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Visitors are offered the chance to connect with nature at the Kobe Fashion Museum’s summer exhibition. The special exhibition features the work of acclaimed Japanese nature photographer Mitsuhiko Imamori. Imamori’s latest work focuses on photographs of carefully constructed paper cuttings depicting life among nature. ...

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Sakamoto Ryoma: Japan's Favorite Hero

Sakamoto Ryoma, undoubtedly one of Japan’s most influential and revered historical figures, played an essential role in the overthrow of the Edo Period (1603-1868) feudal shogunate, and helped pave the way toward the establishment of the Meiji government. A popular swordsman, politician and businessman, ...

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Tadahiko Ikegaki: Ribbons and Prisms

After graduating high school, multimedia artist Tadahiko Ikegaki moved to Mexico, where he lived for three years and was greatly influenced by the vivacity of the country and its people. On his return to Japan in 1977, he began creating both 2-D and 3-D ...

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The Winds of Suiboku-ga: Hasegawa Tohaku and Sesshu

During the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), the Zen monk Sesshu (1420-1506) was the first Japanese to study the historical artistic expression of suiboku-ga, ink-brush painting that came to Japan from Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) China. Suiboku-ga continued to develop during the Momoyama Period (1573-1603) under the ...

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News and culture fans alike can enjoy some of the world’s best photojournalism at Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’s latest exhibition. Winning images from the 60th World Press Photo Contest are on display in a showcase of visual storytelling from across the world, from Spain ...

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The Israel Goldman Collection: This is Kyosai! *

When Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) was a child and training as an artist at the Surugadai branch of the Kano School of painting, his teacher nicknamed him “demon painter,” because of his impressive talent. Even before that, however, Kyosai had trained under the ukiyo-e artist ...

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Keiichi Tahara: Les Sens

Award-winning photographer Keiichi Tahara began his artistic career in France, living there from 1971 to 2006. Fascinated by natural light, he initially took photographs that focused on details of light shining through and casting shadows in architectural spaces. Later he went on to pursue ...

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Japan Alps Art Festival 2017

Located in the northwest of Nagano Prefecture and surrounded by abundant nature, the city of Omachi is often nicknamed the “Entrance of the Japan Alps.” “The Japan Alps Festival 2017” — directed by Fram Kitagawa, the curator behind the popular “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale” and ...

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Roman Cieslewicz: Melting Mirage

The groundbreaking work of Roman Cieslewicz (1930-96) includes striking posters and collage works that won the artist numerous design awards, but he is particularly well-known for his use of mirroring images, a technique that helped change the face of graphic design. Cieslewicz was born ...

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Out of Real

For this exhibition, the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art has selected of 124 works, including paintings, photography and sculpture, from its collection of 9,000 items. The exhibits all come under the broad theme of “real,” which refers to not only realism and reality, but ...

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Captain Cook's Voyage and Banks' Florilegium

This exhibition features the florilegium works of naturalist and botanist Joseph Banks (1743-1820). Banks was appointed as a member of the scientific expedition onboard Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour. During the ship’s travels to the southern Pacific Ocean, he diligently collected and documented hundreds ...

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