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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 3, 2012
"EXHIBITION: Tohoku Heartbeat"
The Tohoku region in northern Japan is renowned for its severe winters and uncharacteristically cool summers that make the lifestyle in the area very different to other parts of Japan.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"Yuzo Saeki and Posters in Paris Around 1920s"
In 1924, Osaka native Yuzo Saeki (1898-1928) left Japan for France, where he eventually made his home in Paris until his death four years later. His oil paintings became famous posthumously after businessman Hatsujiro Yamamoto collected his works and donated them to the city of Osaka.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"Yuzo Saeki and Posters in Paris Around 1920s"
In 1924, Osaka native Yuzo Saeki (1898-1928) left Japan for France, where he eventually made his home in Paris until his death four years later. His oil paintings became famous posthumously after businessman Hatsujiro Yamamoto collected his works and donated them to the city of Osaka.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"The Cartoon Exhibition: Nuclear Power Plant and Alternative Energy"
The Tokyo Shimbun and the Japan Newspaper Museum present satirical and humorous cartoons on topical issues by 34 of the nation's leading manga artists. Unsurprisingly, Japan's ongoing struggle with the nuclear power situation and its fledgling pursuit of alternative power resources is covered, along with other topics that surround last year's March 11 disasters.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"The Cartoon Exhibition: Nuclear Power Plant and Alternative Energy"
The Tokyo Shimbun and the Japan Newspaper Museum present satirical and humorous cartoons on topical issues by 34 of the nation's leading manga artists. Unsurprisingly, Japan's ongoing struggle with the nuclear power situation and its fledgling pursuit of alternative power resources is covered, along with other topics that surround last year's March 11 disasters.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"Japanese Crossing Borders: Asia as Dreamed by Craftspeople, 1910s-1945"
Lured by the exotic, Japanese craftsmen in the early-mid 20th century often traveled to neighboring Asian countries in pursuit of new ideas. They considered artisanal skills as essential traditions of Asia that needed to be cultivated and passed down to future generations.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"Japanese Crossing Borders: Asia as Dreamed by Craftspeople, 1910s-1945"
Lured by the exotic, Japanese craftsmen in the early-mid 20th century often traveled to neighboring Asian countries in pursuit of new ideas. They considered artisanal skills as essential traditions of Asia that needed to be cultivated and passed down to future generations.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"The Books That Changed the World"
Despite the popularity of electronic-books, there is still something special about turning real pages.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 26, 2012
"The Books That Changed the World"
Despite the popularity of electronic-books, there is still something special about turning real pages.
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 20, 2012
Stroll on the streets provides wondrous feats for passersby to behold
Even the most determined cynics aren't going to be able to avoid staring in awe at the wondrous feats that this weekend's annual Yokohama Street Performance is preparing to throw at them.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 19, 2012
"Evening Dress"
The evening dress came into vogue in Paris during the mid-19th century, when various forms of nighttime entertainment became popular among the French aristocracy. Such dresses assumed an important role in defining its wearer, giving the woman a way to express her wealth, personality and identity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 19, 2012
"Evening Dress"
The evening dress came into vogue in Paris during the mid-19th century, when various forms of nighttime entertainment became popular among the French aristocracy. Such dresses assumed an important role in defining its wearer, giving the woman a way to express her wealth, personality and identity.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 19, 2012
"Iwago Mitsuaki Photographic Exhibition: Cats"
Animal photographer Mitsuaki Iwago's personal motto is "If cats are happy, that means all human beings are happy!"
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 19, 2012
"Iwago Mitsuaki Photographic Exhibition: Cats"
Animal photographer Mitsuaki Iwago's personal motto is "If cats are happy, that means all human beings are happy!"
Japan Times
Events / Events Outside Tokyo
Apr 13, 2012
Museum to screen alternate version of Nazi film from Japan
With both Japanese and German directors in charge, the film "Atarashiki Tsuchi (Die Tochter des Samurai)" sparked an international sensation when it first hit theaters in 1937. Such is its historical and cultural importance that, after a 75-year hiatus, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography began screening the film again on April 7.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 12, 2012
"Beauty of Combination From Japanese-style Painting"
Traditional Japanese paintings were often created in pairs, and though such works would be individually striking, their visual effect is even more powerful when they are viewed together. For example, Chikudo Kishi's two "Views of Hozukyo" offer a vast panoramic view of the fiercely torrential Hozu river in Kyoto Prefecture.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 12, 2012
"Beauty of Combination From Japanese-style Painting"
Traditional Japanese paintings were often created in pairs, and though such works would be individually striking, their visual effect is even more powerful when they are viewed together. For example, Chikudo Kishi's two "Views of Hozukyo" offer a vast panoramic view of the fiercely torrential Hozu river in Kyoto Prefecture.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 12, 2012
"Noritoshi Hirakawa: Beyond the Sunbeam Through Trees"
New York-based Japanese artist Noritoshi Hirakawa says he tackles provocative themes of religion, gender sexuality and human corporeality in the hope of awakening public interest in the relationship between the individual and society.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 12, 2012
"Noritoshi Hirakawa: Beyond the Sunbeam Through Trees"
New York-based Japanese artist Noritoshi Hirakawa says he tackles provocative themes of religion, gender sexuality and human corporeality in the hope of awakening public interest in the relationship between the individual and society.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 12, 2012
"Railway Model Exhibition in Tokyo Tower"
With the famous Tokyo Tower as its venue, this exhibition showcases approximately 450 examples of railway trains, produced and carefully selected by modeler and rail fan Nobutaro Hara.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on