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DJ Steve Aoki, photo by Dove Shore.

Asia After Dark: We Stand With Japan buttonAsia After Dark: Past Event
Saturday, May 14, 6:30–10:30 PM
Freer Gallery of Art

A Tribute to Japanese Art and Fashion

The Freer and Sackler Galleries present the first Asia After Dark of 2011 with a deep awareness of the tragic events that have unfolded in Japan and offer fervent wishes for the safety, recovery, and well-being of our Japanese friends.

Join us for an evening of tribute to the magnificent art and fashion of Japan. View Japanese art in the galleries, then create and send messages of hope to friends and family in Japan. Enjoy dance beats by the legendary DJ Steve Aoki and DJ Cassidy Karakorn, as well as sake cocktails and sushi bites. Interact with models wearing Harajuku fashions. Contribute wishes of well-being to a group poetry project and watch as it transforms throughout the night.

Asia After Dark will host a give-by-text rally to benefit Japanese earthquake victims.

Suggested attire: Harajuku fashions or kimonos
Must be 21 years old with a valid photo ID to attend.

Featured Exhibitions: Seasons: Arts of Japan and Seasons: Japanese Screens.

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Join the Silk Road Society and get discounted tickets!

Things to Know

  • No food or drink allowed in the galleries.
  • Must be at least 21 with a valid photo ID to attend.
  • All bags will be searched by security.
  • Personal items can be checked in designated coat rooms or lockers at your own discretion. The museum is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  • The closest metro is the Smithsonian station.
  • Bar and food stations are cash only. A Chevy Chase Bank ATM is available inside the Smithsonian station, Independence Avenue entrance only.
  • All ticket sales are final. No admittance after 9:30 pm.


6:15 PM:
  • Will-call tickets available
6:30 PM:
  • Doors open
  • Ticket sales begin (limited number; cash-only)
6:30–10:30 PM:
  • DJ Cassidy Karakorn (6:30–8:15 pm)
  • Spotlight tour in The Religious Art of Japan (7:30 pm)
  • Give-by-text rally to benefit Japan (begins at 8:20pm)
  • DJ Steve Aoki (8:30–10:30 pm)
  • Harajuku fashion presentation
  • Photo booth
  • Poetry in Motion art activity
  • Cash bars and food by Well Dunn and Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
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The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.