Japan: Tradition. Innovation.

Say Hello to Honda's ASIMO

May 20 — 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.
May 21 — 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.; noon
May 22 — 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.; 12:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Opening Sponsor

Have you ever seen a real robot? Now's your chance! Join us in the Grand Hall during the opening weekend for our new exhibition JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation., and meet Honda's ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot. See what's new in the world of robotics as the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Honda Canada present a 15-minute live demonstration featuring the revolutionary humanoid robot that has captivated audiences around the world. Sponsored by HONDA Canada Inc.

Grand Hall. Free with Museum admission.

For more information, please visit www.asimo.honda.com

The Original Japanese Robot: Karakuri Ningyo

May 20 — 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
May 21 — 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
May 22 — 10:30 a.m.,1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
(English only)

Come and meet Shobei Tamaya IX, Japan's best-known karakuri master in Japan. Karakuri ningyo, which literally means "mechanical dolls", have been beloved by the Japanese for centuries. Similar to Western automata and clockwork toys, karakuri ningyo have elaborate internal workings that allow them to serve tea, paint or even play music. This creative blend of tradition and innovation has influenced many of today's inventions and technologies, including robots. This program is co-organized by the Japan Foundation.

Riverview Lobby. Free with Museum admission.

Curatorial Tour of JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation.

June 2 — 5:00–7:00 p.m.

A chance to mix, mingle and meander through our sensational summer exhibition JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation. Join our Curator of Canadian Crafts, Decorative Arts and Design, Alan Elder, as he takes you on a tour of his favourite objects, offering his personal insight. Following the tour, revisit the exhibition at your own pace, or discuss it with friends while sipping one of our Japanese inspired cocktails and savouring scrumptious sushi snacks provided by Kinki: Asian-Fusion Restaurant.

Special Exhibitions Gallery C and Salon des Cascades. Free tickets are available at the Museum Box Office or by calling 819 776-7000 (service charges).


June 6 to October 7, 2011 — Monday through Friday — 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Try your hand at furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. Using traditional techniques from Japan, you will learn how to create beautiful gifts and packages. The art of furoshiki developed over several centuries in Japan, and has been revived in recent years as a stylish way of reducing the use of disposable packaging. Museum volunteers will show you step-by-step how it is done.

Special Exhibitions Gallery C. Free with Museum admission.

Meet Paro! A Robotic Baby Seal!

May 20 to October 7, 2011 — Throughout the day

Paro is an appealing robotic baby seal from Japan. Designed as a therapeutic pet for use in hospitals and seniors' centres, Paro has proven to have a very calming effect on people. Experience his lifelike appeal for yourself in an amazing and unexpected combination of high technology and irresistible cuteness. Sponsored by PARO Robots, US inc.

Special Exhibitions Gallery C. Free with Museum admission.

DIY @ Civ: Kawaii Crafting

Thursday June 16th — 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Japan is known for its fascination with all things cute, otherwise known as kawaii. Come celebrate this remarkable culture with a fabulous evening of crafting — kawaii style. Make unique greeting cards, transform the patterns on vintage kimono fabrics into something completely unique, and try your hand at furoshiki: the Japanese art of wrapping with fabric.

David M. Stewart. Free admission.

Japanese Graffiti

July 18–24 — 10:00 a.m.to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m.

Watch as renowned artist Nobumasa Takahashi transforms a plain wall at the Museum into something extraordinary. In the ultimate fusion of tradition and innovation, Takahashi-san pays tribute to the traditional art of sumi-e (the origin of manga comics) in a graffiti format. This original work will evolve over the week as Takahashi-san combines his own inventive ideas with suggestions from visitors. Leave your mark as you experience this exciting live art presentation, then join us on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.for the unveiling party! This program is co-organized by the Japan Foundation.

Free with Museum admission.

Japanese Film Festival

August 19 and 20 — 7:00–11:00 p.m.

Bring a blanket and join us for a weekend of films under the stars, as the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival makes its first stop in the Nation's Capital in support of our exhibition JAPAN: Tradition. Innovation. The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. As Canada's largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada. This program was made possible with the support of the Reel Asian Film Festival.

Riverview Park. Free admission.

Japan Day

September 25 — 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This celebration of Japanese culture features a wide range of individual artists, performances and more for visitors of all ages. In partnership with the Embassy of Japan.

Grand Hall. Free with Museum admission.