Kiwako Tabata

For Kiwako Tabata's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Hokusai and Rivière: Two Series of 'Thirty-six Views''

Sep 2, 2011

"Hokusai and Rivière: Two Series of 'Thirty-six Views'"

Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most famous ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artists, known in particular for his “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji,” a series of prints depicting the iconic mountain. Around the end of the 19th century, when Japonism (Western art influenced by the ...

'Kohitsugire: Ancient Calligraphy Fragments'

Jul 8, 2011

"Kohitsugire: Ancient Calligraphy Fragments"

Kohitsugire are fragments of ancient calligraphy manuscripts. These sections or pages of text were originally part of scrolls or books such as the famous “Kokin Wakashu,” an Imperial anthology of poetry popular with aristocrats during the Heian and Kamakura periods. The fragments, which were ...

'Picasso's Guernica (tapestry) and other Collections'

Jul 8, 2011

"Picasso's Guernica (tapestry) and other Collections"

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, Guernica, a small town in the Basque country, was bombed by Nazi German supporters of Spain’s Nationalists. In response, Pablo Picasso painted his depiction of the carnage, and the painting became one of his most famous works. ...

'Tea Party a la Japonaise from the Davey Collection'

Jun 24, 2011

"Tea Party a la Japonaise from the Davey Collection"

“The joy of hospitality” is the main theme of this exhibition, which brings together teacups, teaspoons, glasses, vases and other paraphernalia used to entertain guests. In the late 19th century, Japanese arts and crafts were introduced at international expositions in various major cities across ...

'Symbols of Immortality: The Phoenix And The Lion'

Jun 10, 2011

"Symbols of Immortality: The Phoenix And The Lion"

This exhibition traces the symbolic use and transformation of the phoenix and lion in various aspects of Japanese culture. Both the phoenix and the lion are symbols of Chinese origins that are often associated with immortality. Throughout Japanese history, they have been used in ...

May 20, 2011

"Prints by Futami Shoichi"

Copperplate print artist Shoichi Futami’s work is known not only in Japan but also in Germany and other parts of Europe. This exhibition presents approximately 100 of his works from the 250 housed in the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura’s collection. Surveying 40 years ...

May 20, 2011

"Masuda Mitsuo's Bracing Metal Chasing: And Tomimoto Kenkichi"

Chasing is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is shaped by hammering to create low-relief decoration. This exhibition traces the work of metal-chaser and Japanese Living National Treasure Mitsuo Masuda with 60 pieces, including some from Masuda’s master, the ceramist Kenkichi Tomimoto. ...