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'Kawaii: Cute Girls in Ukiyo-e'

Feb 19, 2015

'Kawaii: Cute Girls in Ukiyo-e'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 1-26 Girl’s fashion in Tokyo’s Harajuku district has become a notable symbol of contemporary Japanese kawaii (cute) culture. However, it may come as a surprise to find out that the roots of kawaii trends are far older. On show at Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial ...

'Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry'

Feb 5, 2015

'Demitasse Cosmos: Glitter of Jewelry'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Since coffee was their common interest, Yasuhiro and Tomiko Suzuki started collecting demitasse together after they were married more than 40 years ago. They bought one cup and saucer each month, accumulating a diverse collection of more than 500 sets. According to the couple, ...

'Best of The Best'

Jan 29, 2015

'Best of The Best'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

From its collection of around 2,500 pieces, the Bridgestone Museum’s “Best of The Best” includes works by major names such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and Jackson Pollock. This exhibition looks back on the museum’s 63 years before it closes on May 18 for ...

'Line in the Sand: Paul Davis'

Jan 29, 2015

'Line in the Sand: Paul Davis'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Social satire and ironic humor are the trademarks of British illustrator Paul Davis, whose characters are usually portrayed in scribbled lines and accompanied by handwritten phrases or dialog. With clients as big as IBM, Sony and Mercedes Benz, Davis has won various awards for ...

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

Jan 22, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To kick start their 20th anniversary year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is showcasing the work of Mexico-born contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco as one of their three special exhibitions opening this week. This will be Orozco’s first solo exhibition in Japan. Based in ...

'Jules Pascin Exhibition'

Jan 15, 2015

'Jules Pascin Exhibition'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Traveling was a major source of inspiration for Jules Pascin (1885-1930), a painter who was of Italian-Serbian and Spanish heritage and born in Bulgaria. Educated in Vienna and then in Munich, he later moved to France, where in the 1920s he became a significant ...