author

 
 
 Tomohiro Osaki

Meta

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.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Sep 6, 2012
"Dogū , a Cosmos"
Archaeologists and other experts agree that dogū , ancient Japanese clay figurines were produced during the Jomon Period (c. 10,000 B.C. to 400 B.C.). However, the purpose of dogū remain a mystery. Many believe that they were likely ceremonially displayed at local festivals or used as talismans...
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...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 30, 2012
"Home Again: 10 Artists Who Have Experienced Japan" (Multimedia)
This exhibition features the work of 10 young artists from around the globe, each of whom has participated in a Japan-led artist-in-residence program during 2007 to 2011.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 30, 2012
"Taisho Romance and Showa Modernity: Featuring Yumeji Takehisa and Kasho Takabatake"
...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 23, 2012
"Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection II: A Close Look at Private Art Schools of Kyoto"
Gajuku, art schools for painters in Japan, played a vital role in the cultivation of Kyoto's modern art industry. Some gajuku were run privately by experienced painters, while others served as places where highly motivated, like-minded artists could get together and practice their skills.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 23, 2012
"Sukiya Carpenter: The Creator of Beauty"
Despite the recently rekindled popularity of traditional Japanese architecture, many admirers are not fully aware of the wa, the key to harmonious Japanese design, behind their structures. Sukiya is a residential architecture style that incorporates the refined aesthetics of the Japanese tea house and...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 23, 2012
"Tokyo Illustrators Society Presents: Famous Sayings in Pictures"
This is the Creation Gallery G8's 18th exhibition featuring works contributed by the Tokyo Illustrators Society. This time, 165 artists have submitted pieces, all themed on famous sayings and aphorisms. These include "Nonviolence and civil disobedience" said by Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) and "Toriaezu...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 23, 2012
"Yoichiro Yoda: Dreams of Memory"
Yoichiro Yoda has spent most of his life living in New York, where he is increasingly alarmed at the frequent demolitions of the city's buildings and the incessant noise of heavy construction work. Upset to see his adopted hometown being gradually destroyed, Yoda chose painting as a way to memorialize...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 16, 2012
"Hubert Robert "
At the age of 21, painter Hubert Robert (1733-1808) left France for Italy, where he spent 11 years working as an artist. He became well known for landscapes that mixed real architecture with the imaginary, and he often brought together unrelated historical structures, such as ancient Greek ruins with...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 16, 2012
"Nikkatsu 100: A Century of Japanese Cinema"
Tokyo's National Film Center is holding an exhibition tracking the development of the Japanese film company Nikkatsu Corporation, which this year celebrates its centenary.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 16, 2012
"The Yayoi Period: Analyzing its Culture Through Agricultural Tools"
The Yayoi Period (about 300 B.C.-A.D. 300) was Japan's Iron Age, an era when agricultural techniques significantly progressed. During that time, farming expertise, much influenced by the introduction of irrigated rice farming from Korea, flourished in the Kyushu region. From there, techniques quickly...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 16, 2012
"Exchange Ships"
During World War II, when all commercial ships were taken over by central governments and repurposed by the military, one set of ships were treated differently — the "exchange ships."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 9, 2012
"The Angel of History"
Koji Taki, known for his unparalleled critique of arts, architecture, and photography, passed away last year at the age of 82. To honor his work and influence, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, to which Taki gave a book of his photography theories in 1997, has organized a photographic exhibition...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 9, 2012
"Junkichi Mukai: The Time for Conversation"
When Junkichi Mukai (1901-1995) was young, he visited France and saw classic masterpieces at the Louvre Museum in Paris. That Western inspiration greatly contributed to the development of his realistic painting style, which he used to depict traditional Japanese houses.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 9, 2012
"Given Forms: Tatsuno Toeko/Shibata Toshio"
Toeko Tatsuno has been leading the field of abstract painting in Japan for more than 30 years with her colorful and emotionally charged works.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 9, 2012
"30th Anniversary Temporary Exhibition: Blue-and-White Ware of the Joseon Dynasty" (Ware)
One of the most important times in the history of Korean blue-and-white porcelain ware was during the 518-year reign of the Joseon Dynasty. The strong influence of Confucianism at that time persuaded the public to lead more frugal lifestyles, which led many to view the conventional blue-and-white ware...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 2, 2012
"Mary Blair: A Life's Choice, A Mother's Job, from Studio Ghibli Collection"
Mary Blair (1911-1978) is probably best remembered for her work for the Walt Disney Studios. She is known to have influenced the blockbuster animations "Cinderella," "Alice In Wonderland" and "Peter Pan." After leaving Disney, Blair continued to work as a graphic designer and illustrator. She illustrated...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Aug 2, 2012
"Summer Vacation Event: Traveling at the Museum! A Trip from Hiroshige's Tokaido to Saeki Yuzo's Paris"
During the Edo Period (1603-1867), sightseeing in Japan boomed, popularized by travelogues such as Jippensha Ikku's (1765-1831) comic novel "Tokaidochu Hizakurige."

Longform

The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan