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Historical Events

The events being listed here are some of the major milestones and accomplishments of the Kaji Aso Studio. After browsing through some of the events you will have a clear idea exaclty who we are are at The Kaji Aso Studio, what is our vision and contribution to our community and who is Mr. Kaji Aso who established the Studio some 30 years ago and continues to inspire and lead the studio towards goals such as these.

Quick links: Studio 30 year celebration 2003 - Performance of Don Giovanni at Jordan Hall 2002 - River trip down the Mississippi 1983 - Studio Exhibit Padua Italy 1998 - Annual Japan Festival - River Trip of Volga River and exhibition Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 1991- Boston Marathon - Bostons first Tea House and Garden - Awards given Mr. Aso and the Kaji Aso Studio.


Kaji Aso Studio celebrates 30 year anniversary at the Prudential Center - November 2003
The Kaji Aso Studio celebrated thier 30th year by showing over 60 works, paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculptures by faculty and students. The exhibit was displayed at the Huntington arcade of the Prudential Center. In addition to the exhibition serveral performances of Haiku, theatre, and Opera were also presented. Mr. Aso and the Kaji Aso Studio were recognized by Mayor Menino, Senetor Kerry, and Govenor Romney for the contributions made to the city of Boston in culture and education.
View the invitation / poster here.
View a slide show of the exhibit and art work here.

 

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Don Giovanni performed at Jordan Hall December 2002

Kaji Aso Studio performs Mozart's Don Giovanni at Jordan Hall - December 2002
After preforming Mozart's don Giovvani around Boston at several churches we decided to challenge the large stage at Jordan Hall. We were able to realize our own version of "don Giovanni ", which focused more on the comedy inbedded throughout the opera. We realized this through telling the story with narration and enhancing the story with the use of shadow puppets. Our musical vision was complete with the addition of a 21 piece orchastra.
You may watch and listen to some of the scenes by going here.
You may order the 3-CD set here.
You may view the program here.
Director Kaji Aso
Conductor Kevin Galie
Cast: Don Giovanni: Frank Walker, Octavio: Kaji Aso, Massetto: Daniel Grodner, Lepporello: Gary Tucker, Comendatore: Lawrence Sloss, Donna Anna: Shoshanna Fienstien, Donna Elvira: , Zerlina: Christine Hsu-Rolde

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River Trip down the Mississippi and exhibit Boston City Hall 1983
During the month of July 1982 Mr. Kaji Aso led the "Red Snakes" from Lake Itaska Minnesota to New Orleans Luisianna by canoe down the Mississippi River. It was the adventure of a lifetime and for those that participated in this trip memories and images from the Mississippi remain clear and vibrant. The Mayor of Boston at that time , Ray Flynn, sent official greetings and we delivered those to the mayors of Minniapolis Minn, St. Louis Miss., Hannibal Mo, and New Orleans Lu. as emisarries of Boston. After returning to Boston a large exhibition was mounted at Boston City Hall with works and images based on the 2300 mile trip.
You can view images and stories here.

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River Trip: Volga river with exhibition at the Federal Reserve Bank 1990
In 1990 Russia was still the Soviet Union, and travel there, especially a group from America was practicaly impossible. Somehow by some force of will and persistance, Kaji Aso and Kate Finnegan won the support of Senetor John Kerry, Senetor Kennedy, and the Presidant Bush and pushed forward a proposal to kayack the entire length (2900 miles) of the Volga River. The project was eventually supported by then President Gorbachev. For 6 weeks the red snakes kyacked the huge river while painting, writing, and getting a intimate experiance of the russian people and the russian way of life.
View an on-line presentation here

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Kaji Aso Studio Annual Japan Festival

Kaji Aso Studio Japan Festival ongoing annually...
The Japan Festival grew out of a public request for more knowlegde and experiance of Japanese culture. The Studio because of Mr. Aso's Japanese connections and experiance were able to present many Japanese art forms to the public on this once a year event. The offering changes somewhat year to year but in the past the Studio has been able to introduce such japanese art forms such as Shakahatchi (Japanese bamboo flute), Koto , Shamisen music, oragami and paper making workshops, Calligraphy, and pottery demonstrations, as well as an introduction to Tea Ceremony and Haiku.

See phots from this years Japan Festival here
Read the winning haiku of the 2005 Haiku Contest here


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Whale SpottingStudio Exhibit and concert Padua Italy 1998

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The Boston Marathon - support for all.


April is the month in which Mr. Aso competes every year for the past 37 years in the Boston Marathon. The Studio sends a team of runners sometimes small , sometimes large to the starting line of thos most famous roadrace. The Studio also sends a staff of volenteers to the finish line on Boylston street to help our runners across the finish line. All of the red snakes remain at the finish line long after the Boston Marathon officails turn off the race clock. Sometimes until 8 pm. They hand out certificates than extend congradulations to the finishing runner and give cheers and support to everyone crossing the finish line.
To see our certificate go here
To order an official red snakes T-Shirt go here
To see Photos from this years event go here


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Boston’s first Japanese Tea House and garden 1986

Before 1985 Mr. Aso and apprentice Kate Finnegan regularly held Tea Ceremony in the main Gallery of the Kaji Aso Studio. While the taste of Mr. Aso's tea has not changed the Tea ceremony is now being performed in an authentic Japanese Tea House with Tea garden. Mr. Aso's Tea ceremony continues to grow richer and more authentic, yet the essence remains constant. A quiet moment to share tea and friendship. 
Please visit the "Flower Wind" home page for photos and descriptions of tools, tea history, and other resources. 

Photo: Kaji Aso with tea apprentices: Kate Finnegan, Jane Kim, David Wilsey and Jay Hanes

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Awards
Over the past 30 years Mr. Aso and the Kaji Aso Studio have been awarded many honors - from city, state, national, and international bodies. Awards for contributions to the culture and artistic growth, recognition of work in the area of international relations and peace and goodwill and more. You many view a listing of awards and other forms of recognition granted to Mr. Aso and the Kaji Aso Studio by going here.

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