Four Japanese artists are bringing a taste of the East to north Pembrokeshire this month.

Fishguard Arts Society (FAS) is hosting four artists; Natsuki Kurimoto, Hiroshi Ueta, Makiko Berry and Naomi Ando as part of their AKIN event.

AKIN, which stands for Artists from Kyoto in West Wales, involves exhibitions, demonstrations, collaborations master classes and workshops.

In 2009 and 2012 more than 30 Pembrokeshire artists exhibited in Kyoto through FAS. This month’s visit extends the link between north Pembrokeshire and Japan’s cultural capital.

In Fishguard Town Hall gallery there is a lively exhibition of Japanese children’s art from Makiko Berry’s Nobinavi Art School in Kyoto which runs until September 29.

This evening (Wednesday) the AKIN exhibition opens at 7.30pm at Tregwynt Mansion. The exhibition showcases the work of Japanese and FAS artists and runs until September 25.

All four artists are leaders in their fields and exhibited with FAS in Kyoto in 2012.

Natsuri Kurimoto is one of Japan's leading and most innovative artists in the field of contemporary lacquer art combining ancient and modern materials and techniques.

Hiroshi Ueta, known as the celebrity calligrapher, is one of the foremost Shodo artists in Japan. During his time in Pembrokeshire he will work collaboratively with local sculptor, Darren Yeadon, to produce a piece in Preseli Bluestone.

Makiko Berry is a major proponent of the Japanese style of painting and is accomplished in the use of washi, Japanese paper and natural pigments.

Leather artist, Naomi Ando makes items in leather, ranging from big, loose bags to intricately embossed pieces, and sells widely in craft shops in Kyoto as well as exhibiting with other artists.

AKIN is also holding masterclasses for adults in the above disciplines at Oriel y Parc, St Davids, from September 15 to September 25. For more information see

On Sunday, September 18, Hiroshi will demonstrate Shodo big brush calligraphy at St David’s Bishop’s Palace at 2.30pm.

The Japanese and FAS artists are also running workshops in local schools and a drop in dolphin themed origami workshop from 11am at the Ocean Lab on September 17. There will also be several opportunities to help create and decorate a giant paper crane during AKIN.

“We are delighted and honoured to have the Japanese artists in Pembrokeshire,” said AKIN organiser Gaynor Mc Morrin. “We look forward to them working collaboratively with local artists, school children and the local community.”

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