Feel the love in Ebisu

Jul 29, 2014

Feel the love in Ebisu

by Magdalena Osumi

Writing a love letter seems like an old-school romantic idea, but it’s still one of the few times that we express ourselves with abandon. The digital world may have replaced handwritten love letters with printed ones, but the custom endures and Love Letter Project ...

'Koji Kakinuma: Exploring Calligraphy'

Nov 27, 2013

'Koji Kakinuma: Exploring Calligraphy'

by Jordan Sievers

Featuring works of contemporary calligrapher Koji Kakinuma, this exhibition focuses on shodō (japanese calligraphy) style, showcasing the artist’s modern twist on the classic art form. Koji is well known for his strong reverence for traditional Japanese calligraphy, but it is his unique modern aesthetic ...

'Sengai and the World of Zen'

Sep 18, 2013

'Sengai and the World of Zen'

by Jordan Sievers

During his life as a monk, Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) was admired for not only his artistic ability but also his modesty and simplistic way of life. Despite his social status, he chose to don an everyday black robe instead of one of distinguished purple ...

'Takeuchi Seiho: The Master of Modern Nihonga'

Aug 28, 2013

'Takeuchi Seiho: The Master of Modern Nihonga'

by Marie Omata

As a founder of nihonga (Japanese-style painting), Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942)was a pioneer in modernizing traditional Kyoto art. His works were a major influence on many of his younger peers, including Tsuchida Bakusen (1887-1936), and continue to inspire today. This is the first large-scale exhibition ...

'The Beauty of Japanese-style Calligraphy'

Jul 10, 2013

'The Beauty of Japanese-style Calligraphy'

by Natasha Vik

The Tokyo National Museum’s Heiseikan’s latest exhibition explores the history of calligraphy in Japan. First imported with the Chinese writing system, calligraphy developed a distinct Japanese style in the mid-Heian period (796-1185). This exhibition documents the changes in Japanese writing styles by presenting a ...