'Toulouse-Lautrec: The Maurice Joyant Collection'

Oct 14, 2011

"Toulouse-Lautrec: The Maurice Joyant Collection"

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) suffered a number of congenital health problems that led to the inability of his legs to heal properly after he fractured his thigh bones in his teens. Often mocked for his appearance, he chose to focus on his art and ...

Oct 7, 2011

Bonsai showcase a must for green thumbs

The Angyo Autumn Grand Bonsai Exhibition & Greenery Festival is reaching out to non-Japanese speakers for its 72nd event. The biannual showcase is popular among those with green thumbs due to the more than 750 variations of flowers and seeds available to buy. Additionally, ...

'Hatakeyama Naoya: Natural Stories'

Oct 7, 2011

"Hatakeyama Naoya: Natural Stories"

The Japanese globe-trotting photographer Naoya Hatakeyama explores our relationship with nature through images of mining sites and mountain landscapes related to the world’s mineral resources. Hatakeyama first became interested in industry and nature during his childhood, having grown up in the then gold-mining city ...

Sep 23, 2011

Tea ceremonies give a taste of old-style charm

While chaseki (tea ceremony) has been, since the Edo Period, a time to respect the manners and spirits behind all elements of the activity, it sometimes seems intimidating for beginners because of its formalities. Tokyo Culture Creation Project has tried to demystify the tea ...

'The Design of Katagami'

Sep 22, 2011

"The Design of Katagami"

ICU Hachiro Yuasa Memorial Museum Closes Nov. 18 During the age of Japonism in the 19th century, the popularity of oriental pattern design was one of the reasons why Western art collectors pursued Japanese art and culture with such a passion. Today, traditional Japanese ...

'Fin de Siècle, Form of Beauty'

Sep 16, 2011

"Fin de Siècle, Form of Beauty"

By the end of the 19th century, the art scene within European countries had fully flourished. New varied forms of expression — introduced by artists such as Paul Gauguin, Émile Gallé and Alphonse Mucha — challenged traditional art conventions, and through experimentation with style ...

'Art Scope 2009-2011: Invisible Memories'

Sep 9, 2011

"Art Scope 2009-2011: Invisible Memories"

Sponsored by the Daimler Foundation Japan, Art Scope is an initiative to help support and promote young artists in Japan through cultural exchange programs in Europe. In 2003, Art Scope partnered with the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, and for its recent programs it ...

'Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi Ten'

Sep 9, 2011

"Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi Ten"

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation on Sept. 11, this exhibition at the foundation’s UKIYO-e TOKYO museum is exhibiting works from “The 53 Stages of the Tokaido” (“Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi”), Hiroshige Utagawa’s well-known series of ukiyo-e (woodblock prints). Ukiyo-e, which usually ...

'Meibutsu: Treasured Japanese Swords'

Aug 26, 2011

"Meibutsu: Treasured Japanese Swords"

Over the course of history, objects initially created for a particular use occasionally become appreciated more for their design and form, and in turn become more ornamental than functional. Since the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), the virtue of Japanese swords has been recognized by samurai ...