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Jason Jenkins

Jason Jenkins spent 13 years in Tokyo writing about music, cameras, parenting and contemporary art. In his spare time, he and his children searched the city for new places to learn and play. His family is now traveling while they experiment with homeschooling and working remotely. Jason writes about their trip at

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Kids love park life in the summer

| May 15, 2013

Kids love park life in the summer

At long last, warm weather has arrived, which means more playtime in Tokyo's parks — from your scrappy, local patch of dirt to the manicured opulence of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. My family's favorite is Yoyogi Park. While not the most pristine public space ...

15 minutes with the Grandmaster

Aug 8, 2008

15 minutes with the Grandmaster

If you are a fan of hip-hop, then you have Grandmaster Flash to thank. He is one of the art form's earliest exponents, and the first hip-hop artist in history to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the night ...

Plunging into the abyss

Jul 4, 2008

Plunging into the abyss

I'm hanging from a rope, high above the churning froth of an ice-blue river. My friends are waving and shouting out to me, but the roar of the waterfall muffles their voices. I pull myself off a wooden seat and lower my legs. Now ...

May 29, 2008

Hideaki Kawashima: Wavering

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Closes June 7 Hideaki Kawashima's otherworldly portraits have many of the elements that typify Japan's surging contemporary art scene, such as stylized feminine beauty and a nod to their creator's manga and anime-strewn youth. But linger a moment and these acrylic ...

May 15, 2008

"Hideki Kuwajima: Vertical/Horizontal"

Radi-um von Roentgenwerke AG Closes May 31 Science tells us that humans are naturally drawn to the symmetrical. Nearly everything — from architecture to dance to sex partners — is seen through the lens of symmetry. But what about art? Mathematician George David Birkhoff thought ...

May 1, 2008

"Bob Richardson" and "Terry Richardson"

Zel Cafe in Roppongi and LaForet Museum in Harajuku Both close 8 May At the Zel Gallery in Roppongi (, there's a portrait of fashion photographer Bob Richardson with his son and then-girlfriend Angelica Houston. The year is 1973, and Richardson's 8-year-old boy, Terry, ...

The making of a market center

Apr 10, 2008

The making of a market center

Almost everything was sold before he even arrived at Art Fair Tokyo, but that didn't stop gallerist Peter Nagy from coming to Japan anyway. The impulse to dip his toes into what could become contemporary art's next deep pool was just too strong to ...

Mar 20, 2008

Kiyosumi gallery complex

Wedged between a park, a cement factory and a taxi station, the Kiyosumi gallery complex is Tokyo's largest, both in space and influence. Its perch atop a warehouse is arguably ideal for observing the directions contemporary art takes in Japan. Yet, despite so many ...