'Nakamura Kazumi'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 12, 2014

'Nakamura Kazumi'

The oil paintings of Kazumi Nakamura — sometimes visually simple as the works of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and at other times as complex as a Jackson Pollock — are the result of an exploration of the ultimate question of artists: "What is ...

'Edo and Kyo: The Townscape  in Asia'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 12, 2014

'Edo and Kyo: The Townscape in Asia'

Downtown Kyoto was once known as Rakuchu or Rakuyo-jo (Castle of Luoyang), its name derived from a Han Dynasty capital of China. As the name suggests, Kyoto not only has a unique history involving China, but its urban planning was modeled after Chinese capitals: ...

'Edo Kaleidoscope: Sarasa,  Bidoro, Oranda'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Mar 12, 2014

'Edo Kaleidoscope: Sarasa, Bidoro, Oranda'

"Edo Kaleidoscope" presents a collection of imported luxury goods from the Edo Period (1603-1867), ranging from Indian chintz to Dutch porcelain. Such goods were exotic to the Japanese and largely imported via Nagasaki by the Dutch East Indian Company. To the aristocracy who could ...

Kawasaki commemorates those lost on 3/11

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Mar 6, 2014

Kawasaki commemorates those lost on 3/11

Toro Nagashi, or "lantern floating" is a traditional custom involving the release of candlelit paper lanterns into a river to symbolize the guiding of the souls of the deceased toward peace. This is usually done in late summer, during the Bon Festival, which celebrates and ...

'Mt. Fuji, Cherry Blossoms, and Flowers in Spring'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 5, 2014

'Mt. Fuji, Cherry Blossoms, and Flowers in Spring'

Yamatane Museum of Art is saluting last year's inclusion of Mount Fuji as a World Cultural Heritage Site with this special and classic exhibition of Mount Fuji works. The exhibition covers a wide spectrum of history and styles, from Katsushika Hokusai's ukiyo-e (wood-block print) "Red ...

'Field Reflection'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Mar 5, 2014

'Field Reflection'

For this show, "field" is not simply a geographical space; here it refers to a delicate composition of nature, weather and people. Featuring the works of three contemporary Japanese artists, this exhibition explores the notion of, and interpretations of Mother Earth. Seiichi Motobashi, whose photographs of ...

'Guri and Gura :  50th Anniversary Exhibition'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Feb 26, 2014

'Guri and Gura : 50th Anniversary Exhibition'

Matsuya Ginza invites visitors to a place where eggs are gigantic and cakes are big enough to serve many guests. This is the world of Guri and Gura, field mice twins created by children's book writer Rieko Nakagawa and illustrated by her sister Yuriko ...