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Masami Ito
Masami is a staff writer for the Life and Culture Division at The Japan Times. She is in charge of the weekly Sunday Timeout, covering various issues related to Japan, from alcohol/drug addiction and juvenile crime to female sushi chefs and kendama. Over her 15-year career, she has written extensively on Japanese politics, foreign policy and social issues.
For Masami Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
CULTURE / Art
Oct 10, 2001
A veritable mint of prints
Some 222 Japanese prints ranging in style from the traditional to the abstract will feature in the 46th College Women's Association of Japan Print Show at the Tokyo American Club in Azabudai, Minato Ward, from Oct. 19-21.
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COMMUNITY
Oct 7, 2001
Soaking up history
In a quiet residential area of Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, half hidden by a large maple tree, stands an impressive, castlelike wooden structure that is like a portal to another time. With old-fashioned kawara tiles on its pagoda-style roof, and its curliculed surrounding stone wall, the building is evocative of an era when yukata and geta were common and people called places like this home.
CULTURE / Art
Sep 26, 2001
Devilishly good young artists
German artists Susanne Ring and Oliver Grajewski are holding a joint exhibition of their works under the title "She-Devil -- Icke Ooch" ("She-Devil -- Whatever") at Gallery ef in Asakusa, Tokyo.
CULTURE / Art
Sep 19, 2001
Lights fantastic in styles old and new
Four Japanese artists working in four different mediums are together holding an exhibition of 62 lamps Sept. 20-29 at the Akasaka Yu Gallery in Tokyo's Minato Ward.
CULTURE / Art
Sep 5, 2001
Close and personal
An exhibition of photographs by Miyako Ishiuchi is on show until Nov. 24 at Gallery Deux in Meguro Ward, Tokyo, showing the nails, hands, fingers and feet of men of various nationalities, ages and occupations.
CULTURE / Art
Sep 5, 2001
Meaning of life found around us and within
Shinjuku Nikon Salon is currently hosting two photo exhibitions offering viewers an opportunity first to delve deep into the living world through the lens of Kusamushi Afuba and then to take a wider view courtesy of Hidetoshi Hamada.
CULTURE / Art
Aug 29, 2001
Crafting a way back to natural Kyushu living
An exhibition of photographs, pottery and woodwork made by participants in an nonprofit organization, Eco Link Association, with a view to increasing public awareness of environmental issues will be held Sept. 1-9 at Session House Garden in Kagurazaka, Shinjuku Ward.
CULTURE / Art
Aug 29, 2001
Prints to restore blocked vision
An exhibition of woodblock prints by Seiichi Suzuki is on show until Sept. 10 at Za Gallery Bunkyo in Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo.
CULTURE / Art
Aug 22, 2001
Step into the weird wonderland of illustrator Naohisa Inoue
The 60 acrylic paintings and prints by Naohisa Inoue on display from next week at Bunkamura Gallery in Shibuya invite visitors into the artist's magical world of "Iblard."
CULTURE / Art
Aug 15, 2001
Facing facts about the 'Big C'
An exhibition of photographs, images, specimens and computer simulations on the theme of cancer is being held till Sept. 2 at TFT Hall in Ariake, Tokyo.
CULTURE / Art
Aug 8, 2001
Two takes on what's really happening
Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo's Ginza and Art Tower Mito in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, will simultaneously present exhibitions of contemporary art from East Asia by up-and-coming artists, starting Friday. Asian contemporary art has captivated many people over the past decade. Masaki Higuchi from Shiseido Gallery and Toshihiro Asai from Art Tower Mito are no exception. They traveled around Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo, wandering streets and galleries and drinking in the atmosphere. Their impressions of Asian contemporary art have yielded two exhibitions with quite different themes, "After Kitsch" at Shiseido Gallery, and "Cute" at Art Tower Mito.
CULTURE / Art
Jul 25, 2001
Labyrinth of Bombay
An exhibition of paintings and installations by Indian artist Atul Dodiya, depicting the kaleidoscopic changes to the city of Mumbai (Bombay), is being held at The Japan Foundation Forum in Akasaka, Tokyo.
CULTURE / Art
Jul 25, 2001
Multimedia artists cross continents
Multimedia artworks created by five award-winning Japanese artists active in Europe are now on show at Axis Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo.

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