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A master of Zen wisdom and dad jokes

Art Oct 2, 2018

A master of Zen wisdom and dad jokes

by John L. Tran

Among Sengai's many depictions of tubby old men enjoying themselves is one outlier titled "An Old Man's Excuse," which shows a crotchety grump saying, "If it comes time for you to die, then it's good for you to die, but it's even better if ...

Ike no Taiga: The 'true view' travel painter

Art 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 ...

Sosuke Kitamura: A man of painted words

People | 20 QUESTIONS Jan 27, 2018

Sosuke Kitamura: A man of painted words

by Ayako Nakano

Name: Sosuke Kitamura Age: 59 Nationality: Japanese Occupation: Calligrapher Likes: Analog stuff, food, clothing, housing from 1960s Japan Dislikes: Digital stuff, especially touch screens 1. What do the kanji that comprise your first name mean? 宗 (so) means "to better oneself" and positively influence one's surroundings. My father chose a ...

Thousands draw on Japan's past for annual calligraphy contest

National Jan 5, 2018

Thousands draw on Japan's past for annual calligraphy contest

Hundreds of students participated in a New Year calligraphy contest at Tokyo's Budokan on Jan. 5. Children were split up by age group and asked to perfectly draw a word or phrase in traditional Japanese style. Anyone in elementary school or older can participant in ...

'Tomioka Tessai Retrospective'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Mar 8, 2016

'Tomioka Tessai Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 12-May 8 Described as the last artist to paint bunjinga (literati painting, influenced by traditional Chinese culture) and as one of the first to pursue nihonga (Japanese style painting), Tessai Tomioka (1836-1924) left behind many masterpieces. These include shinkei-zu paintings of scenery that he ...

Calligrapher Souun Takeda spreads healing power of the brush

Art Feb 19, 2016

Calligrapher Souun Takeda spreads healing power of the brush

by Mai Yoshikawa

The keyboard has all but supplanted the handwritten message as the communication mode of choice, but calligrapher Souun Takeda believes the pen — or more precisely, the brush — is a mightier tool for tapping into something more visceral. Although Takeda recognizes the practical applications ...