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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
CULTURE / Art
Sep 27, 2012
"On the Agenda of the Arts 2012: In the Air"
Tokyo Wonder Site aims to foster worldwide cultural exchange from its Tokyo bases in Hongo, Shibuya and Aoyama. One of the institution's longest-running projects is "On the Agenda of the Arts," which invites artists and curators from around the world, hosts exhibitions, and organizes roundtable discussions to discuss issues such as the development of cultural organizations within today's ever-changing global society.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 27, 2012
Kichizaemon X: Sound of Darkness and Light of Silence
Since his involvement in the establishment of Dumb Type, a collective on Kyoto-based artists, Shiro Takatani has spearheaded the group's works, playing a vital role in design and aesthetics. Kichizaemon Raku, on the other hand, is the latest heir apparent to the prestigious Raku family, whose traditional pottery ware has become renowned worldwide.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 27, 2012
"Hideo Nagai Solo Exhibition: Painkiller ..."
In 2001, Hideo Nagai surprised the world with a giant sculpture of a half-naked wrestler who was stretched out like a plank between two walls and appeared to be writhing in pain at his gravity-defying feat. The scale and visual impact of the sculpture was an example of what later became his main motif, the exploitation of the human figure.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Sep 21, 2012
Dual events summon anime fans to Kyoto
Residents of Kyoto Prefecture may be used to the local bursts of festivity that come around this time of year. What's new, though, may be the sudden influx of excited anime enthusiasts.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 20, 2012
"The '70s in Japan: 1968-1982"
The 1970s was not only a time of political activism and rebellion against the establishment, but one that saw Japan looking to the future with the introduction of new technology at the Osaka Expo. By the late '70s, there was also a renewed interest among magazine publishers to focus on youth culture.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 20, 2012
"Dialogues with Contemporary Art"
Contemporary art is often considered cerebral and complex, leaving some museum-goers frustrated or baffled at trying to decipher what they see as random symbols. The Setagaya Art Museum aims to battle that perceived inaccessibility of modern art by encouraging visitors to not only learn how to uncover such hidden meanings, but also appreciate them.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 20, 2012
"Paintings by Poets"
Despite a lack of artistic training, there have been many writers, particularly poets, who have been able to use their critical thinking, aesthetic sense and imagination to create surprisingly ambitious and sensitive paintings. Visual art provided such writers with another medium that could embody their repressed inner feelings.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 20, 2012
"The Eye of the Machine: Camera and Lens"
Inspired by advances in technology, photographers in the 1920s and '30s experimented to find the best use of their new high-tech cameras and lenses.
Japan Times
LIFE / WEEK 3
Sep 16, 2012
Sex samaritan keeps walking the walk
Self-styled "sex helper" Shingo Sakatsume has lost count of the abuses he claims the media and the authorities have heaped on him.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Sep 14, 2012
Animal headdresses and other alternative artworks to go on display
More than 100 artists will get together in Yokohama this weekend to turn the city into an art lover's paradise.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 13, 2012
"The Osaka Best Art: Our Collection, Our Selection"
From April to July, Osaka Prefecture asked its citizens to vote on their favorite paintings from 100 masterpieces owned by museums in the area. The project attracted ballots from 8,371 people, who voted the most popular work to be "Postman" by Yuzo Saeki (1898-1928), a renowned Japanese painter from Meiji and Taisho eras. Other top-ranking artists included Amedeo Clemente Modigliani and Marie Laurencin, while Kansai-based artists Yasumasa Morimura and Kenji Yanobe also scored high.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 13, 2012
"New Footing: Eleven Approaches to Contemporary Crafts"
Recently, artisans have been working on ways to revive traditional Japanese craftsmanship, with some of their contemporary creations garnering international recognition.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 13, 2012
"Automata Exhibition"
During the 19th century, France saw a boom in the popularity of mechanical dolls known as automatons. With mechanisms originally created for music boxes, artisans made the dolls using technology that developed during the Industrial Revolution. Because they appeared to move by themselves, they quickly captivated the heart of the French public.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 13, 2012
"Paul Delvaux: Odyssée d'un rêve"
A pioneer of Surrealism in Belgium, Paul Delvaux (1897-1994) is known for his insatiable interest in fantasy. His work often featured recurring motifs, such as trains and skeletons, all of which are believed to be related to his personal experiences. For example, as a child he dreamed of becoming a station master, and as a schoolboy he was frightened of an anatomical skeleton model.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 6, 2012
"Chardin"
It was not until the middle of the 19th century that the world began to re-appreciate the talent of Jean-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), with artists such as Edouard Manet and Paul Cezanne citing him as a major influence. Unlike Johannes Vermeer, another painter whose work regained popularity after years of obscurity, Chardin has rarely been focused on in Japan.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 6, 2012
"James Ensor in Context"
As a young artist, the Flemish-Belgian painter and printmaker James Ensor (1860-1949) developed a strong interest in the effects of light, which he illustrated in many of his early works.
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Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 6, 2012
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Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 6, 2012
"Naoko Yoshimoto, Takeshi Kubo, Nobuo Asada"
The Himeji City Museum of Art often collaborates with local artists and gives them the opportunity to present their work to the public.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 30, 2012
"Japanese Traditional Painting: Materials, Forms, Themes" (Painting)
In an exhibition aimed at generating more public interest in traditional Japanese paintings, the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art is showcasing medieval and modern works from its own collection.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 30, 2012
"KATAGAMI Style: Paper Stencils and Japonisme"
Katagami are paper stencil templates used by traditional Japanese textile factories to create intricate patterns on fabrics for kimono or yukata (summer kimono). During the late 19th century, international expositions in London and Paris helped promote Japanese arts worldwide, popularizing its influence on Western art and boosting a movement known as Japonism (Japonisme in France).

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