From Hollywood to Hirohito

| Jul 6, 2013

From Hollywood to Hirohito

From “Empire of the Sun” to “The Last Samurai,” and from “Memoirs of a Geisha” to “Babel” — when Hollywood film directors have turned their cameras to the Land of the Rising Sun, there is one person they have insisted on having by their ...

Jun 21, 2013

Irish poet to be focus of Yeats Day at Waseda

One of the first attempts to combine the literary traditions of the English and Japanese languages occurred in 1916, when Irish poet William Butler Yeats tried his hand at a noh play. The result, “At the Hawk’s Well,” tells the story of a mythological ...

Ginza galleries to cater to late-night art fans

Jun 7, 2013

Ginza galleries to cater to late-night art fans

Businessmen and women will have an easier chance to peruse some of the best art galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza district this week, as 25 of the establishments extend their opening hours for an event dubbed “Garo no Yakai” (“Gallery Night Party”). Some of Ginza’s ...

Join the crowd at Sanja festival

May 17, 2013

Join the crowd at Sanja festival

The story goes that precisely 1,385 years ago, two brothers, Hinokuma Hamanari and Hinokuma Takenari, were fishing in Sumida River when they discovered in their nets an unlikely object: a statue of the Bodhisattva Kannon. Buddhism itself was still little known in Japan back ...

Shigeru Ban: 'People's architect' combines permanence and paper

| Apr 7, 2013

Shigeru Ban: 'People's architect' combines permanence and paper

Generally speaking, an architect’s style is defined by particular forms or shapes. There’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s prominent horizontal lines, for instance; Le Corbusier’s simple white boxes; or, more recently, the deliberately abstract masses of Frank Gehry — of Guggenheim Bilbao fame.

Tokyo art blossoms in spring

Mar 22, 2013

Tokyo art blossoms in spring

It seems that this year everything is coming together for the Tokyo art world, literally. Ever since Art Fair Tokyo moved from its regular autumn timing to spring, various other art events have bloomed around the same cherry-blossom-touched season — with rival art fair ...