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Kasuga's grand treasures hold history high

May 29, 2018

Kasuga's grand treasures hold history high

by Matthew Larking

Around a half-century after Heijo (present-day Nara) became Japan's capital in 710, Minister of the Left Fujiwara no Nagate constructed Kasuga Grand Shrine at the behest of Empress Shotoku in 768. The shrine complex went up at the foot of the sacred Mount Mikasa, ...

A world of art on display at Tokyo International Art Fair

May 23, 2018

A world of art on display at Tokyo International Art Fair

by Katherine Whatley

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 ...

Noritaka Minami's city of broken dreams

May 15, 2018

Noritaka Minami's city of broken dreams

by John L. Tran

Noritaka Minami's aerial photographs of the failed urban project of California City in the Mojave Desert are quietly devastating. Purposefully using high-ISO film that shows grain even at low enlargement, his images of a planned city — mostly a network of uninhabited roads — ...

The Spanish Golden Age of earthy realism

May 1, 2018

The Spanish Golden Age of earthy realism

by John L. Tran

"Velazquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo Del Prado" celebrates 150 years of Japan-Spain diplomatic relations with an exploration of the authority of vision and humanity of the divine.

Ike no Taiga: The 'true view' travel painter

Apr 24, 2018

Ike no Taiga: The 'true view' travel painter

by Matthew Larking

"The Genius of Ike no Taiga: Carefree Traveler, Legendary Painter," at Kyoto National Museum, is magisterial. Edo Period (1603-1868) Kyoto teemed with big name painters, but Taiga (1723-1776) was superlative. Taiga began the practice of calligraphy when a child, and was pseudo-certified in 1729 as ...