'Tosio Arimoto: Weaving Stories'

/ Sep 12, 2017

'Tosio Arimoto: Weaving Stories'

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Sept. 16-Dec. 10 When Tosio Arimoto (1946-1985) left a design job at the major advertising agency Dentsu to focus on his own work, he was quickly recognized as an adept artist. He held his first exhibition in 1975, but unfortunately died of liver cancer just ...

'Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha'

/ Sep 12, 2017

'Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha'

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Sept. 4-Oct. 24 Between 1964 and 1992, Kouga Hirano was placed in charge of designing all book covers for Shobunsha, an unusual role for just one person at a publishing company. His designs, however, brought a new look and dynamic sense of style to publications, ...

'Insects in Art'

/ Sep 5, 2017

'Insects in Art'

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Sept. 9-Nov. 5 Butterflies fluttering over flowers, cicadas buzzing on trees and dragonflies darting across rice fields — insects have long been symbols of different seasons in Japan. In China they are also considered lucky omens due to their delicate and mystical appearances. Chinese ideology ...

'Van Gogh & Japan'

/ Aug 29, 2017

'Van Gogh & Japan'

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Aug. 26-Oct. 15 Vincent Van Gogh was inspired by Japanese art while living in France and not only collected ukiyo-e prints but also studied their composition and color, often replicating them in his own works. Looking at the Japonism of Van Gogh's work, this exhibition highlights ...

'Harunobu from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston'

/ Aug 29, 2017

'Harunobu from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston'

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Sept. 6-Oct. 23 Ukiyo-e artist Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) is known for his invention of nishiki-e (brocade pictures), the polychrome woodblock print. In his own work he often portrayed young lovers, mothers, children and everyday scenes in poetic and sophisticated images. This exhibition brings together a collection ...

'150th Anniversary: Port of Kobe'

/ Aug 1, 2017

'150th Anniversary: Port of Kobe'

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Aug. 5-Sept. 24 Between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, Japan faced foreign military forces that aimed to open the country to the rest of the world, until U.S. Commodore Perry's expeditions eventually led to the Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1858. Yokohama, Niigata, Nagasaki and ...