9/13/15 - 9/15/15

2015 MWJA Conference

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

Tours and Venue Information

Additional Information on select conference venues:

Living History Farms (optional) – Sunday, September 7
Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa, is an interactive, 500-acre outdoor museum that tells the amazing story of how Iowans transformed the fertile prairies of the Midwest over 300 years into the most productive farmland in the world.

Detailed itinerary can be found here.

Find out more about Living History Farms at www.lhf.org

Welcome Reception – World Food Prize Hall of Laureates – Sunday, September 7
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing — without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs — the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates serves as:

  • a world-class museum to recognize great achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger;
  • a convocation center at which to hold events during the World Food Prize International Symposium
  • a home for the expanding Global Youth Institute, which aims to inspire the next generation of leaders;
  • an educational facility featuring interactive displays on hunger and food security;
  • and a conference center and event space available to other groups and organizations for their meetings and other activities.

Find out more about the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates at www.worldfoodprize.org

Spouse Tour – Monday, September 8

We have an exciting spouse tour planned for this year’s conference. Below, please find a description of sites for the Monday, September 8th portion of the tour.

Detailed itinerary can be found here.

Brunch with First Lady Chris Branstad at Terrace Hill

First Lady Chris Branstad will host the spouses in the Iowa Governor’s Mansion, Terrace Hill, for a special tea/ brunch and private tour of the official residence of the Governor of Iowa. The meal will be prepared especially for the Spouse Tour showcasing the best of Iowa’s bounty.

Terrace Hill is an example of Second Empire architecture by William Boyington from Chicago, Illinois. Construction of Terrace Hill began in 1866 and finished in 1869. The private tour will include the first and second floors. The first floor of Terrace Hill is the formal area and includes the vestibule, Reception Room, Drawing Room, Music Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room and the Library. At the end of the Main Hall on the First Floor, there is a grand staircase that leads up to the second floor with a beautiful stained glass window. The formal office of the Governor is located on the second floor.


Private Tour of Salisbury House

Join us for an exclusive tour of Salisbury House. Salisbury House is a Tudor, Gothic and Carolean style manor home in Des Moines, Iowa. It was built by cosmetic magnate Carl Weeks and his wife between 1923 and 1928. Salisbury House was modeled after the English King’s House in Salisbury, England and contains 42 rooms. Salisbury House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The Weeks Family collected fine art, decorative art, rare books, historic documents and sculptures and many of their collections remain in Salisbury house and can be seen during the tour.

The halls of Salisbury House are lined with great works of art from such acclaimed artists as Anthony Van Dyck, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Joseph Stella, Lillian Genth, Jean Despujol, George Romney, Eduard Charlemont, John Carroll and Leon Kroll.

The Salisbury House Library is also an extraordinary repository of more than 3,000 rare and first edition books, ranging from hand-illuminated 13th Century psalteries through to manuscripts and first-editions of such 20th Century literary titans as James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and many others. These shelves also hold some 60 bibles -- including a leaf from the original printing of the Gutenberg Bible -- and many other significant religious tomes, including an 18th Century Qu'ran and a first edition Book of Mormon.

While the remarkable architecture at Salisbury House may be the first thing to draw visitors in, the exceptional collections contained within its walls are what truly make this a one-of-a-kind historic house museum experience.


Private tour of the Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center is a world-class museum in the heart of the Des Moines with a focus on contemporary art. The facilities include three major buildings by three architects who collaborated in the design of the museum: Eliel Saarinen; I.M. Pei; and Richard Meier. Art Center staff have developed a private tour designed especially for the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association delegation!

The Permanent Collections of the Des Moines Art Center are comprised of 20th- and 21st-century works of modern and contemporary art. In addition, there are singular examples from other styles and cultures including the Renaissance, Impressionism, and post-Impressionism; and 18th- and 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints. The entire collection currently stands at over 4,800 works art, including more than 4000 works on paper. The Permanent Collections include a number of individual collections, such as the Irma and Julian Brody Collection, John C. Huseby Print Collection, Louise Noun Collection of Art by Women, Paul and Anastasia Polydoran Collection, and most notably the Nathan Emory Coffin Collection.

The Art Center has built an important, world-renowned collection of modern and contemporary art. Highlights of the permanent collection include Constantin Brancusi (Maiastra, 1912-13), Georgia O’Keeffe (From the Lake No. 1, 1924), Edward Hopper (Automat, 1927), Eva Hesse (Untitled, 1970), Jeff Koons (New Shelton Wet/Dry Triple Decker, 1981), and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Untitled, 1984) just to name a few.

The Art Center also contains art by contemporary masters, including works dating from roughly 1960 to the present. Minimalist and post-Minimalist art of the 1960s and 1970s is particularly strong and features the work of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, and Ellsworth Kelly. Recent acquisitions include key works by Mona Hatoum, Leslie Hewitt, Ragnar Kjartansson, Yoshitomo Nara, Anselm Reyle, and Dario Robleto.