Exhibit highlights plight of death-row inmates

Sep 28, 2013

Exhibit highlights plight of death-row inmates

by Tomohiro Osaki

A two-day exhibition showcasing an array of paintings by death-row inmates kicked off Saturday in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Organized by Amnesty International, the display is an attempt to draw public attention to the veiled agony of prisoners awaiting execution and who the human rights ...

St. Petersburg cops seize Putin-in-lingerie art

Aug 29, 2013

St. Petersburg cops seize Putin-in-lingerie art

Russian police said Wednesday they had raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that portrayed President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lounging together in women’s lingerie. Police said they confiscated four paintings by artist Konstantin Altunin and closed down the exhibition of ...

Artists use underwater show to showcase ocean's beauty

Aug 8, 2013

Artists use underwater show to showcase ocean's beauty

A unique underwater exhibition titled “Aquart” was held on Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture last weekend, allowing visitors to appreciate works surrounded by the coral reef. Among the objects displayed were works created using tree branches to represent the beauty of the woods ...

Nagoya hosts rare goldfish in first-of-its-kind display

Jul 17, 2013

Nagoya hosts rare goldfish in first-of-its-kind display

Three distinctive Japanese goldfish species, “jikin,” “izumo-nankin” and “tosakin,” were put on display at a special exhibition in Nagoya on Wednesday — the first time the three have been shown together, organizers said. Jikin, found in Aichi Prefecture, izumo-nankin, from Shimane Prefecture and tosakin, ...

Frozen mammoth gets day in sun

Jul 10, 2013

Frozen mammoth gets day in sun

An almost perfectly preserved frozen mammoth, excavated from the permafrost in eastern Siberia, was unveiled to the media Tuesday in Yokohama, where it will be on display from Saturday. The 3-meter-tall mammoth is a 10-year-old female and is presumed to have died about 39,000 ...

Kumamoto shows Foujita painting of UNESCO Fuji site

Jul 3, 2013

Kumamoto shows Foujita painting of UNESCO Fuji site

A museum in the city of Kumamoto opened an exhibition Tuesday showcasing nearly 120 works by Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), including two oil paintings discovered last year. One of the two, measuring 23 cm by 32.5 cm, depicts the Miho-no-Matsubara pine grove that was ...

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

Jun 26, 2013

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

A special Licca-chan doll, decorated with ¥100 million worth of diamonds, will be displayed at the Doll Exhibition at Saga Prefectural Museum in the city of Saga from July 20 to Sept. 16. The Fancy Diamond Licca-chan, the luxury version of the popular Licca-chan ...

And the top toy for girls: chameleon Licca-chan

Jun 12, 2013

And the top toy for girls: chameleon Licca-chan

by Magdalena Osumi

Takara Tomy’s Triple Color Change Licca-chan doll, whose hair color changes with the temperature, won the girls’ toy category of the Japan Toy Prize on Tuesday, preceding the 52nd Annual International Toy Show that kicks off Thursday. “Licca-chan has always had an important place ...

'Recycle Art' exhibition opens at Tokyo gallery

Jun 8, 2013

'Recycle Art' exhibition opens at Tokyo gallery

A unique art exhibition featuring works made from recycled commodities opened Wednesday at a small Tokyo gallery, with 33 cartoonists and animators contributing their creations. Among over 60 showpieces at the eighth “Recycle Art Exhibition” are a dress made from white plastic grocery bags, ...