A modern twist for Japan's National Ballet

| Oct 15, 2010

A modern twist for Japan's National Ballet

It doesn’t seem quite right to mention hirsute, mustachioed actor Tom Selleck and baseball legend Bobby Valentine in the same breath as David Bintley, the new artistic director of The National Ballet of Japan. However, if you’re unlucky enough to have seen Selleck’s 1992 ...

A feast fit for fashion

| Oct 14, 2010

A feast fit for fashion

Fashion week for the public It’s that time again, when fashion makers and breakers take all that creativity they have pent up for the past six months and let it loose in the form of Japan Fashion Week (JFW). From Oct. 18 through 22, ...

The Australian Ballet, en pointe in Japan

Oct 1, 2010

The Australian Ballet, en pointe in Japan

After the death of the founder of Ballet Russes (Russian Ballet), Sergei Diaghilev, in 1929, the original company — which during its short history included esteemed dancers such as Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova and collaborators like Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky — dispersed ...

Fashion that blooms, rocks, roars and parties

| Sep 9, 2010

Fashion that blooms, rocks, roars and parties

Blooming T-shirts! Photographer Mika Ninagawa is full of flower power: Her signature acid-colored shots of buds bursting into bloom have made her one of the most well-known and popular photographers in the industry today. She has had at least 47 photo-collection books published since ...

Tokyo ballet is blooming

| Jun 18, 2010

Tokyo ballet is blooming

In its short history, the New National Theatre Ballet (NNT Ballet) has performed a total of 42 productions under the auspices of eight choreographers. It’s a prolific output for a relatively young company and the company is understandably proud of this achievement. Established in ...

Mickey springs his mouse trap

May 14, 2010

Mickey springs his mouse trap

Visiting the SHIMURABROS. studio in Yokohama’s trendy BankART Studio NYK, one of the venues used for the 2008 Yokohama Triennale, you might think you had made a blunder and walked into a medical facility. Computer screens showing CT scans line the walls with the ...

Fast fashion is on a roll

Apr 11, 2010

Fast fashion is on a roll

The meteoric rise of fast fashion in Japan and around the world has been the major style story of this new century. Fast-fashion companies continue to dominate high streets across the globe and are fast turning themselves into household names. In Tokyo, Uniqlo, H&M, ...

It's all change in men's designs

Apr 11, 2010

It's all change in men's designs

After seasons of stagnation, Japanese menswear is in the midst of an interesting transitional phase. For some time now the style and success of Tokyo’s lauded street- and casual-wear labels have failed to be reflected in the city’s biannual fashion event. Add to this ...