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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
May 31, 2012
"Photography Today 4: In Their Persistent Endeavours to Meet the World"
This is the National Museum of Modern Art's fourth exhibition aimed at introducing Japanese contemporary photography through the works of young up-and-coming and mid-career artists.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 31, 2012
"One Hundred Images of Cats: Many Varieties of Cats by Kuniyoshi School"
Japan has long-been infatuated with cats, which are usually seen as creatures of good fortune. This exhibition is dedicated to ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) depicting felines at their cutest moments, such as playing with their fellow cats and struggling against the urge to doze off in front of their human owners, and at their ugliest — as monstrous creatures of traditional Japanese folk tales.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 31, 2012
"Camille Pissarro: Patriarche de la Modernité"
As the oldest of the French Impressionist group, Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was seen by many artists as a role model. He was also the only artist whose work was featured in all eight "official" Impressionist exhibitions in Paris — a testament to his dedication and skill.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 24, 2012
"Keiji Uematsu: Axis — Gravity, Anti Gravity"
What makes the work of Hyogo-native Keiji Uematsu unique is the way the sculptor takes everyday materials such as stone and wood, and fashions them in the most surreal way imaginable.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 24, 2012
"The 120th Anniversary of the Birth of Fukuda Heihachiro: The Modern Nihonga, a Novel Sense of Design"
During the Taisho Era (1912-26), Japan grew economically and diplomatically as it opened up further to the West. Its bourgeois culture also blossomed and the liberal movement known as the Taisho Democracy ensued. Encouraged by such major changes in society, the art of nihonga (Japanese painting), once steeped in tradition, started to transform into a fresh, artistic trend.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 24, 2012
"Uemura Shoen: Japanese Arts in Taisho Era — Struggle Between Tradition and Revolution"
Shoen Uemura (1875-1949) was the first woman in the history of Japan to win the Order of Culture for her contribution to nihonga (Japanese painting). She is particularly famous for her depictions of elegant Japanese women.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 24, 2012
"Realism Today: Masterpieces of the Hoki Museum"
It has been a year since the opening of the Hoki Museum, which won the The Japan Institute of Architects' 2011 grand prize and is the first museum in Japan dedicated to realist painting.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 17, 2012
"Architect Togo Murano and The City of Amagasaki"
These days, Togo Murano (1891-1984) may not be a household name, however for architecture fans, he is renowned for his modernist designs of several prestigious buildings, including the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace in Hiroshima.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 17, 2012
"Shoichi IDA, Prints"
It has been six years since Shoichi Ida passed away. As a prominent woodblock print artist, Ida produced outstanding works throughout his career and is considered a significant contributor to the development of Japanese print art.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 17, 2012
"Images Shout: The Power of Creative Woodcut Prints"
The Fuchu Art Museum's last two exhibitions highlighting the art of woodblock prints focused on those of a delicate, sensitive nature. This time, however, it invites visitors to look at prints from a different perspective and to appreciate their versatility in subject and expression. Divided into five different groups according to topic, one of the highlights of this show is comic humor. Artists often took advantage of the limitations of working with woodblocks, such as difficulty in being precise or realistic, to create more amusing depictions. To allow visitors to see how this is done up-close, all works will be displayed without frames; May 19 till July 1.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 17, 2012
"My Punctuation Marks, Part II — The Food Scenes: Works by 171 Contemporary Illustrators of Japan"
With contributions by 171 artists from the Tokyo Illustrators Society, this exhibition showcases works under the general theme of "food," spanning a wide range of subjects that include cooking ingredients, chefs and people enjoying eating.
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 11, 2012
Entertainers to hit the streets
For moms in Osaka, a family getaway to Midosuji Boulevard may turn out to be a pretty good gift this Mother's Day weekend. Expect plenty of fun when the area holds its annual festival.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
May 11, 2012
Tao goes back to Japan's roots for new shows
Energetic? Aesthetic? Maybe acrobatic? No single adjective is enough to describe the versatility of a Tao performance.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 10, 2012
"Sasaoka Keiko Photography Exhibition: Kumayama Shinkei"
The town of Kumakogen in northern Ehime Prefecture has suffered a decline in population, with its demographic becoming increasingly graying. To prompt villagers into thinking more about their community and how to revive it, a local museum asked photographer Keiko Sasaoka to document the town, and it's beautiful surrounding areas, for a public exhibition.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 10, 2012
"Reading Tea Ceremony Records"
Ichizo Kobayashi, also known by his pseudonym Itsuo, was an industrialist who first encountered the world of sado — the Japanese Tea Ceremony — while still a banker in his 20s.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 10, 2012
"Aloha Amigo! Federico Herrero × Kazuyuki Sekiguchi"
This long-term collaborative project aims to combine art and music by bringing together San José-based artist Federico Herrero and Japanese ukulele player Kazuyuki Sekiguchi.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 10, 2012
"Play Ink & Ink Play: The Art of Chinese Opera Painting"
Chinese Opera is often portrayed in other art forms, including wall paintings and shadow plays. The combination of music, dancing and gymnastic performances makes it a colorful subject, while it is also a tool to convey the history of China and other symbolic themes.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 3, 2012
"Art Crafting Towards The Future"
Traditional Japanese crafts are often considered as old-fashioned, especially when compared with the nation's increasingly popular art forms of animation, manga and design. The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, aims to shake up the public's perception of crafts with an exhibition presenting artisans who take unconventional and modern approaches to their work.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 3, 2012
"Ishii Toshiro Exhibition: Porcelain Painting For DESIGN SHOWER"
This is the second exhibition by Ginza retailers Wako Co., Ltd.'s of the work of Toshiro Ishii, an artist who painted floral illustrations for the Danish Royal Copenhagen Flora Danica porcelain series for more than 10 years. This time, the exhibition focuses on the four seasons, showing Ishii's use of symbolic motifs such as oak and linden.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 3, 2012
"The Beauty of Kana"
Kana is a collective term for all the characters used in the Japanese language —hiragana, katakana and kanji.

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