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Springfield Museums to Raise Funds for Japan Disaster Relief

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

March 24, 2011

“An Evening for Japan,” an event benefiting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief for the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 30, from 5 to 7 pm in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle.

Admission is $10 and will include hors d’oeuvres and a sample of sushi. There will also be cash and sake bars.  For reservations, call 413.263.6800 ext. 255,visit, or pay at the door. Half of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter. Additional donations will be accepted during the event.

The evening will highlight the museum’s world-class Japanese art collection with informal tours by Heather Haskell, director of the Art Museums. Among the objects on view in the galleries are Japanese arms and armor, including many fine examples from the time of the Samurai; ivory carvings, intricate lacquers, decorative and utilitarian ceramics; and an elaborately carved Shinto shrine.

There will also be a sushi-making demonstration by Johnsen’s Catering and attendees are invited to fold an origami paper crane as a gesture of hope for the safety of the victims of the recent disasters in Japan.

Free, secure onsite parking is available.

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