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All aboard the art train to Ichihara

Apr 16, 2014

All aboard the art train to Ichihara

by James Jack

Just after the train departs, a passenger falls to the floor. Further down the small train carriage another person follows suit. “Ma’am, are you sane?” questions a female announcer over the loudspeaker. The diesel train chugs forward. A young man asks, “Mom where did ...

Symbolic olives trace the journey of Catholics in Japan

Apr 16, 2014

Symbolic olives trace the journey of Catholics in Japan

by Mio Coxon

Japanese-born artist Yu Araki is currently presenting his site-specific video installation “Angelo Lives,” (2014) at Nakameguro’s quirky The Container art space. Literally a shipping container housed inside a hair salon, the small gallery is known for giving artists free rein to reinterpret the unique ...

Art on the brink of fragmentation

Apr 9, 2014

Art on the brink of fragmentation

by C.B. Liddell

You can’t go wrong by calling a show “Fragments,” as the curators of this year’s “MOT Annual” exhibition have done. With a name like that, whatever bits and pieces visitors encounter at the annual group show of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, they can’t ...

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

Apr 9, 2014

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

by Rhiannon Paget

The transformation of Edo from a mosquito-infested fishing village to seat of power and cultural center has endlessly fascinated lovers of history. After the imperial capital Kyoto fell to military rule in 1185, ensuing battles for power saw the capital move to Kamakura, then ...

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

Mar 26, 2014

Shimooka Renjo, back in focus

by Alice Gordenker

It's not surprising that the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has organized a retrospective on Shimooka Renjo, one of the first commercial photographers in Japan. What is surprising is that it didn't happen sooner.

Mar 26, 2014

On light, wind — and good sake

by C.B. Liddell

Tokyo Station Gallery is one of the more interesting art venues in the city. Occupying part of the renovated Tokyo Station Building, it combines daring modern design with the building’s early 20th-century, red-brick charm. This also makes it a rather suitable venue for “Hakubakai ...