Summer goes out with a bang

Sep 28, 2012

Summer goes out with a bang

Summer is the season of fireworks in Japan, and, fittingly, it ends with a bang. This Saturday night, the city of Tsuchiura in Ibaraki Prefecture will host its annual fireworks competition, and, as always, the event will provide around 60 of the nation’s best ...

Quake focus at short-film fest in Sendai

Sep 14, 2012

Quake focus at short-film fest in Sendai

Miyagi Prefecture’s capital, Sendai, was the largest city to suffer major damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, so it makes sense that its long-running short-film festival would turn its attention to the disaster and recovery efforts. The 2012 edition of the ...

Sail through time with hobikisen on Lake Kasumigaura

Sep 9, 2012

Sail through time with hobikisen on Lake Kasumigaura

It’s difficult to imagine what Lake Kasumigaura in Ibaraki Prefecture would have looked like a century ago. Most of its surrounding areas have now become dormitory towns for Tokyo, just 50 km to the southwest. These days, too, where the traditional old lotus paddies ...

Hammer-Head studio to support young artists in Yokohama

Sep 6, 2012

Hammer-Head studio to support young artists in Yokohama

Ever since 2002, when then-Yokohama mayor Hiroshi Nakada lit the fuse on his Creative City plan, Tokyo’s southern neighbor has hosted a more-or-less unbroken series of cultural events that have leaped, Chinese firework-style, back and forth between the city’s many hitherto-underutilized publicly owned buildings. ...

New MoMA show promises to put Tokyo, and Japan, on the world art map

| Aug 16, 2012

New MoMA show promises to put Tokyo, and Japan, on the world art map

Local commentators have long bemoaned Japanese art historians’ apparent inability to contextualize their country’s artistic output within the global art-history narrative. Thank goodness for MoMA. New York’s Museum of Modern Art will from Nov. 18 host a large exhibition devoted to the artistic ferment ...