Donald Eubank

For Donald Eubank's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

In celebration of the yin of butoh

Jul 23, 2010

In celebration of the yin of butoh

“In 1949, Tatsumi Hijikata saw Kazuo Ohno perform for the first time. He was moved and described Ohno-sensei’s dance as geki yaku — like a powerful drug or deadly poison. Ohno-sensei was a dancer of powerful poison!” exclaims Takeshi Morishita of Keio University’s Tatsumi ...

Immigration procedures face huge shakeup

| Jul 20, 2010

Immigration procedures face huge shakeup

As of July 1, there are big changes afoot for the laws governing foreign residency in Japan. Not since 1990, when the categories of residence increased from 18 to 27, has the Ministry of Justice’s Immigration Bureau undergone such a wholesale reordering of its ...

Colorful memories from William Eggleston's world

Jun 18, 2010

Colorful memories from William Eggleston's world

William Eggleston is not one to think too much about theory. While you might anguish over the “mediated nature of photography,” he’ll be out taking pictures. When establishing my lack of bona fides during our interview at the Hara Museum in Tokyo last week ...

Who's subscribing to Tokyo's new creative Tabloid?

Jun 3, 2010

Who's subscribing to Tokyo's new creative Tabloid?

If you want to launch a new cross-discipline creative space, you could do worse than invite pop diva Lady Gaga and flamboyant New York-based artist Terence Koh. On April 20, the media darlings celebrated the opening of Tabloid, a new creative center near Tokyo’s ...

'Roppongi Crossing' may be better when crowded

| Apr 9, 2010

'Roppongi Crossing' may be better when crowded

At the opening press conference for “Roppongi Crossing 2010,” the U.S-based French artist Jules de Balincourt said that he was impressed how the exhibition revealed to him that the contemporary art being produced in Japan could just as easily have been created anywhere in ...

The world's most eclectic renter

Mar 12, 2010

The world's most eclectic renter

“When you go out on the street and walk on the sidewalk, someone has decided where the sidewalk is. You take your car and drive the car; someone decided the roadway — you have a red light and a green light. Actually, we are ...

To the cosmos and then back down to Earth

Dec 11, 2009

To the cosmos and then back down to Earth

Artist Chris Bucklow has been many things: a writer, a curator and, just as relevantly, an amateur astronomer. A trip to Botswana to view Halley’s comet was the impetus to finally leave London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where he had worked for 10 years, ...

Under the guise of medical history, the Mori gets radical

Dec 4, 2009

Under the guise of medical history, the Mori gets radical

Don’t be distracted by the big names showing at “Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love” — Da Vinci, Okyo, Damien Hirst — the jewels of the show lie in the obscure — timeworn or contemporary. “Medicine and Art” at the ...

'Marcus Coates: Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Winner'

| Nov 13, 2009

"Marcus Coates: Daiwa Foundation Art Prize Winner"

Tomio Koyama GalleryCloses Nov. 21 When asked why he considers his work “art,” Marcus Coates says, “Because no one else would do this,” pointing to his installation “Dawn Chorus” (2007) at Tomio Koyama Gallery. It’s a fair point — the video piece that took ...

Traveling through a symphony of art

Aug 21, 2009

Traveling through a symphony of art

Several weeks ago at the Fuji Rock music festival, I realized that I might be in the wrong game. The art world is about the object: You look at a work, often something inert, and attempt to discern from it an emotion, a meaning ...