Daisuke Kikuchi

For Daisuke Kikuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mysterious 'Evangelion' short film released

Dec 21, 2014

Mysterious 'Evangelion' short film released

A brief but revealing chapter in Hideaki Anno’s ongoing cult anime series, “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” was released Friday on the Animator Expo website. The series, first broadcast in October, 1995, has been turned into a four-part series of films set in a post-apocalyptic future ...

'Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium'

Dec 18, 2014

'Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium'

As the finale of a series of shows commemorating Bunkamura The Museum’s 25th anniversary, this exhibition features the florilegium works of Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Banks, a naturalist and botanist, was appointed as a member of the scientific expedition onboard Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour. ...

'Chie Matsui: A story'

Dec 18, 2014

'Chie Matsui: A story'

Chie Matsui’s silk-screen installations, which have been made to reflect Gallery Nomart’s history as a printing company, were created exclusively for this exhibition in a collaboration with the Nomart Editions publishing team. The main theme, “Tongari Yama,” translates as “Pointy Mountain” and refers to ...

'Lyota Yagi Solo Exhibition: Science / Fiction'

Dec 18, 2014

'Lyota Yagi Solo Exhibition: Science / Fiction'

Since its foundation in 1975, the Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery has gained a reputation of impressively utilizing its 1,300-sq.-meter space to effectively showcase contemporary art exhibitions. Split into five separate rooms, the space is currently focusing on a number of shows highlighting young, talented artists ...

'17th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow'

Dec 11, 2014

'17th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow'

For the past 47 years, Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs has run overseas study programs for young artists, providing opportunities for them to experience new environments and gain different perspectives. Having given more than 3,000 artists such opportunities, the program’s annual Domani exhibition highlights ...

'Bishojo: Young Pretty Girls in Art History'

Dec 11, 2014

'Bishojo: Young Pretty Girls in Art History'

Bishōjo (beautiful young girls) are familiar characters of contemporary Japanese pop culture, featured widely in manga and anime, such as “Sailor Moon” and the more recent “Pretty Cure” series. But Japan’s fascination with illustrating cute girls has a longer history than you may imagine. ...

'The Imaginary World of Fumio Nambata'

Dec 4, 2014

'The Imaginary World of Fumio Nambata'

Fifteen years is a short time for an artistic career, but for prolific painter Fumio Nambata (1941-1974), it was long enough to complete more than 2,000 works before his untimely death at age 32. Though influenced by the 1960s culture of his youth, Nambata’s ...

'Whistler Retrospective'

Dec 4, 2014

'Whistler Retrospective'

The Yokohama Museum of Art commemorates its 25th anniversary with this retrospective of James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Whistler was one of the pioneers of Japonism, taking inspiration from ukiyo-e prints and paintings, as well as from the traditional crafts of Japan. The flattened ...

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

Nov 27, 2014

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closing its fifth- and sixth-floor exhibition rooms for renewal (to reopen on March 28 next year) but it stresses that this will not have a negative effect on its current exhibition. Instead, it’s bringing most of the permanent exhibits to ...