Tag - art



JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Oct 14, 2009
Fancy pants climb the walls in Ginza
Sony makes a real spectacle of itself by selling recycled jeans on the facade of Ginza showcase and inviting young artists to remix its products.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 20, 2009
Nawa Kohei: From the outside in
With his crystalline-casted statues, artist Nawa Kohei sheds fractal light on multiple perspectives and the transient nature of the truth.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Japan Pulse
Sep 3, 2009
Has Tokyo's art-fair scene got the goods?
Credit crunch be damned. Tokyo art fairs are going strong, with more coming to the roster. And now Tokyo Photo is coming into focus.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Dec 7, 2008
Tadao Ando: Icon and iconoclast
One of the first houses built by Japan's most famous architect, Tadao Ando, is centered around an open atrium. That sounds nice until you realize that the atrium forms the only "corridor" between each of the rooms. Fancy a hot cup of tea before bed on a rainy winter's night? You'll need an umbrella and an overcoat to get to the kitchen.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Aug 8, 2008
Atami's Kiunkaku ryokan: The art of a great garden
You enter Kiunkaku through a beautiful, tile-roofed wooden gate flanked by tall trees, reminiscent of some temple gates, which gives a hint of the purpose:historical grandeur you will find within.
Jul 21, 2008
Toning down the convenience
In an attempt to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, some local governments are planning to ask convenience stores to rethink their round-the-clock operations. If fully implemented, fewer business hours would have a great impact on people's lifestyles. As a first step, though, it would be necessary to consider various factors in nationwide public discussions on convenience stores.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2008
Top creators call for museums to save nation's modern heritage
What do industrial design, architecture, manga, anime, video games and traditional craft techniques have in common? Well, apart from each having spawned some of Japan's most popular cultural exports, the similarity is this: Japan has no national museums dedicated to their preservation, display and study.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2008
Japan's culture policy lingers in limbo
It's a fact that has long puzzled devotees and plain old tourists alike. Japan's manga and anime arts have been wowing the world for more than a decade, and yet the national government still hasn't got around to setting up a proper museum for their enjoyment, preservation and study.
Jan 10, 2008
Compensation for cerebral palsy
A system to financially help parents of babies born with cerebral palsy is likely to be introduced in fiscal 2008. It will offer compensation to the parents even if obstetricians did not commit negligence during delivery. It will be of great help to families, since the economic and psychological burdens of caring for babies with the disease are great. It will also reduce the risk of obstetricians being sued. But the system must be operated with fairness and transparency.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2007
Art's a beach!
The studio of potter Shigeaki Higuchi faces the Pacific on the coast at Shirahama in Minami Boso City. Between the shore and his modest atelier there's only a local road and a line of bushes where deep-blue morning glories were already in full bloom when I visited last month. The sky was clear and the sea breeze there at the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula was a delight as the sun bore down on that early-summer day.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2003
So you thought '02 was good? Well, there's Mori to come
It looks, at first glance, like a refreshing case of "out with the old, and in with the new": In late 2002 the Tokyo art community bade a teary goodbye to its Mecca, when the falling-down old Sagacho building, home for years to some of Japan's most progressive gallery spaces, finally closed its doors for good. And now 2003 is here, with the promise of a bright and beautiful future in the form of the Mori Art Museum, set to open in October. Designed by architect Richard Glickman -- who also did the Andy Warhol Museum and the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin -- the nine galleries of the Mori Museum will occupy a total of 2,995 sq. meters on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the glittering new Roppongi Hills complex.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on