Sail through time with hobikisen on Lake Kasumigaura

Sep 9, 2012

Sail through time with hobikisen on Lake Kasumigaura

It’s difficult to imagine what Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture would have looked like a century ago. Most of its surrounding areas have now become dormitory towns for Tokyo, just 50 km to the southwest. These days, too, where the traditional old lotus paddies ...

Hammer-Head studio to support young artists in Yokohama

Sep 6, 2012

Hammer-Head studio to support young artists in Yokohama

Ever since 2002, when then-Yokohama mayor Hiroshi Nakada lit the fuse on his Creative City plan, Tokyo’s southern neighbor has hosted a more-or-less unbroken series of cultural events that have leaped, Chinese firework-style, back and forth between the city’s many hitherto-underutilized publicly owned buildings. ...

New MoMA show promises to put Tokyo, and Japan, on the world art map

| Aug 16, 2012

New MoMA show promises to put Tokyo, and Japan, on the world art map

Local commentators have long bemoaned Japanese art historians’ apparent inability to contextualize their country’s artistic output within the global art-history narrative. Thank goodness for MoMA. New York’s Museum of Modern Art will from Nov. 18 host a large exhibition devoted to the artistic ferment ...

Nara's 'No Nukes Girl' joins the protesters

Jul 20, 2012

Nara's 'No Nukes Girl' joins the protesters

Opportunities to see artworks by Yoshitomo Nara have increased dramatically in recent weeks — and it’s not just because of his exhibition, “a bit like you and me…,” which is at the Yokohama Museum of Art through Sept. 23. Nara has long been opposed ...

Yoshitomo Nara puts the heart back in art

Jul 20, 2012

Yoshitomo Nara puts the heart back in art

The induction of manga-style painting into Japan’s contemporary art canon over the last 15 years can be put down to the work of not one but two artists. Sure, it was Takashi Murakami who laid the theoretical foundations, spelling out links with classical painting ...