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 ...

Burger pros to expand their culinary scope

Oct 7, 2011

Burger pros to expand their culinary scope

So you’ve eaten Big Macs and Quarter Pounders for years, and you’ve even acquired a taste for the burgers Freshness and Mos. But answer this, would-be hamburger expert: Have you ever tried a Betsukai Jumbo Scallop Burger from Hokkaido? Or a Beef Stock Ramen ...

Average Joes become champions on 'Sasuke'

| Sep 30, 2011

Average Joes become champions on 'Sasuke'

“Pole dancer! Pole dancer!! Pole dancer!!!” From the bellowing announcement thumping through the speakers, you might think we’re in a night club. We’re not. But, without doubt, the location is just as fabled as many nocturnal haunts, and the atmosphere is just as electric. ...

Chim↑Pom and the art of social engagement

Sep 29, 2011

Chim↑Pom and the art of social engagement

Most commercial art galleries in Tokyo — or anywhere in the world, for that matter — would be happy to get 100 visitors through the door in a day. Artist collective Chim↑Pom’s most recent exhibition, “Real Times,” which was held over six days in ...

Top architects lend their expertise to rebuilding

Sep 25, 2011

Top architects lend their expertise to rebuilding

The involvement of architects in redeveloping the many towns and cities affected by March 11′s Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami is not as common as might be expected. Rather, local governments are primarily partnering for such work with civil engineering firms. ...