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A large number of people have helped to make the Japanese season at Ruthin Craft Centre possible. We would like to thank the Anglo Daiwa Foundation, British Council, and Wales Arts International for enabling the curators MN Arts Associates and Jane Wilkinson and Ruthin Craft Centre Education Officer, Elen Bonner, to undertake the research on the exhibition that is now called Japanese Style : Sustaining Design. Thank you to all the people who helped us in Japan on the research visit in October 2010.

During the preparation for the exhibition, the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku region of Japan on 11th March 2011. In the aftermath of the disaster we wondered whether we should go ahead with the exhibition in spring 2012. Without exception all the participants and funding partners in Japan said we should continue.

We would like to thank in particular, Bet Davies, Midori Matsui, Elaine Cooper and Ursula Imadegawa who supported the project from its inception and provided valuable contacts in Japan, including arranging a visit to Mino City, Gifu Province. This culminated in the sponsorship by Mino City of the paper that is used in the Reiko Sudo installation, the design of Gallery 2 and in the lanterns by the Hiyoshiya Company, Kyoto using the paper of Satoshi Hasegawa integrated with Nuno fabric.

Reiko Sudo Exhibition Design by Reiko Sudo and Greg Parsons. Greg Parsons also worked with Ruthin Craft Centre on the exhibition design of Gallery 2 and 3 and curated the Japanese makers in the UK exhibition.

David and Anne Hale have been tireless in providing access to their collection and have helped the curator Jane Wilkinson to create the very first exhibition of this unique personal collection of Tohoku ceramics.

We would also like to thank Yoko Watanabe for the introductions to many of architects in the exhibition, becoming our co-ordinator in Japan. Yoko’s tireless patience, and organisational skills, as well as her impeccable bilingual capacity, has enabled a very complex exhibition to happen with the minimum of drama.

It would not have been possible to mount the exhibition without the support of the Arts Council of Wales and the help from their officers, Nathalie Camus, Senior Applied Arts Officer, Sian Tomos, Director North Wales, and Iolo Williams, Arts Officer. Gwenno Jones, formerly of Waies Arts International was enthusiastic from the beginning of the project. Vicky Richardson, Director Architecture, Design, Fashion, British Council, Manami Yuasa, Arts Officer, British Council, Marie Conte Helm, Recently retired Director of the Anglo Daiwa Foundation also provided help and support, as did Stephen McEnally, Director, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Officer, Japan Foundation, London. Ken Okaniwa, Culture Minister, Shuntaro Netsu, First Secretary and Simon Wright, Senior Co-ordinator for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Japan, London. The Japan Foundation has provided support for Tono Mirai for the residency organized through Bro Rhuthun. David and Margaret Frith. Ruta Noreika has helped with the work of Takahiro Kondo. Nia Roberts has helped us with the project management and editing, as well as translation. Our airline sponsors ANA have enable us to bring the participants to meet the public and install the exhibitions. Manorhaus and Wetherspoons have sponsored the accommodation for the opening weekend, hospitality is provided by Ruthin Town Council and local businesses and Japan Garden have sponsored wooden screens.

Last but not least all the participants in the exhibition and the events. Without them we would have nothing. Thank you everyone.
Ruthin Craft Centre