Bending the rules with architecture

Nov 17, 2011

Bending the rules with architecture

German-born, Tokyo-based architect Florian Busch says that witnessing a building rise from an open plot of land is like watching a plant grow. “You watch as every leaf sprouts,” he says. “Architecture takes such a long time, but the satisfaction when you see something ...

Nov 4, 2011

Innovation abounds at Tokyo Designers Week

If ever proof was needed of the efficacy of Tokyo Designers Week, the annual designers’ trade show currently under way at Tokyo’s Meiji Jingu Gaien park, then it is apparent at booth D14, where designer Atsuhiro Hayashi is showing his wares. In 2009, just ...

Innovation abounds at Tokyo Designers Week

| Nov 4, 2011

Innovation abounds at Tokyo Designers Week

If ever proof was needed of the efficacy of Tokyo Designers Week, the annual designers’ trade show currently under way at Tokyo’s Meiji Jingu Gaien park, then it is apparent at booth D14, where designer Atsuhiro Hayashi is showing his wares. In 2009, just ...

The most popular exhibition in the world

Oct 28, 2011

The most popular exhibition in the world

Once upon a time, more than 1,000 years ago, there was a small island nation ruled over by an emperor and empress. Fascinated by what lay across the sea, the emperor sent out envoys to bring back treasures from afar — glittering glassware, lutes ...

Japanese arts course opens door to foreigners

Oct 20, 2011

Japanese arts course opens door to foreigners

There is a small slither of land in Tokyo’s Kita-Aoyama district that is wedged between the rolling grounds of the grand, Neo-Baroque-style Akasaka Palace state guesthouse and the equally expansive, tree-lined grounds of the granite-constructed Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. Given the nature of the ...

Print show  profits to help  quake victims

Oct 14, 2011

Print show profits to help quake victims

Art fans have the chance to enjoy one of Japan’s longest running exhibitions and help out the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake at the same time this weekend, when the College Women’s Association of Japan hosts its annual print show at the ...

Shedding new light on architecture and art

Oct 13, 2011

Shedding new light on architecture and art

The floor is made of white concrete, but it hugs the contours of the ground so closely that it could be satin cloth. And the roof, apparently anchored to the ground only by a curtain of glass at its perimeter, appears to float in ...