'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

Nov 27, 2014

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

In support of the activities of up-and-coming artists across the country, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is holding its third edition of “Group Show of Contemporary Artists,” an exhibition separated into six different themes that this year include the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, ...

'Heartwarming, Gentle Japanese Paintings'

Nov 27, 2014

'Heartwarming, Gentle Japanese Paintings'

Being able to fully enjoy Japanese paintings may seem a bit daunting when its aesthetics and subjects seem so far from popular contemporary art. The Adachi Museum of Art, however, suggests that Japanese-style painting is not as different as you may think. Humorous characters, ...

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

Nov 20, 2014

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

The work of sound artist Yoshihide Otomo, who is best known recently for his score for the 2013 hit TV drama “Amachan,” is being showcased in this exhibition designed to explore the strong relationship between music and art. Otomo’s 2008 installation, “Quartets,” takes place ...

'Rei Naito: The Emotion of Belief'

Nov 20, 2014

'Rei Naito: The Emotion of Belief'

After three years of renovation work, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is reopening on Nov. 22 with an additional wing, which will be the venue for the museum’s new lineup of contemporary art, videos and performing-arts projects. The wing’s inaugural exhibition features contemporary ...

Getting crafty with ideas at Maker Faire Tokyo

Nov 20, 2014

Getting crafty with ideas at Maker Faire Tokyo

Walking into the makeshift laboratory of Skeletonics, Inc. in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji, it’s impossible not to notice the nearly 3-meter-tall robotic exoskeleton in the room. Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku and Tomohiro Aka created the contraption and introduced it to the public via video-streaming ...

'Ikiru Monotachi e: The message from the nature'

Nov 13, 2014

'Ikiru Monotachi e: The message from the nature'

Himeji City Museum of Art has been holding exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Harima and Tajima in Hyogo Prefecture since 1986. This year, under the theme “Ikiru Monotachi e” (“To living things”), the exhibition explores the value of life and our environment through the ...

'La Chalcographie du Musee du Louvre'

Nov 13, 2014

'La Chalcographie du Musee du Louvre'

As the largest museum in the world, the Louvre houses some of the greatest masterpieces — Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the ancient Greek statue “Venus de Milo” to name a couple. This show focuses on chalcographic works, such as lithographic prints, from ...

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

Nov 13, 2014

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

It has been 56 years since photographer Ikko Narahara’s early masterpiece “Oukoku (Kingdom)” (1958) has been shown in Tokyo. This collection of images, “Domains” was first published in 1958, and features photographs taken at a monastery alongside those taken at a women’s prison — ...

Kendama: great balls of fire

Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: great balls of fire

The photographers who attended the Catch & Flow tournament in September would have been well advised to keep an eye on their equipment, as some of the tricks performed during the freestyle competition were so outrageous that balls flew dangerously close to their lenses. ...