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The Japan Information and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto
Three Windows Sun, Moon, Star
Date : April 18 - May 2, 2008
Time : 12.00hrs-17.30hrs (Mon, Tue, Wed)
12.00hrs-20.00hrs (Thu, Fri)
Venue : Ippaku-tei Teahouse Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Photo ID required for entry

With THREE WINDOWS: Sun, Moon, Star, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto creates works for the first exhibition held in the Ippaku-tei teahouse at the Embassy of Japan. Brought from Kyoto, the Ippaku-tei was installed in 1960 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of relations between Japan and the United States. The Ippaku-tei has never before been open to the public. Newly renovated, the teahouse and its garden will be available to the public for the first time ever during this exhibition.


Inspired by Sankou-tourou, the "three lights" lantern included in the original teahouse design, Turner-Yamamoto will create a room of the sun and a room of the moon and stars. In the room of the sun, located in the Buka-an tearoom, he will install a painting embodying a ghost-like sun image. The Hiro-ma (large room), will features "OMPHALOS," a stoneware sculpture using light and the smoke of burning incense to project a wavering image of the full moon onto a painting of stars suspended from the ceiling.

This exhibition is made possible by Shigeko Bork Mu Project.

There will be an opening reception for Three Windows on Thursday April 17 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Ippaku-tei Teahouse. The public is welcome to attend the reception but reservations and photo ID are required. RSVP with your name/affiliation and guest’s name/affiliation by email to: or by phone: 202-238-6949.

Please note:
Parking near the Embassy is limited. Please remove shoes before entering the teahouse.
Large groups (more than 10 people) wishing to view the exhibition- please call ahead to the number above.

For more information,
Please visit the Japanese Information and Culture Center website at

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