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 ...

Next stop Kairakuen in bloom

Feb 22, 2013

Next stop Kairakuen in bloom

There is no better time than February and March to visit Kairakuen, the picturesque garden just south of Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, that was built in the 1840s by the seventh daimyo of the Mito clan, Tokugawa Nariaki. For starters, the 3,000-plus plum trees that ...