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 ...

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

Stage Jul 21, 2015

Performing arts poised to bloom at ETAT 2015

by Andrew Eglinton and Mika Eglinton

The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu. Though this mountainous region is known for picturesque wintry snowscapes and lush green summer rice fields, it is beset with the socio-economic effects ...

All aboard the art train to Ichihara

Art Apr 16, 2014

All aboard the art train to Ichihara

by James Jack

Just after the train departs, a passenger falls to the floor. Further down the small train carriage another person follows suit. "Ma'am, are you sane?" questions a female announcer over the loudspeaker. The diesel train chugs forward. A young man asks, "Mom where did ...