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Weaving Shibusa - Film Screening + Panel

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)
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Weaving Shibusa: Film Screening + Panel

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Image courtesy of Devin Leisher

Presented in conjunction with the JICC's exhibition Indigo Threads / 藍・つむぐ: Weaving Japanese Craftsmanship & American Heritage

The screening of Weaving Shibusa will be followed by a discussion with two leading figures from the denim industry in Kurashiki City, the "Capital of Japanese Jeans": Hisao Manabe, CEO of Japan Blue Co., Ltd., and Hajime Inoue, founder of TCB Jeans.

Weaving Shibusa is the story of Japanese craftsmanship and dedication, shown through their love and fascination of denim. The film gives unprecedented access to the mysterious and storied industry of Japanese denim, told by the only people who can; world-renowned vintage denim experts, the highly regarded "Osaka 5", responsible for Japan's denim revival, as well as passionate innovators who's unparalleled work has made "Japanese Denim" synonymous with the highest quality possible.

What makes Japanese denim special is not only the materials, machinery, and techniques, but also the people and ideas behind the process. This film reveals the intense passion and insight behind Japanese denim, but also poses the question; what is the future of these garments that are so deeply rooted in the past?

In Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 2016 | 75 min | Devin Leisher, Erik Motta and Mehdi Ahmadi


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.

No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.