MIHO KANAYA USES beads and intricate weaving to create kimonos, accessories, folding screens and pictures. Kanaya’s mesmerizing designs combine the traditional (maple leaves, animals, images of Buddha) with geometric shapes. One nine-foot-wide screen uses millions of beads to create its bucolic scene.

&raquo Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW; through Nov. 20, 202-238-6949. (Farragut North)

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