Changing the climate of architecture

Jun 23, 2011

Changing the climate of architecture

Hokkaido-born architect Jun Igarashi seems to be a bit out of his comfort zone in the stultifying humidity of Tokyo. As he chats in the Toto Gallery, where he is holding his first solo exhibition, he explains that he’s accustomed to the cooler and ...

Tokyo and Yokohama festival celebrates the art of brevity

Jun 17, 2011

Tokyo and Yokohama festival celebrates the art of brevity

Short films have traditionally been seen as a director’s starting block toward making their first feature. Yet with the art of filmmaking becoming ever cheaper, many have been sidestepping the short-film format, instead heading straight for a low-budget feature film. Yet short films are ...

Waraku Ensemble serve up some summer classics

Jun 16, 2011

Waraku Ensemble serve up some summer classics

Despite a day of torrential downpour to kick off Japan’s rainy season, Junnosuke Uehara is grinning from ear to ear. He’s got his shamisen with him and he says he’s excited to introduce a new person to the instrument. In fact, his love for ...

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Jun 10, 2011

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Works by the Swiss-born German painter Paul Klee have been shown in Japan several times. This time, however, the exhibiton at The National Museum of Modern Art focuses not on the actual art but on the artist’s intricate creation process. Klee himself was keenly ...

Fussa river is abuzz with light

Jun 10, 2011

Fussa river is abuzz with light

While many have cursed the early arrival of rainy season this year, the moisture-loving insects such as the firefly are likely to be in heaven. Residents of Fussa in Tokyo, however, must be hoping that the rain stays off this Saturday evening for the ...

Jun 3, 2011

Herzog movie marathon in Tokyo screens classics old and new

Werner Herzog is an acclaimed German director who is thought to be one of the best in his generation, in part due to his breathtaking filmmaking ability, but also because of what many consider his masterly visionary qualities. Tokyo readers will have a chance ...

'Making of Tokyo Sky Tree — Construction Site In The Sky'

Jun 3, 2011

"Making of Tokyo Sky Tree — Construction Site In The Sky"

In preparation for the 2012 completion of the Sky Tree, the world’s tallest communications tower, this exhibition offers an understanding behind the construction’s planning and building. Introducing the cutting-edge technology used to build the tower, and an understanding of the historical area in which ...

Thee Phantom's genre-blending screams 'Rap Me Amadeus!'

Jun 2, 2011

Thee Phantom's genre-blending screams 'Rap Me Amadeus!'

Many hip-hop artists spend their days scouring record bins for choice samples to rap over, but rarely do they go out and find an actual orchestra. As rapper Thee Phantom, Jeff McNeill is doing just that. McNeill has played at New York’s famed Carnegie ...