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Jordan Sievers
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 11, 2014
'Architecture for Dogs'
Despite dogs being "man's best friend," we rarely design our world around the happiness of our pets.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 16, 2013
Innovations that changed Japan: It's all in the details
"Made in Japan," can be found stamped on products sold all over the world, and as labels always do, it leads to certain consumer assumptions. It's no longer just about location of production, it implies a rich history of innovative manufacturing techniques, many of which are tied to Japanese tradition...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 11, 2013
'Iconography of Yasujiro Ozu'
Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is one of Japan's most influential filmmakers, internationally renowned for his realistic and sensitive portrayals of relationships and family drama in Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 11, 2013
'Ichihashi Orie Exhibition 2001-2013'
Ichihashi Orie is a young photographer who has recently gained significant recognition for her print media and advertising campaigns for major companies such as McDonald's, Kirin and Uniqlo.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 11, 2013
'The Snowman Fantasy World'
This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the animated version of Raymond Briggs' popular children's book "The Snowman." Originally written in 1978, the picture book was adapted for the screen by Dianne Jackson in 1982, and it has since captivated audiences worldwide.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Dec 10, 2013
Guitarist takes from the piano for new sound
One of the most interesting questions guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares has been asked by a Japanese fan had to do with his fingernails.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 4, 2013
'The 150th Anniversary: The Prints of Edvard Munch from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo'
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of symbolist painter Edvard Munch's birth, this exhibition showcases 34 of the artist's prints, mostly early works focusing on life, death and love — themes that he became particularly known for.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 4, 2013
'Every Stroller Can Change the World: Contemporary Japanese Photography vol.12'
This is the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography's 12th annual show, which each year focuses on a new aspect or theme of contemporary Japanese photography.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Dec 4, 2013
'Feature Exhibition On-Matsuri and the Sacred Art of Kasuga'
On-Matsuri, also known as the Grand Festival of Kasuga Wakamiya, is a popular year-end event held in Nara Prefecture at which performers and festival participants pay their respects to the Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine deity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Nov 30, 2013
Uzumaki
This 3-in-1 omnibus is the first time Junji Ito's late-'90s horror series "Uzumaki" has appeared bound together in English.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 27, 2013
'Raku Tea Bowls and Celebrating the New Year with Pine Trees in the Snow'
Raku (comfort, ease) bowls were considered some of the most valued tea-ceremony vessels throughout Japan during the 16th and 17th century. Originally created by 16-century tea master Sen Rikyu and tile master Chojiro, the bowls, usually made from red or black clay and hand molded, were passed down through...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 27, 2013
'Junzo Sakakura in Architectural Documents'
A renowned architect and former president of the Architectural Association of Japan, Junzo Sakakura (1901—1969), was a Tokyo Imperial University graduate who went on to become studio chief at the modern-architecture pioneer Le Corbusier's atelier in Paris.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 27, 2013
'Koji Kakinuma: Exploring Calligraphy'
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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Nov 23, 2013
Sunny, Volume 1
"Sunny" is the latest manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto to be translated into English. Similar to his previous hit, "Tekkonkinkreet," the story's central theme is the melancholy of youth, and how children in difficult situations struggle to find their own self-identity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Nov 23, 2013
Precarious Japan
"Precarious Japan" is a forward-thinking commentary on the current state of Japan, detailing a progressive history from the economic collapse in 1991 to how the country functions today in a modern, post-earthquake society.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Nov 21, 2013
A showcase of established and new film talent
Any cinephile that may have left the Tokyo International Film Festival feeling underwhelmed by its high-profile film showings can get their art-cinema fix at this often-underrated rival — Tokyo Filmex.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 20, 2013
'Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten'
Hiten, bodhisattvas that fly and dance in praise of Buddha, are wondrous beings, sometimes refered to as "flying angels." This exhibition focuses on the Buddhist symbols and their portrayal in various art forms, including sculptures and paintings. Ahead of the reopening of the renovated Phoenix Hall...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 20, 2013
'Kawase Hasui'
Japanese painter Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) was a prominent artist of the shin-hanga (new prints) style. After studying ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) and nihonga (Japanese-style painting) under Kiyokata Kaburagi, he quickly became particularly well known for his skill at landscapes and scenic settings. This...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Nov 20, 2013
'Ding Ware: The World of White Elegance — Recent Archaeological Findings' (Ceramics)
Subtle and creamy-white in coloration, Ding Ware has a refined aesthetic. It was created during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and became one of the most highly desired pottery forms of the Song (960-1279) to Jin (1115-1234) dynasties.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Nov 16, 2013
Light and Dark
"Light and Dark" is one of the late Natsume Soseki's longest and most famous masterpieces. Although the allure is partly due to its lack of a concrete ending because of Soseki's untimely death, the novel (sans ending) is still considered to be one of the best pieces of Japanese contemporary literature,...

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