We are pleased to announce that Director of Programming at Japan House London, Simon Wright be be joining us at the symposium to discuss ‘kasane’, the Japanese concept and practice of layering colours, in conjunction with a new exhibition currently on display at JHL.


The exhibition highlights the work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto, who work exclusively with natural dyeing techniques to create dyed textiles and washi (Japanese paper), much of which is used in traditional Buddhist ceremonies. The natural dyes and colour combinations are reflective of nature and the changing seasons; ceremonial objects and dress echo the colours of cherry blossoms and peonies, willow and pine, ice and snow according to the time of year and occasion. Simon will discuss the work of the Yoshioka Workshop, and the significance of ‘kasane’ colour schemes in Heian period Japan (794-1185).

Exhibition shot at Japan House London, photograph by Jeremie Souteyrat

‘Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations’ is on display at Japan House London from 5 April – 19 May 2019.