Looking ahead: 10 shows to mark on the 2012 calender

Jan 5, 2012

Looking ahead: 10 shows to mark on the 2012 calender

“Fuyuko Matsui: Becoming Friends with All the Children in the World” Yokohama Museum of ArtDec. 17, 2011-March 18.www.yaf.or.jp/yma The tall and strikingly good looking Fuyuko Matsui confirmed her status as the nation’s most media-friendly artist when she was included as one of just 10 ...

Heian Period 'Godfather' brought to life on NHK

Dec 30, 2011

Heian Period 'Godfather' brought to life on NHK

Marlon Brando’s title character in the 1972 film “The Godfather” might not be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of 12th century warlord Taira no Kiyomori, but the comparison has proven particularly effective for public broadcaster NHK, which will air ...

Seeking solace in artistic responses to March 11

Dec 22, 2011

Seeking solace in artistic responses to March 11

What can art do? What role can it play when the whole world seems suddenly unstable, unsure? At first, the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that followed sent the Japanese art world into a kind of stunned silence. And that was understandable. ...

Fumio Yamashita: May his epitaph be <em>tendenko</em>

| Dec 18, 2011

Fumio Yamashita: May his epitaph be tendenko

When a tsunami is coming, don’t try to look for your relatives. Don’t try to help the elderly, your grandparents or your parents. Don’t try to call your wife or your husband. Don’t think about your children or your grandchildren. Run. Save yourself. Such ...

How The Japan Times saved a foundering battleship, twice

Dec 18, 2011

How The Japan Times saved a foundering battleship, twice

Mikasa! The name of the mighty Japanese battleship will be as familiar to the world’s naval historians as it is now to viewers of NHK’s Sunday evening drama “Saka no Ue no Kumo” (“Clouds Over the slope”). It was the Mikasa that all but ...

Fashion grad holds art show inside Muji

Dec 9, 2011

Fashion grad holds art show inside Muji

Takehiko Sanada has an unusual background for an artist. He studied fashion and, from 1985 till 1992, he worked as a designer with Issey Miyake. But, take a look at the complex objects and sculptures the 48-year-old assembles from fabrics and other materials, and ...

Restless Arab region presents curatorial challenge

| Dec 1, 2011

Restless Arab region presents curatorial challenge

In mid-February, Mori Art Museum Associate Curator Kenichi Kondo noticed an article on the Nafas website, which specializes in art news from the Middle East. Egyptian media artist Ahmed Basiony, it said, had gone to Tahrir Square in Cairo to join the protests against ...

Nov 27, 2011

For the class of 2011, humor's a tonic they're eager to share

The Japan Times quizzed three current NSC tudents about their motivations and dreams — and about their thoughts on how the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11 will influence the future of the Class of 2011. Ryosuke Yusa (19; high school graduate; member ...

Comedy's a funny business in Japan

Nov 27, 2011

Comedy's a funny business in Japan

Downtown, Ninety-Nine, Cream Stew, Neptune, Bananaman, Penalty, Black Mayonnaise, Tutorial, License, King Kong, Peace, Punk Boo Boo, Slim Club, Oriental Radio . . . What on Earth is all this about? Well, if you are familiar with the daily deluge of delights offered up ...