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Dec 24, 2010

'Snapshots Cast Their Spell'; 'Radiant Moments: The New Snapshot'

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Closes Feb. 6 The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has chosen to link two concurrent shows by using the word “snapshot” in both titles; appropriately, the curatorial intent is a bit blurry and underdeveloped. Yes, many of the works ...

Man Ray: The bright ideas of an original

Aug 13, 2010

Man Ray: The bright ideas of an original

“Unconcerned but Not Indifferent” reads the gravestone epitaph of American-born artist Man Ray, who was buried in his adopted hometown, Montparnasse, Paris. The same phrase is used for the title of an exhibition of the enigmatic artist now showing at the National Art Center, ...

Red and black and spread all over

Jun 4, 2010

Red and black and spread all over

The avant-garde generally gravitates toward absolutes; you’re either with them or against them. But how often in history has progressive art been created in service of the state’s one-size-fits-all ideology? Not many, and perhaps the best-known example is the group that appeared in a ...

Cyber Arts Japan: As interactive as they want to be

Feb 12, 2010

Cyber Arts Japan: As interactive as they want to be

“What are silk screen prints doing in a show of media art?” This was the first question thrown at curator Tomoe Moriyama at the opening-day press conference for “Cyber Arts Japan,” currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. It came from a ...

Cleansing your mind with a little creativity

Oct 12, 2007

Cleansing your mind with a little creativity

Nasu Kogen is proudly promoted as a vacation spot of the Imperial family. Judging by the numerous pamphlets at the station’s welcome center, the area, about an hour and a half north of Tokyo, certainly wants to offer something for the whole family — ...

And the winner, by a nose, is . . .

Nov 3, 2005

And the winner, by a nose, is . . .

Speaking at the news conference following the closing ceremony of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, lead actor Koichi Sato said that while working on “Yuki ni Negau Koto (What the Snow Brings)” he “never imagined that this film would go on to receive ...

Back into the pit of vipers

May 5, 2004

Back into the pit of vipers

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Rating: * * * * (out of 5) Director: Quentin Tarantino Running time: 136 minutes Language: English Currently showing [See Japan Times movie listings] True originality is a many-splintered thing. Let us recall that Shakespeare was indebted to Marlowe, Picasso ...

Men among monsters in deep Yamagata

Feb 23, 2003

Men among monsters in deep Yamagata

When it comes to ski resorts, Japan has virtually everything you could want. For serious powder, there are the wonderlands of Niseko in Hokkaido or Hachimantai in Iwate. For those looking for Western-style apres-ski, there’s the posh Arai Mountain and Spa. And for the ...

Feb 3, 2002

A small taste of heaven

Echigo Yuzawa Station is a well-trod portal to Niigata’s famed snow country, bustling this time of year with the comings and goings of skiers and boarders. But however fine the powder, there’s an excellent reason to linger: The Ponshu-kan (Sake Museum) located in the ...

Need a powder fix? Go boarding out of bounds

Dec 2, 2001

Need a powder fix? Go boarding out of bounds

Anyone who has skied or boarded on a weekend in Japan knows the story: the well-groomed slopes, blanketed with skiers and boarders making their way up and down as loudspeakers blare pop music and shrill announcements. And then there are the cattle-corral cafeterias, the ...