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Tomohiro Osaki
Tomohiro Osaki is a staff writer in the Domestic News Division. A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, he likes to explore under-reported realities of Japanese youth, with a tendency toward the taboo.
For Tomohiro Osaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Feb 8, 2013
Diary 2.0 work among pieces at art festival
Keeping a diary no longer needs to be a solitary activity. The popularity of social networking services, for example, has allowed people to post their thoughts for the world to see — which could be anything from gossip to fomenting revolution.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 8, 2013
The unexpected awaits at Media Arts Festival
When asked to describe his latest film in one word, director Shunichiro Miki repeated what most cinema critics worldwide had said after their own somewhat botched attempts to describe it: 'Indescribable.'
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 7, 2013
'Great French Paintings from the Clark'
Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is known in the United States for its wide range of European masterpieces dating from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. Besides its famous collection of French Impressionist paintings, it houses all genres of...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 7, 2013
'Kabuki: Theaters during the Edo Period'
Since the Edo Period (1603-1867), kabuki has been an important source of national pride in Japan, and though it has undergone some key changes over the years, it remains a popular form of entertainment.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 7, 2013
'Hikarical Scape: Photo Exhibition of Herbie Yamaguchi'
During the early 1970s Herbie Yamaguchi moved to London, where he lived for 10 years taking photos of the city's vibrant music scene, and it was his book titled "London" that put his photography in the spotlight.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 7, 2013
'Hina Dolls and Their Accessories'
Hina Matsuri, Japan's annual girls day festival, became a particularly popular celebration during the Edo Period. As part of the festivities, girls are given a set of ornamental dolls, which are put on display from February through March 3 — a ritual believed to bring about good health for the...
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Feb 1, 2013
Antonio Najarro offers flamenco with a twist of ballet
One of Spain's most prestigious dance troupes will perform in Japan for the first time in six years.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 31, 2013
'Motoju Miyosawa: Katazome Stencil Dyeing'
After meeting Muneyoshi Yanagi, a pioneer of the famous Mingei (folk arts) movement, artist Motoju Miyosawa (1909-2002) became a major advocate of the beauty of frugality, a quality that Mingei followers believed everyday objects possessed. During the 1960s, however, he chose to travel internationally...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 31, 2013
'A Masterpiece of Ancient Greece: A World of Men, Gods and Heroes'
Greek mythology is full of exciting stories of immense bravery and heroic characters, making it an ideal source of subject matter for artists. The ancient Greek vase painter Euphronios, for example, tended to depict mythological scenes, one of which — "Krater of Antaeus" a vase portraying the battle...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 31, 2013
'Beauties of the Late Edo and Meiji Periods'
Ukiyo-e "pictures of the Floating World" have traditionally included paintings and woodblock prints of landscapes, folk tales, kabuki actors and beautiful women. This exhibition focuses on women during the period following the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1868.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 31, 2013
'BLACKS: Louise Nevelson, Ad Reinhardt, Hiroshi Sugimoto'
Sculptor Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), painter Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (1948-) are all known for the predominantly monochrome nature of their works. This exhibition explores the different approaches the artists have taken when experimenting with the use of black.
Japan Times
Events / Events In Tokyo
Jan 24, 2013
A monk's teenage angst can be monstrous
Monsters and runaways aren't usually the kinds of problems teenagers face, but a Tokyo-based theater troupe thinks these are the kinds of conundrums that await teenage monks.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 23, 2013
"What We See"
Today, advances in technology and globalization have left few artistic boundaries uncrossed, including that between reality and the imagination. Digital-imaging software and computer-generated graphics, for example, now allow artists to realize their visions for others to see.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 23, 2013
"Edward Steichen in High Fashion"
After years of prosperity following World War I, the U.S. economy began to rapidly decline before the stock-market crash in 1929 triggered the Great Depression.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 23, 2013
"Wang Xizhi: Master Calligrapher"
Wang Xizhi (303-361) is remembered for his major influence on Chinese calligraphic style. After his death, his works continued to be revered by emperors in China, including Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty, who publicly proclaimed a fascination with the calligrapher.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 23, 2013
"Two Photographers: Robert Capa Centennial/ Gerda Taro Retrospective"
Robert Capa (born Endre Ernö Friedman) was a photojournalist known for his documentation of the brutal horrors of war. He often risked his life by taking action shots on the frontline, but he also focused on ordinary locals affected by the instabilities of war.
Japan Times
CULTURE
Jan 17, 2013
Fujiwara chases a scoop in news-themed thriller
There aren't many celebrities who would make good journalists, but something tells me Norika Fujiwara is one. She's well-traveled, socially active and not constrained by the mechanisms of public-relations strategies.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Jan 17, 2013
German soprano Krishar returns to Japan
Looking at Eilika Krishar's thin, delicate physique, you probably wouldn't be able to imagine what an incredible voice the German opera singer has.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 17, 2013
"Architecture. Possible Here?: Home for All"
The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 left residents of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture with no option but to live in isolated temporary shelters as they wrestled with the uncertainty of their future. To help lift their spirits, architect Toyo Ito proposed building a space where people could get...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 17, 2013
"Blue"
Western-style painter Ei Nakau's preferred style is abstraction. In 1968, he began a series titled "Cielito Lindo," a project to which he still contributes 40 years later. As is evident in the way he pours paints directly onto the canvas, Nakau values unpredictability and favors experimentation with...

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