Tamaki Tachibana

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Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

History Mar 31, 2015

Suicide conscript recalls torture by fellow Japanese

The Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture boasts a magnificent collection of ukiyo-e, Oriental pottery and porcelain works housed in a stylish building designed by well-known architect Kenzo Tange. Its origin, however, has distant echoes of Japan’s brutal wartime history. The museum was founded in 1996 ...

Artist strives to revive ukiyo-e glory

National Jun 5, 2014

Artist strives to revive ukiyo-e glory

Inuki Tachihara, a 62-year-old self-taught woodblock artist, has devoted half his life to reviving the lost beauty of ukiyo-e masterpieces from the Edo Period (1603-1867) by printing them exactly as they would have been made then, with their original colors. Surviving prints have mostly ...

Young gay men stepping out of closet opened by others

National Mar 11, 2006

Young gay men stepping out of closet opened by others

Is homosexuality more accepted in Japan than it was 40 years ago? Some people think that baby boomers have paved the way for gay men to live more openly. Noriaki Fushimi believes gay men are a part of mainstream society and publishes a lifestyle magazine ...