Special Events

We are pleased to provide information for the following events that have been organized by the AAS Local Arrangements Committee.


Chinatown Tours

The Local Arrangement Committee has organized private group tours for all AAS Conference Attendees and Guests.

Go beyond the gate with an expert guide on the Chinatown Experience Tour. Guests will be treated to tastings of BBQ pork, mooncakes, bubble tea and learn the fables associated with various treats. Understand yin and yang and its expression in everything from food to architecture to medicine as we visit a traditional Chinese herbalist’s shop. Explore the abundant fruits and vegetables in the grocery store, peek in on the live fish and get expert tips on ingredients and techniques to make stir-fries sing. The tour ends with dim sum at Hei La Moon, savoring dumplings and more as the steam carts roll by.

Tour dates, times and price:
Friday, March 20, 9:00am
Saturday, March 21 9:00am

$85 per person includes all tasting stops and dim sum. The guide is your to keep.
Book Tour here Enter promocode: AAS2020

How to book the private AAS Chinatown Group Tour

1. Go to the tour website and click on any button that says “Book a Chinatown tour”

2. Choose the last box that says Private Chinatown Experience Tour. Click the yellow Book button, and navigate to the calendar in March.

3. Select the date (March 20 at 9:00am or March 21 at 9:00am)

4. On the blue bar, below “Private Chinatown Experience Tour” you will see “Click here to redeem a Gift Card/Promo Code”: Enter the AAS2020 promo code.

5. Next, enter contact information and it will take you to the payment screen.

Harvard Art Museum Tour

GUIDED TOUR of Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection
March 21, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Exclusive to AAS Registrants, and offered by Rachel Saunders, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art. The is tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

This tour is free to AAS registrants. Guests can visit galleries after the tour concludes.

EXHIBITION: Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection February 14 to July 26, 2020

Painting Edo — one of the largest exhibitions ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums — offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world.

http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/ paintingedo

Admission to this exhibition (and the museums) is free to AAS registrants on Saturday, March 21 from 10am to 12pm.



Friday, March 20, 7:30pm-7:50pm
Sheraton, Constitution Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Chindon-ya is Japan’s unique, original form of street musical advertisement practice, which emerged at the end of the 19th century. Ostentatiously and colorfully costumed, these street musicians can be hired by any business for the day, and roam through the neighborhood streets playing an assortment of musical instruments to marshal the residents and passersby’s attention and to publicize the client. Hailing from Osaka, Chindon Tsūshinsha is a renowned chindon-ya group in Japan, considered the best and most visible. Founded in 1984  and led by Kojiro Hayashi, Chindon Tsūshinsha maximizes its mobility, friendliness and flexibility, providing a breath of fresh air in the industry.

Chindon Tsūshinsha has contributed to refine the ad agency in the streets into a more sophisticated and eccentric performance, expanding the diversity of their work. The beloved troupe has presented their unique performance not only in Japan but also more than 20 cities around the world as an ad agency, performer and culture ambassador.

Aeolian Trio

Saturday, March 21, 7:15pm-8:15pm Sheraton, Constitution Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Additionally, The Aeolian Trio will be performing informally in the Exhibit Hall and in areas around the conference.

The Aeolian Trio will perform their unique fusion of Asian music at the AAS conference in Boston in 2020 to showcase the role of music in cross-disciplinary classrooms in university settings. Professor Mark McWilliams, Saint Lawrence University, will act as MC and docent.

“In Boston we hope to share the live performances and direct contact with the Asian instruments and trained musicians that made the classrooms come alive in New York”.

The Aeolian trio has committed decades to mastering traditional music, from Japan, India, Spain and America. Bruce Huebner’s shakuhachi, Koufuu Suwa’s Spanish guitar and Todd Isler’s South Indian percussion meet in the unique fusion music of the Aeolian Trio. Traditional Japanese shakuhachi is rooted in Zen Buddhism, the guitar is a Spanish folk instrument that springs from flamenco and Renaissance traditions, and has antecedents in the Middle Eastern Oud. South Indian and Middle Eastern drumming is at the root of a myriad of world grooves.

These seemingly disparate traditions spring from the same cradle of civilization and were carried across Asia and back on the fabled Silk Road. Now, centuries later, the Aeolian Trio reunites traditions and brings them into the twenty first century. In their concert we hear how the melisma and phrygian “Spanish” mode is answered by the nuances of the Japanese miyako mode; how the rich rhythmic traditions of South and Central Asia underpin the fusion. The Aeolian Trio members share decades of in-depth study of Asian traditional music alongside careers as working musicians in Tokyo and New York.

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