Monthly Archives: April 2012

Kirié: Japanese Paper Cutting Art


Temples and Hydrangea (Kyoto) by Shu Kubo

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) is bringing another fascinating traditional Japanese art workshop to Manila this May.  Kirié is the traditional Japanese paper cutting art of depicting scenery, plants and animals by cutting paper precisely and skillfully with a knife.  The Kirie Paper Cutting Art Workshop by Mr. Shu Kubo will be held on May 25 (Friday) from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and on May 26 (Saturday) from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Japan Foundation Manila.

Shu Kubo was born in Japan in 1951 and is presently active as a kirié artist.  His bold, graceful and subtle technique was highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally and some of his works have had the honor of being produced as design for the national new year cards and postage stamps.  His artwork led to the Department of Cultural Affairs of Japan to appoint Shu Kubo as the “Cultural Ambassador” in 2009. Since then he has been actively representing Japanese culture across the world.

To complement the workshop, an exhibition of Mr. Kubo’s kirie works will be showcased at the JFM office from May 21 to June 30, 2012.  Among the sixteen (16) works included are Sunflowers and Tram, Beautiful Street of Whitewashed Wall and Temple and Hydrangea.

For inquiries regarding workshop application and fees, please contact the Japan Foundation, Manila at telephone numbers 811 6155 to 58, fax number 811 6153 or  Or visit


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