Kasumi Receives Commission from Sojiji Temple in Yokohama

Written by Laura Paskin
June 5, 2014

Digital Design Professor Naomi Kasumi has been commissioned to create a major installation at Sojiji Temple in Yokohama. Sojiji is one of the oldest Buddhist training monasteries in Japan, dating from the 14th century. The original temple was destroyed by fire in 1898. A new temple on the 190,000 sq.m. site opened in 1911.

“This is a challenging commission,” Kasumi said. “It is important to provide a sacred space that embraces art and also maintains the integrity of the structure.”

The installation is currently planned for November 2015.

Kasumi, who received her MFA from the University of Oregon, joined the faculty in 2003. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world. In the past year, she was a featured artist in the Cocoro-no Mori Museum International Printmaking Exhibit World Tour exhibition that has been exhibited in Asia. The exhibit will also travel to South America, Europe, and North America, thanks to support from the Japan Foundation. Her two memorials to the victims of Japan’s devastating tsunami were installed in Fukushima at a Buddhist temple on the one-year anniversary of that event, and in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture as part of the Tohoku victims' recovery project.

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