MOST EMBASSIES, in addition to their efforts to enhance bilateral relations in many fields, work hard at promoting the culture of their respective countries. Japan’s embassy stands out in this regard, regularly hosting Friday cultural events, including lectures, concerts, exhibitions and demonstrations, in its premises on the 19th floor of the Museum Tower at 4 Berkowitz Street, Tel Aviv. Today at 11 a.m., Miho Kataoka-Erlich, author of the recent Steimatzky-published book Japanese Hands Japanese Heart, will lecture on musubi, which is the Japanese word for “concept.” It also means a connection or knot between kami (god) and human being, between humans, between life companions and between ancestors and descendants. Musubi in Japanese also means ending, creation and more. Musubi is an important concept in daily life in Japan, in food, clothing, architecture and design, tea ceremonies, poetry, social life and traditional events. Kataoka will present an overview of the concept of musubi in Japanese traditional culture, customs and mythology. She will also demonstrate how to make some Japanese traditional handcrafts, and explain their importance in the society of Japan. Kataoka, a Japanese ceramics artist, choreographer and performer of classical Indian dances, grew up in Kyoto. She works at Bar-Ilan University as a lecturer on the Japanese language.

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