'Tagasode Screens: The Kimono as Painting Theme'

Nov 6, 2014

'Tagasode Screens: The Kimono as Painting Theme'

“Whose outfits are these?” is a question you might ask when viewing tagasode (someone’s sleeve) painted screens, which feature kimonos lined up and hung on racks as their subjects. The idea behind this unusual choice of subject lies in an ancient classical poem that ...

'Georges Rouault Exhibition'

Nov 6, 2014

'Georges Rouault Exhibition'

As a contemporary of Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault (1871-1958) is often classified as a Fauvist, but his distinct style of extra-thick outlines and deep, dark colors was developed independently from any painting movement. His religious background as a devoted member of the Catholic church ...

'The Principles of Art by Genpei Akasegawa'

Oct 30, 2014

'The Principles of Art by Genpei Akasegawa'

The Chiba City Museum of Art has accumulated more than 500 works by Genpei Akasegawa, who sadly passed away this week. A multidisciplinary artist whose oeuvre includes everything from illustration, comics and photography to conceptual art and novels, he has left behind a legacy ...

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

Oct 29, 2014

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

Rather than seeking bloody vengeance, Takeshi Kitano, director of yakuza films “Violent Cop,” “Outrage” and “Beyond Outrage,” expressed his frustrations with the domestic film industry with pointed comments at a recent talk event in Tokyo. One of Japan’s foremost filmmakers and TV personalities, Kitano ...

'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

Oct 23, 2014

'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

On Oct. 29, Nakamuraya, a restaurant founded in 1901 in Shinjuku that became famous for Indian curry as well as Western- and Japanese-style confectionery, is opening a new building that will include the Nakamuraya Salon Museum on the third floor. Its inaugural exhibition, “Born ...

'Kyoto Sights and Specialities in Japanese Paintings'

Oct 23, 2014

'Kyoto Sights and Specialities in Japanese Paintings'

Kyoto first began to flourish as a tourist destination during the Edo Period (1603-1868) when improvements in transportation made it more accessible. Various local historical sites, crafts, performing arts and dishes attracted many visitors, and these cultural assets also became popular motifs in artworks. ...