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Osaka welcomes UNESCO support for burial mounds as World Heritage Site

National May 14, 2019

Osaka welcomes UNESCO support for burial mounds as World Heritage Site

Osakans on Tuesday welcomed a UNESCO advisory panel's recommendation to add two clusters of ancient burial mounds in the prefecture to the World Cultural Heritage List. "We are happy that the ancient tumulus clusters were deemed appropriate as World Heritage sites," Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said. ...

Kanjiro Kawai: Pots of incredible talent

Art May 14, 2019

Kanjiro Kawai: Pots of incredible talent

by Matthew Larking

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto's "Potter Kawai Kanjiro: Works from the Kawakatsu Collection" is just the fourth time it has presented such a substantial selection of works from its renowned Kawakatsu Collection of over 400 pieces.

'Roppongi Art Night 2019'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 14, 2019

'Roppongi Art Night 2019'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 25-26 Roppongi Art Night, an annual overnight multi-disciplinary art event, is celebrating it's 10th anniversary of contemporary art, photography, design, music, video and performances — most of which is free to view. This year's theme is "Night Journey, Daydream," and the event features 50 ...

'Aguri Uchida: Incarnated Painting as Inselberg'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 14, 2019

'Aguri Uchida: Incarnated Painting as Inselberg'

by Yukari Tanaka

May 20-June 16 In an exploration of the meaning of human existence and the human body, Aguri Uchida pushes the potential of contemporary nihonga (Japanese-style painting). This exhibition brings together Uchida's earlier figurative paintings of the 1970s and '80s, which express human emotions, with her more ...

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Sumo / Basho Reports May 14, 2019

Kakuryu wins as three ozeki beaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu earned his third straight win on Tuesday and gained some breathing room as all three ozeki were defeated on Day 3 of the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna survived a scare against top-ranked maegashira Kotoshogiku (1-2), when the former ozeki's elbow ...

Sumo 101: Impact of tourism

Sumo May 14, 2019

Sumo 101: Impact of tourism

by John Gunning

Sumo's popularity abroad has exploded over the past few years. That's due in large part to recent changes making it possible to watch bouts in real time. A greater level of awareness of sumo has caused a spike in tourist demand for access to the sport. ...