'Japan's long-selling products'

Oct 6, 2011

"Japan's long-selling products"

P&P Gallery/Printing Museum, TokyoCloses Nov. 6 If you have ever seen a product on a store shelf in Japan and thought that its packaging was surprisingly retro, the reason could be that its design hasn’t actually changed much in the years since it was ...

'Kokeshi Doll Exhibition'

Jul 14, 2011

"Kokeshi Doll Exhibition"

CLASKA Gallery & Shop “Do” Closes July 31 For a popular souvenir of Japan, the traditional wooden kokeshi doll has a surprisingly little-documented history. While it’s known that they were first made sometime during the mid- to late-Edo Period (1603-1867) in the northeastern region ...

ArtGig offers 'Dirty, dirty! Sex, sex!' — for free

Apr 29, 2011

ArtGig offers 'Dirty, dirty! Sex, sex!' — for free

When curator Shai Ohayon says he’s organizing 12 hours of “dirty, dirty, sex, sex” in Shinjuku, he’s not making a sordid offer. He’s refering to the title of the first Tokyo ArtGig, a planned series of themed “art happenings” born from his desire to ...

'Artists' Action For Japan'

Apr 22, 2011

'Artists' Action For Japan'

Tokyo Midtown Atrium April 23-24 If you’re an art student of limited means, what can you do to help the relief efforts for the Great Eastern earthquake and tsunami? The students of Tokyo University of Arts came up with one idea: Artists’ Action For ...

Inside a construction site of an artist's mind

Mar 25, 2011

Inside a construction site of an artist's mind

Tokyo-based Scottish artist Jack McLean’s creepy-cute anthropomorphized planks of wood are weird enough on their own, but crammed together inside The Container, a new art space in Tokyo’s Naka-Meguro district, they are even more unnerving. Huddled in corners, leaning against walls and hanging precariously ...

'Wing Shya: Female Trouble'

Feb 25, 2011

'Wing Shya: Female Trouble'

Gallery Speak For Closes March 2 Hong Kong-based Wing Shya is primarily a fashion photographer, known for edgy editorial spreads in Britain’s iD, French Vogue, Japan’s Men’s no-no magazines and more, so it’s not surprising that he has chosen stunningly beautiful women as the ...

Realizing the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

Jan 7, 2011

Realizing the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

A temporary pavilion in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park seems like an unlikely venue for showcasing the hallowed works of Leonardo da Vinci, but for this particular exhibition, the big top-like structure is appropriate. “Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius” is aimed straight at the general public. ...

Rethinking traditional urushi lacquerware

Nov 19, 2010

Rethinking traditional urushi lacquerware

London, it appears, is a good place to learn about both past and present Japan. Last year, as Britain celebrated 150 years of cultural exchange with Japan, it hosted a number of major shows, including a large-scale matsuri (festival) in Spitalfields Market, a comprehensive ...

Going back to school for alternative art

Aug 20, 2010

Going back to school for alternative art

A first-time visitor to 3331 Arts Chiyoda might be equally intrigued and confused. To the left of the entrance, there’s a wide open space with only tables and chairs; in the center, a small booth with shelves stuffed with toys; to the right, a ...