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The 16th Chainsaw Art Competition in Toei

French-American artist Louise Bourgeois once said, “To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.” She likely wasn’t referring to chain saw artists. With a large portion of its industry geared toward forestry, the city of Toei, Aichi Prefecture, will ...

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The Bhutan Exhibition: A Hint to Happiness

Bhutan, a land famous for monasteries, historical architecture and picturesque mountains at the eastern end of the Himalayas, is often known as the happiest country in Asia. To celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between Bhutan and Japan and perhaps reveal why it rates ...

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Chihiro's Sketch Journey

Renowned for her charming paintings and picture-book illustrations of flowers and children, Chihiro Iwasaki found particular pleasure in creating artworks while traveling. Always working to the theme of “peace and happiness for children,” she found inspiration through her explorations in Japan, various countries in ...

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The Fascination of Nakamura Fusetsu

It has been 150 years since the birth of painter, calligrapher and book cover designer Fusetsu Nakamura (1866-1943), the subject of the Nakamuraya Salon Museum of Art’s current solo show. Divided into five sections charting his career, “The Fascination of Nakamura Fusetsu” begins with ...

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Roman Wall Painting in Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius’ most famous eruption buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii with a thick layer of volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. Rediscovered in the 18th century, the murals that were preserved beneath the ash continue to capture the world’s imagination. To commemorate ...

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Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibition

To mark the 55th anniversary of the sister-city affiliation between Detroit, Michigan, and Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of works from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Among the 52 European masterpieces of this exhibition, 15 are ...

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Marimekko: Design, Fabric, Lifestyle

Founded in 1951, the popular Finnish textile and clothing company Marimekko is well known for its bold colors and organic, vibrant designs, in particular its “Unikko” poppy print by Maija Isola. This exhibition, which first ran at The Museum of Art, Kochi, is now ...

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Pixar: 30 Years of Animation

For decades, Pixar has captured the imagination of children and their parents with their animated films, bringing to life popular toys in “Toy Story,” furry creatures in “Monsters Inc.” and exotic fish in “Finding Nemo.” To celebrate Pixar’s 30th anniversary, this retrospective of the ...

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Swiss Design

This show commemorates the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Japan with a showcase the best of Swiss ingenuity and design. The exhibition features standouts in craftsmanship, architecture and product design, and includes examples of world-famous brands such as Swatch and Freitag. Naturally Swiss Army ...

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Pixar: 30 Years of Animation

For decades, Pixar has captured the imagination of children and their parents with their animated films, bringing to life popular toys in “Toy Story,” furry creatures in “Monsters Inc.” and exotic fish in “Finding Nemo.” To celebrate Pixar’s 30th anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary ...

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When Hayao Miyazaki was in middle school, he read Rampo Edogawa’s “Yureito (The Haunted Tower)” and since then he has never been able to forget the tale. As soon as he was able to direct his first feature animation, “Lupin the Third: The Castle ...

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Zakka: Goods and Things

During Japan’s postwar economic boom, the term “zakka,” which literally means “uncategorizable things,” was usually used for mundane everyday tools and objects such as kettles, brooms and buckets. Since then, it has evolved to mean miscellaneous goods of a much broader range and is ...

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