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 ...

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Feb 20, 2013

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Long-term Japan resident, writer and critic Donald Richie, who through dozens of books and articles published from the late 1940s until the last decade helped introduce Japanese film and culture to the world, passed away in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to his long-term editor, ...