Aqua art makes for fishy frames

Jul 11, 2013

Aqua art makes for fishy frames

Some say beauty can get you far in life. That’s true this weekend, at least for our friends with fins. Plain goldfish are often relegated to being the cheap prizes in the kingyo-sukui (goldfish scooping) challenge popular at summer festivals and fairs. Their well-bred ...

'The Beauty of Japanese-style Calligraphy'

Jul 10, 2013

'The Beauty of Japanese-style Calligraphy'

The Tokyo National Museum’s Heiseikan’s latest exhibition explores the history of calligraphy in Japan. First imported with the Chinese writing system, calligraphy developed a distinct Japanese style in the mid-Heian period (796-1185). This exhibition documents the changes in Japanese writing styles by presenting a ...

'Shuji Terayama: Knock'

Jul 3, 2013

'Shuji Terayama: Knock'

Commemorating 30 years since the passing of avant-garde writer and artist Shuji Terayama, this exhibition brings together artifacts from his 30-hour street play, “Knock.” In 1975, Terayama and his theater troupe used Tokyo’s Asagaya neighborhood in Suginami Ward as the stage for this work, ...

Cultural agency doles out awards to those promoting Japan

Jun 30, 2013

Cultural agency doles out awards to those promoting Japan

Twelve distinguished figures, including eight foreigners, received awards Friday from the Cultural Affairs Agency for their efforts in cultural exchange and promotion of Japanese culture abroad. At a ceremony in Tokyo, Agency Commissioner Seiichi Kondo presented seven of the recipients with the “commissioner’s awards,” ...

Festival flea markets are a treat

Jun 28, 2013

Festival flea markets are a treat

The Japanese have a knack for putting hard-to-describe feelings into words. A good example is the word “mottainai,” used when expressing regret over wasting a resource or opportunity. It’s an expression that’s getting good use recently, as society makes a push to be more ...

July Live

Jun 27, 2013

July Live

Though you might be dreading July, with its sweltering heat and seasonal rain, the month makes up for it with a slew of exciting concerts. It’s time to let loose — and pray the venues have air conditioning. Here’s a selection of what July ...

'Andreas Gursky'

Jun 27, 2013

'Andreas Gursky'

Hailing from Germany, Andreas Gursky has long been one of the most revered names in contemporary photography. In his images, Gursky captures the repeated patterns of cityscapes on such a massive scale that they almost appear abstract. This exhibition, which is Gursky’s first solo ...