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Kyotographie is still on the up and up

Art Apr 10, 2018

Kyotographie is still on the up and up

by Matthew Larking

The sixth edition of Kyotographie, Kyoto's annual celebration of local and international photography, which opens in venues across the city on April 14, is titled "Up." This year, the collection of exhibitions address France-Japan relations: the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations ...

Asia in the wings of Japan's art scene

Art Dec 12, 2017

Asia in the wings of Japan's art scene

by John L. Tran

"Tis the season to be jolly ... circumspect. As regards art, despite suggestions from some art professionals that biennials and other recurring art festivals are an exhausted format, 2017 offered up an embarrassment of riches, some more embarrassing than others as it turned out. The ...

Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

Art Oct 4, 2016

Reconnecting Japan's ancient cultural hub

by Sachiko Tamashige

"When I visited Todaiji Temple in Nara, just after I arrived as a Chinese student in Japan about 30 years ago, I felt somehow nostalgic as it had an atmosphere of old China," says Cai Guo-Qiang, as he explains his work for Culture City ...

Out of the ordinary comes a new art festival

Art Sep 20, 2016

Out of the ordinary comes a new art festival

by John L. Tran

I've never been comfortable with the idea that Japan has three "most beautiful" places. It's a tradition, or a received wisdom, if you like, to rank the triad of the land bridge Ama-no Hashidate, the rocky islands of Matsushima and the sacred torii in ...

Designs on Japan's student potential

Style & Design Jul 25, 2014

Designs on Japan's student potential

by Samuel Thomas

Shining a light on Japan's student talent pool is Gakuten, a new event from the group responsible for the Design Festa biannual international art fair. There's only one requirement of Gakuten participants — that they be enrolled in an educational institution.

Unearthing the Seto Inland Sea's social landscapes

Art Mar 28, 2013

Unearthing the Seto Inland Sea's social landscapes

by James Jack

Whenever traveling directly from one island in the Seto Inland Sea to another, I sense threads holding each one to the other. Perhaps this is a vestige of the trade routes that traversed the 700-plus islands in this scenic region between Hiroshima and Osaka. ...