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 ...

The magical mystery tour of 'media artist' Yuri Suzuki

Feb 12, 2010

The magical mystery tour of 'media artist' Yuri Suzuki

The youngest artist showing at “Cyber Arts Japan,” 29-year-old Yuri Suzuki, is among the generation that grew up immersed in the culture that informs so much of new media art today. He has received honorable mentions in Ars Electronica’s interactive art division for two ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nov 7, 2001

Between the real and the surreal

A whiff of the absurd was in the air at the closing ceremony of the 14th Tokyo International Film Festival, held Sunday at Orchard Hall in Shibuya. It wasn’t necessarily the presenters’ hairdos and breathless patter, nor the new formal dress code imposed on ...