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Mio Yamada

Mio Yamada is the Art, Life & Style editor of The Japan Times. A former magazine editor and trends researcher, when she’s not perusing galleries you’ll find her taking photos and being distracted by shiny objects. She’s also surprisingly British.

For Mio Yamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

Aug 21, 2014

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

On May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris witnessed what has become a tale of artistic scandal re-told and exaggerated to almost mythic proportions. It is said that just seconds after the stage curtain was raised, the Ballet Russes’ performance of Igor ...

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

Jun 25, 2014

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

Ghouls, monsters, specters, ghosts — all manner of the supernatural have long fascinated and frightened in all cultures, but the Japanese have historically enjoyed a particularly entertaining, and pictorial, relationship with the eerie and uncanny. Through a selection of around 250 yōkai (ghouls and ...

Old ways to break the mold of mass production

Dec 18, 2013

Old ways to break the mold of mass production

The simplicity of form and color on display at “Product Design Today: Creating ‘Made in Japan’ ” is undeniable. The ceramics are predominantly white, wooden items reveal natural grains, cast iron is kept jet black, contours are uncomplicated and there is not one single ...

Find art contained at affordable prices

Dec 12, 2013

Find art contained at affordable prices

The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo’s art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of “art for everyone” one step further with its latest show. Described as “shamelessly” manufacturing and retailing contemporary art ...

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

Dec 5, 2013

Original gifts pop up in Harajuku

If you’re out of ideas for gifts this Christmas, photographic art specialists Subject Matter and creative agency UltraSuperNew’s Pop Up Gallery is worth a visit. Curated by Liezel Strauss, founder of Subject Matter Art & My Japan, items for sale range from limited-edition, framed ...

Issei Suda: everything but square

Nov 6, 2013

Issei Suda: everything but square

Baring its teeth and twisting awkwardly as it struggles against a rope around its neck, the distressed goat in Issei Suda’s 1976 photo appears slightly demonic. Its white fur glows uncannily against a mass of dark branches, while its mud-streaked horns and hooves make ...

The poster nation of unusual graphic design

Sep 4, 2013

The poster nation of unusual graphic design

Art often thrives as it wriggles out from under a big heavy rock. This can be said about creativity in Czechoslovakia from the 1960s to ’80s. As the nation broke free of Stalinism, careered toward the Prague Spring and then finally celebrated the end ...

Darren Johnston: dance's accidental controversialist

Aug 19, 2013

Darren Johnston: dance's accidental controversialist

In 2003, prominent arts writer Allen Robertson wrote in The Times: “If there was a Turner Prize for dance, Darren Johnston would undoubtedly be on the shortlist.” Robertson was referring to the creator of “Silicon Sensorium,” which played to packed audiences at the Purcell ...

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

Jul 31, 2013

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

Standing in front of the largest work at the Dojima River Biennale, currently showing at the Dojima River Forum in Fukushima, Osaka, is a mesmerizing experience. A 10-meter-tall digital projection of an ethereal cascading waterfall, it glows mysteriously as its gentle rumbling permeates the ...