'Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces'

Aug 14, 2014

'Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces'

Japan first began producing porcelain during the early 17th century in Hizen Province, now the city of Arita in Saga Prefecture. Techniques from Korea were used with aesthetics influenced by Chinese Jingdezhen porcelain, a popular style at that time. Since many of the products ...

'Tanoshimu Ajiwau: Lyricism of Modern Japanese Paintings'

Aug 7, 2014

'Tanoshimu Ajiwau: Lyricism of Modern Japanese Paintings'

The Uemura family’s contribution to Japanese-style painting spans three generations of talented and important artists — Uemura Shoen (1875-1949), her son Shoko (1902-2001) and her grandson Atsushi (1933-). Known for its collection of Japanese-style paintings by all three, the Shouhaku Art Museum’s latest exhibition ...

'Into the Future: Visual Deception II'

Aug 7, 2014

'Into the Future: Visual Deception II'

Trompe l’oeil (optical-illusion art) painting has a long history, dating back to the 17th century, but trick art is not always about paintings that create illusions using realistic three-dimensional imagery. This exhibition traces the evolution of trick art from traditional tromp l’oeil paintings to ...

Jul 31, 2014

'Love' and the lost are among the top draws at the Yokohama Triennale

Strongly influenced by the Ray Bradbury novel “Fahrenheit 451,” this year’s Yokohama Triennale is divided into 11 different chapters (sections), each with its own theme. Some of the pieces, such as the exhibition’s largest, Michael Landy’s 30-sq.-meter “Art Bin,” make enough of an impact ...

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

Jul 31, 2014

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

The Bridgestone Museum of Art has in its collection close to 160 paintings related to the concept of “time.” Like chapters of a book, there are 24 different themes in this exhibition, with works representing the eras during which the featured artists lived. It ...

'Made in Japan 50's-60's'

Jul 31, 2014

'Made in Japan 50's-60's'

Fifty years have passed since the first Tokyo Olympics, and with the city’s winning bid for 2020, now is a good time to reflect on the cultural progression that helped Japan win the honor to host in 1964. Post-World War II Japan of the ...

Jul 25, 2014

Have your say on 'no dancing' law

Give those dancing shoes a polish — the National Police Agency will be accepting public comments on the country’s so-called fueihō anti-dancing law from today. A section of the Entertainment Business Control and Improvement Law (fūzoku eigyō-to no kisei oyobi gyōmu no tekiseika-to ni ...