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Director Igarashi says quake memories still fresh

Aug 22, 2013

Director Igarashi says quake memories still fresh

by Edan Corkill

The Japan Times sat down with the artistic director of the Aichi Triennale, the architecture critic and historian Taro Igarashi. The theme of the triennale is “Awakening — Where are we standing? — Earth, Memory and Resurrection.” Why? I was conscious that the triennale ...

Spreading the word through manga

Aug 21, 2013

Spreading the word through manga

by Patrick ST. Michel

Videos of anime conventions in America greet visitors to Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art at this summer’s “The Power of Manga — Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori” exhibition. Looped footage of attendants in cosplay at the Los Angeles Anime Expo and other similar events ...

Britain's 'YBA' have moved on, but they still inspire

Aug 21, 2013

Britain's 'YBA' have moved on, but they still inspire

by Stuart Munro

In Ben Wheatley’s recent film “A Field in England,” a group of deserting soldiers fleeing the 17th-century English Civil War escape through a field of mushrooms, only to be captured by an alchemist and descend into a nightmare of both body and mind — ...

Darren Johnston: dance's accidental controversialist

Aug 19, 2013

Darren Johnston: dance's accidental controversialist

by Mio Yamada

In 2003, prominent arts writer Allen Robertson wrote in The Times: “If there was a Turner Prize for dance, Darren Johnston would undoubtedly be on the shortlist.” Robertson was referring to the creator of “Silicon Sensorium,” which played to packed audiences at the Purcell ...

The nature of Japanese lacquer art

Aug 14, 2013

The nature of Japanese lacquer art

by Matthew Larking

Katsuyuki Shirako (b. 1984) is a lacquer artist, though not one who accords specific primacy to that medium. His fourth show at Kyoto’s eN arts in Kyoto, is predominantly photographs. Drawn from the artist’s “Connect” series, these images show a combination of his carefully ...

Open sky, flying high

Aug 7, 2013

Open sky, flying high

by Stuart Munro

In her book “North to the Orient,” published in 1935, aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh, one of America’s first female pilots, and wife of fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh, wrote of the cultural differences she experienced traveling across Asia, and on the simple act of saying ...

The beauty of 'man'-kind

Aug 7, 2013

The beauty of 'man'-kind

by Yoko Haruhara

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 ...

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

Jul 31, 2013

Big works buoyed by Dojima River's 'Little Water'

by Mio Yamada

Standing in front of the largest work at the Dojima River Biennale, currently showing at the Dojima River Forum in Fukushima, Osaka, is a mesmerizing experience. A 10-meter-tall digital projection of an ethereal cascading waterfall, it glows mysteriously as its gentle rumbling permeates the ...

Understanding the fun side of Surrealism

Jul 31, 2013

Understanding the fun side of Surrealism

by C.B. Liddell

Part of the reason for the success of Surrealism in the 1920s and ’30s was its sexual dimension. This element, covered over by a veneer of respectable intellectualism, had a powerful attraction at a time when sexuality was much more circumscribed by social morality ...