Canon Solutions America Partners with The Morikami Museum and Gardens to Promote Japanese Culture

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Canon Solutions America partners with the Morikami Museum and Gardens to produce "Wood Be Kindred Spirits" exhibition catalog of Japanese kokeshi dolls on exhibit at the museum.

"Wood Be Kindred Spirits" catalogs kokeshi dolls on exhibit at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Wood Be Kindred Spirits

Because of the hard work of the Canon team, the catalog arrived in time for the opening, which was a wonderful and unexpected surprise. It just goes to show the professionalism of the people involved in this project.

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., today announced an exciting partnership that will help introduce generations of Americans to an enduring Japanese art form.

"Wood Be Kindred Spirits," an exhibit of Japanese kokeshi dolls from the collection of Robert J. “Bob” Brokop, will be on display at The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL, from June 4 to September 15, 2013. The wood lathe-turned dolls originated in the 19th century near the hot spring areas in northern Japan. Prized for their simple shapes and whimsical child-like expressions, kokeshi dolls became popular among American tourists after World War II, when they came to be viewed as messengers of peace.

While the exhibit features one of the largest and never-before-seen collections of kokeshi in the United States, The Morikami lacked the funding to produce an exhibition catalog that would do justice to the treasured little figures. But then Canon stepped in.

Canon Solutions America had partnered with The Morikami on various past projects. Its involvement in this particular endeavor began with Brian Gallipeau, Senior Director, Service, Canon Solutions America, who also sits on The Morikami’s Board of Trustees. Gallipeau immediately recognized the kokeshi exhibit not only as an opportunity for CSA to give back to the community, but also as a natural tie-in to Canon’s corporate philosophy, kyosei, defined as “all people – regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future.”

“At Canon, we have a proud, unwavering tradition to protect and preserve our most precious of resources – the world we share,” said Gallipeau. “The kokeshi dolls – with their message of peace and harmony and their own proud heritage – exemplify the spirit of kyosei as they build a bridge across the lands and from the past to the future.”

In what turned out to be a true end-to-end imaging story – and truly in the spirit of kyosei – Canon provided photographic equipment, along with design and print support for the "Wood Be Kindred Spirits" exhibition catalog.

Super Sharp Solution
Photographer Matthew Vought used Canon equipment, carefully selecting the EOS 5D Mark III with an EF50 2.5 macro lens to capture the fine detail of the exquisite wooden dolls. “The EF 50 allowed me to get really close to the subject matter and produce super sharp images,” said Vought. “It’s a humble lens but it punches way above its weight class. It was a real treat to use.”

Vought photographed 50 different kokeshi from Bokop’s immense collection, meticulously posing, lighting and framing each individual doll to highlight the unique spirit and personality instilled within by the artisan who created it. In addition to the photos, the catalog contains a number of educational essays, including one by Alan Pate, the leading authority on Japanese dolls.

Digital Speed, Offset Quality
When it came time to print the catalog, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP digital color printing system emerged as the machine of choice. Boasting vibrant color output with an offset look and feel, the imagePRESS C7010VP brought the dolls to life, producing images that appeared lifelike on the page.

Just as important as the quality of the output was the system’s speed of operation, a critical feature for The Morikami, which was already running behind due to the late start it got on the catalog’s production. Fortunately, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP came to the rescue.

“For a project like this, where deadlines are exceptionally tight, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP is the obvious choice,” said Francis A. McMahon, Vice President, Marketing, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America. “Not only does it produce a beautiful glossy finish to the images, its ability to maintain a consistent speed of up to 4,500 images per hour gives you the confidence to take on the toughest of deadlines.”

Much to the delight of Susanna Brooks, Curator of Japanese Art, The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, the "Wood Be Kindred Spirits" exhibition catalog was available in time for the exhibit’s opening on June 4th. For an organization that had resigned itself to not even having a catalog for this particular exhibit, the ability to accomplish the impossible and produce a top-notch catalog that would be ready for visitors to take home as a souvenir was quite a coup – and quite a testament to Canon’s professionalism.

“Because of the hard work of the Canon team, the catalog arrived in time for the opening, which was a wonderful and unexpected surprise,” said Brooks. “It just goes to show the professionalism of the people involved in this project.”

The Wood Be Kindred Spirits exhibition catalog may be purchased in-person at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens or via its website at http://www.morikami.org.

About The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening. Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive Museum Store. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The Morikami is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road in Delray Beach, Florida. For more information about the Morikami, its exhibitions, programs and events, visit http://www.morikami.org or call 561-495-0233.

About the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP
Designed to deliver the highest digital color quality, power through the toughest deadlines, and expand a commercial printer’s job mix, the Canon imagePRESS C7010VP combines advanced digital color technology with world class Canon support. A high-volume printer, it produces vibrant, top-quality color output with an offset look and feel, all while maintaining a consistent speed of up to 4,500 images per hour - on any supported media.

The Canon imagePRESS C7010VP boasts class-leading image quality with 1,200 dpi resolution and 256 gradations per color, advanced toner technology, image control technologies, automatic real-time color calibration, gloss optimization technology, and precision printing thanks to active registration and automatic shrinkage compensation. Meanwhile, X-rite® i1Process Control color management software simulates spot colors, validates digital proofs, manages color profiles, profile monitors and CMYK printers and creates a library of color palettes. Its dual fusing technology delivers continuous productivity up to 71.6 images per minute on any media up to 325 g/m2, while eight input trays with enhanced vacuum-feed technology supply 10,000 sheets of different stock, reliably feeding even the most static coated paper.

The Canon imagePRESS C7010VP also boasts extensive media handling and finishing capabilities, including support for lightweight, coated, offset, labels & specialty stocks, with weights from 60 g/m2 to 325 g/m2 and coated stock as light as 70 g/m2; choice of inline finishing options, including an integrated saddle-stitcher to produce three-side trimmed booklets; and two high capacity stackers plus additional finishing modules providing up to 17,000-sheet output capacity.

The Canon imagePRESS C7010VP digital color printing system is available in a variety of server, input, output and finishing configurations to meet a wide range of requirements:

  • Up to two high-capacity paper decks with visual indicators that track media fill levels and eight paper trays that hold any supported stock
  • Up to two High Capacity Stackers
  • Document Inserter
  • Staple finisher with optional 2- and 4-hole Puncher Unit staples 100 pages
  • Saddle finisher delivering all features of the staple finisher and additionally producing booklets of up to 100 pages with innovative saddle press technology to ensure that booklets lay flat, plus optional three-knife booklet trimmer
  • Perfect binder for three-side trimmed glue-bound books/manuals of up to 200 pages
  • Choice of controllers to suit your unique job mix
  • Professional punch unit with 12 different punch patterns such as color coil and pro click

About Canon Solutions America, Inc.
Combining the strengths of the former Canon Business Solutions, Inc. and Océ North America, Inc., Canon Solutions America provides industry leading enterprise services, advanced production print technology and large format solutions supported by exceptional professional service offerings. Canon Solutions America helps companies of all sizes to improve their business by increasing efficiency, controlling costs and becoming more environmentally conscious. A wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A, Inc. Canon Solutions America is headquartered in Melville, NY and has nearly 7,000 employees in 130 offices across the country. For more information on Canon Solutions America, please visit http://www.csa.canon.com.

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