Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

Lifestyle Jun 18, 2017

Japan’s 'kanban' are still hanging in there

by Martin Laflamme

Little information remains about the personal life of the artisan Kojiro Shimizu. His personality and interests, his passions and motivations — all are shrouded in mystery. What we know is that he worked in Kyoto in the late 19th and early 20th century and ...

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

Art May 9, 2017

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

by Yoko Haruhara

The Edo Period (1603-1868) is renowned for the flourishing of material culture — a time when major advances and innovations in Japanese folk crafts and design were prized by the burgeoning commoner class of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Osaka. "The Golden Age of Mingei: Life ...

Cherished Osaka bell under threat as land owner wants to sell

National Aug 29, 2016

Cherished Osaka bell under threat as land owner wants to sell

An ancient bell in the city of Osaka is under threat because the real estate firm that owns the land where it stands wants to sell. The bell is located in the Tsuriganecho district in Chuo Ward, nestled among eateries and apartment buildings. Residents are fond ...

Exhibition of erotic Japanese art draws 200,000 visitors

Art Dec 25, 2015

Exhibition of erotic Japanese art draws 200,000 visitors

Japan's first major exhibition of erotic art known as shunga, which ended earlier this week in Tokyo, drew more than 200,000 visitors during its three-month run, organizers said. Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hokokawa, who heads the Eisei-Bunko Museum where the exhibition was held, said he ...

Tokyo museum to exhibit sex art, breaking 'shunga' taboo

Art May 22, 2015

Tokyo museum to exhibit sex art, breaking 'shunga' taboo

The nation's first major exhibition of shunga (erotic art) will take place later this year at a museum in Tokyo following the success of a similar show recently held at the British Museum in London in late 2013, organizers said. Entry will be restricted ...

Lost Tokyo ... rediscovered

Lifestyle Jul 19, 2014

Lost Tokyo ... rediscovered

by Rebecca Milner

People who have lived in the capital for more than a few years generally claim to know Tokyo pretty well. We discover a forgotten side to the city that suggests they may not know it quite as well as they think.