include a Washi papermaking workshop with Antioch alum and MacArthur Fellow Tim Barrett, who studied Japanese printmaking in Japan. He is shown here with participants at last year’s event. (Submitted Photo)

Second annual Ohayo Ohio opens in Yellow Springs

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Beginning this week, villagers have an opportunity to explore the arts and culture of Japan — right here in Yellow Springs.

The second annual Ohayo Ohio opened on May 18, and continues through May 26 with programs and workshops that allow local residents to experience various aspects of Japanese society, including its music, storytelling, pottery, calligraphy, papermaking and food. 

Organizer Caitlin Meagher, an assistant professor of anthropology at Antioch College, spent two years in Japan working on her doctoral dissertation. She found her immersion fascinating, and came away with an emotional connection to the country and its people.

“One thing is that, in Japan, everything is beautiful,” she said in a recent interview. “There’s always attention to aesthetics, even in the mundane. Even a lunchbox is beautiful.”

The week-long “mini-festival” features a mix of free and ticketed events. Some ticketed events are full; others may still have space available. Check the Ohayo Ohio Facebook page or visit brownpapertickets.com (search for “Ohayo Ohio”) for details.

Free upcoming events include:

Friday, May 19, 6:30–8 p.m.: Harmony of Japan women’s chorus (Herndon Gallery)

Sunday, May 21, 2–3 p.m.: Japanese storytelling by Harold and Jonatha Wright (Herndon Gallery)

Thursday, May 25, 5–7 p.m.: Shodo calligraphy workshop, with Tomoko Hetherington (Herndon Gallery)

Through Thursday, May 25: Samurai fashion show, featuring the photography of Everett Brown and including a gallery talk on May 24, 7–8:30 p.m. (Herndon Gallery)

Through Thursday, May 25: Japan through an Antiochian Lens, featuring photography by Michelle Fujii, Meridian Howes, Dale Kondracki and Sylvia Newman (The Emporium)

Friday, May 26, 7–9 p.m.: Koto performance and education session, with the Gai Koto Jin Ensemble (Herndon Gallery)

Read a more in-depth article about this year’s Ohayo Ohio in the May 18 issue of the News.

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Second annual Ohayo Ohio opens in Yellow Springs

by Audrey Hackett