Mirocomachiko: Creatures Tone

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Nov 29, 2016

Mirocomachiko: Creatures Tone

by Yuki Yamauchi

Dec.1-25 Picture-book author Mirocomachiko themes many of her works around animals and plants, which she depicts using her own unique form of expression involving boldly painted bright colors and simple language. As an artist, she has had solo exhibitions in Australia, Finland and Britain, and ...

'Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Mar 29, 2016

'Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey'

by Kaori Kubo

April 2-May 15 Edward Gorey's detailed pen-and-ink drawings often conveyed a macabre mysteriousness through their shadowy figures and dark backgrounds. His knack of combining the eerie and sometimes unsettling with underlying humor won him many fans, and he became well known for illustrating a number ...

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Feb 9, 2016

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

by Melynie Yoneda

Feb. 6-March 27 British artist Aubrey Beardsley, a leader of the 19th-century aesthetic movement, was best-known for his bold — and, at times, erotic — black-and-white illustrations. Strongly influenced by art nouveau and Japonisme, it is perhaps unsurprising that Beardsley also inspired many Japanese Taisho ...

Japan's picture ID before World War II

Art Feb 2, 2016

Japan's picture ID before World War II

by John L. Tran

Last year, the number of tourists coming into Japan outnumbered those going out for the first time in 45 years. In absolute terms, it may be the first time that tourism has properly taken off for this country, despite numerous attempts by various ministries ...

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

Art Jul 28, 2015

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

by John L. Tran

Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it's incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, who ...

'Line in the Sand: Paul Davis'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 29, 2015

'Line in the Sand: Paul Davis'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Social satire and ironic humor are the trademarks of British illustrator Paul Davis, whose characters are usually portrayed in scribbled lines and accompanied by handwritten phrases or dialog. With clients as big as IBM, Sony and Mercedes Benz, Davis has won various awards for his ...

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

Art Jan 15, 2015

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

by Edward M. Gómez

Sometimes the pen really is mightier than the sword — not only when it is deployed to capture in words the loftiest philosophical ruminations, but also when, through pictures, it causes heroes to tremble and fall. For skilled satirists, trenchant humor is a potent ...

'Bologna Illustrators Exhibition'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Aug 21, 2014

'Bologna Illustrators Exhibition'

Since 1978, the Otani Museum has held annual exhibitions of prize-winning books from the Bologna Book Fair's illustration competition. This year there were 75 competition winners from 23 different countries, including 15 artists from Japan. This exhibition showcases winning books and features as its ...

'Koji Suzuki'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jun 18, 2014

'Koji Suzuki'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

"Where the Wild Things Are," "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Where's Waldo?" — these world-renowned children's books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood. In Japan, Koji Suzuki is an ...