Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

Oct 4, 2016

Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

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“When I visited Todaiji Temple in Nara, just after I arrived as a Chinese student in Japan about 30 years ago, I felt somehow nostalgic as it had an atmosphere of old China,” says Cai Guo-Qiang, as he explains his work for Culture City ...

Out of the ordinary comes a new art festival

Sep 20, 2016

Out of the ordinary comes a new art festival

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I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that Japan has three “most beautiful” places. It’s a tradition, or a received wisdom, if you like, to rank the triad of the land bridge Ama-no Hashidate, the rocky islands of Matsushima and the sacred torii in ...

Designs on Japan's student potential

Jul 25, 2014

Designs on Japan's student potential

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Shining a light on Japan's student talent pool is Gakuten, a new event from the group responsible for the Design Festa biannual international art fair. There's only one requirement of Gakuten participants — that they be enrolled in an educational institution.

Unearthing the Seto Inland Sea's social landscapes

Mar 28, 2013

Unearthing the Seto Inland Sea's social landscapes

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Whenever traveling directly from one island in the Seto Inland Sea to another, I sense threads holding each one to the other. Perhaps this is a vestige of the trade routes that traversed the 700-plus islands in this scenic region between Hiroshima and Osaka. ...