Japanese Invasion

Japan is one of those magical places where fashion, technology, animation, and some of the weirdest products known to man converge. Famed pop fashion designer Sebastian Masuda -- AKA the "King of Harajuku" -- hails from Japan and was sent stateside through the generous sponsorship of the Japan Foundation and the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. He will hold a guest lecture titled "What Is 'Kawaii'?" at the Young at Art Museum. This comes just before Japan's Kingdom of Characters' national traveling exhibition hits the YAA in July. Masuda will be at YAA this Saturday as part of a whole day of Japanese fun called "Love! Love! Japan." It begins at 10 a.m. with Japanese-themed art activities, Masuda will commence his lecture at 2 p.m., and from 6 to 9 p.m., it ends with a "JPOP" Dansu Paatii (dance party) that costs $15 on top of admission. The lecture itself is free, but if you would like to participate in the other activities, you must pay museum admission. Regular admission costs $14, Broward County residents and senior citizens pay $12, military families pay $11, and museum members get in free. However, if you arrive in Harajuku fashion -- meaning if you look like the love child of Rainbow Brite and Hello Kitty on crack -- you will get $1 off admission and $5 off the Dansu Paatii. YAA is located at 751 SW 121st Ave. in Davie. Visit youngatartmuseum.org, or call 954-424-0085.
Sat., March 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., 2014
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Tana Velen