The World of KIRIGAMI: A Hundred Flowers & Words


The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents an exhibition “The World of KIRIGAMI: A Hundred Flowers & Words” by Kanako Yaguchi from 22 September – 21 October 2012 in Hanoi.


KIRIGAMI (paper cutouts) is one of Japanese traditional arts and a variation of Origami (folding papers) that includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese “kiru” = to cut, “kami” = paper).  Typically, Kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then cut; cuts are then opened and flattened to make the finished kirigami works. Kirigami is usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.


These KIRIGAMI works are commonly observed in various Buddhism and Shinto festivals in Japan; decorative papers for New Year’s Day, Tanabata [The Star Festival], paper lanterns for Fair, paper toys for kids, screen papers and folk handicrafts, to name the few.


Kanako Yaguchi (b. 1976) is a master of KIRIGAMI works who can visualize the “shape of pleasure” in enormously diverse patterns. The feature of Kanako’s works is in its axial symmetry and she is highly acclaimed as a promising KIRIGAMI artist who adds new value on the traditional KIRIGAMI handicrafts by fusing contemporary sense into them.


Many of Kanako’s original patterns become standards in KIRIGAMI works and her cutting-edge patterns are used for new designs of Japanese traditional cloths (i.e., Kimono, Yukata) as well as for advertisements. Kanako has also published a lot of books on KIRIGAMI and often appears on TV in Japan as an instructor for making KIRIGAMI works at home.


In this exhibition, Kanako’s recent masterpieces as well as newly created works in Vietnam will be displayed, making the whole space of the exhibition into the beautiful world of KIRIGAMI.


The opening of the exhibition starts at 18:00 on Friday 21 September with the artist’s talk on KIRIGAMI at the Japan Foundation Exhibition Hall (27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi). The exhibition is free of admission and runs until Sunday 21 October (no closing days).

■ Exhibition information:

Duration: Saturday 22 September – Sunday 21 October 2012[Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00, no closed days]
Venue: Exhibition hallThe Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Opening & Artist’s talk: 18:00 – Friday 21 September 2012Artist’s talk by Kanako Yaguchi


Artist’s profile:  

Ms. Kanako YaguchiBorn in 1976, Kanako Yaguchi graduated from the Department of Design at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan. Her current job involves holding individual exhibitions while collaborating with the apparel industry. She also does store and logo design and holds workshops on KIRIGAMI works. Her publications (in English) include The Art of Decorative Paper Stencils 1 & 2 (Quarry Books, 2008, 2009).

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■For inquiries on the exhibition and the interview with the designer, please contact at:

Ms. Huong (Ext. 106) / Ms. Nha (Ext. 115) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138)

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 04-3944-7419

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