- The Bottom Line: A great way to spend a Friday evening with complimentary tours of the Kamakura exhibit, sampling of free cakes, Korean-inspired food cart and cash bar.
With so many things going on at the same time, sadly it didn’t all really come together. And you were left wondering what the event was about.
Review: It looked an absolute triumph of an event when we arrived. DJ, cash bar and Japanese bakery Lady M dishing out generous portions of its signature mille crêpes cake,
Korean-inspired Korilla BBQ food truck and free tours of the Kamakura exhibit. The turnout was also incredible as people pourred in despite the rain.
The Kamakura Sculpture Exhibit was the highlight for me. Asia Society offered free tours of this amazing showcase of beautifully made statues from the Kamakura period. Sadly the exhibit has already ended.
Although this period of Japanese art lasted about 200 years, it was heavily influential on Japanese culture.
Taking elements from Buddhist art from China and traditional Japanese technique, this realistic statues showed incredible craftmanship.
Interestingly the statue poses were less stylized then those found in India and other parts of South Asia.
In the end, however, things got a bit muddled. DJ Sakaki played in his house mixes on a Mac in a corner while no one danced.
Lady M dished out the mille-crêpe cakes and the Korilla BBQ truck was selling their kimchi-spiced tidbits outside.
Unfortunately, it felt like a slight hodge podge of too many little things going. Keep it simple next time.