Katherine Whatley

For Katherine Whatley's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Pure Land Buddhism and the art of photography

Art Jul 5, 2018

Pure Land Buddhism and the art of photography

Follow the Sumida River southwest from Asakusa and you'll soon reach Kuramae, an old working-class neighborhood filled with small factories, wholesale shops and temples. The area is changing, though, with single origin coffee roasters and stores selling imported pottery sprouting up next to mom-and-pop ...

Gordon Matta-Clark: Out of the rubble

Art Jul 3, 2018

Gordon Matta-Clark: Out of the rubble

It's New York in the 1970s. The optimism of '60s America has faded into cynicism and despair. The city is so broke that it's almost bankrupt. People are fleeing to the suburbs and industry New York is shutting down, leaving abandoned warehouses, homes and ...

A world of art on display at Tokyo International Art Fair

Art May 23, 2018

A world of art on display at Tokyo International Art Fair

This year's edition of the Tokyo International Art Fair will feature paintings, sculpture, photographic illustrations, jewelry and a "sumo-size" book, with the work coming courtesy of hundreds of artists from 30 different countries, fair organizer Joelle Dinnage tells The Japan Times. The festival, now in ...

Layers of artistic heritage in Aomori Prefecture

Travel Apr 12, 2018

Layers of artistic heritage in Aomori Prefecture

The weather is crisp when I arrive at Shin-Aomori Station via the Tohoku Shinkansen. I'm not surprised, though, the northernmost prefecture on the island of Honshu is known as a cold and isolated place. It's likely thanks to the chillier environment keeping people inside with ...