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Yoko Haruhara
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 13, 2004
Illuminating the lives of ancient rulers
"Treasures, of Ancient China" a major exhibition now at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, features a wealth of visual information and artifacts. In a process that took two years to complete, the four curators selected an amazing array of items from 50 museums in China, including both recent archaeological...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jul 7, 2004
The cutting edge of samurai swords
Attention to detail, design, and decoration are hallmarks of traditional Japanese aesthetics, and these values are shown off splendidly by the decorative elements and accoutrements of the Japanese sword. Furthermore, the sword is believed to be an almost sacred item, capturing the soul and spirit of...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 23, 2004
A Korean marriage of high and low art
In Asia, June is traditionally the most popular month for weddings -- as is evident from the ceremonies you'll see happening around you every weekend. It's timely, then, that the current exhibition at the Mingeikan (Japan Folk Crafts Museum) offers a glimpse of the practices and iconography of Korean...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 3, 2004
Edo craftsmanship in full flower
Located in Kitanomaru Park, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot in Kudanshita, central Tokyo, is the National Museum of Modern Art's Crafts Gallery. It seems appropriate that during the flowering seasons of ume (plum) and cherry the gallery should be hosting a show titled "Flower Design." The exhibition,...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 19, 2003
Welcome to the Zen garden of the real
The artworks of an eminent father and son form the center of a striking exhibition that recently opened at Tokyo National Museum. On show in "Fusuma Paintings of Jukoin" are rare works by Kano Eitoku (1543-1590) and his father, Kano Shoei (1519-1592), which have been designated as national treasures....
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 15, 2003
The razzle-dazzle of Edo life, art
The allure of the Japanese folding screens of the Edo Period (1603-1867) lies in their elegance, their dazzling schemes of silver and gold, and the painstaking detail of their form and decoration. A wonderful opportunity to appreciate such pieces is the exhibition "Paintings of the Edo Period," now showing...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 18, 2003
Plain as blue and white
In the 16th and 17th centuries, China produced exquisite porcelain that remained a virtual secret to the outside world -- most of it was commissioned for the exclusive use of Japanese patrons. A new exhibition at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, "Chinese Porcelains of the Late Ming to Early Qing Dynasties,"...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 19, 2003
Stylish somethings for the boys of Edo
Accessories used to adorn men's clothing in the Edo Period (1603-1867) are currently showing in an exhibition at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, titled "Tsuba, Inro and Netsuke."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 5, 2003
Slip into Wonderland in a museum of marvels
The Koishikawa Annex of Tokyo University Museum is currently hosting an eye-catching exhibition, "Microcosmographia: Mark Dion's Chamber of Curiosities." The brainchild of New York-based contemporary artist Mark Dion, the show runs until March 2.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Oct 16, 2002
Savoring and saving China's art
Japan's history is replete with examples of the assimilation of art and artifacts from China, yet in many cases the cultural traditions that produced them have disappeared in China itself. Often, the best clues to further our understanding of these lost artistic traditions lie in examining artifacts...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jun 12, 2002
From the hands of masters down the ages
The most impressive of the numerous art exhibitions taking place this summer to celebrate South Korea and Japan's co-hosting of the World Cup soccer finals opened on Tuesday at Ueno's Tokyo National Museum. "The Dynastic Heritage of Korea," running June 11 to July 28, is the largest exhibition ever held...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 24, 2002
Rage against the machine: anti-tech art
"The First Move," a showcase of finalists for the 2002 Philip Morris Art Award, opens this Saturday at Tokyo International Forum. On display until May 6, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, 3-D pieces, videos, installations and computer-generated work by 57 young artists selected from more...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 13, 2002
Korean art of fine living
In celebration of the upcoming 2002 World Cup soccer finals co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum will hold an exhibition titled "Masterpieces of Korean Art from the Joseon Dynasty" from Feb. 19. The exhibition consists of 300 works of art of the Joseon, or Yi, Dynasty...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 21, 2001
Unconscious beauty crafted by Korea's unknown artists
The founder of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Nihon Mingeikan), Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), was a collector and philosopher who had been attracted to Korean crafts since his youth. Recognizing the beauty of folk craft, he strove for its recognition both in Japan and abroad.
CULTURE / Art
Jul 4, 2001
Korean imports offer glimpse of a subtle aesthetic
It is not often that such a rare and wonderfully varied collection is put on public view as that currently at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum. This special exhibition, from the permanent collection of the museum, is on display for the first time since 1994.
CULTURE / Art
May 23, 2001
Bright horizon seen from Odaiba
Reflecting the energy and vibrancy of the surrounding Odaiba district on Tokyo Bay, the "New York Philip Morris Art Award: 24 Winners from 1996 to 2000" exhibition is housed in the Fuji Television Forum, on the 22nd floor of the landmark Fuji Television Headquarters Office Tower.
CULTURE / Art
Sep 30, 2000
Korean folk traditions come alive on porcelain
Folk art motifs on the painted plates of Kim So Sun In our contemporary world, where art is commissioned for anything from airplanes to automobiles, the transposition of 17th-century Korean folk art to modern porcelain dishes should not prove too surprising. In a wonderful burst of innovation, artistKim...
CULTURE / Art
Aug 31, 2000
Covering the fine arts: Frank Stella speaks
Frank Stella As part of the celebration of the art collection at the U.S. ambassador's residence, Ambassador Foley invited celebrated artist Frank Stella to take part in the reception and media tour. The day after the media tour, The Japan Times interviewed Stella at the residence. Following are excerpts...
CULTURE / Art
Aug 31, 2000
Art and history intersect in U.S. ambassador's residence
Most of us only dream of being able to pick out our favorite pieces of art from museums to display in our homes.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 23, 2000
Neo-Japonisme takes stage
One of the highlights of the Golden Week holiday this year is the Philip Morris Art Award 2000 Exhibition, on display April 24-May 7 at Yebisu Garden Place. The show presents a refreshingly diverse grouping of 100 contemporary works of art including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and installations,...

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