'Leonardo da Vinci: Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana'

Apr 25, 2013

'Leonardo da Vinci: Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana'

Leonardo da Vinci is probably best-known for his “Mona Lisa,” but as a painter, artist and engineer, he was also one of the most prominent personalities of the Italian Renaissance. This exhibition brings to Japan various artworks and letters from the Biblioteca e Pinacoteca ...

ZZZ's continue a great year

Apr 19, 2013

ZZZ's continue a great year

It’s a new year that other indie bands could only dream of. Steady gigs, new releases and collaborations with established artists, they’ve all been on ZZZ’s schedule for the past few months. The Hyogo Prefecture trio released their second EP, “Magnetica,” in February, and ...

'Odilon Redon, Les Origines de la Fantaisie'

Apr 18, 2013

"Odilon Redon, Les Origines de la Fantaisie"

Paintings were originally created as representations of the physical world. However, as technologies such as photography were developed, the role of painting changed to that of portraying concepts that went beyond physical representation. The Realism movement of the late 19th century giving way to ...

'Japan's kitchen' to throw a party

Apr 12, 2013

'Japan's kitchen' to throw a party

Known as “Japan’s kitchen,” Osaka takes pride in its culinary tradition. However, foodies in Kansai will soon be able to taste foods from further afield. The International Food Expo Utage, held every four years, will take place at Intex Osaka from April 26 through ...

'Grand Exhibition of Sacred Treasures from Shinto Shrines'

Apr 11, 2013

"Grand Exhibition of Sacred Treasures from Shinto Shrines"

Shinto, a religion endemic to Japan, has had a tremendous impact on the country’s inhabitants, who believe that kami (gods) reside in Nature. Over the years, shinto shrines have sheltered various treasures given to them, including art, ancient objects and paintings. Tokyo National Museum, ...

'Genichiro Inokuma: Murals'

Apr 11, 2013

"Genichiro Inokuma: Murals"

“A painting is not something one should keep to oneself,” explains the mural artist Genichiro Inokuma. “It should bring joy and inspiration to as many people as possible.” This suits the recovery of a hidden mural by Inokuma that had been hidden for years ...

<em>Anime</em> set to the tune of 3/11 memories

Mar 31, 2013

Anime set to the tune of 3/11 memories

Under an overcast sky, an old farmer plants seeds in a field that had been ravaged by a tsunami. An angel watches his efforts and begs the sun to show itself, which it does, giving the farmer some hope. This is the story of ...

'Special Exhibition: Kano Sanraku and Sansetsu'

Mar 28, 2013

'Special Exhibition: Kano Sanraku and Sansetsu'

Established in the 15th century, the Kano School is one of Japan’s most famous institutions of Japanese-style painting. Its particular set of aesthetics dominated the genre for more than three centuries. Kyoto National Museum brings together a retrospective of the works of two Kano ...

Geek out on <em>anime</em> in Tokyo

Mar 22, 2013

Geek out on anime in Tokyo

The crux of the government’s “Cool Japan” initiative to promote Japanese culture overseas mostly hangs on anime, and this weekend a major anime-based event takes place in Tokyo. The Tokyo International Anime Fair will take place at Big Sight in the capital’s Odaiba district. ...