Katagami Style, Paper Stencils and Japonism

KATAGAMI Style 世界が恋した日本のデザイン (平成24年8月28日(火)~10月14日(日)

2012/08/23 Thursday Seminars and Events

Katagami Style, Paper Stencils and Japonism


Date and Time:

August 28, 2012 (Tues) ~ October 14, 2012 (Sun)

9:30AM~5:00PM (Last entry at 4:30 PM)

Museum closed on Mondays (if a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will open during the holiday and be closed the following day).



Mie Prefectural Art Museum

Mie-ken, Tsu-shi, Otani-cho 11

(Ten minute walk from the West exit of Tsu Station)



General: 1000 yen (800 yen)

Senior high school and university students:800 yen (600 yen)

Elementary school and junior high school students: 500 yen (300 yen)

Admission for those who buy tickets in advance are written in ( ).


Advance tickets can be purchased at Kintetsu station sales offices, Ticket Pia, Circle K Sunkus and 7-11 convenience stores, etc.


What is “katagami”?


Katagami” (lit: “pattern paper”) was originally developed as a tool to create patterns on traditional clothing in Japan. Craftsmen used special knives to carve stencils out of sheets of Japanese paper sealed together with persimmon juice. As its name suggests, the katagami art form has produced countless patterns that evoke Japan’s natural scenery.


During the latter half of the 19th century, the World Expositions held in London and Paris brought Japanese art to the occidental world, resulting in a phenomenon known as “Japonism,” a strong influence of Japanese art on Western artists. However, to this day, many people are unaware that during the same period, large amounts of katagami had also made their way across the sea. Countless pieces of katagami were exported to mostly European countries during the transition between the Edo and Meiji Periods.

■Exhibit Details

・Katagami in Japan

・Katagami in America and the United Kingdom

・Katagami in France

・Katagami in German-Speaking Countries

・Katagami Design Today


There will be a katagami demonstration every Saturday, Sunday and national holiday while the exhibit is on display, excluding Sept 1 and Sept 2. (On Sept 1 and 2, there will be an Edo-style crest dying demonstration)

Katagami Style

Katagami Style

2012 Middle School Equivalency Exam for Individuals Exempt from Completing Compulsory Education

2012/08/23 Thursday Seminars and Events

平成24年度 就学義務猶予免除者等の中学校卒業程度認定試験について

This exam is for individuals who, due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances, were exempt from completing or could not complete compulsory education. Individuals who pass this exam are eligible to apply for entry to senior high school.

Those who wish to take the exam should follow the instructions below to obtain the registration and test guidelines, and complete the necessary registration procedures.


1 Obtaining the registration and test guidelines
The registration and test guidelines are available at the following institutions

(9AM-5PM, excluding Saturday, Sunday and holidays)

・  Mie Prefecture, Prefectural Board of Education, Senior High School Education Division, Career Education Group (Mie Prefectural Office Building 7F)

・  The guidelines are also available at every municipal board of education

※Please call ahead when coming to pick up registration and test guidelines.

<Contact information>

(Mie Prefecture, Prefectural Board of Education, Senior High School Education Division, Career Education Group)



2 Exam date               Thursday, November 1, 2012  10:00AM~3:40PM


3 Test center               Mie Prefectural Office Building, Lecture Hall

3F Rooms 131 and 132

(Mie-ken, Tsu-shi, Komei-cho 13)


4 Subjects       Japanese language・Social Studies・Mathematics・Science・

Foreign Language(English)


5 Application period        Friday August 17, 2012~Tuesday, September 4, 2012

(Applications must be postmarked within this period)


6 Results                To be announced Friday, December 7, 2012 (subject to change)

※Results will be mailed directly to the test taker.