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Historical Events

The events listed here are some of the major milestones and accomplishments of the Kaji Aso Studio. By browsing through, you will learn about Kaji Aso Studio’s vision and contribution to our community; and about our founder, Mr. Kaji Aso, whose legacy continues to inspire and lead the studio into the future.

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 1995 - Annual Japan Festival - River Trip of Volga River and exhibition Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 1989- Boston Marathon - Boston's 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
In 2003 Kaji Aso Studio celebrated its 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 several performances of haiku, theatre, and opera were also presented. Mr. Aso and the Kaji Aso Studio were recognized by Mayor Menino, Senator Kerry, and Governor 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 Giovanni 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 embedded 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 orchestra.

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 1983 and exhibit Boston City Hall 1984
During the month of July 1983 Mr. Kaji Aso led the "Red Snakes" from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to New Orleans Louisiana 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, Kevin White, sent official greetings and we delivered those to the mayors of Minneapolis MO; Hannibal, MO; St. Louis MO; and New Orleans LA; as emissaries of Boston. After returning to Boston a large exhibition was mounted at Boston City Hall with works and images based on the 2,300-mile trip.

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River Trip: Volga River1989 with exhibition at the Federal Reserve Bank 1991
In 1989 Russia was still the Soviet Union, and travel there, especially a group from America was practically impossible. Somehow by some force of will and persistence, Kaji Aso and Kate Finnegan won the support of Senator John Kerry, Senator Kennedy, and President Bush’s office; and pushed forward a proposal to kayak the entire length (2000 miles) of the Volga River from the source to Volgograd. The project was eventually supported by then Chairman Gorbachev. For six weeks the Red Snakes kayaked the huge river while painting, writing, and getting a close experience of the Russian people and the Russian way of life
View an on-line presentation here

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Kaji Aso Studio Japan Festival
The Japan Festival grew out of a public request for more knowledge and experience of Japanese culture. The Studio because of Mr. Aso's Japanese connections and experience, was able to present many Japanese art forms to the public. The offering changed somewhat year to year, but in the past the Studio has been able to introduce Japanese art forms such as Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), Koto, Shamisen music, origami and paper making workshops, calligraphy, and pottery demonstrations, as well as an introduction to Tea Ceremony and Haiku. We continue to celebrate Japanese culture with special events and exhibitions.

See photos from a previous Japan Festivall here
Read the winning haiku of various Haiku Contesthere


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Whale SpottingKaji Kaji Aso Studio Exhibit and Kaji Aso concert Padua Italy 1995

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The Boston Marathon - support for all.


April is the month in which Mr. Aso competed every year in the Boston Marathon. The Studio sent a team of runners- sometimes small, sometimes large - to the starting line of this most famous road race. The Studio also sent a staff of volunteers 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 officials turn off the race clock, sometimes until 8 pm. They hand out certificates and extend congratulations to the finishing runners, giving cheers and support to everyone crossing the finish line.


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Boston’s first Japanese Tea House and garden 1986

Before 1986 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 did not change the Tea ceremony then began to be held in an authentic Japanese Tea House with a garden. Mr. Aso's Tea Ceremony and his legacy continues on in sharing a quiet moment of tea and friendship.
Please email administrator@kajiasostudio.com for more detailed information. 

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

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Awards
Throughout our history 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, peace and goodwill and more. You many view a partial listing of awards and other forms of recognition granted to Mr. Kaji Aso on his website at www.kajiaso.com

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