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When it came to horror, ukiyo-e artists kept their wits about them

Jul 10, 2014

When it came to horror, ukiyo-e artists kept their wits about them

This exhibition showcases more than 250 Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1603-1868), depicting ghosts, goblins and other supernatural beings. The lurid subject matter, a graphic illustration of the shadowy spirit underworld, is as delightful as it is ghoulish.

Nature prevails at the Hakone Open Air Museum

Jun 11, 2014

Nature prevails at the Hakone Open Air Museum

The Hakone Open Air Museum, located on the slopes of Mount Hakone in Fuji Hakone Izu National Park, is built in a beautiful natural setting of over 70,000 sq. meters. It is perfect for a day trip from the city or an extended weekend ...

Tea bowls, simple emblems of power

Nov 20, 2013

Tea bowls, simple emblems of power

“Ido Tea Bowls: Treasured Possessions of Muromachi Daimyo,” currently showing at the Nezu Museum, presents an array of 72 rare tea bowls that were once owned by renowned warlords, tea masters and Buddhist temples. Produced by country potters in kilns in Korea’s South Kyungsang ...

The beauty of 'man'-kind

Aug 7, 2013

The beauty of 'man'-kind

While the ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting beautiful young Japanese women of the Edo Period (1603-1867) are world-renowned, an equally worthy genre and common theme tends to get overlooked: that of handsome men. The imaginative exhibition “Handsome Boys and Good-looking Men of Edo,” currently on ...

The collector who saw the fine print

Jun 13, 2013

The collector who saw the fine print

The Nezu Museum is currently showing “Ceramics and Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Hagi Uragami Museum,” an exhibition of outstanding artworks collected over the years by the entrepreneur Toshiro Uragami, who donated them to the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1996. How did ...

Looking at art from a local perspective

Oct 4, 2012

Looking at art from a local perspective

In these recessionary times, any contribution to the arts is a cause for celebration. Such a state of affairs makes the opening of the Daegu Art Museum (DAM) in May 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, an especially joyous event. The museum, sited on a ...

In celebration of the spirited culture of northern Japan

May 3, 2012

In celebration of the spirited culture of northern Japan

It has been just over a year since the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, and to commemorate the disaster in a show of support for the worst-hit areas, the Japan Folk Crafts Museum’s “Tohoku Crafts and Shiko Munakata” is featuring crafts and art from ...

Celebrating New Year's in the traditional way

Dec 8, 2011

Celebrating New Year's in the traditional way

As people in Japan prepare to celebrate New Year’s Day, among the most notable tasks of the season are housecleaning, which echos the timeworn ritual of susuharai (“cleaning soot from the timbers under the roof”) and placing shimenawa (sacred straw rope traditionally hung at ...

Artisans who lived by their swords

Sep 1, 2011

Artisans who lived by their swords

The samurai sword has long been a symbol of great allure in Japan. It conjures images of virility, tradition, austerity and the mystery of legends. Not only is it said that the Shinto gods possessed swords but, as part of the Imperial regalia, such ...

Sumptuary laws inspired Korean artisans to innovate

Jun 2, 2011

Sumptuary laws inspired Korean artisans to innovate

The Koryo Museum of Art’s recently launched exhibition, “Korean Decorative Objects and Containers,” features more than 150 folk works — including ceramics, paper crafts, furniture, silverware and wooden crafts — all of which were once utensils of some kind. These stunning examples of craftsmanship ...