For Jae Lee's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Dec 6, 2021
Jan 31, 2021
Mar 21, 2020
"When I was little, there was a room with a big lock on the door in my house — my mother's studio. The lock came off when I finished elementary school," says embroiderer Satoshi Sekimoto over coffee at a Parisian cafe in the 13th arrondissement. "I understand why she kept the room locked," he adds, "not only were there needles everywhere but some of the garments she worked on were very precious, including obi belts entirely weaved in gold threads."
Feb 29, 2020
"Why did I leave Japan? I guess it's because I had nothing to do back home," says Paris-based chef Sota Atsumi as he takes a coffee break from prepping scallops for his dinner guests. "I didn't study much, so enrolling in a university was not an option. I wanted to be a professional snowboarder but I gave up due to an injury."
Sep 2, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
The lecture theatre is brimful of bright-eyed people listening to a lecture by Kohei Nawa — an artist considered by many to be at the forefront of contemporary art in Japan. The public lecture offers insight into the design and production process of the often complex and intricate work on display in his current solo exhibition titled "Synthesis" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Aug 12, 2011
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, has invited a number of female artists from various cultural backgrounds and genres to participate in "Inner Voices," but under one condition — the artist's birth year must be after 1960. The exhibition puts an emphasis on the '60s and the social changes that took place around the world at the time. Many participating artists are expats working in foreign cities away from their home country. These female artists experienced globalization and economic growth, and managed to survive the difficulties and thrive under the possibilities that come with such change. This group of artists — including Yee I-Lann, Kim Sora, Wah Nu and Chiharu Shiota — refuses to confront or define the theme of "feminism" due to the misconceptions that are associated with the word. However, they express the importance of barrier-less freedom in producing art works that ignore gender or social differences.
Jul 22, 2011
In celebration of 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911, this exhibition focuses on rare photos and documents of Sun Yat-sen, who played an important role the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty during the Chinese revolution, and his relationship with Shokichi Umeya, a film producer and promoter from Japan who supported Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary beliefs.
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