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Imagination runs wild in Japanese contemporary art

Jun 11, 2014

Imagination runs wild in Japanese contemporary art

by Matthew Larking

“Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and its Origins in Contemporary Art” is a ragtag grouping of nine individual artists and one unit, each of whom focus on extremely different things. It is difficult to say, in fact, where “nostalgia” and “fantasy” come into play in ...

Nature prevails at the Hakone Open Air Museum

Jun 11, 2014

Nature prevails at the Hakone Open Air Museum

by Yoko Haruhara

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 ...

Tokihiro Sato: A breath of fresh photography

Jun 4, 2014

Tokihiro Sato: A breath of fresh photography

by John L. Tran

Using a penlight at night and a mirror during the day, the photographs in Tokihiro Sato's "Photo-Respiration" series show trails or spots of light in darkened landscapes, of which probably the most audacious are scenes of central Tokyo.

How Japan crafted its modernization

Jun 4, 2014

How Japan crafted its modernization

by C.B. Liddell

When Japan ended its isolation in the mid-to-late-19th-century, it had lots of disadvantages compared to the other major powers. But one distinct advantage that its isolation had preserved was its craft industries and the skills of its craftsmen.

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

May 28, 2014

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

by Matthew Larking

Ukiyo-e prints could be found in Europe from at least 1795 at the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It was not until the 1850s, however, when trade between Japan and Europe began to flourish, that the craze for things ...

Nicolas Buffe's show is a dream come true

May 28, 2014

Nicolas Buffe's show is a dream come true

by C.B. Liddell

Being swallowed by an enormous anime canine is the kind of experience you are only likely to have in a dream — perhaps after eating too much cheese before bedtime — and this is the theme of Nicolas Buffe's exhibition, a surreal dream that ...

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

May 14, 2014

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

by C.B. Liddell

It must be something of a Faustian bargain buying a Post-Impressionist painting for a record-breaking price. In 1987, Yasuo Goto, president of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., bought Van Gogh’s “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (1888) for $39 million. Perhaps due to that daring ...