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Enjoy Everything Samurai at Detroit Institute of Arts for Japanese Boys Day - Samurai: Beyond the Sword exhibition, martial arts and kite-making demonstrations and Japanese items in museum shop part of festivities

Monday, April 14, 2014

Contact: Larisa Zade 313-833-7962

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is celebrating Japanese Boys Day in a big way on Sunday, May 4. Enjoy martial arts and kite-making demonstrations, view the exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword and check out the special museum shop offering an array of specialty items from Japan.

Detroit Kendo Dojo will lead a demonstration on kendo—a modern Japanese sport and martial art that uses bamboo swords and protective armor; Shojin Judo, a local nonprofit based in Oak Park, will demonstrate judo—a Japanese martial art in which participants aim to force their opponents to the ground; and artists will demonstrate traditional Japanese kite making. These activities will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission. 

Samurai: Beyond the Sword provides an in-depth look at Japan’s elite samurai, who sought balance between military and cultural pursuits. The exhibition explores artworks that project the image of the samurai not only as fierce warriors but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars. Beginning April 22, a coupon for a $4 discount on adult tickets will be available at for visits between April 29 and May 18. 

Visitors can browse authentic Japanese mementos from the exhibition shop located at the exit of Samurai: Beyond the Sword. The shop boasts many handmade products from Japan, including beautifully decorated kites, miniature reproductions of samurai helmets, silk scarves made from recycled kimonos, lacquered boxes, tea sets, vases and more. DIA members receive a 20 percent discount in both the Samurai: Beyond the Sword shop and DIA museum shop between May 2 and May 11 as part of the museum’s biannual “Double Discount Days.”

Japanese Boys Day was a Japanese tradition that honored boys’ personalities and celebrated their happiness. It was renamed Children’s Day in 1948 to celebrate all children and express gratitude toward mothers; it has been designated a national holiday by the Japanese government.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.