Mar 29, 2012

Japan's tall stories of great towers in the city

Perhaps because we are upright, vertical animals, towers have always held a special fascination for us. The artist Taro Okamoto expressed this attraction in anthropomorphic terms when he designed the centerpiece of the 1970 Osaka Expo, the 70-meter-tall “Tower of the Sun” with its ...

Japan's tall stories of great towers in the city

Mar 29, 2012

Japan's tall stories of great towers in the city

Perhaps because we are upright, vertical animals, towers have always held a special fascination for us. The artist Taro Okamoto expressed this attraction in anthropomorphic terms when he designed the centerpiece of the 1970 Osaka Expo, the 70-meter-tall “Tower of the Sun” with its ...

Mar 23, 2012

Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization

The pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas are very much in the public’s mind this year due to the so-called Mayan Prophecy that suggests the world will end on Dec. 21. Perhaps any fear-mongering will have the positive effect of sparking increased interest in the ...

Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization

Mar 23, 2012

Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization

The pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas are very much in the public’s mind this year due to the so-called Mayan Prophecy that suggests the world will end on Dec. 21. Perhaps any fear-mongering will have the positive effect of sparking increased interest in the ...

Mar 22, 2012

Cutting-edge art in a tight spot

If you’re in the mood for an abstruse, slightly puzzling moment, head to Naka-Meguro, one of Tokyo’s acknowledged artistic odd spots, and get yourself to The Container: literally a metal cargo container — but one set in the midst of a hair salon. As ...

Cutting-edge art in a tight spot

Mar 22, 2012

Cutting-edge art in a tight spot

If you’re in the mood for an abstruse, slightly puzzling moment, head to Naka-Meguro, one of Tokyo’s acknowledged artistic odd spots, and get yourself to The Container: literally a metal cargo container — but one set in the midst of a hair salon. As ...

Mar 15, 2012

Tokyo's expansion west, and further

With the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake just passed, an awareness of Japan’s earthquake-prone nature is very much with us. But destructive as earthquakes are, they can also serve as catalysts for social, economic, and cultural change. This seems to be ...

Tokyo's expansion west, and further

Mar 15, 2012

Tokyo's expansion west, and further

With the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake just passed, an awareness of Japan’s earthquake-prone nature is very much with us. But destructive as earthquakes are, they can also serve as catalysts for social, economic, and cultural change. This seems to be ...

Mar 1, 2012

The varied colors of artistic process

There is a misconception about the avant-garde artist. It is routinely assumed by the general public that they are fountains of creativity, bristling with ideas and inspiration. A couple of major retrospectives at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, however, challenge this view. One exhibition ...

The varied colors of artistic process

Mar 1, 2012

The varied colors of artistic process

There is a misconception about the avant-garde artist. It is routinely assumed by the general public that they are fountains of creativity, bristling with ideas and inspiration. A couple of major retrospectives at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, however, challenge this view. One exhibition ...