Manami Okazaki

For Manami Okazaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Royal Elastics presents Chaz Bojorquez'

Oct 18, 2007

"Royal Elastics presents Chaz Bojorquez"

Tower Records Shibuya Starts Tuesday, ends Oct. 28 Chaz Bojorquez is one of the pioneer graffiti writers of the East Los Angeles scene. His signature style is a hybrid of the provincial Los Angeles Cholo gang tagging that is characterized by Bojorquez's fine arts background ...

Japanese tattoo art carves its mark in the mainstream

Sep 6, 2007

Japanese tattoo art carves its mark in the mainstream

"It seems like every two or three days we are doing a koi (carp) half-sleeve or a dragon tattoo. People in the States are going nuts for Japanese. It's really blown up over the last two years," says American tattoo artist Lewis Hess of ...

Exposing our tacky selves

Jul 5, 2007

Exposing our tacky selves

Walking through an exhibition of Martin Parr's photography is an emotional experience. The Englishman's works make you laugh, snicker, cringe; they prompt self- and societal reflection; but most of all they make you marvel at the dry wit and superior eye that Parr has ...

Brit devotes lifework to the abused, abandoned

Jun 2, 2007

Brit devotes lifework to the abused, abandoned

For many foreigners, living in Japan poses a host of challenges. Consider, however, the life of Elizabeth Oliver, the owner of ARK animal rescue shelter, who manages a facility that houses 300 dogs, 200 cats, 3 rabbits and one fox in a location that ...

Sweltering in matsuri mayhem

May 15, 2007

Sweltering in matsuri mayhem

As the temperature rises and languid, lazy days melt into humid nights, Japan shifts gear, readying itself for the plethora of local matsuri ceremonies that blossom across the nation in the months ahead. Matsuri, or festivals, are provincial gatherings usually held on Shinto or Buddhist ...

Magnum's 60 years of Tokyo

Mar 29, 2007

Magnum's 60 years of Tokyo

Known for its independent stance on photography, the agency Magnum Photos has been home to some of the world's most prominent photojournalists, starting with its legendary founders, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier Bresson, David Seymour and George Rodger. Since its start in 1947, the agency's photographers ...

/ Mar 2, 2007

DJ Kentaro "Enter"

DJ Kentaro is best known for his furious cut 'n' scratch performances that won him the coveted DMC World Championship title in 2002 with a perfect score. Kentaro's mixing forte has always been his ability to span genres with seamless dexterity, and its this ...

Afrirampo

/ Jan 12, 2007

Afrirampo

'We get our influences from food -- cucumbers, carrots and spring onions and rosemary." If Afrirampo's supposed musical inspiration seems a bit bland, their tracks certainly are not. On Jan. 14, the duo plays the final day of the three-day Enban Jamboree 6, held by ...

Plentitudes to show

Dec 14, 2006

Plentitudes to show

'The thing that has been consistently with me is the notion of creating something today that didn't exist yesterday; to make things for me is a kind of curiosity," says the prolific 55-year-old artist Shinro Ohtake. This unassuming inquisitiveness, as well as his obsession with ...

'Letters First'

Oct 19, 2006

"Letters First"

Space Edge October 20 & 21 Presented by street crew Seventh Letter and the Australian street label, Royal Elastics, Letters First (www.tkicorp.jp/lettersfirst/) presents the work of 43 graffiti artists. Taking place at Space Edge (Shibuya, 3-26-17, Nomura Building, 1F; free), each artist submitted a one-letter message. ...