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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:
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Tohoku Crafts and Shiko Munakata'
Woodblock print artist Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), who was born in Aomori Prefecture, excelled at works that portrayed the nature of northern Japan, including Tohoku.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Tohoku Crafts and Shiko Munakata'
Woodblock print artist Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), who was born in Aomori Prefecture, excelled at works that portrayed the nature of northern Japan, including Tohoku.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Turning Around'
Chim↑Pom, a collective of six intrepid young artists, is known for its guerrilla-art tactics and commentary on social taboos.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Turning Around'
Chim↑Pom, a collective of six intrepid young artists, is known for its guerrilla-art tactics and commentary on social taboos.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Murayama Tomoyoshi: Get All of Me Seething'
Greatly influenced in Europe by avant-garde movements such as Dadaism, Tomoyoshi Murayama (1901-1977) joined the radical Mavo art group upon his return to Japan in 1923. His artistic activities often disregarded traditional artistic genres and were politically motivated. He is particularly well known for his unusual stage work and dance performances, which won him the support of many fellow artists.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Murayama Tomoyoshi: Get All of Me Seething'
Greatly influenced in Europe by avant-garde movements such as Dadaism, Tomoyoshi Murayama (1901-1977) joined the radical Mavo art group upon his return to Japan in 1923. His artistic activities often disregarded traditional artistic genres and were politically motivated. He is particularly well known for his unusual stage work and dance performances, which won him the support of many fellow artists.
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Sakaki Bakuzan: The World of Elegance Created With Poetry, Painting, and Calligraphy'
Bakuzan Sakaki (1926-2010) began pursuing calligraphy after World War II, entering his work in various prestigious calligraphy contests in Japan. Through intense research and study of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy history, he developed his own unique theory of aesthetics.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2012
'Sakaki Bakuzan: The World of Elegance Created With Poetry, Painting, and Calligraphy'
Bakuzan Sakaki (1926-2010) began pursuing calligraphy after World War II, entering his work in various prestigious calligraphy contests in Japan. Through intense research and study of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy history, he developed his own unique theory of aesthetics.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2012
'Leonardo da Vinci: E L'idea Della Bellezza'
Despite the relative scarcity of his extant works, Leonardo da Vinci's experimental aesthetic, technical and scientific skills made him one of the most influential artists in history. Next year will mark the 560th anniversary of the birth of this much-admired Italian Renaissance artist.
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2012
'Leonardo da Vinci: E L'idea Della Bellezza'
Despite the relative scarcity of his extant works, Leonardo da Vinci's experimental aesthetic, technical and scientific skills made him one of the most influential artists in history. Next year will mark the 560th anniversary of the birth of this much-admired Italian Renaissance artist.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2012
'Sakura, Sakura, Sakura 2012'
Due to popular demand, the Yamatane Museum of Art has revived its annual sakura-(cherry-blossom) themed exhibition for the first time since its relocation from the famous sakura-viewing spot Chidorigabuchi to Hiroo in 2009.
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2012
'Sakura, Sakura, Sakura 2012'
Due to popular demand, the Yamatane Museum of Art has revived its annual sakura-(cherry-blossom) themed exhibition for the first time since its relocation from the famous sakura-viewing spot Chidorigabuchi to Hiroo in 2009.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2012
'Japanese-European Samurai: Arms and Armor of Austria and Japan'
During the 2001-04 restoration of the Japanese cabinet of the Eggenberg Castle in Graz, Austria, it was discovered that the wall covering of the room was in fact a 17th-century Japanese folding screen depicting Osaka Castle. The discovery of the work, which was originally commissioned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), sparked a special friendship between Austria and Japan. In 2009 a sister great-house partnership agreement was concluded between Eggenberg Castle and Osaka Castle to encourage reciprocal exhibition projects.
CULTURE / Art
Mar 29, 2012
'Japanese-European Samurai: Arms and Armor of Austria and Japan'
During the 2001-04 restoration of the Japanese cabinet of the Eggenberg Castle in Graz, Austria, it was discovered that the wall covering of the room was in fact a 17th-century Japanese folding screen depicting Osaka Castle. The discovery of the work, which was originally commissioned by Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598), sparked a special friendship between Austria and Japan. In 2009 a sister great-house partnership agreement was concluded between Eggenberg Castle and Osaka Castle to encourage reciprocal exhibition projects.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 22, 2012
"Tomohiro Muda: OKUGAKE"
The term "okugake" refers to the Buddhist ascetic practice of walking along the pilgrimage course called Omine Okugakemichi, an 80-km route from Yoshino/Omine to Kumano Sanzan in Nara Prefecture. Passing along the Kii Mountains, the route, traditionally traveled by Buddhist monks, drew worldwide attention when it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 as a time-honored spiritual attraction.
CULTURE / Art
Mar 22, 2012
"Tomohiro Muda: OKUGAKE"
The term "okugake" refers to the Buddhist ascetic practice of walking along the pilgrimage course called Omine Okugakemichi, an 80-km route from Yoshino/Omine to Kumano Sanzan in Nara Prefecture. Passing along the Kii Mountains, the route, traditionally traveled by Buddhist monks, drew worldwide attention when it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 as a time-honored spiritual attraction.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 22, 2012
"Chihiro Iwasaki: Messages for Children"
Picture-book illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) is famous in Japan for her warm and gentle portraits of children. Her illustrations were popular in textbooks and magazines, and she often contributed to books for schools and to health-education publications for prospective mothers. She is also remembered for her children's books.
CULTURE / Art
Mar 22, 2012
"Chihiro Iwasaki: Messages for Children"
Picture-book illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) is famous in Japan for her warm and gentle portraits of children. Her illustrations were popular in textbooks and magazines, and she often contributed to books for schools and to health-education publications for prospective mothers. She is also remembered for her children's books.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 15, 2012
"Kuroi Ken: World of the picture-book illustrator — encounters with fairytales"
Children's book illustrator Ken Kuroi is particularly well-known for his delicate, soft-toned images drawn in his preferred medium of colored pencils. He has contributed illustrations to many popular books, including "Gongitsune" ("Gong, the Little Fox") by Nankichi Miimi and "Neko no Jimusyo," ("The Cat Office") by Kenji Miyazawa.
CULTURE / Art
Mar 15, 2012
"Kuroi Ken: World of the picture-book illustrator — encounters with fairytales"
Children's book illustrator Ken Kuroi is particularly well-known for his delicate, soft-toned images drawn in his preferred medium of colored pencils. He has contributed illustrations to many popular books, including "Gongitsune" ("Gong, the Little Fox") by Nankichi Miimi and "Neko no Jimusyo," ("The Cat Office") by Kenji Miyazawa.

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