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Houston, Texas - September 27, 2007 - Fujiwara Ikuzo, Japan's greatest living ceramic muralist, with over 500 major installations throughout Japan, visits Houston Oct 1-5, 2007. He will be in Houston to discuss his architectural and landscape art. This legendary artist was invited by Dean Joseph Mashburn for a lecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 .

Martha Blackwelder, Executive Director of Asia Society Texas Center and former Coates-Cowden-Brown Curator of Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, will introduce Mr. Fujiwara, esteemed among the ceramicists from the famous pottery town of Mashiko, Japan.

Prior to the lecture, a reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. Sushi will be provided courtesy of Glen Gondo, president of Tokyo Gardens Catering. The lecture and reception will be free and open to the public and media.

Mr. Fujiwara will appear by invitation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art for a short presentation on Tuesday, October 2 at 8:15 p.m.

Mr. Fujiwara is available for interviews to discuss his ceramic wallscapes, tiling, murals, installations and sculptures. For more information or to schedule interviews with this legendary artist, please contact JapanArt.org 713- 858-9391 or katie@japanart.org . To view more examples of his work, please visit the website at www.JapanArt.org

October 3, 2007

Event: Mr. Fujiwara's University of Houston Lecture

Time: reception: 6:00 p.m. ; lecture: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture

122 Architecture Building

University of Houston

Houston, TX 77204-4000

Details: The reception and lecture are free and open to the public and media. A sushi reception will kick off the event. A DVD presentation by Fujiwara Ikuzo will be given detailing his process, his design, and examples of his architectural and landscape art. A Q & A will follow the presentation.

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I also found Ikuzo Fujiwara (藤原郁三 Fujiwara Ikuzō)'s page here: http://www.ikuzo.com/

Regarding the discrepancies in the naming order, in the Japanese language the family name (Fujiwara) goes before the given name (Ikuzo). In English Japanese names of modern people are often reversed to reflect the Western system (i.e. the "Ikuzo Fujiwara" that I used).

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