'Junzo Sakakura in Architectural Documents'

Nov 27, 2013

'Junzo Sakakura in Architectural Documents'

A renowned architect and former president of the Architectural Association of Japan, Junzo Sakakura (1901—1969), was a Tokyo Imperial University graduate who went on to become studio chief at the modern-architecture pioneer Le Corbusier’s atelier in Paris. After he returned to Japan to establish ...

'Koji Kakinuma: Exploring Calligraphy'

Nov 27, 2013

'Koji Kakinuma: Exploring Calligraphy'

Featuring works of contemporary calligrapher Koji Kakinuma, this exhibition focuses on shodō (japanese calligraphy) style, showcasing the artist’s modern twist on the classic art form. Koji is well known for his strong reverence for traditional Japanese calligraphy, but it is his unique modern aesthetic ...

Sunny, Volume 1

Nov 23, 2013

Sunny, Volume 1

“Sunny” is the latest manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto to be translated into English. Similar to his previous hit, “Tekkonkinkreet,” the story’s central theme is the melancholy of youth, and how children in difficult situations struggle to find their own self-identity. Sunny, Volume 1, ...

Precarious Japan

Nov 23, 2013

Precarious Japan

“Precarious Japan” is a forward-thinking commentary on the current state of Japan, detailing a progressive history from the economic collapse in 1991 to how the country functions today in a modern, post-earthquake society. Precarious Japan, Anne Allison, DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS Based on extensive fieldwork, ...

A showcase of established and new film talent

Nov 21, 2013

A showcase of established and new film talent

Any cinephile that may have left the Tokyo International Film Festival feeling underwhelmed by its high-profile film showings can get their art-cinema fix at this often-underrated rival — Tokyo Filmex. This event is centered around a main competition featuring 10 films by both established ...

'Celestial Dance:  The Art of Hiten'

Nov 20, 2013

'Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten'

Hiten, bodhisattvas that fly and dance in praise of Buddha, are wondrous beings, sometimes refered to as “flying angels.” This exhibition focuses on the Buddhist symbols and their portrayal in various art forms, including sculptures and paintings. Ahead of the reopening of the renovated ...

'Kawase Hasui'

Nov 20, 2013

'Kawase Hasui'

Japanese painter Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) was a prominent artist of the shin-hanga (new prints) style. After studying ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) and nihonga (Japanese-style painting) under Kiyokata Kaburagi, he quickly became particularly well known for his skill at landscapes and scenic settings. This exhibition is ...

Light and Dark

Nov 16, 2013

Light and Dark

“Light and Dark” is one of the late Natsume Soseki’s longest and most famous masterpieces. Although the allure is partly due to its lack of a concrete ending because of Soseki’s untimely death, the novel (sans ending) is still considered to be one of ...