Doors to Arts of Japan



The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles has launched a new weekly program “Doors to Arts of Japan – Introductory Message by Meher McArthur”.
The portal site “Doors to Arts of Japan”, hosted by the Japan Foundation, compiles many videos with concise explanations regarding various forms of Japanese art and culture such as painting, ceramics, dolls, sushi and manga.  L.A.-based Asian art historian Meher McArthur will introduce the videos one by one, adding insightful commentary from her own professional perspective. 
These short introductory videos will be streamed at 12:30pm (PT) every Wednesday on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channel and will include links for each video Ms. McArthur introduces.*
Let Ms. McArthur guide you to open the door to the arts of Japan every Wednesday!


*You can also watch the videos later on the video list on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channel.


The Superlative Artistry of Japan

1. The Techniques of Japan That Shocked the World (June 28, 2023)
2. Namikawa Yasuyuki and Cloisonné (July 5)
3. Makuzu Kozan and Pottery (July 12)
4. Shoami Katsuyoshi and Metalworking (July 19)
5. Sword Accoutrements (July 26)
6.The Master Painter Ito Jakuchu (August 2)
7. Genes Passed Down Through Time (August 9)

MANGA Culture in Japan

1. How Manga Magazines Bring Diversity to Manga (August 16)
2. The Making of a Manga (August 23)
3. Museums and Manga (August 30)
4. The Spread of Manga Culture (September 6)
5. The World of Female-Focused Manga (September 13)

future topics include:

Japanese Yokai
I Love Sushi
NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese Dolls
YAKISHIME : Exquisite Wares Created from Clay and Fire
BUILT ENVIRONMENT: An Alternative Guide to Japan

about the Speaker

Meher McArthur
Meher McArthur is an Asian art historian specializing in Japanese art, with degrees from Cambridge University and London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She was Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (1998-2006) and for over a decade has curated traveling exhibitions for International Arts & Artists (IA&A), most recently Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper (2021-2024). Her most recent exhibition SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art opened at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in February 2023. She was Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena (2014-2020), Academic Curator for Scripps College, Claremont (2018-2020) and Art and Cultural Director for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles (2020-2022). Her major publications include Gods and Goblins: Folk Paintings from Otsu (PAM, 1999), Reading Buddhist Art (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and The Arts of Asia (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Confucius (Pegasus Books, 2011), Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (IA&A, 2012), New Expressions in Origami Art (Tuttle, 2017), Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper (IA&A, 2021) and An ABC of What Art Can Be (The Getty Museum, 2010).




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