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Japan America Society of Minnesota and
the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts present:

Traditional Craft, Contemporary Design:
Exploring Old and New Japan

May 18–30, 2018

The Trip   Tour Cost and Reservations

The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Bray) are sponsoring a special tour to Japan in May 2018 for lovers of traditional and contemporary crafts, architecture and gardens.

This tour will visit sites and studios not usually included on such tours—traversing from Kyushu in the south to Takamatsu and on to Tokyo. We will visit individual pottery studios where talented ceramic artists produce both traditional pots as well as pots and sculpture which break with the past, along with a center for basketry and the premier fabric designer in Japan. We will explore numerous examples of ancient architecture as well as some of the best examples of architectural design by noted contemporary Japanese architects. This special tour is for people who like to travel with a spirit of exploration and adventure, open to the unexpected and the chance encounter.

Japan Trip

The tour has been organized and will be led by Ben van Lierop, director of the JASM, and Emily Galusha, director emerita of Northern Clay Center and member of the Board of Directors of the Bray.


Tour Costs:
$6,500 per person, double occupancy
$7,400 per person, single occupancy

The tour is now FULL.
To be placed on a waiting list please contact Teresa Amsbaugh at click here to get email address or by calling 406-443-3502 ext. 16.

Cost includes:
• Hotel: Twelve nights in first-class hotels. Most rooms are double occupancy, with a few singles; all rooms are non-smoking and have private baths.
• Transportation: All inter-city transportation by air-conditioned coach and trains, and transportation between hotels and train terminals for tour activities.
• Food: Breakfast in hotels; seven dinners, six lunches organized for the group.
• Museum Admissions: All museum and collection admissions for tour activities; all tour guides.

Cost does not include:
• Transportation to Fukuoka and return from Tokyo to participant’s point of origin.
• Any ground transportation other than that described in the full itinerary.
• Any meals other than those organized by the tour and described in the full itinerary.
• Any services not specifically identified above.

A deposit of $2,000 per person ($2,400 for single occupancy) is due no later than February 2, 2018. This deposit is partially refundable, as detailed in the full cancellation statement below.

Balance Due:
The balance must be paid no later than Friday, March 9, 2018.

All participants must be at least 21 years of age, and able to walk some distance. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Total participation is limited to 20 people.

All reservations must be made online. Once registered, participants must sign and return Waiver and Release of Liability forms. The forms will be sent to you by email. Please note that the Waiver and Liability forms are to be returned to Emily Galusha, at, or 1609 Northrop Lane, Minneapolis MN 55403. No reservation will be considered complete until we have received these signed forms.

Where We'll Go and What We'll See Click here to download the full itinerary >

Japan Trip

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Below is a summary of the itinerary:

• Arrive in Fukuoka, on the island of Kyushu.

• Travel to Karatsu, Arita, Onta, Beppu—where Japanese porcelain is considered to have originated and where traditional stoneware inspired the founders of the mingei movement. We will visit museums, artists’ studios and galleries featuring traditional Arita and Imari and Onta ware, and contemporary potteries and basketmakers; includes a stay in a traditional hot spring ryokan.

• Then to Takamatsu, on Shikoku, for visits to the studio, home and museum of Isamu Noguchi, and the Ritsurin Park, one of Japan’s most famous gardens.

• Next Osaka and Kyoto, where we will visit museums of traditional Japanese and contemporary Western arts and crafts, designed by architect Tadeo Ando and others.

• Finally, to Tokyo for five nights. We will visit galleries of contemporary ceramics and fabric design, museums covering much of Japanese cultural and aesthetic history and see examples of extraordinary architecture by architects such as Ando, Taniguchi, Herzog and de Meuron, and SANAA. We will also take a one-day trip to Mashiko, the home of mingei ceramics and the studios of Hamada and Shimaoka.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Japan TripIf you cancel prior to February 2, 2018, the Bray will refund your deposit, less a $250 per person cancellation fee. After that date, refunds can be made only if the tour is sold out and your space can be resold, in which case a $500 per person cancellation fee will apply. No refunds for participant cancellation can be made after April 6, 2018.

The Bray and JASM reserve the right at all times to cancel all or part of the tour and refund appropriate monies paid by the participant, without further liability. We strongly encourage participants to not make non-refundable travel reservations until we have confirmed that the tour will take place, or purchase travel insurance that would cover non-refundable travel cancellation costs. We also encourage participants to purchase travel insurance at the time you reserve, to cover non-refundable costs and medical expenses.

Any questions about the tour should be directed to:
Emily Galusha: h 612/377-6349; m 612/812-3289;
Ben van Lierop: w 612/627-9357;