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'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

Oct 23, 2014

'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

On Oct. 29, Nakamuraya, a restaurant founded in 1901 in Shinjuku that became famous for Indian curry as well as Western- and Japanese-style confectionery, is opening a new building that will include the Nakamuraya Salon Museum on the third floor. Its inaugural exhibition, “Born ...

'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'

Oct 16, 2014

'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This traveling Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) exhibition has finally reached Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, bringing his masterpiece “The Sower” to the city for the first time in 30 years. “The Sower” is the first painting recognized in art history to feature agriculture as its ...

'National Treasures of Japan'

Oct 9, 2014

'National Treasures of Japan'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Nearly 120 of Japan’s National Treasures are being brought together for the Tokyo National Museum’s third Heisei Era “National Treasures of Japan” exhibition, which this year also commemorates the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito. Through important paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, documents and other ...

'Hishida Shunso: A Retrospective'

Sep 18, 2014

'Hishida Shunso: A Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To celebrate the 140th year since the birth of Shunso Hishida (1874-1911), the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is presenting more than 100 of the modern Japanese painter’s masterpieces. Though Hishida died at the age of 36 and was an active artist for ...

'Discover, Discover Japan'

Sep 11, 2014

'Discover, Discover Japan'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In October 1970, Japanese National Railways launched its Discover Japan advertising campaign in the hopes of keeping and cultivating the increased number of railway users that it had gained during the Japan World Exposition, which had finished a month earlier. With Wakao Fujioka of ...

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

Aug 28, 2014

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Toyo Bunko, Japan’s largest Asian studies library, is exhibiting in its museum the Iwasaki Collection, originally collated by founder Hisaya Iwasaki (1865-1955), Mitsubishi’s third president. Displayed works include Japanese, Chinese and English writings, such as the Important Cultural Property ...

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

Aug 21, 2014

'The Enchanted World of Jacques Demy'

French filmmaker Jacques Demy’s New Wave interpretation of the musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964) is perhaps his most famous film, but he made numerous other unusual musicals, including “The Young Girls of Rochefort” (1967) and “Lady Oscar” (1979), which was co-produced in Japan ...

'Playing with Sound: Yuri Suzuki'

Aug 21, 2014

'Playing with Sound: Yuri Suzuki'

All of designer-artist Yuri Suzuki’s works involve an element of play and focus on our relationship with sound, noises, music and electronics. As his first major solo exhibition in Japan, “Playing with Sound” is an interactive show that offers visitors unusual aural experiences and ...