Moss art: growing a masterpiece

| Nov 18, 2012

Moss art: growing a masterpiece

What’s green, fuzzy and has a starring role in Japan’s national anthem? And no, it’s not Kermit the Frog, who wasn’t around when the lyrics for “Kimigayo” are thought to have been penned, sometime in the 9th century. The answer is moss — the ...

Disaster looms large for artist 'genius' Makoto Aida

Nov 16, 2012

Disaster looms large for artist 'genius' Makoto Aida

What to make of Makoto Aida? One day, he’s filling a giant blender with thousands of naked young girls and whirring them into a bloody concoction. The next he’s piling up dead salarymen into a great mountain — nay, several great mountains, which recede ...

What is art in the face of disaster?

Oct 25, 2012

What is art in the face of disaster?

Broadly speaking, two types of art have emerged in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the ensuing tsunami and nuclear crisis. On the one hand there is art that has been made for the crisis — that is to say, for the ...

Print show profits to fund scholarships

Oct 19, 2012

Print show profits to fund scholarships

One of Japan’s most respected exhibitions of prints takes place this weekend, as the Tokyo American Club plays host to the College Women’s Association of Japan’s annual print show. The star of the 57th CWAJ Print Show will be Hideshi Yoshida, a 43-year-old who ...

All aboard for Art Area B1

Oct 12, 2012

All aboard for Art Area B1

If you can’t bring the people to the art, take the art to the people: This thinking, which for more than a decade has inspired art-in-the-street and art-in-the-countryside projects, last year engendered its oddest event yet: “Art-in-the-underground-train-station-concourse”! Still, as the so-called Art Area B1 ...

Young pianist Umi delighted to capture Osaka prize

Oct 4, 2012

Young pianist Umi delighted to capture Osaka prize

Notwithstanding the best efforts of Typhoon Jelawat, which swept over Osaka on Saturday night, the 13th Osaka International Music Competition was held over the weekend, with more than 800 musicians from around the world competing in 40 categories and age groups. The winner in ...

Telework answers rural and disabled needs

Sep 30, 2012

Telework answers rural and disabled needs

Disaster mitigation and a better “work-life balance” for staff are not the only benefits of having employees working outside the office, an increasing range of companies are now coming to realize. Among these are two that are each pioneering a unique application for telework ...

Teleworking: Home sweet ... office

Sep 30, 2012

Teleworking: Home sweet ... office

On March 13, 2011, just two days after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as massive aftershocks rocked the capital and fears of a radioactive cloud spreading over the country seemed all-too real, Yasuyuki Higuchi, president of a Tokyo-based software company, sat down and typed ...