Kazuko Ide

For Kazuko Ide's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 31, 2007

Roppongi 'art triangle' paints new museum picture

When the National Art Center Tokyo was inaugurated Jan. 21, it was expected to attract about 1.5 million visitors in its first year. But the facility, which has become part of a trendsetting “art triangle” in the fashionable Roppongi redevelopment area, has already cleared ...

Mar 18, 2000

Getting your roots crossed

Contemporary art on the cutting edge and traditional crafts firmly rooted in the past seem poles apart. But what if their paths crossed? One answer to the question is currently on show in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, where various crafts — from ivory carving to ...

Feb 19, 2000

A tradition that's all pinned down

To decorate one’s hair with morning glories, complete with a tiny snail on one leaf, may not be everyone’s idea of chic. However, if they are fashioned by Tsuyoshi Ishida out of sheer silk, it is another matter. “The key step is creating the ...

Jan 15, 2000

The seven-flavored spice of life

For more than 370 years, Yagenbori’s merchandise has added zest to Japanese meals. The seven-colored seasoning is sprinkled on a variety of dishes, from a steaming bowl of soba (buckwheat) noodles to grilled fish. At the store in the heart of old Asakusa, seven ...

Aug 28, 1999

Nihonga exhibit blossoming

To be able to admire paintings by the nation’s top 120 nihonga artists in the confines of a single room sounds quite remarkable. Yet when the new assembly building of Zojoji Temple in Tokyo opens its doors in the spring of 2001, the coffered ...

| Jul 24, 1999

The food that never lets you down

Eventually, a bowl of steaming noodles will go soggy, the lettuce in a salad will go limp and turn brown and a piece of sushi will dry up. At Maizuru Co., however, all the food — from a slice of banana to a platter ...

| Apr 24, 1999

Combing through antiquity for quality

Unlike in those days when everyone wore kimono, Tsutomu Takeuchi’s customers today are somewhat limited in number: hairdressers for sumo wrestlers, theatrical coiffeurs and makers of Japanese coiffure bridal wigs, and a few longtime aficionados. Takeuchi is the 14th generation proprietor of Jusan-ya, a ...