Tokyo Waka

June 27 – 29
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
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A poetic city symphony, Tokyo Waka brings the Japanese capital to life through a focus on the city’s enormous crow population and its relationship with the humans who also happen to live there. There are many stakeholders in this drama: longtime urban dwellers who view the birds as feral fauna and troublesome invaders, locals who have effectively adjusted to the presence of the big birds, scientists who study them, artists who portray them, Shinto and Buddhist priests who respect them, and lovers of nature who simply enjoy coexisting with the ancient and adaptable Corvus macrorhynchos. “Sensually as well as philosophically, Tokyo Waka is attuned to the textures of everyday life” — Mark Jenkins. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition The Life of Animals in Japanese Art. (John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, 2012, 60 minutes)

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