Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art
Gather with friends and family in the museum’s Fine Arts Garden to appreciate the fleeting, stunning beauty of Japan’s unofficial flower, the cherry blossom.
When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children.
This film centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother.
Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents, and return to the normal world.
Directed by Yugo Serikawa. This stylistically influential film adaptation of the Shinto storm-god Susanoo’s story is presented outdoors in the CMA’s Fine Arts Garden.
Free; no ticket required
This intense fable is set in a remote, coastal Japanese fishing village bordered by mountains and forests. A volatile lumberjack who believes he has a mystical relationship with the mountain goddess becomes unhinged by the arrival of real-estate developers. Adults only!
A bored schoolgirl who yearns for life in the big city one day magically swaps bodies with a Tokyo high schooler who is equally mystified by his own new persona and surroundings. When this temporary transformation keeps happening, the two leave messages for each other in the hope of meeting face to face.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:00 pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Learn about the “way of the kami” in this series of talks led by Sinéad Vilbar in the exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Find out who the kami are, how they are worshiped, and the artistic creations they inspired.
Special Exhibition Tours Wednesday, April 17–Sunday, June 23, 2019. Join CMA volunteer docents for tours of Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Limit 25.